The Genderquake debate fiasco and the McCarthyism that followed.

In September 2017 I witnessed a 60 year old feminist being attacked by several transactivists, one of whom punched her in the face. I had not met the victim, Maria Maclachlan, prior to this although we have since become friends. Maria was unknown to her attackers and was targeted on the basis that she was attending a discussion on gender. Those who witnessed it could see how easily any of us could have fallen victim to this violence.

The incident was a turning point for many feminists. The translobby had shown us that they felt untouchable and were prepared to use violence to silence anyone who even wanted to discuss the topic of gender. In light of this attack a few of us founded an organisation called Mayday4Women. We wanted to show that violence will not silence us. We believe women have a right to know what the proposed amendments to the Gender Recognition Act are and where sex segregated spaces have been compromised.

Mayday4Women were specifically invited by ITN to attend the Genderquake Debate. We were initially invited to put across our opinions on the panel, later being told that although the panel was full they hoped we would be able to join in the discussion.

As you can see from the footage, the room was deliberately set up in an informal way with the ‘panel’ on a few sofas in the middle, and invited guests seated on sofas in a wider circle. There were two rows of seats at either side of the room for other members of the audience. We were all encouraged to participate ‘the only way people can tell what you are thinking on TV is if you are vocal’ the compere said ‘if you agree with something clap and if you disagree make that clear too’. There was no staged area, during the break we all got up and chatted, I was a stones-throw from Greer so was easily able to introduce myself and sit back down within a matter of seconds.

The programme was monopolised by Cathy Newman sycophantically  interviewing Bergdorf and Jenner, with occasional invitations for Greer or Ditum to contribute. One viewer helpfully documented the time dedicated to each guest.

Feminists are coloured in green and transwomen in red. The disparity is evident.
Genderquake Debate

One section of the programme was ring-fenced to discuss the feminist ideas. Newman initiated this by asking Bergdorf’s opinion. Bergdorf was unapologetic about his belief that women should not centre ‘reproductive systems’ in our feminism. Since it’s invention, feminism has been essential to women’s biological rights. We are globally still a long way from reproductive rights and even still fighting female infanticide! I had asked Greer to cite the aforementioned infanticide case, however she said she wasn’t able to as she’d not read the story.

I was appalled at Bergdorf’s suggestion that we should not talk about these issues. Talking about female biology and sexism IS feminism. The best comparison I can think of  to make is if someone like Rachel Dolezal were to express an opinion that the Black Rights Movement should not centre race.

It was clear the panel were either not prepared to, or not going to be given the opportunity to, refute this insulting notion that feminism shouldn’t centre female biology. I was compelled to point out Bergdorf’s misrepresentation of my cause.
‘You’re a man’ I said, ‘You’re a misogynist’. I did of course raise my voice to be heard. Even then you can hardly make out what I’m saying. All guests who had not been miked up had been raising their voices throughout. If I’d not spoken up, viewers would have witnessed Bergdorf’s opinions unchallenged.

Bergdorf has previously referred to a woman as ‘hairy barren lesbian’ and insulted another as a ‘butch lezza’. According to Bergdorf reproductive organs are out of bounds in feminism but alright to mention in sexist insults such as ‘your womb is broken’

Are these the words of a woman? Or are they, as I maintain, the words of a misogynist?

Within hours my photo was being circulated with the words “This f****** B*** needs shooting…”. It was only a matter of time before I was doxxed as a Green Party member. Considering other people in the room had been visibly and audibly raising their voices throughout. I’m not sure why Munroe picked on me, nor why various tweets attributed every comment made by the audience to me!

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The Green Party failed to notify me that there was an investigation. However they did invite a Labour Party activist who had not been present at the studio to comment!

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This happened at 10.23am. By early afternoon friends were messaging saying that I’d been suspended from the Green Party. I was shocked to read this on the Independent‘s website having not even been notified of this myself. I rung up the head office and was informed that I had been told by email about my suspension. I had not received this. I pointed out that even if they had the correct email address it might have been wise to call me before releasing it to the national press.

I was forwarded the email which assured me that this was a temporary suspension in order to ‘prevent possible harm to the Party’s reputation’ and  that they ‘would like to assure [me] that this the matter will be given full and fair consideration.’
This was totally incongruent with the statement issued by the LGBTIQA+ Greens who have a longstanding reputation for bullying lesbians and older women out of their group.

Most Trans people will agree that sex and gender are not interchangable terms. The feminist analysis of gender is that it is a social construct of behaviours and characteristics which are imposed upon us as individuals. Women do not have an innate desire to wear dresses, they are socialised to do so. Naturally, most of us do not fit happily into these stereotypes and we believe that women and men should be liberated from gender roles and free to act as they wish. For instance, I would support any man’s right to wear dresses and makeup, or any woman’s right to have short hair and become a physicist.

The main difference between the feminist and transactivist analysis is that feminists  believe that there are various biological differences between men and women but these do not impact on our desire to behave or dress in a certain way.  Whereas transactivists believe that gender is an innate characteristic, a man who wears makeup and dresses is, in their view, not merely rejecting gender stereotypes but literally a woman.

I don’t believe that a biological male can ever be a woman. My trans friends are aware of my opinion on this and not all of them agree with me. However, they do not consider me to be transphobic. Transphobia is not a rejection of the idea of ‘innate gender’ anymore than Islamophobia or Antisemitism is the denial of the existence of God. It is an absolute insult to my friends who have experienced transphobia or homophobia in the form of beating, spitting, and abuse to dilute the word ‘transphobia’ to mean ‘disagreeing’.

I attended a Green Party meeting yesterday in which everyone supported me. Whilst the LGBTIQA+ Greens like to imply that the entire party is awash with trans-activists they are in fact a tiny vocal minority. The active members i.e. the ones that do the all the legwork, the members who go to meeting after meeting, tirelessly deliver leaflets, knock on doors for other candidates; we are people who just care about the environment. Just ordinary people not gender extremists who spend all day tweeting.

So we’ll see how this plays out. Whether the extremists succeed in kicking me out of the party, will they pick us off one by one for believing in the scientific reality of sex? I wonder who will deliver all the leaflets for those too special to do so themselves!

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14 thoughts on “The Genderquake debate fiasco and the McCarthyism that followed.

  1. I’m glad you said something. More women should be speaking out like you did. Men like Munroe and “Caitlyn” get away with saying anything they want (hell, “Cailtyn” even got away with literal murder ) and everyone just sits there and pretends like they believe their bullshit. Women were so nice and accommodating to these delusional males, patting their backs and saying “of course you are” when they yelled I AM A WOMAN that they’ve succeeded in trampling all over our rights. Sorry that you’ve been caught up in this shit storm simply for telling the truth. That nasty doctor on Twitter who alerted the green party about you should not be practicing on women since he clearly hates them. I dont know, i think women are going to have to be prepared to have a lot of unfair and nasty shit happen to them. Trans is the most insidious form patriarchy has taken yet. Nightmare world.

    P.S. how come no one asked Munroe about his skin-lightening routine?

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  2. Stay strong Olivia. This is a witch hunt. If one cannot even express an opinion, one held by most people, the Green Party will have many questions to answer. The LGBT etc group do not represent many lesbians and trans people. Bullying and silencing is no way to solve political disagreements.

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  3. It’s sheer madness, and the Labour Party have completely capitulated to it, alongside the Greens. For the first time in almost two decades, I will not be voting Labour. Unfortunately, nor will I be voting Green, which would have been my second choice, not after how you have been treated. It’s reminiscent of a medieval witch hunt, the blatant misogyny is horrifying. And why were the Green’s so keen to hear the testimony of a Labour Party activist who was not at the event anyway? Women wake up, we must challenge these men who hate us.

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  4. The comments called out by radical feminists were
    “Ian Huntley claims he is trans” – in response to Monroe’s assertion that no man would say they were trans in order to access womens space,

    “Male supremacy impacts on women, on us” – in response to Monroe’s comment that Transideology has no impact on women,

    “Tell that to the women in Ireland next week” – in response to Monroe’s claim that reproductive biology is not an issue for women. [This refers to the vote to remove anamendment forbidding abortion from the constitution of Eire]

    “You are not a woman, you’re a man with a penis” – in response to claims otherwise by Munroe,

    “disagreement is not the same thing as disrespect” – in response to Munroes claim to being disrespected,

    “This is supposed to be the feminist bit!” – in response to blatent platforming of misogynist an’t feminism by the host Cathy,

    ” Children are being mutilated and damaged by drugs” – in response to claims by the panel members that intervention was innocent,

    “That’s what Patriarchy looks like” – in response to the dismissing mocking and silencing of dissent by the host, and calls for the removal of feminists by Munroe.

    Each of these responses is correct in the sense of true, accurate, appropriate, measured and called for.

    We are proud to affirm that radical feminist responses to this latest aspect of deranged male supremacist ideology are ongoing, determined, vociferous and ubiquitous.

    We will counter trans and other misogynist propoganda at every opportunity.

    Women fight back against sex role stereotyping in its latest disguise “gender”.

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  5. If you do get expelled, I would leave the party in support as part of an organised exodus like ‘women leaving labour’. Hope it doesn’t happen 😞

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  6. Thoughts on Mother’s Day: (Today in Germany it is Mother’s Day)

    Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears! Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

    “Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

    From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, “Disarm, disarm! The sword is not the balance of justice.” Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession.

    As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each learning after his own time, the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

    In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

    Julia Ward Howe Proclamation of the first Mother’s Day 1870 in America

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  7. I feel so angry about this that I feel like leaving the Green Party, and I’m a life member, who joined 30 years ago? But where would I go? Labour are just as bad? I wonder why on earth trans ideology has taken such a hold, (especially on radical young people it seems to me, but maybe that’s just me being ageist?) Camille Paglia suggests it’s a symptom of the end of Western civilisation

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