JENNI MURRAY:  We didn’t fight for equality only to be erased

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British columnist Jenny Murray (pictured) says women fought for equality, not just erasing

In my long career as a journalist with a special interest in women’s rights, I have often heard young women and girls articulating the idea that there is no longer a need to fight for equality. We would have won. We had it all.

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I always point out that authority, once won, is not necessarily set in stone. Often, the concern was whether it was rape, domestic violence, opportunities in the workplace or just the freedom to wear clothes of our choice, drink in the pub or walk home at night, we took two steps forward and one step back.

We should never assume that rights, once acquired, can never be taken away. We should always be alert. I often use Afghanistan as my example. In the 1970s, the women there were educated, wore what they liked and did good jobs. The Taliban took away that freedom.

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It was retrieved during the last 20 years. Now it’s gone again as the Taliban shut down the Women’s Ministry and renamed it the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice – slipping into that cliché of defining women as madonna or prostitute. Is.

I never expected to be so radical here, but I fear we are on a slippery slope to the erosion of women’s gender-based rights. Many businesses, including the Crown Estate, have fallen through with powerful lobbying by an organization called Stonewall. Suddenly trans activists take over and women are left behind.

Keira Bell won her case in the High Court a year ago. She had argued that a child under the age of 16 was not able to make an informed choice about puberty inhibitors and cross-sex hormones. She was a patient at the Tavistock Clinic as a teenage girl who thought she wanted to be a boy.

In her early 20s, she realized she had made a mistake and moved on, but her body and her fertility experienced profound and irreversible changes. When the court agreed with their concerns, it seemed like a big step in protecting the children.

Last week, Tavistock, which runs the UK’s only youth gender identity clinic, appealed the decision and won. Reversing an earlier decision, it is now left to the doctors to decide whether a child is able to perceive the effects of the treatment as it was on Keira.

But wasn’t it the doctors who enabled Keira’s girl to transition to the boy without, as she argued, challenging her perceived gender dysphoria at the time?

All this As Scotland talks about lowering the age, one can legally change their gender from 18 to 16.

Have trans activists made this whole debate so toxic that we are forgetting our duty to protect children from drugs that can ruin their adult lives as women?

Labor MP Rosie Duffield has also landed in hot water.  He has been advised to stay away from his party's convention later this week for fear of his safety.  She was branded transphobic by saying that only women have a cervix and that it may not be suitable for people with male bodies to enter only female spaces as women.

Labor MP Rosie Duffield has also landed in hot water. He has been advised to stay away from his party’s convention later this week for fear of his safety. She was branded transphobic by saying that only women have a cervix and that it may not be suitable for people with male bodies to enter only female spaces as women.

Ah ladies, that word we all thought we knew its meaning. Not any more. This week, I read on Twitter about a woman, who was asked by a company not to be named, to write a plan to better treat women going through menopause. She did so, but her bosses ordered the removal of the word ‘woman’.

Menopausal people would be more satisfying because it would include trans men who, despite their appearance, would still be biologically female.

Labor MP Rosie Duffield has also landed in hot water. He has been advised to stay away from his party’s convention later this week for fear of his safety. She was branded transphobic by saying that only women have a cervix and that it may not be suitable for people with male bodies to enter only female spaces as women.

She has been threatened with death and mutilation on social media, as have many of us for saying similar things. No wonder she is scared.

Let’s not forget MP Joe Cox, who was killed in 2016. We have a feeling these vicious trolls won’t carry out their threats, but we never know.

The Speaker of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has supported Rosie, but the party’s leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has failed to arrange a meeting to discuss her concerns and to establish party policy on the transgender question. He must arrange for police protection for her, as was given to former MP Luciana Berger in 2018, when she feared attending the convention after months of anti-Semitic abuse.

Rosie Duffield should feel safe among the members of her party. Women are women. Trans women are trans women. Everyone deserves respect and protection, but women should not be wiped out.

We’ve fought long and hard for the honor of our life, not for our gender and I, for one, will never give up.

I am a woman and a mother. No more stepping back, please.

All my best wishes and sympathy go out to Julia Bradbury, who has just experienced that terrible moment when the surgeon tells you: 'I'm sorry, you have breast cancer.'

All my best wishes and sympathy go out to Julia Bradbury, who has just experienced that terrible moment when the surgeon tells you: ‘I’m sorry, you have breast cancer.’

Cancer is not a fight – it’s all up to luck

All my best wishes and sympathy go out to Julia Bradbury, who has just experienced that terrible moment when the surgeon tells you: ‘I’m sorry, you have breast cancer.’

I remember, as if it was only yesterday, the moment the doctor told me the same thing. It’s terrifying because you don’t know your prognosis, but you do know that it will be a long and difficult journey that will change your body forever.

However, I wish it could be seen as something that you just have to endure in the hope that you will be one of the lucky ones. Julia said: ‘This will be the battle of my life and I will have the battle scars to prove it.’

I doubt this kind of pugilistic language is helpful at all to women who aren’t going to make it. Why was the fear instilled in his mind that he did not fight hard enough?

We all should know…

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