We believe 'transgender' people are entitled to their own personal beliefs and should have the same human rights as anyone else. However, we are concerned by the dangerous impact 'transgender' ideology and practice has on women and children. 'Transgender' ideology stipulates that 'gender' (aka sex roles / stereotypes) is innate and that, inexplicably, biological sex is a social construct. This is in direct opposition to the views of feminists: 'gender' is the tool of the patriarchy by which women are oppressed. We believe in the abolition of 'gender' in order to attain women's liberation.
“The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.” - Audre Lorde
'Transgender' ideology is rooted firmly on a belief in strict sex roles (i.e. gender) for men and women – if a person does not conform to their sex role ('masculinity' for men or 'femininity' for women), they are considered defective ('born in the wrong body').
Conversely, we do not believe that women have an innate 'gender' (aka sex role / stereotype) that predisposes them to wearing dresses, liking pink, adopting 'feminine' mannerisms and acting as a sex object for men's use.
The Harms of 'Transgenderism'
In relation to 'transgender' ideology and practice, OBJECT are particularly concerned by:
# The labelling of 'gender' non-conforming children as 'transgender', resulting in unnecessary 'medical' treatment such as the administration of puberty blockers.
# The increasing number of young women 'transitioning', in a misguided attempt to escape the 'gender' (sex role) of femininity. These women self harm through surgery (eg. breast removal) and taking testosterone. Many of these women are lesbians. 'Transitioning' acts as a form of lesbian conversion therapy.
# The invasion of women-only sex-protected spaces, such as toilets, prisons and refuges. The idea of 'gender self ID' proposes that a man's word is all that is required for him to enter a space reserved for women. Biological males identifying as 'trans' have already been housed in women's prisons and have sexually assaulted women prisoners.
# The degradation of the language required to describe women's oppression. If a 'woman' can have a penis, then the word becomes meaningless. Women lose the ability to effectively describe our experience of oppression as a sex class. This also means it will no longer be possible to collect statistics on male criminality (because male and female won't be distinguished from each other) - such statistics have helped women attain special laws regarding rape, sexual harassment, domestic violence etc.
# Feminist criticism of 'gender' is being reclassified as bigotry and 'transphobia.' For example, it could be considered 'transphobic' to suggest that women are not naturally inclined to wear lipstick and perform 'femininity'. It is considered 'hate speech' to express feminist opinion.
# The pressure placed on lesbians in particular to accept men into their communities. Lesbians are coerced into accepting these men as 'women' and to have sexual relationships with them. Claiming not to want to have sex with a 'woman with a penis' (ie. a man) is denounced as 'transphobia'. Lesbophobia is rampant in LGBT groups, which are where young lesbians unfortunately seek solace and community; instead they are groomed and manipulated into having sex with men.
OBJECT's recent work on 'Transgender' issues
# We contributed speakers to Venice Allen's We Need to Talk about the GRA (Gender Recognition Act) event in Glasgow in January 2018.
# OBJECT joined the protest at London Pride 2018, raising awareness of the issues lesbians are facing from the 'LGBT' community.
# OBJECT helped to provide a pro-lesbian presence at Manchester Pride 2018, affirming that only women can be lesbians: "Lesbian = Female Homosexual".
# We recently responded to the Government Consultation on the Reform of the Gender Recognition Act to oppose the implementation of 'gender' self-identification in law and to support the right of women and girls to access single-sex spaces and services.
# OBJECT supported Linda Bellos and Venice Allan at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 26th September 2018. The complainant announced that he was ‘offended’ by the colours of Linda’s pocket handkerchief (purple, white and green). which sums up everything you need to know about him.
Recommended books on 'Transgender' issues
# Brunskell-Evans, Heather. & Moore, Michele. Eds. (2018) Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body.
# Jeffreys, Sheila. (2014) Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism.
Recommended websites on 'Transgender' issues
# Fair Play For Women - Contains excellent guidance on responding to the Government Consultation on the Reform of the Gender Recognition Act.
# Transgender Trend - Provides information for parents, teachers and others who work with children. Offers a school pack containing advice on how to support 'gender' non-conforming children and teenagers who may 'identify' as 'trans', without denying biological sex or pandering to 'transgender' ideology.
To read OBJECT's latest blog posts on 'Transgender' issues, click here.