MARGARET Atwood’s vision of an extremist society in The Handmaid’s Tale is almost upon us, but not in the way the liberal elite think. The recent television adaptation of this book had woke commentators gasping for air as they hysterically warned that Donald Trump’s America was the new Gilead in which women are banished and enslaved.
Ironically, it’s actually regressive progressives who champion ideologies which push women out of public spaces and endanger them. Their infatuation with transgenderism is rapidly dismantling women’s rights.
Fair Play for Women, a campaign group for women’s rights, submitted a FOI request which revealed that suspected or convicted rapists may self-identify as female if they choose.
Six police forces are recording them as such. There is nothing progressive in kowtowing to the demands of an aggressive and misogynistic minority that results in endangering women.
An obvious consequence of this lunacy will be that the recorded numbers of crimes committed by women will rise. This will give a distorted and unfair reflection of the number of women committing crimes, including rape.
The legal definition of rape is ‘penetration with a penis without consent’. How can the police disregard this biological and legal fact? Are they going to change this definition to suit transgender dogma? Putting on a dress does not make a man a woman. We have a different biological system from men. No amount of hormones or lipstick will change the fact that these are men raping women.
Vulnerable female prisoners will be at risk when these men are sent to female prisons. How easy the police have made it now for rapists to continue assaulting women. This is the stuff of dystopian nightmares, and a rapist’s dream come true.
It is worse – not only rapists but any male prisoners, regardless of their crimes, may decide to identify as women during their imprisonment. The authorities will acquiesce to their demands for transfers to female prisons. This places more women prisoners in a frightening situation. No matter how strong a woman is she will almost certainly be no match for a fit and healthy man who might potentially assault her in prison.
This ruse is wide open for manipulation by dangerous men. The police should come clean and say how many men self-identifying as women are being sent to female prisons. Being raped is an appalling and degrading experience for any woman. It’s life-changing. Now rape victims will have to go through the traumatic experience of knowing their rapists are officially recorded as ‘women’, negating both truth and reality. Whose side are the police on – the rapists or their victims? How cruel to do this to rape victims in the name of woke ideology.
We now know what the police view as a priority and it’s not keeping women safe. Why do they ignore common sense and morality and let rapists self-identify as women? Are they scared of being fired if they don’t follow the dictates of what can only be described as the lunatics in charge of the police?
If they are, I don’t blame them. Decent police officers are being disciplined and made to resign just for having a sense of humour.
Former senior officer Paul Byrne runs a blog where he gently satirises the police, a hobby which must be welcome relief after spending 25 years in the Metropolitan force. His post-liberal Puritan bosses admonished him for ‘damaging’ their public image. After disciplinary action for the crime of transgressing woke ideology he resigned from the force. But I have news for his bosses – their precious image has already been damaged beyond repair, and not in the way they think it has.
Their disgraceful ineptitude in handling the recent Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London has ruined their image more than any humorous blog ever could.
When XR activists stood on Tube trains at Canning Town station, preventing Londoners from travelling to their workplaces, the ‘enfeebled politicised police’ – as Peter Hitchens calls them – just stood there. Commuters were forced to take matters into their own hands as police officers, frozen in inertia and fear, inaudibly muttered instructions.
Police commanders are doing a great job in alienating not only honourable rank and file officers but also the law-abiding public. The police are so infected with a culture of failing to keep law and order that they now prioritise the magical thinking of gender self-identification over rape victims. I am tempted to start a trend self-identifying as a green-skinned alien to see if inept authorities acquiesce to my demands for free space trips to Mars. That they probably would encapsulates the growing madness of narcissistic identity politics.