If you haven't read this yet, it’s a gem and will brighten your day. The Mail on Sunday, to which full credit must be given, highlighted the latest manifestation of the gender wars.
Its report of a 60-year-old woman being shoved to the ground in a punch-up between transgender activists and their extreme feminist rivals in Hyde Park is a lesson in the perils of identity politics.
A group identifying themselves as the Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists had taken issue with something called ‘trans activism’. The feminists’ beef is not that trans ladies lack genuine female biological attributes but that they can't claim to be women as they’ve not experienced patriarchal oppression. You heard. At least I think that’s the problem.
Anyway it was Jenni Murray’s point when she asked a while back: ‘Can someone who has lived as a man, with all the privilege that entails, really lay claim to womanhood? It takes more than a sex change and make-up’.
I am not – to be quite clear – identifying Dame Jenni with or as a member of the Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists. I would not dare.
To cut to the chase, the TERFs’ secret location for a talk they planned entitled What Is Gender? The Gender Recognition Act and Beyond was rumbled by offended transsexuals. Online warnings had revealed Trans Activists protesters to be on the march (including the LGBTQ+ Society from Goldsmiths, University of London, an organisation called Sisters Uncut, and Action For Trans Health London, just to be accurate).
They turned up and war broke out. Now the ‘gender critical feminist’ who fell to the ground has identified one of her alleged attackers as a trans-woman who is trying to raise £5,000 for vocal cord surgery to make her voice higher.
Police are investigating. TCW wishes them luck.