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Mums put Jess Phillips right on trans women

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THE trans issue just won’t go away. America and Canada show where it is heading, with biological males participating in girls’ and women’s sports, demanding access to women’s safe spaces and being housed in women’s prisons. What worries me most is the impact on vulnerable young people and their wider families who love them. Clinicians point to ‘the high percentage of patients suffering from gender dysphoria who also suffer other complex problems, such as trauma, autism, a history of sexual abuse and attention deficit disorder’.  See the direct experience of a mother with an autistic child at the end of this article.

Politicians seem to have been particularly ‘got to’ by the trans lobby. What is bizarre is that they keep going even as more and more people express their concerns and their growing anger. The latest to feel the heat is Labour MP Jess Phillips during her participation in a MumsNet webchat. Even before she began answering questions, moderators at Mumsnet pleaded with concerned women to focus less on the trans issue. According to the Daily Mail, ‘Mumsnet moderators were forced to step in even before the question-and-answer session began as readers sent in reams of queries on the subject, complaining it had ‘dominated previous webchats’ . . . [Moderators] begged people to ask questions on other subjects and deleted repetitious ones’. 

Politicians please take note. Nevertheless Jess waded in and confirmed her belief that ‘trans women are women’. 

Furious responses included: 

‘Maybe a lot of your constituents don’t know what the hell is going on with the GRA [Gender Recognition Act] but they soon will do when the rights of a tiny minority of men supersede the rights of half the population i.e women.’

‘Just to note, I had two other political parties door knock before GE but no Labour candidate. I discussed my concerns about self ID with both the Tory candidate who had teenaged daughters and was very much up to date with the impact and a Lib Dem volunteer who confessed they were concerned but felt the leadership had made decisions that did not represent his view on this.’

‘Jess why do we not allow male children over 13 into refuge with their mothers? Is it because we appreciate male adult bodies are by their nature potentially distressing for women who have suffered abuse by men?’

‘Jess, do you actually believe you can change your sex? Cross your heart?’

‘Anyone I’ve spoken to in my community about it has reacted with utter disbelief. They find it hard to fathom that Labour politicians are claiming to actually believe that “transwomen are women” and aren’t just saying so to be polite, because it’s so patently false.’

‘Your comments on equality and meritocracy are completely at odds with your subsequent comments on TWAW [trans women are women] So in this brave new world, a biological male self-ids as a woman and then stands as a leader candidate. You cannot seriously believe this is equality.’ 

‘These are issues that affect the fundamental rights of half the population. They are across every conceivable layer of public policy, and affect us from cradle to grave.’

Finally, perhaps the most important comment of all: ‘My 13-year-old autistic daughter is around other ASD [autism spectrum disorder] girls a lot. They all talk about asking for blockers as a way of stopping their periods and their bodies changing (because ASD kids can’t cope with change/transitions and there is no bigger transition than puberty). To be clear, she tells me that these girls don’t necessarily think they’re boys, but have rather perceptively worked out that saying they are trans is a golden ticket to stopping puberty. But they genuinely don’t understand what they are asking for. Autistic girls are the largest cohort affected by this, and no one is asking why.’

I could go on and on and on. Thank goodness for the courage and the common sense of the nation’s mothers. We will fight for our children. But will Conservative politicians please start listening?

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Caroline ffiske
Caroline ffiske
Caroline ffiske is a former adviser to the New Zealand Government, served two terms as a Conservative councillor in Hammersmith & Fulham and is currently a full-time mother. She tweets as @carolinefff

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