Monday, 9 November 2015

Freedom of speech? Women’s rights and trans rights…



I’m writing this because the recent discussion about Tara Hudson, the pre-op transgender MTW inmate who has been moved to a woman’s prison has made me think about how I view transgender issues and my views about feminism. The discussion on whether a transwoman should be put in a woman’s prison worries me on two points: Firstly and most importantly I’m worried that trans rights are in danger of eroding women's rights and secondly, I’m worried that even talking about this seems to imply transphobia and this is something we should be able to talk about.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Motherhood - running with the children


I don’t know the facts about the Rebecca Minnock case - what allegations she has made and why the child, having lived with her for the first two years of his life, was ordered to live with his father. I do know however that some people of either gender falsely claim to have been (or their child to have been) abused by their ex-partner and that in addition to the damage to their actual victims, false allegations also make it far more difficult for genuine victims to come forward.  I also entirely believe that judges are right to reprimand people who break court orders and flee, especially in order to gain publicity. To think otherwise would deny the point of having a justice system and risk the courts losing their authority entirely.