An open letter to the organisers of the "We need to talk" tour from a group of feminists in Ireland(13 Posts)
An Open Letter to the Organisers of The "We Need To Talk" tour from a group of feminists in Ireland..
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We write as cisgender feminists in Ireland to the organisers of the ‘We Need To Talk’ speaking tour who plan to hold an event in Ireland in February.
The main purpose of the ‘We Need To Talk’ tour is to promote opposition to the proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act in the UK. The reformed act would allow people to self-declare their gender (currently in the UK people are forced to go through the indignity of medical diagnosis in order to have their gender recognised). This proposed legal reform is a necessary and urgent step toward undoing the stigma, discrimination and violence that trans people in the UK currently endure. The organisers of ‘We Need to Talk’ are making a stop here in Ireland, under the guise of talking about abortion. However, their motives remain clear to us, and we write this letter to show that their exclusionary, discriminatory attitudes to trans people – in particular trans women – are not welcome here in Ireland. We will not sit in silence while the organisers of this meeting peddle ideas and opinions that are actively harmful to the well-being and safety of our comrades.
Trans women and men in Ireland have the legal right to self-declare their gender. Trans people and particularly trans women are an inextricable part of our feminist community. The needs of trans people are part of our campaigns. There is no difference between ‘feminists’ spreading transphobic and transmisogynist ideas or spreading racism or homophobia. We want no part of it, and we don’t want it here. So yes, we do need to talk.
We can see from your social media posts about your tour and its contents, that your opposition to the GRA is based on the idea that feminist organising and women’s rights will somehow be harmed through trans inclusivity and organising with our trans sisters. We know this is not true. We, the signatories of this letter, organise hand in hand with our trans sisters. Together, cis and trans, we are Irish feminism. Trans women are our sisters; their struggles are ours, our struggles theirs. They were our sisters before any state-issued certification said so and will always be no matter what any legislation says, either now or in the future.
In the south of Ireland*, trans women have been able to declare themselves women and have the state change their documentation to reflect that declaration since 2015. The sky has not fallen. Cis women have not lost anything whatsoever from this. If anything, all of Irish feminism has gained: our struggle for bodily autonomy gains in strength and momentum through this victory for our trans sisters. There are few things as feminists in Ireland we can say we have been pleased to see passed by the state. This, although flawed in its lack of recognition of trans children and non-binary people, is one.
So tell us: what is it that you know of Irish feminism that you feel entitled and authorised to come here and lecture us on? Dublin has not been part of the UK since 1921, yet you originally described ‘We Need To Talk’ as a UK tour while still including Dublin on your list of venues. This gives us some idea of how little you know about Irish realities, north or south.
We do not need you here. We have not had your support in our fight for #repealthe8th, our fight against the historical and ongoing impact of the Magdalene Laundries, our fight for taking back control of our hospitals from religious orders, our fight for justice for women and babies tortured and entombed in Mother and Baby homes.
Do you know, for example, that in the north of Ireland, legally part of the UK, women still cannot access safe and legal abortion? Have you campaigned on this in any way? If you have, why don’t we know about it? Did you strike in solidarity with us on March 8th last year? Did you even know we were striking and for what? Do you have any kind of concept of what a feminism in a country shaped by struggle against Empire looks like? Did you take even a second to consider that, in assuming you have the right to come here in any kind of position of feminist authority, you’re behaving with the arrogance of just that imperialism? We have had enough of colonialism in Ireland without needing more of it from you
We neither want nor need your lecture tour. You’re not welcome here.
Lisa Keogh Finnegan
Antoinette Barrett Murphy
Aoife FitzGibbon O’Riordan
Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird
Rebekka K. Steg
Niamh P. Keoghan
Caoimhe Ní Néill
Donnla Brighid Nic Gearailt
Julie Ní Mháille
Saorlaith Ní Shuibhne
Sarah Mc guill
Betsy Cornwell Lyons
Saoirse Ní Chiaragáin
Amy Ní Chaoimh
Sarah Ní Riain
Debbie O Rourke
Eimear O Shea
Clare Ní Cheallaigh
Sile Ni Dhubhghaill
Elizabeth Marshall l
Aine O Flaherty
Jessica Nic Eoin
Amy Ní Cholgáin
Antje (Catherine) Karl
Aoife Riach Kelly
(Signatories are at time of posting).
Well bloody said.
@Truthstar to be honest, I figured this would largely fall on deaf ears, but thank you. ♥️🌹
You are receiving no replies because nobody can be bothered to read your long, boring post about why men in dresses should be allowed in women's spaces.
Me too. Since when do women have to now identify as "cis women" to avoid confusion... surely it's pretty obvious already.
I figured this would largely fall on deaf ears
You are so tediously wrong. Honestly, trans identified males are not women. Never will be. Never can be.
I refuse to identify in relation to what I’m not. It’s bloody offensive.
Shall we just now call men ‘not women’ or ‘other than women’?
Not liking the tone of the open letter.
Transwomen are NOT women unless they have undergone realignment IMV. All others are beardy men wearing pink or yellow dresses and size ten heels. Some of whom will invade our spaces just because they can. Those who do not want to do this and live a quiet discrimination free life can do so. But it is a politicised issue now, not an individual freedom issue anymore.
Anyway, plenty of girls name ideas there!
What makes you think speak for all the women in Ireland? There are many women who don’t agree with the law changes, but they are silenced by shouts of “bigot”. Nobody is forcing you to listen, so what gives you the right to no platform a group that others want to listen to? Btw, don’t fucking insult me with your ‘cis’ bullshit!
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