I would like to. I have to say though that it makes me a little nervous. Having seen the vitriol on terfisaslur.com and being open to potentially career and life ruining vexatious complaints against my governing body does concern me. Can this be done under a pseudonym or semi-anonymously? The thought that I should have to do it like that really pisses me off but I also have to be realistic about how some transactivists have behaved.
I would have thought the same, OP. I have already written privately as I can't see that my MP is going to set baseball bat wielding activists on me. Plus no one is going to take any notice of anonymous letters.
We already have had threads on FWR covering petitions and letters. I can see that having a permanent Spartacus thread would make it easy to track letter campaigns and petitions. I think it seems a good idea.
"The TRA approach to trans is sacrosanct in the area in which I work."
The fear of speaking out is so shocking - it has something of the Twilight Zone about it.
It was really born in on me during the web chat with Jess Phillips how stymied everyone is.
When the question 'what is a woman?' is not only unanswered, but completely unaddressed, there is clearly a very big problem indeed.
The only two answers to that question are either the biological one, or the 'feeling in the head' one.
The fact that Jess was unable to give either answer indicates, to me, that she was concerned over the backlash from the two opposing camps.
Criticism of transactivism produces not only threats of violence from TRAs, but also outrage from everyday folk who see it as exclusionary and tied up with LGB rights (erroneously in my opinion).
The answer to 'what is a women' provides the basis of the conflict.
I really can't imagine anyone in their right mind would be willing to officially agree that it is just a feeling. You would have women, scientists, doctors, biologists, linguists, feminists, pedants, mothers and any number of people profoundly disagreeing. Many people aren't aware of the ridiculous claims that TRAs are making.
Spotlighting that one, significant, vital question might highlight the damage underlying the ideology.
Forcing an answer must at least provoke a debate where debate has become taboo.
Knowing how some threads here are picked up by MSN and seeing that the Daily Mail is beginning to have a bit of an axe to grind in terms of the trans-ideology maybe we could start a threat 'what is a woman?'
I can see it being a fairly easy thread to recreate in the media, as there is no real judgement to it. It's simply asking a question.
I can see the DM reporting "Mumsnet is asking the question 'What is a woman?' The answers are interesting!"
There will be various answers, but I doubt any of them will include 'a man who wears a dress'. If it does, all the better, as it will be provocative.
So instead of the Daily Mail exploiting mumsnet, do you think mumsnet can exploit the Daily Mail by providing them with a means of getting the question out there?
That sounds like a good starting point. It's difficult to present much of a pro-drugs argument when it comes to children.
I suspect they will say they don't administer drugs to anyone under 18. However asking why there is little, or no alternative counselling if you are not going down the drugs, might be a good point to make.
Also, I think we should all do it at different times. So make notes in our diaries to do it two or three weeks apart. I don't think it has the same impact if they all come at once as it will look like it has been a concerted effort from a cohort.