Article in Holyrood magazine on Pride, gc feminism and Stonewall

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ArabellaScott Fri 04-Jun-21 12:44:34

- amongst other things.

www.holyrood.com/editors-column/view,taking-pride

'I have no qualms in saying sex is binary, biology is real, and you can’t actually change sex. But I also know now that such bald statements of fact, regardless of my concurrent view that anyone can be whatever they believe themselves to be, could now lead to me being accused of a hate crime, of being a transphobe and of attempts made to hound me out of my job.

I know that to be true because it’s already happened.'

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ArabellaScott Fri 04-Jun-21 12:45:50

Gah, for some reason there's a hyphen in Holyrood articles that buggers up the link.

Go here, and click on the first article you see: www.holyrood.com/editors-column.htm

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Beamur Fri 04-Jun-21 12:55:50

That's a powerful piece.
What is the publication? Is it connected to Government?

ArabellaScott Fri 04-Jun-21 13:01:48

It's a Scottish political magazine. 'Scotland’s fortnightly political & current affairs magazine' - no, unconnected to govt, can't imagine anyone in the SNP coming out with that!

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ANewCreation Fri 04-Jun-21 13:10:28

Thanks for posting.

This bit in Mandy Rhodes' piece particularly resonated:

"Frankly, it has felt like a dangerous place to be a woman, given the complexities of the debate, in as much as you could be: a supporter of LGBT equalities, but wish to express concerns about some aspects of an almost evangelical belief in gender identity; you could respect someone wanting to live in the gender of their choosing, but not also echo the rallying cry of ‘trans women are women’; you could want anyone suffering abuse to find refuge, but still believe that there was a risk in lowering any threshold of safety for women from single-sex spaces; you could defer to someone’s choice on how to be addressed, but still feel uncomfortable at the weaponising of pronouns; and you could support a young person struggling with their identity, but still express issue with them taking, potentially, irreversible steps in terms of changing their bodies.

There is no black and white in this and yet that is what has been demanded."

JoodyBlue Fri 04-Jun-21 13:27:06

Clear and to the point, which calls it to be great writing. Thanks OP.

highame Fri 04-Jun-21 13:45:05

It's a great piece Op. Pushback taking hold in Scotland? I do hope so, thought the SNP with it's push to be 'other' in any way it can, may have to slide dramatically in the popularity poles for them to find their way back to sanity

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GrouchyKiwi Fri 04-Jun-21 14:02:16

Good piece. I hope Holyrood pays attention, but I won't hold my breath.

PearPickingPorky Fri 04-Jun-21 14:08:10

I love how Mandy Rhodes has become so clear in her position. A year or two ago she was so cautious and conciliatory to the TRA dogma, and now she's completely off the fence.

Great article, thanks OP.

ArabellaScott Fri 04-Jun-21 14:14:44

Pushback? I dont know. I had such high hopes, and the election showed that most people still don't really know or care what's happening.

Sorry! It's Friday! I will perk up shortly!

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