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In Defence of Women – An Essential Article for Understanding our Culture

I rarely post other people’s articles here, but sometimes one comes along that is so essential that I feel I have to pass it on.  In this case especially for those of you who don’t read The Australian it would be a shame if you missed this absolute gem from one of my favourite journalists – Janet Albrechtsen. Not only is it really well written and argued – but the information and warning she brings is a clarion call not just to women – but to men as well.   For years I have been writing about this and so it is a thrill when someone in mainstream media says it – and says it so much better!

Women, we’re in the fight of our lives to save our identity

@jkalbrechtsen

For thousands of years, people have discussed, debated, and disagreed with each other when considering what it means to be human. From the ancient Greeks to the 21st century, western civilisation’s exploration of human identity has not been a straight line, nor a road without whopping big bumps. Those more taken with the ecstasy of thought have helped steer human progress.

From our vantage point, the overall direction is distinctly ­positive: we strive for the inherent dignity of the individual to live free from ideological shackles imposed on them by others, to be free to prosper spiritually, emotionally, physically and ­materially. The route — one of ­debate, discussion and disagreement — has been the key to moving closer to genuine inclusivity, diver­sity and tolerance.

We have Stopped Thinking

Something very different has taken hold within a few short years when it comes to thinking about what it means to be a woman. We have stopped thinking. The trans movement has decreed that ­biology is no determinant of womanhood. Many within this ­social justice movement assert that there is no room for debate, and that if we dare to try to discuss it, or challenge their diktats, we should expect the same vitriol, abuse and public shaming heaped on JK Rowling last year.

What is unfolding is the antithesis of inclusivity and tolerance. Worse, it marks a disturbing detour from progress. Surely, our ­desire to support trans men and women need not be done by eliminating the reality of women’s biological identities? Yet only a handful of brave women spoke out this week in the British parliament about a law dealing with paid ­maternity leave that has expunged a pregnant woman from the law, choosing instead to refer to “a person who is pregnant”. Proving herself once again to be a gleaming light of logic, Baroness Claire Fox, an independent, said: “These new language codes and norms are mandating us to adopt doublespeak. Why do I need to describe myself as a ‘cis woman’? I am a woman; that is it — enough. I am not a uterus holder, nor a person with a vagina nor a chestfeeder. These are linguistic abominations, but they are not harmless. Ultimately, these body part descriptions demean women and are a linguistic assault on the notion that biological sex exists at all.’’

Erasing Women

There is an unmistakeable push across institutions to erase women and their biological reality. Earlier this month, the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust laid down in its internal guidelines that there are “birthing parents” rather than “mothers” and “chest-feeding” in place of “breast-feeding”.

In Australia, too, the biological female is being quietly erased, though not yet by our parliaments. The Gender Institute at the Australian National University in Canberra, for example, published a handbook last year in which the words “mother” and “father” are replaced with “gestational” and “non-gestational” parent. “Breastfeeding” becomes “chest-feeding”, and “mother’s milk” becomes “human milk”.

“I am not a uterus holder, nor a person with a vagina nor a chestfeeder. These are linguistic abominations, but they are not harmless.” Picture: iStock
“I am not a uterus holder, nor a person with a vagina nor a chestfeeder. These are linguistic abominations, but they are not harmless.” Picture: iStock

For centuries, feminists fought for women to be recognised in all our biological glory. Fox and a few others, women such as Germaine Greer and Rowling, are continuing that battle. But where are the younger feminists? So vocal on other important matters, why are they so silent about an issue that goes to the core of womanhood and feminism?

If men advocated for the erasure of female biology from laws, policies and other official forms of language to suit them, most women would be screaming to high heaven about the misogyny of that project. But when a small group of trans activists call for the elimination of ­female biology from language, laws and sport, there is cowering silence.

The State Sanctioned Humiliation of Women

Do we understand what is at stake? The move to eliminate the biological woman from the English language is worse than book burning. It is more damaging than toppling statues, censoring art, cleansing words from The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn and removing dialogue from our TV screens’ clips of Fawlty Towers.

It is altogether different from adding “Ms” to the list of titles for women or swapping “chairman” with “chairperson”. Language has always adapted to new times. We have moved on from the language of Beowulf and Chaucer.

Expunging female biology from our language is the state-sanctioned humiliation of women. When carried over into laws, it makes it harder for women to be safe in public toilets and prisons, and impossible for women to compete fairly in sport.

We women talk among ourselves about being mentally “undressed” by men. Now we face something worse being done, not to a single woman, but en masse: all biological females, tiny tots included, are being told by parliaments and bureaucracies that our female biology is to be stripped away from us, treated as a matter of inconsequence in the eyes of ­bureaucracies and the law. Stamping out our intrinsic biological identity is an abomination akin to stripping the sexual identity from gays or the religious identity from Christians or Muslims or Sikhs.

While it is clear the trans movement is far more doctrinaire in its quest for rights than other ­social justice movements over the past few hundred years, what is less clear is why we’re so afraid to push back against illogical, unreasonable and destructive demands?

A Temporary Detour?

Perhaps some people imagine that attempts to excise mothers and women from our language is a temporary detour, that we will ultimately right ourselves to a more enlightened path. If so, then the past few years will be just another challenge we surmounted in the long, complicated, imperfect yet dazzling story of western civilisation. We would be able to look back and wonder what on earth got into us that we allowed this ­demented, illogical fad to take hold, even for a short time.

But what if it is not a fleeting moment of nonsense? What if the project to decouple women from their biology is more long-term? When we agree to demands to ­dehumanise half the population by stripping away their biology, we dehumanise the whole of society.

It will make it easier to strip other groups from the essence of their beings. Isn’t that the lesson of slavery, of apartheid, and of ­ongoing racism?

Given that we cannot know now whether this is a passing fad or a permanent change to society, we had better do all that we can to make sure it is the former. That means fighting for the spirit of ­enquiry, of debate, and, inevitably, disagreeing with each other.

J K Rowling

In her thought-provoking 3600-word essay posted online last June, Rowling raises many of the issues that need to be explored and debated, not just about the ­distortion of language, but about other issues at the centre of the trans movement. For example, the 4400 per cent increase in girls being referred to transitioning treatment in Britain, with autistic girls over-represented in these ­astonishing numbers. Rowling wrote about her experiences as a girl who did not “feel pink”, and how she worked out that “it’s OK to feel confused, dark, both sexual and non-sexual, unsure of what or who you are”. For being curious and trying to keep inquiry open by defending a woman’s right, need, and desire to be recognised as a biological being, Rowling is the target of bile and bigotry.

If we, as women, cannot defend our biological being, what will become of women? If we, as adults, cannot talk openly about the ­explosion of gender dysphoria among children, how can we know we are doing the right thing by children? We at risk of conducting a giant social experiment without enough careful analysis of what is happening.

Ideological Tyranny

The darkest side to the project to kill off a woman’s biological self is not what has happened to date. The most dangerous part put about by many within the trans movement is that there is no space for women to defend their biology, and no room for debate when it comes to gender dysphoria.

It signals a form of ideological tyranny that, in light of recent history, those living in the 21st century ought to be well equipped to recognise and resist.

There was another excellent article on the same subject in the Spectator – Why I joined the Trans Debate by James Kirkup

I have written numerous articles on this subject – just type ‘transgender’ into the search engine. But here are a couple…

A.S.K 36 – Transgender

Shake on It -Engaging with Transgender People

WWJD – about Transgender?

12 comments

  1. “Ultimately, these.. demean women… If men advocated for the erasure of female biology from laws, policies and other official forms of language to suit them, most women would be screaming to high heaven about the misogyny of that project.”

    And therein lies the crux, the demeaning of women and the demonising of men and the cancelling of anyone who dares to push back against this, cancelling them, ironically in the name of diversity, inclusivity and tolerance.

    Welcome to an Orwellian “ministry of truth” and “ministry of love”.

    Thankfully truth is freeing and love never fails. So all we need to do is determine where truth and love is authentic and where there are lies and hatred masquerading as truth and love.

    And this is not difficult to determine for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear.

  2. Hello Pastor Robertson

    May I please ask an off-topic question?

    In relation to the long discussion on that older post about progressives in Brisbane, I know you are currently working quite closely with Sydney Anglicans. Is there a lot of awareness among Sydney Anglican clergy (and laity) about what is going on in Brisbane Anglican circles and the kinds of beliefs held by the “progressive” Brisbane ministers, not just in terms of moral issues like same-sex marriage but their overall bizarre theology? Do they express concern? Is there anything they can do to help us or do they have any suggestions for us in our plight? I know Reverend David Ould is one person who has worked tirelessly to expose heresy in the Australian Anglican Communion but I wonder how widely known our problems are amongst the wider Sydney Anglican population.

    Thanks and God be with you, Pastor.

  3. Not all of us who are trans support this gender-erasing, womanhood denying idiocy, although we’re certainly at risk of being labelled black sheep – or what are the words de jour, transphobic? biological essentialists, etc.? – within the (nonexistent) ‘(activist) community’ as it apparently exists today. But such is the fate of anyone with a sane view.

    What women are being subjected to is ghastly and abhorrent. One would be forgiven for thinking of poor John Hurt in Alien at the mere mention of the words ‘chest feeder’.

  4. The great Scottish philanthropist , Andrew Carnegie , chose libraries as the focus of his considerable largesse :

    https://www.dragqueenstoryhour.org/

    Carnegie was a Christian ” camel and eye of needle” Scot, inasmuch as his best known utterance was ” He who dies rich dies disgraced”.

    1. I have no idea…because not all comments get published (I get far too many)….some are pointless, unedifying, abusive, off the point, dumb, irrelevant, pointless etc….take your pick…

      1. None of these apply.

        Since I have been such a loyal and involved follower, and I put some work into my post, would you mind sending me the text of it? I forgot to keep a copy.

  5. I was born female in the USA by a male & female, my parents according to our standards and of course genitaled. I was a pregnant woman of whom 2 boys were given the opportunity of my decision to birth them in our free world by my husband, a man.
    I am married to a man born male by his pregnant mom & dad and…. according to the Bible in Genesis; God created man first however created a woman to be his helpmate.
    This of course leads you to know and understand why it is important that a male and female thus man and woman copulate together in society; to produce the FAMILY.
    In today’s society the transgender people want to live in society as normal people therefore feel the laws don’t apply to them so now they want to change them to fit their needs. Laws should never be created or broken to give this group of people any leverage.
    Women all over the world should speak up regarding this article because it infringes on the very moral issues we as women face on a daily basis. I feel very deeply concerning this because its painful just reading about transactivism; erasing female biology. This is rediculous!

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