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What’s woke this International Women’s Day?

8 March 2020

12:00 PM

8 March 2020

12:00 PM

James Murray, the primary editor of the original Oxford English Dictionary, must have spent the last week gyrating a la Elvis in his grave. It turns out that the war on women is not the #MeToo and #BelieveWomen one that hogs the pages of the MSM and accounts for so much Twitter traffic.  

No, the real war on women is actually a war on the very definition of the word ‘woman’. And if the lead up to International Women’s Day is anything to go by the transmogrification of feminism has lurched into full-on batshit crazy. If you’re feeling brave read on for a peek into the new wonderland of woke womanhood, although I understand if this is one rabbit hole you’re reluctant to go down. Be scared. Be very, very scared.  

Flag furore 

Merseyside’s stately Bootle Town Hall and Southport Town Hall buildings were at the centre of controversy this week over flags raised to celebrate International Women’s Day. The offending flags shockingly read ‘woman, noun, adult human female’.  

The flags were pounced on by the offence brigade, in the form of local LGBTQI+ activist Adrian Harrop, who tweeted: 

Hi @seftoncouncil the flag you’re flying at the moment is a hostile transphobic dog whistle, recognised as a symbol and brand of one of Britain’s most outspoken and visible trans-antagonists, and the leader of a transphobic hate group.

In the face of the resultant Twitter storm  the only storms that can be accurately predicted these days  the council surrendered and apologised for not realizing the controversial nature of the signs’ message.   

Period power games

American author, Maisie Hill will be speaking at the Edinburgh Science Festival next month about her book, Period Power. The festival’s description of the event initially stated: 

Maisie Hill is the periods and hormones expert that humans with uteruses deserve. 

As if it wasn’t bad enough that women i.e. the only ‘humans’ who can actually have periods, were reduced to the moniker ‘humans with uteruses’ in the first description, the festival organisers doubled down on their wokeness after criticism. They simultaneously removed the offending description, deleted any reference to women at all, and added a paragraph about ‘inclusiveness’: 

As with all of our events, the Period Power event is open to anyone and everyone with an interest in hormones and periods, be they men, women, trans or non-binary.

And this is a world-renowned science festival? Biology be damned. 

Is he or isn’t she?

A transgender criminal in Britain has evaded gaol time because court staff and the judge in the case couldn’t decide if the offender is male or female. Leila Le Fey, aka Layla Le Fey, Adam Hodgson, and Marcus Smith, has a long criminal history and pleaded guilty to attacking a store manager with a claw hammer.  

The judge initially sentenced Le Fey to six months in prison for ‘inexcusable behaviour’ but then excused the behaviour when uncertainties about Le Fey’s gender led to doubts about whether to send Le Fey to a men’s or women’s prison. He ruled:  

‘Having reflected again upon the impact an immediate custodial sentence would have, the difficulties there are and the intractable problems the prison service would face, I have reconsidered whether imprisonment must be immediate. 

‘In light of this information I have come to the conclusion that in your particular case it allows me to hope for some form of rehabilitation.’  

Stalled at the intersection

The Guardian went a bit outside its woke zone this week, publishing an article by feminist writer Suzanne Moore in support of the recently de-platformed historian, Selina Todd. Todd   stay with me on this, it’s a little complicated  was ‘uninvited from giving a speech at the University of Oxford at an event commemorating its first women’s liberation conference in 1970. Another speaker, black feminist activist Lola Olufemi, refused to speak if Todd did.  

Todd’s crime, you see, was that she had previously addressed a meeting of Woman’s Place UK, an organization that campaigns for biologically-based women’s services. Controversial, right? But wait, there’s more. Woman’s Place UK was recently defined by the UK Labour Party as a “trans-exclusionist hate group’ and the party’s subsequent trans-supporting pledge (you can see it here – it’s a doozy) was signed by leadership candidates, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy. 

Moore’s article proved the awkward and probably galling ‘between a rock and a hard place’ position in which arch feminists increasingly find themselves. It contained all the usual feminist ’it’s the patriarchy’ tropes but also rather refreshingly socked it to the trans lobbyists right between their falsie-framed eyes with what would once have been considered uncontroversial statements like: 

Sex is not a feeling. Female is a biological classification that applies to all living species.

Since nuance is a thing of a bygone era, of course, another Twitter storm ensued with the usual suspects saying the usual things.  Surprise, surprise.  

The postscript to this story would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic. Lola Olufemi, the snowflake who was triggered at the mere prospect of Todd’s Oxford speech, did address the event. Her speech included the following, presumably delivered with a straight face:  

I believe feminism is a political methodology that we can use to make demands for our freedom and the freedom of others, and woman is an umbrella term under which we can gather.    


Sex and body are not the final frontier for me. My imagination is bigger than that. My liberated future includes us all. I am not beholden to a rigid sex binary. And my solidarity is not dependent on chromosomes.

Note to feminists: That space between the rock and the hard place is leaving less and less wiggle room. 

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