transgender

There is no transgender debate

21 June 2022 1:20 am

Anyone still talking about ‘two sides in the transgender debate’ needs to look at the footage from Bristol yesterday. Actually,…

Starmer won't talk about sex and gender. That's a problem

29 March 2022 3:10 am

Sir Keir Starmer doesn’t want to talk about penises. He’s going to have to do it anyway, and he’s not…

The problem with the UK's transgender clinic

12 March 2022 2:30 am

This is not a good time to be a girl. Research from Steer Education last month showed that far too…

How the word ‘woman’ became taboo

27 February 2022 7:30 pm

When I was a little girl, my mum told me that I shouldn’t use the word ‘woman’ – but rather…

Sex, trans rights and the Scottish census

22 January 2022 2:20 am

It takes some doing to make a census interesting. So congratulations to the National Records of Scotland (NRS). NRS, which administers…

J.K. Rowling and the death of nuance

6 January 2022 3:20 am

There are few good things to say about the public conversation around transgender issues, which all too often shows us…

Gender is contentious. The BBC is pretending it isn't

8 December 2021 2:10 am

The BBC has produced its annual 100 Women list, a showcase for women who have done interesting, important things. There’s…

Eddie Redmayne shouldn't regret playing a trans character

22 November 2021 11:46 pm

Eddie Redmayne was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Danish Girl, but now he is having second thoughts…

The grim reality of gender reassignment

14 November 2021 9:17 am

Lisa Littman, a doctor and researcher, recently surveyed ‘detransitioners’ — people who thought they were transgender then changed their minds.…

Why liberals must stand with Kathleen Stock

12 October 2021 4:15 am

I know what it feels like to be bullied and vilified for expressing views with which, eventually, many right-minded people…

Help! I don’t know what a cervix is

6 October 2021 9:50 pm

With all this talk of private parts, the political has now gotten very personal. Recently, I was having an argument…

Scotland's census sex muddle is bad news for transgender people

3 September 2021 4:42 am

What is your sex? It is a simple question and one that we can all surely answer. When it comes…

Is it fair for Laurel Hubbard to compete against women?

2 August 2021 4:33 pm

Today, the conversation about transgender rights and the interests of women turns to sport. At the Olympic Games, Laurel Hubbard…

New Zealand's transgender debate is turning nasty

14 July 2021 7:25 pm

New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. But now,…

When feminists fight back

12 June 2021 3:45 pm

We have been told that our mere presence as academics makes students feel unsafe. We have been threatened with violence,…

Maya Forstater’s win is a victory for rational thinking

10 June 2021 9:03 pm

At her employment tribunal, two years ago, Maya Forstater was toldthat her views ‘were not worthy of respect in a…

What Dawn Butler gets wrong about Stonewall

3 June 2021 7:30 am

It’s been a bad night for Stonewall. Yesterday, the Labour MP Dawn Butler created a Twitter Poll. ‘Who do you…

Trans offenders are skewing crime statistics

20 May 2021 8:07 pm

Tonia Antoniazzi’s speech in the House of Commons this week was remarkable, not because of what she said – the…

Stonewall and the silencing of feminist voices at universities

20 May 2021 1:54 am

This week a game-changer of a report released by Essex university led to its Vice Chancellor abjectly apologising for the…

British MPs are finally engaging with the gender identity debate

18 May 2021 9:02 pm

I used to write a lot about sex and gender here. I don’t do so quite as much these days…

In praise of the LGB Alliance

24 April 2021 4:00 pm

Once upon a time an organisation was established to campaign for gay and lesbian rights. They faced opposition from the…

What happened when the trans mob came for Robert Webb?

16 April 2021 9:54 pm

Robert Webb is best known for making people laugh, but he conducted himself with poise and grace when he was…

Teaching unions shouldn't be defining 'transphobia'

12 April 2021 10:35 pm

A year of disrupted schooling means there are plenty of issues facing our schools right now. But delegates at last week’s…

A warning from Australia on the transgender debate

13 February 2021 5:00 pm

It’s great that Britain’s high court has ruled that children can’t give informed consent to receive puberty blockers. I only wish…

The myth of ‘progressive’ thinking

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Too much weight is put on the idea of ‘progress’