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Mandy Nolan might be surprised to discover how many women of all political persuasions, feminists or not, are alarmed at what we see as the erosion of very hard-won women’s rights.

Even our language is being changed to accommodate a small minority of men who declare they are women. It appears there are now categories of women: trans women, biological, persons with uteruses, menstruators, chest feeders, etc. These same language absurdities are not applied to men. For instance, we don’t call men ‘sperm producers’ or ‘persons with penises’. Unsurprisingly, women who identify as men, trans men, make no such strident demands.

Mandy questions why we feel threatened when it is quite obvious to many of us that many of these men (trans women) are trying to erase our identity as women. It is a new form of misogyny. Why should a man with gender dysphoria be allowed to compete against women in sport and have access to women-only spaces? Why should our language be altered to objectify women’s bodies and reduce us to our sexual functions? It feels very Handmaid’s Tale to me.

If someone is in possession of a perfectly healthy biological male or female body but believe they are otherwise, then clearly there exists a mental health issue. Of course such persons should be treated with compassion and kindness but their rights should not override women’s rights.

I have been a feminist for over 50 years. I have worked in a women’s refuge and seen the damage done. I have worked as a nurse and only ever encountered one ‘category’ of woman.

L Andrews, Lennox Head

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  1. Thank you for common sense. I was also a registered nurse and midwife and there were only two genders, masculine or feminine, man or woman. What would be valuable to question is how and why this gender confusion has been able to take over many peoples lives and influence media, advertising, entertainment, sport, art, legislations, the privacy and safety of woman …. society in general, in such a pervasive way that the vast majority of people who have no gender confusion are the ones being descriminated against, and those with confusion about their gender , and those supporting this confusion, are becoming the governing voice of what is rapidly becoming ‘normalised’ but not ‘natural’.
    Up until very recently in the history of the medical system of western civilisation, anyone who presented with gender confusion was diagnosed to have a mental health issue and from that understanding they were able to investigate why this situation is present within thei psyche, and with the support of professional guidance, the patient could attempt to reach a deeper understanding of their situation and make a more informed, comprehensive decision. Decades ago I have personally known adults who transitioned from their birth gender to the opposite gender. Sadly, even after the extensive councilling that was required in the past, too many of these friends have lived with deep sadness and regret regarding the extensive alterations they made to their bodies and hormonal system, none of which lessened their original confusion y unhappiness.

  2. Feminism endeavors to eliminate the difference between men and women.
    Transgenderism endeavors to eliminate the difference between men and women.

    • Yeah …nah! Your feminism might endeavour to do that. Mine doesn’t, so don’t presume to speak for me.

      The second statement makes no sense at all. By transitioning from one to the other, you don’t seek to eliminate difference. Someone would need to see very distinct and significant differences to feel any angst about which gender they identify with surely? Otherwise why bother?

  3. April 17, 2024 At 9:08 am
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    No No No, the whole world is supposed to change to accommodate the noisy disturbed minority, it’s the way of the word today (like hell)… .. .


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