SPAIN: SOCIALISTS AGAINST THE TRANS LEY

Unlike their Italian counterparts from the PD and the left who stand for free gender identity, the Spanish progressives break with the PSOE's transactivist policies in defence of women and children. In their manifesto the excellent arguments against what, if passed, could be the worst transactivist law in the world

Breaking with its party, the PSOE, and sending a signal to the women of the European left, who are generally aligned in defence of transactivist diktatism, the Federación de Mujeres Progresistas launches a courageous manifesto against the Trans Law wanted by the governing majority in Spain (PSOE and Podemos) and being approved by an emergency procedure, without an effective parliamentary debate or a wide public discussion. The initiative also comes in response to the clamorous break between historical Spanish feminism -united in the Contraborrado cartel- [...].

RU486 or abortion pill: myths, misunderstandings and business

Chemical abortion is sold as more free and self-determined, but it is not the solution for everyone: it is longer and more painful than surgery, sometimes less safe, and mostly serves to save the health system money, as the essay by three American feminists explains. Women must be guaranteed the right to be informed and to make an informed choice between the two options: here is a bill to make hospitals work

A few days ago we published 'When abortion matters to men'. In the post we mentioned the various methods of involuntary termination of pregnancy, including the abortion pill RU 486, also known as 'chemical abortion'. Chemical abortion is spoken of as a step forward in self-determination. Younger women in particular can get confused between 'morning-after' contraception (which must be taken within 72 hours of risky intercourse) and the abortion pill, with which pregnancy can be terminated up to the ninth week. [...]

When abortion matters to men

Totally ignored by the right and left in peacetime, the issue of abortion becomes central when men fight for their power. But if there is a 'Marche case' there is also a 'Emilia case', a red region: the same percentages of objection and no abortion pill in the consultatories. We women must not take part in this filthy dispute over our flesh, siding with one or the other supporters.

Women - or rather, so-called 'women's rights' - have been instrumentally thrown into the centre of this horrific election campaign, probably the worst ever. Not the low female employment rate, the gender pay gap, the lack of services that forces us into the living welfare part, violence and feminicide, the machismo of politics and all that we know and experience. The issue of issues is abortion, fished out of the oblivion in which it is normally confined -no party [...]

Perhaps gender identity does not exist

If it is the biologist Anna Fausto-Sterling, the first to speak about it in the 1990s, the inspiration of Judith Butler and the founder of gender theory, who is in doubt, then perhaps we are at a clamorous and definitive turning point. Stop trans laws before it is too late!

If Judith Butler is The Queen of Gender, Anna Fausto-Sterling is its goddess: zoologist, biologist and lecturer in gender studies -now at Brown University- starting from the rare genetic condition of intersexuality in the early 1990s, she was the first to attack the concept of sexual binaryity, arguing that sexuality is a spectrum and that at least five sexes can be identified ('come on, it wasn't a theory, I was being ironic, it was just a provocation' she later said. But in vain). [...]

Trans-Europe: Ireland, UK, Spain, gender laws high on political agendas

While the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss works to block gender self-certification in Scotland, the Iberian government prevents the parliamentary debate on the Ley Trans, which allows sex change even for 12 year olds, to go for approval in a hurry: that is why Spanish feminists break with the left and open dialogue with the Popular Party. Meanwhile in Ireland a professor is arrested for refusing to use fluid language

A teacher at an Irish Christian school, Enoch Burke, was suspended and then arrested for refusing to name a transgender student with a neuter pronoun. Meanwhile, new British PM Liz Truss is reportedly trying to block Scotland's plans to allow self-identification for transgender (self-id) people and has asked lawyers for advice on how to 'pause or prevent' the reforms. Truss, head of the equalities brief as well as a former foreign minister, was instrumental in ruling out [...]

Elizabeth, the last matriarch

The missing queen wielded her power so skilfully that it was invisible. A profound influence that never backfired. Wisdom, an iron sense of duty, pragmatism, emotional control and no narcissism: these are the traits of sovereignty that make her a model of female authority

Gaby Hinsliff for The Guardian Stop all watches. Unplug the phone. For once, the opening lines of WH Auden's poem, Funeral Blues, seem appropriate to the moment. Like it or not, much of public life will come to a halt in the days of mourning as broadcasters suspend their programmes and a state funeral is prepared. However long it may have been predicted, the death of the longest reigning monarch in British history is a moment [...]

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The brutal murder of Alessandra Matteuzzi, hammered to death by her ex-boyfriend, is the perfect representation of every feminicide: the murderer is not someone who loses control, but one who restores it. Her death serves to restore the balance lost as a result of the abandonment. Violence is a function of domination. It's here that one must keep one's gaze to be able to stop it

The killing of Alessandra Matteuzzi, the Bolognese woman murdered by her ex with a hammer and an iron bench, is the plastic and perfect representation of the dynamics of every feminicide. Giovanni Padovani is not crazy, he is not a drop-out, he is a young man in perfect shape, integrated in the world, even a testimonial for campaigns against violence against women. In short, you would never have guessed it. Alessandra is subjected to constant and unprecedented harassment: she has to justify every movement, every breath, [...].

A POLITICAL HORIZON COMMON TO WOMEN OF ALL PARTIES

In the sign of Carla Lonzi forty years after her death: women voters and activists from all parties unite in the gift of a common 'unexpected programme', a horizon for a change of civilisation

"Will women always be divided from one another? Will they never form a single body?" (Olympe de Gouges, 1791) On the 40th anniversary of Carla Lonzi's death. We are women who vote for every political party. We live in every part of the country. We belong to every social condition. We are mothers and non-mothers. We have a faith, or we are agnostics, or atheists. We are held together by being women and the knowledge that what is good for a woman and her daughters/daughters is good [...]
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20 February 2022
New York Times proposal: get rid of JK Rowling
A violent subscription campaign in the US newspaper invites people to imagine Harry Potter without its creator: the ultimate in cancel culture. A misogynistic and aggressive gesture that could inspire real ones. But the initiative turns out to be a boomerang and many female subscribers threaten to cancel.
According to the New York Times, JK Rowling has to go. A violent campaign on electronic billboards invites readers to "imagine Harry Potter without its creator": cancel culture at its maximum power, the non plus ultra of wokeness. Not being able to do away with the creature that has taken on a life of its own (the books of the Harry Potter saga are among the best-sellers in the world) one "kills" the creator. Words are stones, and from the symbolic to the reality the step [...]
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10 June 2021
Victory for Maya, for JK Rowling and for all of us!
Belief in the immutability of biological sex is an opinion protected by the European Convention on Human Rights. Maya Forstater and all gender critical feminism are entitled to freely express their thoughts. This ruling is a great victory for justice and women's rights.
The Court of Appeal of the Employment Tribunal in England issued its judgment in the Forstater case on 10 June today. The Court ruled that belief in the immutability of biological sex is a form of opinion protected by Article 9(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights. What had happened, and what will happen now to Maya Forstater? Let's take a step back. In 2019 Maya, a researcher at the Center for Global Development in London, expressed in a series of tweets some criticisms [...]
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28 April 2021
Sentence to be handed down to Maya Forstater, who was fired for saying that sex exists.
Maya Forstater, the tax consultant who lost her job two years ago for stating that men cannot become women, is expected to be sentenced in the appeal trial. Forstater insisted that her views were derived from 'material reality'. A brilliant researcher in the field of tax avoidance, the woman was not renewed in her contract two years ago by the London office of the Centre for Global Development on the grounds that she had used "offensive and exclusionary" language [...]
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30 December 2020
The word 'woman' is already occupied
Menstruating people': I'm sure there is a term for these people'. With these words JK Rowling waded into the most fevered debate in contemporary society. Not even Covid-19 served to dampen the furore of the discussion about transgender people. As two worldviews collided, some fundamental truths that generations before were considered unquestionable were called into question. What does it mean to be a woman? What is it to be a man? How can we differentiate between them? On the one hand there is the belief in gender identity, [...]
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28 December 2020
2020: a historic year for gender-critical feminism
2020 saw many victories of common sense over trans madness. (...) Most people will agree that 2020 has been a lousy year, but for those of us on the frontline of the 'TERF wars' there have been huge gains against joyless gender fascists. It seems that the green shoots of reason are finally visible. In late 2019, JK Rowling tweeted her support for Maya Forstater, [...]
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