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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10 March 2022
Self-id is a disaster for transgender people: Debbie Hayton speaks out
One of the UK's most famous transwomen, the journalist attacks the draft law promoted by the Scottish government. She insists that this innovation would be ill-advised for T people, not just women. And she sides with JK Rowling.
For transgender people like me, the Scottish government's bill to reform the Gender Recognition Act is a disaster. If passed unamended, the bill would introduce 'self-id', wiping out the checks and balances that make the gender reassignment process trustworthy in the eyes of the public. This is not an insignificant administrative detail: allowing any man to actually call himself a woman just because he wants to is an affront to the [...]
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7 February 2022
Spain. Psychologist denounced by transactivists. She risks suspension
Carola López Moya, a feminist and leftist, thinks that people with dysphoria should accept themselves by breaking gender cages and without medicalisation. T associations have denounced her, saying her approach is "conversion therapy". She risks a fine of up to 120,000 euros as well as suspension of her activity.
While in countries that were the first to adopt medical protocols (puberty blockers, cross-test hormones) for the transition of minors - such as Sweden and Norway - there is a return to the psychological approach in the first instance, in other countries where peak transitions have recently been achieved, talk therapy is still considered conversion therapy. This Spanish case is exemplary. Solidarity with Carola López Moya. A left-wing feminist psychologist and critic of gender identity is the first [...]
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13 January 2022
No longer 'female' or 'male', but 'assigned-o F or M at birth': the bible of psychiatry yields to the trans-trend
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -DSM-V-, the most widely used by psychiatrists, adapts its terminology to the demands of transgender activists. Favouring the 'affirmative' approach and the use of puberty blockers, hormones and surgery for those suffering from gender dysphoria.
The diagnostic manual most commonly used by psychiatrists yields to the demands of transgender activists, replacing for example 'born female' with 'individual assigned female at birth'. A language that is no longer neutral and that more easily leads to puberty blockers, hormones and surgery. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - also known as the DSM - will use the new terminology to describe 'gender dysphoria'. This is the language used by transgender activists under the banner of the so-called 'affirmative model' of care, [...]
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8 January 2022
Prisons, Cartabia reform: respect the rights of trans people without making women pay the price
Possible measures include the establishment of trans wards adjacent to women's sections to avoid violence from men. But space for inclusion cannot be found by asking for a step backwards from female prisoners, who are forced to share cells with males who identify themselves as women. It happens in Canada, in California, in Scotland. And there is already an Italian case
Justice Minister Marta Cartabia has announced that she will commit the month of January to prison reform. Discussions on the text are ongoing. In this press summary the salient points. One of the issues under discussion is the question of transgender prisoners. According to the article 'there is a specific action for anti-discrimination protection for sexual orientation and gender identity. It is proposed to adopt a circular regulating homogeneous sections for transgender or self-declared persons [...].
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24 May 2021
Finland. Children with gender dysphoria, new guidelines: more psychological help, less hormones
Psychological therapies, for years stigmatised as conversion therapies, are once again the first option for girls with gender dysphoria in Finland. Hormones for minors have come to a halt in many western countries. And in Italy?
Many of the pioneering countries in the hormone treatment of children are revising their guidelines to start the transition. In Sweden, under-16s can no longer be treated with drugs; in the UK, after the landmark Keira Bell ruling (see here), a court ruling is required; in Finland, psychotherapeutic treatments are again being favoured, with hormone therapy being used only as a last resort. In Italy the use of puberty blockers on children is allowed with a simple [...].
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16 April 2021
Nobody was born in the 'wrong body'
The idea that all people have an innate 'gender identity' has recently been advocated by many health professionals and leading medical organisations. This term is commonly used to refer to the 'inner, deeply rooted' sense of self that says whether one is male or female (or, in the case of children, a boy or a girl), both or neither. It has become commonplace to claim that this sense of identity can be reliably articulated by children as young as three years old. [...]
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20 January 2021
What is gender?
"If gender identity is a spectrum, then we are all 'non-binary' because none of us fit into the points represented by the extremes of that spectrum. Each one of us will exist at a unique point on the spectrum." Rebecca Reilly-Cooper, philosopher and lecturer at the University of Warwick, reveals the fallacy of the concept of gender as a spectrum.
"What is gender?" This is a question that goes to the heart of feminist theory and practice, proving to be central to current activist debates on social justice issues concerning class, identity and privilege. In everyday conversations the word 'gender' is a synonym for what would more accurately be called 'sex'. Perhaps because of a vague squeamishness about pronouncing a word that also describes sexual intercourse, the word gender is euphemistically used to refer to the given [...]
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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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