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.
Please be aware that the translation of contents, although automatic, has a cost to Feminist Post but is provided to you without any charge. Please consider making a contribution via the "Support us" page if you intend to use our translation service intensively.
The contents of this site are translated using automatic translation systems without the intervention of professional translators.
Translations are provided for the sole purpose of facilitating reading by international visitors.
Share this article

For transgender people like me, the Scottish Government's bill to reform the Gender Recognition Act is a disaster. If passed without any changes, the bill would introduce the "self-id' (self-identification), sweeping away controls and checks that make the process of changing one's sex reliable 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 a affront to the safety and dignity of women. Women would have no choice but to introduce measures of their own if they wanted to protect their spaces, groups and associations.

In the meantime the lives of transgender people would become much more difficult.

Despite this, both Nicola Sturgeon and Shona Robison - the minister in charge of presenting the bill at Holyrood - continue to bury their heads in the sand. One woman who is able to see this proposal for what it is, however, is JK Rowling. As a victim of abuse, she knows how men can be:
"The law that Nicola Sturgeon". said "is trying to push through in Scotland will harm the most vulnerable women in society - those who seek help after male violence/rape and women in prison. Statistics show that women in prison are more likely to have been previously abused'.

Per le persone transessuali il self-id è un disastro: parla Debbie Hayton
Street art tribute to JK Rowling


Much has been written about theRowling has been subjected to an abomination.he dared to contribute to the debate on sex and gender. But much less has been said about support she receives from ordinary women who see her as a hero. for talking about sex and gender in the face of so much abuse. From all over the world came numerous responses of gratitude. But once again, Rowling was equally - and inevitably - targeted for her mainstream views.


So what is so problematic about this proposal put forward by the Scottish government? It is not easy to determine where to start. The bill would eliminate the medical requirement and the commission procedure. to change their gender, thus allowing trans people to self-identify. They would be required to live in their new gender for at least three months before applying for a certificate, which would be issued after a further period of reflection. The Scottish bill also proposes to lowering the age from 18 to 16, going against other legislative changes over the years. Children who are considered too young to consent to a tattoo may be able to change sexbefore knowing what it feels like to be an adult. Even if this shameful clause is later withdrawn - perhaps to reach some sort of 'compromise' - the damage will already be done in the minds of children who have been tricked into believing that human beings can easily choose whether to be a man or a woman.

These arguments were repeated many times, of course, and the Westminster government listened to them. There are no plans to remove protection measures in the rest of the UK. But Nicola Sturgeon's SNP - along with the equally reckless Scottish Greens - are on a mission, and they are not listening to reason.
The phrase 'in a time of universal deception, telling the truth is a revolutionary act' has rarely been as pertinent as it is now in Scotland. Rowling is an unlikely revolutionary, but Sturgeon would be wise to listen to her. Why? Because one thing is clear: a government that does not protect women and children is not fit to lead an independent Scotland. Perhaps the unintended consequence of all this sad debate will be to push Scottish independence so far into oblivion that it will be lost to an entire generation.

Debbie Hayton

Translation by Angela Tacchini, original article here


Much of the news published by Feminist Post you will not read elsewhere. That is why it is important to support us, even with a small contribution: Feminist Post is produced solely by the voluntary work of many people and has no funding.
If you think our work can be useful for your life, we will be grateful for even the smallest contribution.

You can give us your contribution by clicking here: Patreon - Feminist Post
   - or -
You can send to: ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE BLU BRAMANTE
Obligatory reason: FEMINIST POST
IBAN: IT80C0200812914000104838541
You might also be interested in
12 August 2022
Italian Society of Paediatrics: stopping puberty in dysphoric children does not cause permanent problems. But several studies prove otherwise
UK, Sweden, Finland, USA: much of the world is up in arms against puberty blockers that can irreversibly damage the health of girls and boys. The Tavistock clinic in London is closing down, a thousand families are preparing for a class action in defence of their daughters and sons who have not been properly treated, many American paediatricians are attacking their trade association which is pushing for the administration of these drugs. But for the Italian paediatricians' society these problems do not exist
According to the Italian Society of Paediatrics, the effects of puberty blockers used to treat girls and boys with gender dysphoria are perfectly REVERSIBLE: this means that if the girl/boy changes her mind about her intention to 'change sex' and suspends the 'therapy', her development will resume normally, without any definitive effects and/or health problems. This is not the case at all. The effects of puberty blocker therapy are by no means 'completely reversible', as has been demonstrated by several [...]
Read now
6 August 2022
California, transfusion of children
The American state proposes itself as a 'health' tourism destination for minors who are unable to access transition where they live. Exempting the parents and relieving the operators of any risk of litigation in the event of subsequent 'repentance'. Meanwhile in the UK, after the closure of the Tavistock, eyes are on a Scottish clinic where the experimental model (puberty blockers and surgery) continues to be applied
There is a real war going on in the United States over the ideology of gender identity and its promotion in schools. A 'culture war' pitting the elites, who fund and promote gender ideology, against the ordinary people who oppose it (see the Disney case here). While Biden from day one has made many legislative concessions to trans activism at the federal level, the Republicans have intercepted the discontent of the citizenry with various counter-legislation at the state level, such as [...]
Read now
29 July 2022
UK. Black week for the glittering trans-patriarchy: closed the Tavistock, gender clinic for children. And Allison Bailey wins in court: she was discriminated against for her gender critical views
The ideology of gender identity under attack in UK: NHS orders closure of paediatric transition clinic and points the way to psychological therapies. And Allison Bailey wins employment tribunal case backed by JK Rowling: employer ordered to compensate her for putting her 'under investigation' because of her gender critical views. At the suggestion of Stonewall, who comes out of it with her reputation in tatters
CLOSES TAVISTOCK, CHILDREN'S TRANSITION CLINIC: 'AFFIRMATIVE' APPROACH (DRUGS AND SURGERY) IS DANGEROUS FOR YOUNG PATIENTS The news is sensational: the British National Health Service (NHS) has ordered the closure of the Tavistock & Portman gender clinic for failing to ensure the safety of young patients, most of whom are girls (full article here). The clinic has been accused by several parties of hastily initiating many minors, most of them suffering from spectrum disorders [...].
Read now
28 July 2022
Argentina: stop neutral language in schools
E' was the first country to introduce gender self-identification. Ten years later it is among the first to ban neutral language in schools as it is 'not even that inclusive: it creates a barrier for children with learning difficulties'
In 2012, Argentina was the first country in the world to introduce self-id or gender self-identification into its legal system. Ten years later, it is one of the first countries to ban neutral language in schools. As taught by the mothers of radical feminism and difference thinking, the neutral is a red herring that actually brings the male point of view back to the centre. If the illusion of the neutral is less noticeable in the English language, it is immediately [...]
Read now
20 July 2022
Where is the Casa delle Donne in Rome going?
'The House we are all' reads the beautiful slogan of the historic enclave in Trastevere. But in that space, which is public and should be open, the#039;agibility is only transfeminist. And after the uncritical support for the Zan ddl -to stop feminicides-, the yes to the 'uterus for rent' and to 'sex work', now also the hymn to male ultra-bodies in women sports: maybe it is time for a reflection
The International House of Women in Rome agrees with the University of Pennsylvania's proposal to name Lia Thomas 'Woman Athlete of the Year'. Lia Thomas, of whom we have spoken several times here, is the famous swimmer who has repeatedly beaten her opponents competing in the women's categories, but who has at least had the merit of finally exploding the issue of male ultra-athletes in women's sports. The post shared by the International House of Women, a confusing little treatise on intersectional feminism, [...].
Read now
6 July 2022
Maya Forstater, fired for saying sex cannot be changed, wins in court: it was discrimination
Decisive for gender critical feminism around the world was the victory of Maya, a researcher who lost her job over a tweet in which she wrote that biological sex is immutable and that women have rights based on sex. Britain reaffirms the right to criticise gender identity: threats and accusations of transphobia are illegitimate. "A'further proof" says Forstater "that the wind is changing". The final ruling of the labour court also ordered the company that did not renew the contract of the researcher, co-founder of Sex Matters, to pay compensation. A triumph across the board
A year ago, June 2021, Feminist Post published an article on the case of Maya Forstater, the British researcher whose employment contract was not renewed by her employer for expressing critical views on the concept of gender identity and reaffirming the importance of women's gender-based rights. The article ended by reminding readers that Maya's case was not yet over and, although the appeal ruling of the [...]
Read now
1 2 3 ... 40