Can you call a male who perceives himself as a woman a 'man'? Australian court says it is not defamation

"We agree that discussion and debate on this issue is in the public interest," the ruling states. In agreeing with journalist Beth Rep, who was accused by Bridget Clinch, born Matthew Clinch, a former Australian Army captain, of "victimising" him by saying he was a man...
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It is called compelled speechand the aim is to make us say that they, the men, are women if they perceive themselves as such.

It is the basis of gender identity ideology: I am a woman if I say so. Calling them 'women' but calling women 'menstruators'; new nouns -career aliases- and pronouns : neolanguage serves to stop opposition and free thinking in the bud. That is why they claim that it is an outrage to be told that 'they' are not women in their own right, and even that it is 'violence'. And often for this 'speech offence', transactivists sue. Especially if it is a woman who says it.

So can you say 'that's not a woman, that's a man' ? Or rather, the question is: can a woman say that a man who perceives himself as a woman is a man?

Recently a court in Camberra has ruled that you can, and that "is not necessarily defamation".

The radio journalist Beth Rep (left in photo) had been accused for Facebook posts in which she wrote that 'trans women are men'. The lawsuit had been filed by Bridget Clinch (right)born Matthew Clinch, a former Australian army captain who felt 'victimised' by Facebook posts because she perceived herself as a woman.

In 2020 the journalist had been convicted, but the new ruling established that her posts did not lead to any victimisationand that only nine of the 46 posts under indictment could be considered defamation. The compensation Beth Rep will have to pay has been halved, and most importantly her gag was removed -the previous judgment in fact ordered 'that Ms Rep be restrained from making social media posts similar to those contested'.

Moreover, at a time when feminists are protesting against the access of trans-identified men to services and places reserved for women, the appeal court found the claim legitimate. The judgment explicitly states: "We accept that discussion and debate on this issue is in the public interest'.

Clinch, who is attempting a political career in the Greens -the third largest party in Australia-, said it has no plans to appeal.

The phrase trans women are menabbreviated to TWAM, has become a real slogan of feminism gender critical. Around this phrase, women who have suffered abuse by so-called 'transwomen' in countries with a gender self-certification regime (self-ID)from lesbians forced into sexual intercourse by 'women with penises' to mothers who have found 'transwomen' in their spaces with the fetish of pregnancy or breastfeeding (see here).

Transactivists know the power of words: that's why they tremble and rage at the tweets of JK Rowling, of Maya Forstater, but also of feminist women such as Kellie-Jay Keen, known as Posie Parker, or the Scotswoman Marion Millar. In the Italian sphere, the same words have been attacked Alessandra Asteriti e Marina Terragni.

But, as many have noted, thehe wind is changing and the Australian ruling is a further sign of this.

Maria Celeste

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