Spain: left-wing women rebel - finally! - against the transcult of Podemos and break with the party and Ley Trans

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While the Italian left, including women, silently suffers Cyrinnism and Boldrinism and related transcult (just recently the news of an appeal there International Women's House of Rome in support of Monica Cirinnà mayor, see here), the militants of the Spanish left, Podemos and Izquierda Unida, revolt en masse against the Ley Trans (see here) proposed by the minister of Igualdad of their own party, Irene Montero, the local Cirinnà (the PSOE has always opposed the law), denouncing “the imposition” of ideas “diametrically opposed to the interests of women” without any internal debate and in solidarity with the feminist front that gathers in Contra Borrado. We remember that Ley Trans intends to introduce gender self-certification (self-id) in Spain and that in the same spirit in Italy the Zan law against homobitransphobia, already approved in the Chamber with the unanimous support of the center-left (including women) keeps gender identity at the center, ignoring the counterarguments put forward by feminism (you can read them here): the whole world is a country. Let the militants of the Spanish left be an example for the Italians.


Activists from Podemos and Izquierda Unida have signed two documents critical of the Ley Trans proposed by the Ministry of Equality (headed by Irene Montero, Podemos, ed) in which they denounce that the project was not subjected to internal debate and imposes concepts and ideas “diametrically opposed to the interests of women”.

The Podemos document, signed by around 1,700 exponents, militants and members of the purple formation, declares "concern" for the Ley Trans, the text of which "has not been discussed in any party body, nor with the base". As reported, at government level Podemos "has imposed a unique and unamendable position", which is why "a public and internal" debate is "required", and that "the positions of professionals from different disciplines" who deal with the issue are considered.

“To say that 'rights cannot be discussed' is a form of authoritarianism unacceptable in any democratic organization that we cannot share or allow" states the text entitled "In Podemos there are also feminists“.


Among the first signatories was the head of Feminism of Podemos in Ponferrada, María Páramo; the head of Podemos Feminism in Avila, Lucía Spínola, municipal councilors such as Colmenarejo (Madrid), Alberic (Valencia) or Pasaia (Guipúzcoa) or the exponent of the State Feminism Club and party militant Mar Benavent. Benavent complained that in addition to no debate, the Ley Trans project saw the light "without the necessary legal guarantees", so as not to have to deal with the rights of other categories.

This law “destroys historic feminist demands”, Benavent said in an interview with Onda Cero, and added that the moment you raise "any objection or doubt" about it you are branded as "transphobic": “When you are accused of transphobia, the dialogue is over,” he lamented.

The document explains that “many feminists" have joined Podemos "with the firm hope of seeing our historical demands represented as well as the protection of our rights." Which we know well “oppression” is “based on the sex we come into the world with, observable and verifiable biological reality that we cannot ignore or distort if our intention is truly to achieve women's liberation."

“We know that gender is a social construction that functions as the tool that allows, supports and perpetuates this oppression, and that only its abolition will allow us to break with the patriarchal structure that keeps us subordinate and vulnerable” continues the women's document Podemos. So theories that "come to contradict what has been affirmed in more than three centuries of feminist struggle not only have nothing to do with the positions and objectives of our agenda, but slow down and weaken our progress".

“We are clear that the irruption of queer theories into our spaces constitutes a clear maneuver of entryism that aims to disarticulate our struggle, depoliticizing and weakening our collective strength, making the magical thinking and the purest individualism the weapons to manipulate reality at will" continues the statement, stating that we cannot afford "to doubt that it is we, women, who constitute the political subject of Feminism".

The signatories ask that the feminist movement not become "a bag in which to keep things that have nothing to do with its reason for being and that clash head-on with its objectives" and that it be "firm and determined" to faced with situations such as those reported.


As for childhood, the signatories consider it "inadmissible" that an attempt is made to "disguise as protection the real mistreatment" which is based on the "postulates supported by queer irrationality" defended by the Minister of Equality.

Orient minors towards hormonal and surgical procedures, preventing the free development of their personality, perpetuating sexist stereotypes is something we cannot tolerate” states the manifesto in relation to children.

Therefore, the signatories of the document ask that the ministry led by Irene Montero "take into consideration" the position "expressed both by many feminist thinkers and numerous organizations" given that so far, they regret, their requests to meet were "ignored", which they consider "disrespectful and irresponsible".


The militants of Izquierda Unida also published a manifesto in very similar terms.
With the title "Retake Feminism” party activists they oppose the “ideological turn that institutional policies are taking on feminist issues". “As a coalition we first suffered the disappearance of the Women's Area, then the expulsion of the Feminist Party and, more recently, the proposed 'gender self-identification' law known as Ley Trans” is explained in the text.

As regards the Ley Trans, he complains that the project was presented publicly in a "very superficial" way, "without an in-depth debate", without taking into consideration all the social subjects or delving into the legal issues.

The bill brandished by the minister of Igualdad, which we consider a symbol of the entry of these neoliberal policies into the political sphere of the left, not only does not improve the defense of the rights of transgender people, but actually favors the "erasure" of these people , LGB and women in general" the signatories warn.

It is also stated that from historical abolitionist agenda of the feminist movement, which concerns prostitution, pornography, surrogate motherhood and gender, has moved on to defend "certain postulates of the neoliberal and gender normative ideology" which "have nothing to do" with those of Izquierda Unida and the coalitions of which it is part.

The manifesto calls for “deep and honest” reflection and the involvement of “all parties” in the debate. The signatories close the declaration by opposing "these new policies that take over the feminist struggle and disarticulate it."


When asked about these documents, Podemos responded that it had voted "on numerous occasions" internally in support of human rights which include the rights of trans people
: this is how the co-spokesperson of the viola formation Isa Serra regarding the text signed by the exponents of her own party. Even if, he says, "he respects the opinion of these women" in the "internal conferences" and in the electoral program they voted this way. “I think on numerous occasions the party as a whole has voted for human rights,” he said. “Our election manifesto is clear on this, and trans rights are human rights.”

(the original article here, translated by Cecilia Salas)

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