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Trans-controversy: what is it to be a woman

Tuesday 16 June 2020, by siawi3


The world plays dumb with J.K. Rowling

June 9, 2020

by Meghan Murphy

On Saturday, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling shared an article on Twitter, titled, “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate,” adding, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” For those of us who have been following as the word “woman” is erased from all womanly things — everything from periods to pregnancy to vaginas — we are well aware of what this code-phrase implies.

Referring to women as “people who menstruate” is no accident: it is to signal “inclusivity.” Who, you might wonder, needs to be “included” in the category of “people who menstruate” beyond, well, those who menstruate? That is to say, those once known as “females.”

Today, of course, words like “women” or “female” are taboo. Some women would prefer to be men and some men are women. There are “female penises” and “men who have babies.” It is a new time, and human narcissism has evolved beyond nature. What is biology, after all, in the face of a “she/her” Twitter bio?

In some ways, it is depressing to witness the level of celebration (sane) women relayed online in response to Rowling’s tweet. It is sad that phrases like “people who menstruate” have been so normalized that to question them seems revolutionary.

There was immediate backlash. Rowling was called a “TERF,” “evil,” a bitch, “scum,” and much more.

Model and trans activist Munroe Bergdorf accused the author of being “transphobic” and said Rowling and other reality-believers constituted “another branch of white supremacy.”

Ben O’Keefe, former senior aide to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, responded, “Shut the fuck up you transphobic fuck.”

Rowling defended herself, explaining:

“The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women — i.e. to male violence — ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense.”

She added:

“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.“

It’s odd to feel one has to add a caveat to explain that understanding only women menstruate does not equate to “hate.” It’s almost more odd to have to say this at all, to grown adults who surely understand, at this point, how babies are made, and who have been through puberty themselves. Those of us who have been attempting to make basic statements of fact in public like, “Men are not women” and “It isn’t hate to speak the truth” know all too well the hysteria we can expect in response, though becoming accustomed to this doesn’t make it any less confounding.

I have never understood how anyone could stand by quietly and watch the existence of women be eroded, or say nothing while our friends and colleagues insist those who understand the dictionary definition of “woman” are bigoted. And it seems Rowling has finally gotten to the end of her rope.

The extreme backlash, hate, and misogyny has become the norm. The response to someone like Rowling demonstrates the extent to which trans activists and their allies are so accustomed to having the power to bully celebrities, politicians, friends, and family into submission, that they simply cannot accept a famous woman stepping out of line. It is shocking for them to lose their almost total grip on women and liberals who are meant to care more about being liked than stating the obvious. The religious doctrine sometimes referred to as “cancel culture” demands the confessing of sins and begging for forgiveness from our social media lords. It demands women have a “middle aged moment” rather than stand up for the truth and the other women under attack for doing so.

Even Harry Potter himself felt “compelled” to speak out, and publicly declare his faith, writing:

“Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I. According to The Trevor Project, 78 per cent of transgender and non-binary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and non-binary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.”

It is unclear how understanding only females menstruate harms “transgender and non-binary people,” but that’s not the point. The point is that Harry Potter is safe, having disassociated himself from the witch. He has dutifully thrown a log on the fire.

It has felt like we are all living a kind of bizarro world for some time now, wherein women who dare speak the truth are banished, and virtually burned at the stake. And while I’m no more interested in what celebrities say than intellectuals or the non-famous, I wonder if the response to Rowling will wake people up, and lead more to stand up and announce that the emperor has no clothes, and that those who say so are not evil or hateful, but sane. I wonder if this experience will lead Rowling to stand with the women fighting this fight in public or render her silent in an attempt to avoid further flogging. It should be all too clear that there is no winning with this crowd — no level of politeness, kowtowing, or rationalizing can ward off the virulence and misogyny levelled at women who push back against gender identity ideology. You either go full tilt or you surrender to twisting yourself into knots trying to adopt ever changing, evermore nonsensical demands, contorting your language in ways that should feel sacrilegious to a writer. The way forward seems obvious to me.

Meghan Murphy
Founder & Editor

Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.


10 June 2020

J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues

Warning: This piece contains inappropriate language for children.

This isn’t an easy piece to write, for reasons that will shortly become clear, but I know it’s time to explain myself on an issue surrounded by toxicity. I write this without any desire to add to that toxicity.

For people who don’t know: last December I tweeted my support for Maya Forstater, a tax specialist who’d lost her job for what were deemed ‘transphobic’ tweets. She took her case to an employment tribunal, asking the judge to rule on whether a philosophical belief that sex is determined by biology is protected in law. Judge Tayler ruled that it wasn’t.

My interest in trans issues pre-dated Maya’s case by almost two years, during which I followed the debate around the concept of gender identity closely. I’ve met trans people, and read sundry books, blogs and articles by trans people, gender specialists, intersex people, psychologists, safeguarding experts, social workers and doctors, and followed the discourse online and in traditional media. On one level, my interest in this issue has been professional, because I’m writing a crime series, set in the present day, and my fictional female detective is of an age to be interested in, and affected by, these issues herself, but on another, it’s intensely personal, as I’m about to explain.

All the time I’ve been researching and learning, accusations and threats from trans activists have been bubbling in my Twitter timeline. This was initially triggered by a ‘like’. When I started taking an interest in gender identity and transgender matters, I began screenshotting comments that interested me, as a way of reminding myself what I might want to research later. On one occasion, I absent-mindedly ‘liked’ instead of screenshotting. That single ‘like’ was deemed evidence of wrongthink, and a persistent low level of harassment began.

Months later, I compounded my accidental ‘like’ crime by following Magdalen Berns on Twitter. Magdalen was an immensely brave young feminist and lesbian who was dying of an aggressive brain tumour. I followed her because I wanted to contact her directly, which I succeeded in doing. However, as Magdalen was a great believer in the importance of biological sex, and didn’t believe lesbians should be called bigots for not dating trans women with penises, dots were joined in the heads of twitter trans activists, and the level of social media abuse increased.

I mention all this only to explain that I knew perfectly well what was going to happen when I supported Maya. I must have been on my fourth or fifth cancellation by then. I expected the threats of violence, to be told I was literally killing trans people with my hate, to be called cunt and bitch and, of course, for my books to be burned, although one particularly abusive man told me he’d composted them.

What I didn’t expect in the aftermath of my cancellation was the avalanche of emails and letters that came showering down upon me, the overwhelming majority of which were positive, grateful and supportive. They came from a cross-section of kind, empathetic and intelligent people, some of them working in fields dealing with gender dysphoria and trans people, who’re all deeply concerned about the way a socio-political concept is influencing politics, medical practice and safeguarding. They’re worried about the dangers to young people, gay people and about the erosion of women’s and girl’s rights. Above all, they’re worried about a climate of fear that serves nobody – least of all trans youth – well.

I’d stepped back from Twitter for many months both before and after tweeting support for Maya, because I knew it was doing nothing good for my mental health. I only returned because I wanted to share a free children’s book during the pandemic. Immediately, activists who clearly believe themselves to be good, kind and progressive people swarmed back into my timeline, assuming a right to police my speech, accuse me of hatred, call me misogynistic slurs and, above all – as every woman involved in this debate will know – TERF.

If you didn’t already know – and why should you? – ‘TERF’ is an acronym coined by trans activists, which stands for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist. In practice, a huge and diverse cross-section of women are currently being called TERFs and the vast majority have never been radical feminists. Examples of so-called TERFs range from the mother of a gay child who was afraid their child wanted to transition to escape homophobic bullying, to a hitherto totally unfeminist older lady who’s vowed never to visit Marks & Spencer again because they’re allowing any man who says they identify as a woman into the women’s changing rooms. Ironically, radical feminists aren’t even trans-exclusionary – they include trans men in their feminism, because they were born women.

But accusations of TERFery have been sufficient to intimidate many people, institutions and organisations I once admired, who’re cowering before the tactics of the playground. ‘They’ll call us transphobic!’ ‘They’ll say I hate trans people!’ What next, they’ll say you’ve got fleas? Speaking as a biological woman, a lot of people in positions of power really need to grow a pair (which is doubtless literally possible, according to the kind of people who argue that clownfish prove humans aren’t a dimorphic species).

So why am I doing this? Why speak up? Why not quietly do my research and keep my head down?

Well, I’ve got five reasons for being worried about the new trans activism, and deciding I need to speak up.

Firstly, I have a charitable trust that focuses on alleviating social deprivation in Scotland, with a particular emphasis on women and children. Among other things, my trust supports projects for female prisoners and for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. I also fund medical research into MS, a disease that behaves very differently in men and women. It’s been clear to me for a while that the new trans activism is having (or is likely to have, if all its demands are met) a significant impact on many of the causes I support, because it’s pushing to erode the legal definition of sex and replace it with gender.

The second reason is that I’m an ex-teacher and the founder of a children’s charity, which gives me an interest in both education and safeguarding. Like many others, I have deep concerns about the effect the trans rights movement is having on both.

The third is that, as a much-banned author, I’m interested in freedom of speech and have publicly defended it, even unto Donald Trump.

The fourth is where things start to get truly personal. I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be detransitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility. Some say they decided to transition after realising they were same-sex attracted, and that transitioning was partly driven by homophobia, either in society or in their families.

Most people probably aren’t aware – I certainly wasn’t, until I started researching this issue properly – that ten years ago, the majority of people wanting to transition to the opposite sex were male. That ratio has now reversed. The UK has experienced a 4400% increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment. Autistic girls are hugely overrepresented in their numbers.

The same phenomenon has been seen in the US. In 2018, American physician and researcher Lisa Littman set out to explore it. In an interview, she said:

‘Parents online were describing a very unusual pattern of transgender-identification where multiple friends and even entire friend groups became transgender-identified at the same time. I would have been remiss had I not considered social contagion and peer influences as potential factors.’

Littman mentioned Tumblr, Reddit, Instagram and YouTube as contributing factors to Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, where she believes that in the realm of transgender identification ‘youth have created particularly insular echo chambers.’

Her paper caused a furore. She was accused of bias and of spreading misinformation about transgender people, subjected to a tsunami of abuse and a concerted campaign to discredit both her and her work. The journal took the paper offline and re-reviewed it before republishing it. However, her career took a similar hit to that suffered by Maya Forstater. Lisa Littman had dared challenge one of the central tenets of trans activism, which is that a person’s gender identity is innate, like sexual orientation. Nobody, the activists insisted, could ever be persuaded into being trans.

The argument of many current trans activists is that if you don’t let a gender dysphoric teenager transition, they will kill themselves. In an article explaining why he resigned from the Tavistock (an NHS gender clinic in England) psychiatrist Marcus Evans stated that claims that children will kill themselves if not permitted to transition do not ‘align substantially with any robust data or studies in this area. Nor do they align with the cases I have encountered over decades as a psychotherapist.’

The writings of young trans men reveal a group of notably sensitive and clever people. The more of their accounts of gender dysphoria I’ve read, with their insightful descriptions of anxiety, dissociation, eating disorders, self-harm and self-hatred, the more I’ve wondered whether, if I’d been born 30 years later, I too might have tried to transition. The allure of escaping womanhood would have been huge. I struggled with severe OCD as a teenager. If I’d found community and sympathy online that I couldn’t find in my immediate environment, I believe I could have been persuaded to turn myself into the son my father had openly said he’d have preferred.

When I read about the theory of gender identity, I remember how mentally sexless I felt in youth. I remember Colette’s description of herself as a ‘mental hermaphrodite’ and Simone de Beauvoir’s words: ‘It is perfectly natural for the future woman to feel indignant at the limitations posed upon her by her sex. The real question is not why she should reject them: the problem is rather to understand why she accepts them.’

As I didn’t have a realistic possibility of becoming a man back in the 1980s, it had to be books and music that got me through both my mental health issues and the sexualised scrutiny and judgement that sets so many girls to war against their bodies in their teens. Fortunately for me, I found my own sense of otherness, and my ambivalence about being a woman, reflected in the work of female writers and musicians who reassured me that, in spite of everything a sexist world tries to throw at the female-bodied, it’s fine not to feel pink, frilly and compliant inside your own head; it’s OK to feel confused, dark, both sexual and non-sexual, unsure of what or who you are.

I want to be very clear here: I know transition will be a solution for some gender dysphoric people, although I’m also aware through extensive research that studies have consistently shown that between 60-90% of gender dysphoric teens will grow out of their dysphoria. Again and again I’ve been told to ‘just meet some trans people.’ I have: in addition to a few younger people, who were all adorable, I happen to know a self-described transsexual woman who’s older than I am and wonderful. Although she’s open about her past as a gay man, I’ve always found it hard to think of her as anything other than a woman, and I believe (and certainly hope) she’s completely happy to have transitioned. Being older, though, she went through a long and rigorous process of evaluation, psychotherapy and staged transformation. The current explosion of trans activism is urging a removal of almost all the robust systems through which candidates for sex reassignment were once required to pass. A man who intends to have no surgery and take no hormones may now secure himself a Gender Recognition Certificate and be a woman in the sight of the law. Many people aren’t aware of this.

We’re living through the most misogynistic period I’ve experienced. Back in the 80s, I imagined that my future daughters, should I have any, would have it far better than I ever did, but between the backlash against feminism and a porn-saturated online culture, I believe things have got significantly worse for girls. Never have I seen women denigrated and dehumanised to the extent they are now. From the leader of the free world’s long history of sexual assault accusations and his proud boast of ‘grabbing them by the pussy’, to the incel (‘involuntarily celibate’) movement that rages against women who won’t give them sex, to the trans activists who declare that TERFs need punching and re-educating, men across the political spectrum seem to agree: women are asking for trouble. Everywhere, women are being told to shut up and sit down, or else.

I’ve read all the arguments about femaleness not residing in the sexed body, and the assertions that biological women don’t have common experiences, and I find them, too, deeply misogynistic and regressive. It’s also clear that one of the objectives of denying the importance of sex is to erode what some seem to see as the cruelly segregationist idea of women having their own biological realities or – just as threatening – unifying realities that make them a cohesive political class. The hundreds of emails I’ve received in the last few days prove this erosion concerns many others just as much. It isn’t enough for women to be trans allies. Women must accept and admit that there is no material difference between trans women and themselves.

But, as many women have said before me, ‘woman’ is not a costume. ‘Woman’ is not an idea in a man’s head. ‘Woman’ is not a pink brain, a liking for Jimmy Choos or any of the other sexist ideas now somehow touted as progressive. Moreover, the ‘inclusive’ language that calls female people ‘menstruators’ and ‘people with vulvas’ strikes many women as dehumanising and demeaning. I understand why trans activists consider this language to be appropriate and kind, but for those of us who’ve had degrading slurs spat at us by violent men, it’s not neutral, it’s hostile and alienating.

Which brings me to the fifth reason I’m deeply concerned about the consequences of the current trans activism.

I’ve been in the public eye now for over twenty years and have never talked publicly about being a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor. This isn’t because I’m ashamed those things happened to me, but because they’re traumatic to revisit and remember. I also feel protective of my daughter from my first marriage. I didn’t want to claim sole ownership of a story that belongs to her, too. However, a short while ago, I asked her how she’d feel if I were publicly honest about that part of my life, and she encouraged me to go ahead.

I’m mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who’ve been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces.

I managed to escape my first violent marriage with some difficulty, but I’m now married to a truly good and principled man, safe and secure in ways I never in a million years expected to be. However, the scars left by violence and sexual assault don’t disappear, no matter how loved you are, and no matter how much money you’ve made. My perennial jumpiness is a family joke – and even I know it’s funny – but I pray my daughters never have the same reasons I do for hating sudden loud noises, or finding people behind me when I haven’t heard them approaching.

If you could come inside my head and understand what I feel when I read about a trans woman dying at the hands of a violent man, you’d find solidarity and kinship. I have a visceral sense of the terror in which those trans women will have spent their last seconds on earth, because I too have known moments of blind fear when I realised that the only thing keeping me alive was the shaky self-restraint of my attacker.

I believe the majority of trans-identified people not only pose zero threat to others, but are vulnerable for all the reasons I’ve outlined. Trans people need and deserve protection. Like women, they’re most likely to be killed by sexual partners. Trans women who work in the sex industry, particularly trans women of colour, are at particular risk. Like every other domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor I know, I feel nothing but empathy and solidarity with trans women who’ve been abused by men.

So I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman – and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth.

On Saturday morning, I read that the Scottish government is proceeding with its controversial gender recognition plans, which will in effect mean that all a man needs to ‘become a woman’ is to say he’s one. To use a very contemporary word, I was ‘triggered’. Ground down by the relentless attacks from trans activists on social media, when I was only there to give children feedback about pictures they’d drawn for my book under lockdown, I spent much of Saturday in a very dark place inside my head, as memories of a serious sexual assault I suffered in my twenties recurred on a loop. That assault happened at a time and in a space where I was vulnerable, and a man capitalised on an opportunity. I couldn’t shut out those memories and I was finding it hard to contain my anger and disappointment about the way I believe my government is playing fast and loose with womens and girls’ safety.

Late on Saturday evening, scrolling through children’s pictures before I went to bed, I forgot the first rule of Twitter – never, ever expect a nuanced conversation – and reacted to what I felt was degrading language about women. I spoke up about the importance of sex and have been paying the price ever since. I was transphobic, I was a cunt, a bitch, a TERF, I deserved cancelling, punching and death. You are Voldemort said one person, clearly feeling this was the only language I’d understand.

It would be so much easier to tweet the approved hashtags – because of course trans rights are human rights and of course trans lives matter – scoop up the woke cookies and bask in a virtue-signalling afterglow. There’s joy, relief and safety in conformity. As Simone de Beauvoir also wrote, “… without a doubt it is more comfortable to endure blind bondage than to work for one’s liberation; the dead, too, are better suited to the earth than the living.”

Huge numbers of women are justifiably terrified by the trans activists; I know this because so many have got in touch with me to tell their stories. They’re afraid of doxxing, of losing their jobs or their livelihoods, and of violence.

But endlessly unpleasant as its constant targeting of me has been, I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it. I stand alongside the brave women and men, gay, straight and trans, who’re standing up for freedom of speech and thought, and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay kids, fragile teenagers, and women who’re reliant on and wish to retain their single sex spaces. Polls show those women are in the vast majority, and exclude only those privileged or lucky enough never to have come up against male violence or sexual assault, and who’ve never troubled to educate themselves on how prevalent it is.

The one thing that gives me hope is that the women who can protest and organise, are doing so, and they have some truly decent men and trans people alongside them. Political parties seeking to appease the loudest voices in this debate are ignoring women’s concerns at their peril. In the UK, women are reaching out to each other across party lines, concerned about the erosion of their hard-won rights and widespread intimidation. None of the gender critical women I’ve talked to hates trans people; on the contrary. Many of them became interested in this issue in the first place out of concern for trans youth, and they’re hugely sympathetic towards trans adults who simply want to live their lives, but who’re facing a backlash for a brand of activism they don’t endorse. The supreme irony is that the attempt to silence women with the word ‘TERF’ may have pushed more young women towards radical feminism than the movement’s seen in decades.

The last thing I want to say is this. I haven’t written this essay in the hope that anybody will get out a violin for me, not even a teeny-weeny one. I’m extraordinarily fortunate; I’m a survivor, certainly not a victim. I’ve only mentioned my past because, like every other human being on this planet, I have a complex backstory, which shapes my fears, my interests and my opinions. I never forget that inner complexity when I’m creating a fictional character and I certainly never forget it when it comes to trans people.

All I’m asking – all I want – is for similar empathy, similar understanding, to be extended to the many millions of women whose sole crime is wanting their concerns to be heard without receiving threats and abuse.


Leading French Feminists affirm solidarity with JK Rowling against misogynist pile-on from transbullies

TRADFEM / Il y a 2 jours

(La version originale française de cette tribune suit)

J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has had a falling-out with transactivists after posting a series of tweets starting with an ironic quip about gender difference.

We feminists wish to alert the general public to the situation of the lesbian community in France and internationally. To begin, we would like to remind all that lesbians are not the only ones living in fear of extreme transactivism.

James Caspian, Eva Poen, Kathleen Lowrey… the list is long of university researchers (American, Canadian, British…) harassed and sometimes fired by their hierarchy on the orders of radical transactivists (who do not represent the whole of trans communities).

James Caspian, for example, has been attacked for trying to set up a study on the percentage of people who regret having « changed sex ». Just wanting to conduct a study on the subject is now considered offensive.

In Sweden, the number of girls under the age of 18 who want to « change sex » to become transmasculine persons increased 15-fold between 2010 and 2018.

Selina Todd, a British historian was not harassed by her hierarchy but had to hire bodyguards following threats from some hardcore transactivists. Rosa Freedman, a law professor, was pushed around and threatened with rape.

In the last year or so, there has been a boom in English-speaking and Scandinavian countries, of people using Twitter, Reddit and YouTube to stage their de-transition. But these people will have to live with the consequences of their transition all their lives. The more advanced the transition, the greater and more irreversible the physical damage. Hormones create severe bone problems. The ablations are permanent.

In Sweden, the number of girls under the age of 18 who want to « change sex » (something that is technically impossible) in an attempt to become transmasculine persons has increased 15-fold from 2010 to 2018. According to Swedish government statistics, 15% of them were autistic and 19% suffered from hyperactivity.

French Youtube stars encourage young people under 15 to take hormones « in secret from their parents ».

In the United Kingdom their number has increased 45-fold from 2010 to 2018 (from 40 cases per year in 2010 to more than 1,800 in 2018). The then UK Minister for Women’s Rights, Penny Mordaunt, publicly expressed her concern.

French Youtube stars are inciting young people under 15 to take hormones « in secret from their parents », entirely illegally.

But the tide is finally turning, despite the market that has been created, and despite the lobbying of the pharmaceutical industry.

On April 22, 2020, under pressure from lesbian feminist movements, the United Kingdom announced that it wanted to ban operations on children under 18 years of age (Editor’s note: they were allowed with parental authorization). Since November 2019, six states in the USA have banned all forms of transition: hormones, operations and puberty blockers (hormonal inhibitors which are designed to delay puberty before starting a transition). Eight other US States are currently debating similar legislation.

In Australia, Senator Amanda Stoker has been crusading against sex reassignment in children.

An article in the newspaper « The Economist » also showed that in the vast majority of cases, puberty blockers are useless because the vast majority of the children concerned will not become trans as adults.

Sweden is also beginning to consider a law banning such operations and access to puberty blockers after programmes on the subject by Malou Von Sivers, a TV presenter and feminist activist.

In Australia, Senator Amanda Stoker (a mother of three daughters) has been crusading against sex reassignment in children. The countries that pioneered the mass transition are becoming the pioneer countries of mass de-transition.

Furthermore, studies on regret rates do not take into account those who leave the « trans community », interrupt follow-up processes and therefore disappear from statistics. And above all, these studies were done at a time when children could not transition, when transition was a treatment for a very rare and specific situation: gender dysphoria, which characterizes a person’s sensation of being born of the wrong sex.

To say of a category of the population that it includes anyone claiming to be part of it is to say of that category that it does not exist.

A study by public health researcher Lisa Littman explains that some forms of rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) in adolescence are sometimes caused by trauma, adjustment difficulties, social network contagion, or homosexuality that is not well accepted in a society where it is invisible. Littman’s research has been publicly disowned by the university employing her, not because of the means used, but because the results invalidated the feelings of some people.

Through lesbians all women are attacked.

Some movements claiming to be feminist explain that a woman is a person who calls herself a woman. To say of a category of the population that it includes anyone claiming to be part of it is to say of that category that it does not exist.

We observe that men are not concerned by this: a man is always a person who is called a man by other men, who is perceived as a man by other men.

How could Keira Bell, the 23-year-old English lesbian activist who now regrets having taken hormones and puberty blockers at the age of 16, know that she was a lesbian?

In France too, when lesbians want to organise activities among themselves, they are under pressure from groups identifying as « queer » feminists to include in their activities transfeminine people attracted exclusively to women.

We find that too often these people try to control our speech, our practices and our visibility. We want to keep our spaces, sports and festive activities non-mixed.

We want our space without certain groups preventing us to do so for the sake of a « right to inclusion ».

Gays have intimate spaces of their own, trans people have associations too, and we want to be able to do the same without some groups violently trying to hinder us in the name of the right to « inclusion ».

The injunction to transition teenage girls (lesbian or not) and the denial of the sexuality of lesbian women amount to sexism and lesbophobia.

We alert the whole of society to the dangers of extreme transactivism (which does not represent all trans people) that obscures all women and we call on them to work for lesbian visibility.

This visibility is the proof given to little girls and teenage girls (including heterosexual girls) that it is possible to be a woman without conforming to gender stereotypes. The longer we delay in responding, the more young women will be affected, women who may be forced to transition, and the greater and more irreversible the physical damage will be.

* The platform is signed by the association « 44 naughty girls » (a lesbian collective from Nantes), and by

Marie-Jo Bonnet, Researcher, historian, co-founder of Les Gouines Rouges, lesbian and feminist activist;

Christine Le Doaré, former president of the LGBT Centre in Paris and universalist feminist activist;

Yolanda Alba, Vice President of the European Network of Women Journalists and Writers;

- Lina Humbert, Journalist 50/50 Magazine;

Marguerite Stern, Podcast director and feminist activist;

Marie Josèphe Devillers, lesbian feminist activist;

Ana Minski, writer and activist;

Marie Montaigue, teacher;

Valérie Pelletier, abolitionist and radical feminist activist;

Nadia Guenet, radio director and producer of « la révolution sera féministe »;

Julie-Elisa Go, feminist and developer;

Chantal Hervouet, lesbian feminist and abolitionist activist;

Alexis Solis, lesbian feminist, abolitionist;

Martine Ragon, abolitionist feminist activist;

Morgane Ricard, activist;

Valentine Minery, feminist;

Lucie Robin-Lesage, feminist;

Marie Noëlle Gerolami, lesbian feminist;

Sophie Plisson, archaeologist;

Muriel Petit, teacher;

Annick Karsenty, abolitionist feminist activist.