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The UK is rapidly emerging as a global frontline for police enforcing the idea that any criticism of transgenderism is potentially deemed criminal behaviour and that those engaging in it may face police censure if not possible prosecution and imprisonment.
Two incidents raise concerns about British policing priorities with women being at the receiving end of police activism on behalf of the transgender movement.
The media reported that;
“Three officers from Hertfordshire Police detained Kate Scottow at her home before quizzing her at a police station about an argument with a transgender activist on Twitter over so-called ‘deadnaming’.
If you, like me, were wondering what “dead naming” is – here’s the answer!
Deadnaming occurs when someone, intentionally or not, refers to a person who’s transgender by the name they used before they transitioned. You may also hear it described as referring to someone by their “birth name” or their “given name.”
(Quite amazing to think that referring to a person by their birth name could be deemed a crime)
The report goes on to explain that Kate had her photograph, DNA and fingerprints taken and remains under investigation by the Police. More than two months after her arrest on December 1, she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned, which she says is hampering her studies for a Masters in forensic psychology. By way of completeness, the transgender person concerned has accused Kate Scottow of a ‘campaign of targeted harassment’ allegedly motivated by her ‘status as a transgender woman’.
The rights and wrongs of the allegations do not concern this article. The priorities of Herfordshire Police do.
Is “dead naming” now a priority for this Police force? Consider that violent crime in Hertfordshire has soared over the past decade from 8904 crimes to 22,048 crimes. Is this really the best use of limited Police resources?
It’s reported that Margaret Nelson, a former teacher and journalist from Suffolk, had written on social media that “gender is fashionable nonsense”. Here is her twitter account.
Further to this in a blog post discussing her plans to donate her body to science, she argued that it is sex, not gender, that is visible to pathologists and medics. “So no, in life or in death, trans women are not women, no matter how many times you say it’s so,” she wrote. “It’s simply impossible to change your sex.”
In a further tweet Margaret stated that ‘
Gender’s fashionable nonsense. Sex is real. I’ve no reason to feel ashamed of stating the truth. The bloody annoying ones are those who use words like ‘cis’ or ‘terf’ and other BS, and relegate biological women to a ‘subset’. Sorry you believe the mythology.”
This prompted transgender activitist(s) to report her tweet to Suffolk Police who then telephoned the 74 year old requesting that she desist from commenting on the topic and remove some posts that some people might find offensive. Sensibly Margaret responded by asking the officer if she agreed that free speech was important. She said it was. She then said that in that case, she’d understand that I wouldn’t be removing the posts or stopping saying the things I think. She accepted that and that was the end of the conversation.’
The justice minister Ed Argar said the government was “revising” guidelines that said the “great majority” of trans prisoners should be allowed to “experience the system in the gender in which they identify”. Options now under consideration include “clustering” trans prisoners in special wings or sections of wings. A number of high-risk trans inmates have already been moved back to men’s prisons.
This, of course, is a reaction to those instances where those identifying as “transgender women” have attacked women in prison
Throughout the British justice system, from Policing to Prisons, the desperate desire to accommodate transgender activism is disturbing. Just who is Government taking advice from on this issue? Are certain lobby groups disproportionately influencing decision making? Whilst recognising that no one should be discriminated against it is wrong that free speech is being sacrificed to accommodate a vociferous minority. It is wrong that women should be victimised in the ways outlined in this article and yet the trans lobby advances by the day. How many more victims will it create?