Originally published in The Australian by Natasha Bita, January 26th 2013.
“Under the right to gender identity, male-bodied persons, in many cases with penises intact, are likely to be permitted to enter women’s toilets,” she says in a submission to the Senate inquiry. “There are quite a surprising number of cases in which men wearing women’s clothing have been arrested for … secret photographing of women using the toilets and showers, peeping at women from adjacent stalls … (and) luring children into women’s toilets in order to assault them.” Continue reading
Don’t forget to pre-order Gender Hurts, coming out this April!
It is only recently that transgenderism has been accepted as a disorder for which treatment is available. In the 1990s, a political movement of transgender activism coalesced to campaign for transgender rights. Considerable social, political and legal changes are occurring in response and there is increasing acceptance by governments and many other organisations and actors of the legitimacy of these rights.
This provocative and controversial book explores the consequences of these changes and offers a feminist perspective on the ideology and practice of transgenderism, which the author sees as harmful. It explores the effects of transgenderism on the lesbian and gay community, the partners of transgenders, children who are identified as transgender and transgenders themselves and argues these are negative. In doing so the book contends that the phenomenon is based upon sex stereotyping, referred to as ‘gender’ – a conservative ideology that forms the foundation for women’s subordination. Gender Hurts argues for the abolition of ‘gender’, which would remove the rationale for transgenderism.
Originally published in The Mercury by Jennifer Crawley, June 3rd 2012.
CONTROVERSIAL anti-prostitution campaigner Professor Sheila Jeffreys has visited Hobart as State Parliament gets ready to debate legalisation of the sex industry. Continue reading
“Sheila Jeffreys is a lesbian feminist scholar and political activist. She
is the author of ten books, including Man’s Dominion: The Rise of Women and
the Eclipse of Women’s Rights; Unpacking Queer Politics; and Beauty and
Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West. We spoke of how the
beauty industry harms women.”
Click here to listen to the interview.
Originally published in The Australian by Rachel Baxendale, April 26th 2013.
THE University of Melbourne has declined to condemn gender segregation at public events held by Islamic organisations at its Parkville campus, despite its leading gender-politics academic describing the practice as “sexual apartheid” and a form of “ritualised humiliation”. Continue reading