Dragging on her king-sized cigarette in front of a no-smoking sign, her long, red-dyed hair falling over her silver fur coat, Davina Ayrton smiled at the camera just before she was sentenced to eight years in prison for raping a schoolgirl.
For anyone asking how a woman can be convicted of rape — which in law requires the use of a penis — the answer is Ayrton, previously known as David, was a man when she pinned down her 15-year-old victim in a Portsmouth garage. She still has her male genitalia.
At trial Ayrton expressed a wish to serve her time in a women’s prison. Now a proposed change in the law makes her desire a real prospect.
Leave aside all the usual trans stuff and concentrate just upon the individual problem here.
On the one side, the declaration of being male or female is what matters. That’s the general demand, isn’t it? Genitalia, genes, chromosomes, these are no longer the determinants, it is, to use the speak of da youf, teh feelz which matter.
Then we’ve also got these supposedly single sex environments, prisons. Where simple invocation of teh feelz means that those with complimentary genitalia can end up in what is, by genitalia, not a single sex environment:
One of the 13, Paris Green, was convicted of murder as a man and has twice been allowed to transfer to women’s units before being moved out again after having sex with female inmates.
So, what is to be done?
In March, Jessica Winfield, a transgender double rapist convicted under her previous identity of Martin Ponting, was moved to a women’s jail after having a sex change. Two months ago, Winfield was reportedly segregated after making “inappropriate advances” to female prisoners.
I dunno either. About the only thing I can think of is to insist that the criteria for moving between jails is based upon more than just teh feelz. But then doesn’t that violate the basic assumption that we’re insisting upon in the rest of society?