Rape and abuse victims in women-only refuges face being looked after by biological men after England’s biggest group of women’s shelters decided to review its ban on transgender staff.
The move, which could overturn almost half a century of refuges being run by women for women, was described by some feminists last night as the most significant erosion of female spaces yet.
It comes after the government promised to consult on letting people change sex on demand. Activists insist that “self-declared” transgender women — most of whom retain male organs — should be allowed to enter and work in woman-only spaces.
Interesting clash of demands then. Very interesting, given that we’ve at least one claim of a trans woman raping while imprisoned – in a women’s jail – while serving a sentence for rape. I think I’ve recalled that correctly.
Underlying this though is something more serious. I’ve no dog in this specific fight, doesn’t bother me either way. But the serious bit is akin to Blair’s decision to abolish the office of Lord Chancellor. Quickly reversed, as the post is so written into the structure of the law and society. Equally so here. Change eh definition of male and female and there’s a hell of a lot of other things which also need to be changed. And no real guide as to what the correct change should be.