It’s not actually all that difficult

Forstater may or may not succeed in her discrimination case against her employer. She is far from the only person to hold “gender critical” beliefs: if the Tribunal concludes that her employer was right to dismiss her, then other people might feel unable to express their beliefs for fear of losing their jobs. In my view such censorship is unacceptable in a free society. In the interests of free speech, therefore, I support Forstater’s case – though my support is not uncondititional, as I shall explain later.

But that does not mean I endorse her beliefs or her behaviour. Forstater and her supporters aggressively promote their beliefs on Twitter, hijacking threads to grandstand their agenda, forcing their opinions on people who have not invited them, misrepresenting what people have said then gaslighting them when they object, using emotionally-loaded language to short-circuit rational argument, resorting to ad hominem attacks and appeals to authority, insulting people who disagree with them, sealioning people who try to disengage. In short, behaving just like all the other cults that infest this increasingly toxic space. The effect of their behaviour is to prevent rational debate and silence dissenters.

That is free speech. Live with it.

For there’s nothing at all about the concept that states it has to be interesting or mannerly.

20 thoughts on “It’s not actually all that difficult”

  1. ’ She is far from the only person to hold “gender critical” beliefs…’

    Even the Health Secretary thinks that only women have cervixes! Imagine!

  2. We could avoid 99% of the trans vs gender critical argument by changing the term “women only” to “penis free”. It couldn’t be prosecuted as discriminating on the basis of gender because it applies equally to male and female penes, and it couldn’t be prosecuted as sex discrimination because that’s allowed by law. It would be all over bar the interminable shouting.

  3. I have made it completely clear that I will not discuss issues of safety except from the standpoint that trans women are women and their rights must be respected

    Lol, silly moo.

    Contra Arthur, we can avoid 100% of trannyfannydingdong by being brutally honest that men will never be women, women will never be men, and mentally ill perverts need psychiatric help.

    It’s trying to be nice that has led us to this point, but as a wise philosopher-bouncer once said: Be nice… until it’s time to not be nice.

  4. Civil liberties seems to not be an absolute anymore

    The Woken SS has ensured that

    Mind you I do enjoy feminists and transits hissy fits

  5. oo oo I got that ref and When sexy doc wants to make sure he doesn’t have a cervix.

    Doc.- Do you always carry your medical records with you?
    Dalton- saves times

  6. Sorry, who is it aggressively promoting, misrepresenting, hijacking, etc.? Sounds like a perfect description of The Woke Storm Front to me.

  7. Not content with gaslighting we now have sealioning. WTF’s sealioning? Carrie lying naked on his belly on a beach with a fish in his mouth?

  8. BiS: it’s defined – by the nutters – as “A disparaging term for the confrontational practice of leaping into an online discussion with endless demands for answers and evidence.” …

    Because god forbid you introduce such ghastly concepts into discussion.

  9. I do apologise. I failed to take the opportunity to engender the maximum offence there.
    Carrie & his fish

  10. The Pedant-General

    ” then gaslighting them when they object,”

    Fuck right off. That is what this moron is doing actually right now.

    At what point did the actually biologically sensible view held by all but a tiny minoirty of freaks with serious mental health issues suddenly become not really polite. What else is the term “gender critical” supposed to convey?

  11. “The effect of their behaviour is to prevent rational debate and silence dissenters.” That’s the ambition of the Beeb and the Guardian, isn’t it? And the University of Bristol and the present VC of the University of Cambridge.

  12. The whole transsexual debate is settled science – chicks with dicks are men and guys with tits are women.

  13. Oh it’s Coppola. A fucking moron. Perhaps if she ever finds herself stuck in a changing room with a “legal female” and ‘her’ raging boner, she might think again. But I doubt it.

    The simple fact that a person can change their legal sex demonstrates beyond all doubt that Britain is fucked into a cocked hat.

  14. The simple fact that a person can change their legal sex and expects no consequences demonstrates beyond all doubt that Britain is fucked into a cocked hat.

    FTFY.

  15. The whole transsexual debate is settled science – chicks with dicks are men and guys with tits are women.

    F*ck.
    I’ve been eating too many pies recently, and now have some small moobs.
    Does that make me a woman? :O

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