This is the second in a series of blogs covering the various speeches given by anti transgender activists at a meeting took place in a committee room in the Houses of Parliament on the 14th March 2018. The meeting was hosted in Westminster by anti LGBTQ campaigner David TC Davies and organised by Venice Allen(DrRadFem).
The meeting heard from four speakers; the second of which was Julia Long(29.00). From the text below you will see that she continues to erase transgender experience by linking it exclusively to the word Transgender and its recent adoption; ignoring that is has become the preferred term but has continuity with words previously used such as transsexual. She also goes on to link transgender women with male violence and oppression of women. Finally she set out her argument that all things, she includes women here as “things”, are defined purely by their form and function ignoring such human attributes as emotion, intelligence and identity; the things that make us human and not objects. During the speech she seeks to erase the word trans and states by its use even anti trans activists are complicit with the transgender movement. From the speech is is very plain that she sits at the far extreme of anti transgender thinking “There is no such thing as trans anything” denying us even the use of a word to describe our experience and existence and denying a characteristic protected by the 2012 Equality Act.
Julia starts by thanking Sheila Jefferys for setting the foundation for the rest of the speakers by setting a context of the history of “transgender” – in the last blog we explored how Sheila Jefferys writes the trans experience out of history setting it as a recent ideology. She then sets out her stall by talking about male power and male dominance(33.20). She quotes Dawkins “In a male dominated society” – straight away setting trans women as men with male power.
…..how “transgenderism” erases women through language(38.30) and how the language has developed in very recent times.
Her arguments begin by looking at the power of language and how “transgenderism” erases women through language(38.30) and how the language has developed in very recent times. In 1991 she can find no reference to the word transgender in the dictionary but she does see the word woman defined as “an adult human female”. She contrasts this to the list of fifty six possible genders available on Facebook in 2014 – but stating that there is no category for female thus showing female erase(42.50). Julia then goes on to take issue with the latest online Cambridge Dictionary definition of trans which is “someone who feels they are not the same gender(equal sex)” this is to gasps of disbelief from the audience. So it is interesting that while she uses the lack of the word in a dictionary in 1991 as affirming her stance she then takes issue with its definition in a dictionary now so is she saying a Dictionary is a good source or a bad source?
…..everything can be defined by its “form” and its “function”
She then moves on to the main thrust of her speech that everything can be defined by its “form” and its “function”(46.40). Therefore a watch is a watch because it looks like a watch and tells the time and cannot be a chair and a chair cannot become something else by adding the word trans to it. In my view this reduces the definition a women to merely form and function, inanimate objects, she ignors feeling, identity, intelligence and all the things that make us human. Julia tells her audience that she is being asked to say that an adult human male is now a trans women and states that “you can make people believe anything and say anything”(48.31). She explains that the words trans is affecting how we see women she goes to to talk about how a trans woman “an individual who calls himself Paris“(deliberate misgendering) was written about in the press as a “women” and how this shows how a member of the oppressing group is demanding access to the oppressed group – how this use of language is normalising and legitamising the trans narrative. She critisises her “gender critical” allies who begin by saying “I support trans rights” as they are endorsing the concept of trans by using the word. She goes on to say how the word trans “functions to normalise, legitamise this whole fictitious of men as women“(51.45).
……Julia then goes on to dismiss the suicide statistics for trans gender people saying “if you dare to say that is a man then you are killing a child”
The next section of her talk concentrates on male violence; thereby creating a link between male violence and transgender women(53.07) feeding the hate and fear narrative. Julia sees the trans movement as a massive exertion of male power and control over women(56.40). She then talks about how people are painting their anti trans movement as a hate group and how this is a total reversal of what is happening once more creating the feeling of “us against the world” within the room. Julia then goes on to dismiss the suicide statistics for trans gender people saying “if you dare to say that is a man then you are killing a child” and says that these statistics are “a fabrication” (1.02.32).
……by using the words trans we legitimise it as a “thing and not merely a disillusion”
As the concludes her speech she asks “what can we do about all of this scary stuff?” once more adding to the atmosphere of fear around the issue(1.06.28). She says transphobia is a “fictional term”(1.06.50) and disparages anti trans activists who talk about it as a thing. By using the word trans she sees that this helps to legitimise that a watch can be a chair – feeding the trans narrative. Julia then goes on to quote from a tweet which says that by using the words trans we legitimise it as a “thing and not merely a delusion”(1.07.45) by attaching trans to anything you have agreed that this concept exists.
The speech given by Julia goes beyond the terms of reasonable debate or free speech as it seeks to deny the existence of a group of people identified by transgender characteristic; a characteristic protected under the Equality Act 2012.
My next blog will go on to look at the speech given by Anne Ruzylo.
Reference web site https://soundcloud.com/user-907701005/transgenderism-and-the-war-on-women accessed 27th March 2018