Contents

September

Trans-identified kids & the media – what makes a child transgender?

(Expanded 24/10/17) There is a format to these stories and it is always the same. There is almost always a picture of a child in a pink tutu – either to show how much the garment was loved, or how … Continue reading

“Would you like the pink box or the blue box?”

‘Gender roles’ are the ways in which society expects women and men to behave. Gender is both a social construct and a hierarchy. It is confining and restrictive and especially harmful to girls. Gender stereotyping starts from the moment we … Continue reading

The Twitter Peep Show

I was happy and honoured that the inspiring Robert Webb retweeted me today. My family are all huge fans of ‘Peep Show’:  I’d rather the teens watched that than ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’ and luckily so would they.  It’s hilariously … Continue reading

A boy called Nicholas

I’ve been thinking about how some people are shocked or angered by my Twitter tag claim that transitioning kids is child abuse. I’ve always been very clear about my belief that most parents love and want to do the best … Continue reading

What’s in a Word?

If Transwomen ARE women, do we need a new word to define the type of humans who are biologically built to menstruate, give birth & lactate; who have a uterus and breasts and are oppressed because of their biology ? … Continue reading

October

who at the point of application identifies as a woman

Oh Cambridge University, what the very fuck? Et tu, New Hall? Cambridge University’s women-only college, Murray Edwards, is not a college steeped in ancient tradition: it was founded as late as 1954 to to address the fact that Cambridge had … Continue reading

“For me, trying to convince myself that I am or could be a woman would be the final sign I had drifted completely into insanity.”

“You can play the part of a woman, but you cannot be one unless you were born one. A woman is an adult female. Males are not and can never be females.” Jenn Smith     https://transanityca.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/the-transgender-peer-pressure-time-bomb-lessons-from-the-life-and-experiences-of-a-transgender-elder/ I’m so moved … Continue reading

BIND ME: “I’m feeling ecstatic and scared and mum’s feeling sick” – young women binding.

So wrote one girl on receiving her free binder from the MORF Binder scheme: MORF is a Manchester organisation, established in 2005 for the purpose of helping trans-identified females to support and meet each other. In 2011 MORF started the … Continue reading

The ‘Snowflake’ books

  We are living in a culture which force-feeds kids gender stereotypes and at the same time tells them those stereotypes define what it is to be a boy or a girl. That was the message I wanted to get … Continue reading

November

My first article- “A Mum’s Voyage Through Transtopia”

FOREWORD My daughter Jessie identified as a boy for at least nine months. She was insistent and persistent and wanted to change her pronouns; register at college as a boy and visit a gender therapist. I said no. Jessie will … Continue reading

When is a girl not a girl?

When we hear stories of ‘trans’ children in the media we are usually struck by two things. Firstly, the photo of the cute, vulnerable child- nearly always a long-haired boy in pink and a tutu- and secondly the fierce love … Continue reading

When it’s what you don’t say that can get you fired.

The Daily Mail yesterday ran an article about a maths teacher who has been suspended for saying ‘good work, girls’ to a trans-identified girl and her friend. The bare bones of the story seem to be this: Joshua Sutcliffe (27), … Continue reading

December

Guest post: “To the woman who shrieked at me that I am a bigot…”

Sometimes a post is so powerful it needs to be shared far and wide. Logging on to facebook this morning, the first thing I saw was this powerful post from CR. I too have been shouted at, by other women, … Continue reading

I know who’s going to be on the wrong side of history – and it isn’t me.

Owen Jones wrote in the Guardian today that those who don’t support transgender rights will be on the wrong side of history’. ‘Anti-trans zealots’ he proclaimed dramatically, ‘know this: history will judge you.’ Jones’ article – like so many before … Continue reading

What makes somebody ‘real trans’? Part 1- Adults

“I just have a hard time now seeing anybody as ‘really trans’.” confided a friend the other day, which got me thinking: what makes somebody ‘really’ trans? Let’s try to unpick this. First we need to clarify the difference between … Continue reading

Bra-gate – Yellowberry products now ‘for everyone’

“Before a fruit is fully ripened…  it passes through several shades of yellow. Those yellow stages take time, but they are what will eventually create a beautiful berry.”  So reads the ‘about us’ section on the homepage … Continue reading

 

January

What makes somebody ‘real’ trans? Part 2 – Kids.

What are the real differences between boys and girls? What really makes a boy a boy and a girl a girl? The boys in these pictures will lead very different lives in very different parts of the world. They will … Continue reading

February

“Ban it! Bin it! Shred it!” Transgender Trend’s new guidelines for schools & the activists that hate it.

Twitter erupted in a storm today and yesterday with the release of Transgender Trend’s free resource pack  ‘supporting gender non-conforming and trans-identified students in schools’.  Transactivists- mostly late-transitioning men & parents who have chosen to transition their own children- seem … Continue reading

TransAge – the tale of Chrissie & Nigel

This is Chrissie. Chrissie is TransAge. Chrissie was born in 1973, but she doesn’t feel 45. She’s always hung out with people younger than herself, using the same slang phrases and jargon as people half her age. Chrissie knows all … Continue reading

What we need is Education.

It never bodes well when people are ordered not to read something. Throughout history, great thinkers, philosophers and academics have always encouraged reading widely: it provokes thought, discussion and diversity. Those who don’t want us to think for ourselves, educate … Continue reading

March

Transwomen are Men

The media circus is full of high-profile men claiming to be women. Most of them didn’t ‘transition’ until mid-adulthood and there’s a very good reason for this. Parents twenty years ago realised that childhood, the teenage years – and even … Continue reading

“But nobody is encouraging kids to be trans!”

We’re told that nobody is encouraging children to be transgender; that a generation of kids is suddenly coming to that realisation by itself. There’s an excellent article on the 4thwavenow website about how there is no historical precedent for the … Continue reading

May

Yes, but today is Monday! Swimming in the Men’s Pond on Hampstead Heath

I was delighted to be a part of the latest Man Friday initiative, a Bank Holiday Monday dip in the Men’s Pond on Parliament Hill. (photos by Lily Maynard) When is a woman not a woman? Why, when it’s Friday, … Continue reading

June

Transgender Trend – raising money for resource packs; standing up to bullies.

Transgender Trend was established in 2015, by a group of parents who questioned the current trans-narrative. Over the last few years it has grown into a well-known and respected organisation with a strong ethical and empathic foundation. Although considered controversial by … Continue reading

‘Inconvenient Women’ @Camden Town Hall 13/6/18

Text & photos- Lily Maynard Sketches-Michèle M ‘Inconvenient Women’ is one of a series of lectures organised by Venice Allan as part of the ‘We Need to Talk’ tours. Key speakers were Sheila Jeffreys and Nicole Smith. Chaired by Anne … Continue reading

Guest Post: The 2018 Gender Games

  A few weeks ago,  when this year’s World Cup was still in its early days, (I’ll be honest here, I had to Google that. I had absolutely no idea when the World Cup started, it just mysteriously, suddenly WAS … Continue reading

July

Pride & Prejudice – who is standing with lesbians? #GetTheLOut

This year’s Pride in London parade was ‘hijacked’ by a lesbian activist group called ‘Get the L Out.‘ I was on the tube on my way to Pride when my phone buzzed. “OMG have you seen this? Are you there?” … Continue reading

ROGD- Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria

There’s an ongoing battle between those who recognise Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) as ‘a thing’ and those who deny it exists. ROGD believers are mostly gender-critical parents and professionals, who have seen it with their own eyes in their … Continue reading

August

Brighton Rock -A Woman’s Place is Turning the Tide

On July 16th 2018, a group of almost 200 women, and a few men, attended a meeting organised by ‘Woman’s Place UK’   at Jury’s Inn in Brighton. “We are a group of people from a range of backgrounds,” declares Woman’s … Continue reading

Telling Tales – four stories of women’s bodies, gender & dysphoria.

Here are four stories selected from those that arrive in my inboxes. Four voices, four women, each with something different to say. One is a nurse, herself with a trans-identified daughter, who describes dressing the arm wound of a young … Continue reading

Child Transition: the Myth of Informed Consent

Magical thinking. It’s everywhere. And in no place or time is it more powerful than in childhood. ‘Childhood,’ wrote Edna St Vincent Millay, “is the kingdom where nobody dies.” As a child, I was quite certain that I wasn’t going … Continue reading

Unisex toilets & sexual violence in schools

“If you get the toilets right, you get the teaching right.” So said Schools’ Minister David Miliband, somewhat bizarrely in 2004. Well, are schools getting it right? Not according to a 2010 report which suggested that one in four … Continue reading

September

‘Gender Neutral’ Toilets? Computer says no.

In the first few months after Twitter added the ‘poll’ option for its users back in 2015, over 1.7 billion votes were cast.  The online poll is a data gathering research tool previous generations could never have dreamed of. A … Continue reading

Linda Bellos and Venice Allan. A case to answer?

On 26th September 2018, Venice and Linda had to present themselves at Westminster Magistrates Court in answer to a private prosecution brought by a tranactivist who felt threatened by one of 67 year old Linda’s comments at a ‘We Need … Continue reading

October

Gender is harmful. My views are not hateful.

Yesterday I was told that my writing could be seen as hateful. The accusation stems from my belief that men cannot ‘become’ women, & that ‘woman’ is a biological descriptor. Nor do I believe a child can be born in … Continue reading

Butterfly- a view from the cocoon

I watched the first episode of the new ITV drama ‘Butterfly’ with interest and growing discomfort. From the opening credits, where Max removes his lipstick and pink nail polish, to the firm handshakes dolled out by his bearded father, I … Continue reading

Butterfly 2 – in search of puberty blockers

Episode 2 of ‘Butterfly’ hit our screens last night, and what a whirlwind it was. As the opening credits rolled the self-described  ‘truthful and powerfully beautiful drama’ opened with a scan of Max’s dressing table: moving past the snarling dinousaurs … Continue reading

Page 3 – when the battle’s lost and won

On the bus today, middle-child kicked my foot and rolled her eyes towards the bloke behind me. He was sitting facing her on the seat kitty-corner to hers. I looked over. He was reading a folded-over tabloid newspaper, & a … Continue reading

Butterfly 3 – Max to Maxine

The third- and hopefully final- part of ITV’s mini-drama Butterfly hit our screens tonight. (See also my reviews of episodes 1 and 2) Although Vicky hasn’t made time to phone Stephen or Lily,  Max has posted a selfie of himself … Continue reading

My stint in Twitter jail

Last night I got myself a Twitter ban. I’d never had one before.  There were several windows open on my laptop, and a friend on facebook had posted a picture of Shon Faye’s Twitter feed (see left). Shon & I … Continue reading

November

ROGD – a detransitioner speaks (guest post)

Helena is a young woman who is a detransioner; a young woman who got a prescription for testosterone after a single, hour-long appointment;  a young woman who has agreed to write a guest post about her ROGD experience for this … Continue reading

Living life ‘as a woman’. How it’s done.

The women of Twitter answer the billion dollar question.   I asked “Hey Twitter peeps, please explain how one ‘lives life as a woman’ and how people are supposed to deal with someone who wishes to be ‘treated as a … Continue reading

December

Linda Bellos and Venice Allan. No case to answer!

For a background to this post, read my article, Linda Bellos and Venice Allan. A case to answer? It was likely that wading through the endless reams of paperwork might take the court some time (ie all day) so we … Continue reading

 

February

Gender Identity Teaching in Schools – Haringey ReSisters public meeting with TransgenderTrend

On 12/2/19, Haringey ReSisters organised a meeting in North London, for those concerned or curious about the teaching of gender identity in schools and the social and medical transition of children. Stephanie Davies-Arai of Transgender Trend was a speaker, and … Continue reading

March

Dr James Barry & other wild women who broke the rules

Recently there has developed a fashion for rewriting the lives of certain non-conformist  women to claim them as transgender. Joan of Arc, Jennie Hodgers, James Barry; even Queen Elizabeth I has not escaped the suggestion that the wearing of men’s … Continue reading

April

Protest at Downview Prison – no men in women’s prisons

On March 30th 2019, a group of over 20 women arrived at HMP Downview in Surrey to protest the continued placement of men in women’s prisons. On the night of March 29th, I was putting the final touches to a … Continue reading

The Gendered Child

Where does a child get its sense of gender? There are certainly some biological differences between girls and boys. Firstly, girls have XX chromosomes and boys have XY, except in very rare intersex conditions. You cannot change your chromosomes. It … Continue reading

Protesting Stonewall – Lesbians Up Against the Wall

“We’re here to remind Stonewall what a lesbian is, on Lesbian Visibility Day. This is Stonewall’s supposed Workplace Equality Conference. There is no equality for women in the workplace when women are forced to pretend that men are also women. … Continue reading

May

Lesbians on Chairs – the event

I can confirm that there were lesbians and they were quite definitely sitting on chairs. On 11th May 2019, an audience of 160 (159 women & a bloke) gathered to hear words of wisdom from five lesbians: six if you … Continue reading

First Do No Harm – the ethics of transgender healthcare

The House of Lords played host to a series of short lectures on transgender healthcare on 15th May 2019. Controversy, no surprise, raised its head before the lectures began. The event was organised by ‘Standing for Women‘ and sponsored by … Continue reading

The Wanking Man – how public masturbation is normalised

From a very young age we are told to stay close to our parents, not to speak to strange men in the park, or by the toilets, not to walk down alleyways… The girls in my family were raised with … Continue reading

June

Free Speech & Gender Ideology – Crossing the line

The dilemma A police officer publicly claims my opinion ‘directly leads’ to murder. He’s a representative of the law, I’m a stay-at-home mum who believes in free speech. I asked, but he hasn’t removed the tweet & he hasn’t apologised. … Continue reading

Bergdorf & ChildLine – did they or didn’t they?

On 5th June 2019 the NSPCC announced their new ChildLine ‘influencer’ for ‘LGBT+ youth’: Munroe Bergdorf, a 30 year old male who began ‘transitioning from male to female’ age 24. Selected as  L’Oreal’s ‘first transgender model’ in 2017,  Bergdorf was … Continue reading

Kool-Aid for Kiddies – teaching little ones about the gender fairy

  The question is not whether it is okay to change from a girl to a boy, it’s whether it is possible to change from a girl to a boy. And the answer is a resounding ‘no’.   “Look at … Continue reading

July

Men in Make-Up – Rewriting History

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. … Continue reading

August

The ‘True Trans’ Trope

 Yesterday The National Post and various other outlets reported on Jessica Yaniv’s predictable yet dramatic arrest shortly after an online debate with transsexual Blaire White. The debate and ongoing drama made me want … Continue reading

#GenderCare – Dr Lorimer brings all the ‘transboys’ to the yard

You can visit the GenderCare website here.  You will learn that Gendercare is a ‘network of individual healthcare practitioners’ who ‘share a general commitment to providing friendly, accessible private services, tailored to individual needs and timescales, in a variety of … Continue reading

September

The Invisible Women- why are so many women scared to speak out about gender politics?

Why are so many women scared to speak out about gender politics? Why are so many ‘gender critical’ women scared to use their own name? By the time I was ready to tell the story of my daughter’s trans-identification and … Continue reading

Bisexual Day of Visibility, my Arse

So, dear reader, today (technically yesterday now) was officially Bisexual Day of Visibility! Or #BiVisibilityDay. Which should be a good thing, right?  Bisexual visibility day could promote a number of ideas. We aren’t ‘pretending’ to try and impress you, no, … Continue reading

October

Woke News – Censorship and sensitivities Part 1

I woke up bright and early on that sunny Saturday. Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive- but to be ‘woke’ was very heaven! Lesley had driven down from north of Watford and we were poodling down the … Continue reading

Inventing the Transgender Child – a conference

On October 27th 2019, I attended the one-day conference ‘Inventing the Transgender Child – A new Sex Education?‘ in central London. Tickets went on sale through Eventbrite and that link to the event, with the original details of speakers and … Continue reading

November

Hackney ReSisters – Women & Girls Under Attack

“Are you concerned about child safeguarding, safety in prisons, securing the future of women’s sport, single-sex NHS wards, sexism- pay equality?” demanded the leaflet. Well, yes, I am indeed, two tickets please. I arranged to meet Lesley near the venue, … Continue reading

So your child thinks they might be transgender? Part 1 – information for parents

Information and resources for parents of trans-identified kids. Part 1 – information Firstly, this article isn’t going to tell you what I think you should do, because I don’t know what you should do. I don’t know you; I don’t … Continue reading

December

So your child thinks they might be transgender? Part 2 – resources for parents

This article is the second part of a two part series. It started out as a plan for a collection of resources with a brief introduction but the brief introduction took on a life of its own, rather like one … Continue reading

What exactly IS ‘transphobia’?

Transphobe, transphobic, transphobia, the words trip off the tongue like some kind of anti-demon spell, hurled against wicked, über-right-wing, LGBTQI+ hating bigots and the sort of evil Nazis who wish harm on trans people – you’d better hope those words … Continue reading

 

January

A Celebration of Magdalen Berns

Lesbian feminist icon Magdalen Berns (1983-2019) is most famous for her short, irreverent videos concerned with gender identity politics and women’s rights. Her wikipedia page describes her as ‘a lesbian radical feminist… YouTuber, boxer and software engineer.’ Magdalen’s YouTube channel … Continue reading

February

Women’s Liberation 2020 – a WPUK conference

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first National Women’s Liberation Conference, which was held at Oxford in 1970 and attracted over 600 feminist activists from across the country. This year’s conference, organised by Woman’s Place UK and the … Continue reading

How LGBTQIA+ teaching in schools erases lesbian & gay kids

Celebrating diversity is a good thing. Who we love, what we want to wear, whether we like climbing the highest mountains or doing crossword puzzles in front of a warm fire, we are all different. We have dark skin, fair … Continue reading

March

Adult human female – a red flag?

  Two Merseyside councils flew flags bearing the legend ‘adult human female’ this week, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Predictably, the flags didn’t stay up long, after several blokes claimed the message hurt their feelings.     Of course, … Continue reading

WOMEN SAY on Women’s Day

The right to free speech at Speakers Corner has ghoulish roots. It is the site where those condemned to die on the gallows at Tyburn were permitted to speak their last words in front of the crowds who flocked to … Continue reading

April

Guerilla Postcards from the Edge

What happens when you arm a group of women with ‘adult human female’ postcards and let them loose on the art galleries and museums of Britain? We found out. As we look online at pictures of deserted city centres and … Continue reading

The Museum of Transology, Brighton

Yes, Virginia, there really is a Museum of Transology. I started writing this piece back in October 2018, and it lurked, half-finished, in the ‘drafts’ section of my blog for eighteen months. Unable to roam, as are we all during … Continue reading

May

There but for Grace go we- queer theory and the snowflake generation

“One reason I’m so anti-zoom,” Grace Lavery, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, confided to 21.8k followers on Twitter a few days ago,“is that I teach classes in queer and trans studies, where part of the … Continue reading

Hyperbole and the Trans Suicide Myth

Posted on May 30, 2020 by Lily Maynard

It is incredibly difficult to approach the subject of suicide among trans-identified people without being labelled a hateful bigot who wants trans kids to kill themselves. Yet one of the main concerns voiced by those who question the suicide myth … Continue reading

June

Sexism, Transtopia and the NHS

The NHS was established in 1948, in the wake of the devastation of two world wars. The visualised dream of Sir William Beveridge, it was nurtured into being after the 1945 General Election, under the eye of Health Minister Aneurin … Continue reading

Transactivism & the Ning Nang Nong

“On the Ning Nang Nong,Where the Cows go Bong!and the monkeys all say BOO!There’s a Nong Nang Ning Where the trees go Ping!And the tea pots jibber jabber joo.” Spike Milligan We are currently experiencing extremely high levels of jibber … Continue reading

Costing the Kool-Aid – bias & funding in a ‘gender diversity’ research project

Society’s current obsession with gender identity politics is unprecedented and if there’s one thing we can probably all agree on, it’s that there needs to be more research done into why more and more young people are increasingly identifying as … Continue reading