I don’t normally link to The Scotsman, but I’m a big admirer of its columnist Laura Waddell. Today, she’s writing about the so-called debate over trans rights.
For the sake of trans people, for women, and for the state of our public discourse, enough of the bad faith actions. The Womenâ€™s Pledges which have recently sprung up to sit vulture-like on SNP, Labour and Lib Dem fringes are not party affiliated and further single-issue interests under the guise of speaking for all women; the trans-exclusionary alliances with Facebook pages run by young American men attached to Trump, anti-choice, and other pages designed to stoke political fallout from culture wars; the politicians who use the deeply irresponsible, imflammatory, and dishonest phrase â€˜war on womenâ€™ about the policy consultation and whoâ€™ve let the idea they are leading the charge go to their heads.
Enough of those who direct online mobs to harass trans-inclusive Scottish womenâ€™s charities, shelters, libraries, and bookshops, weakening public faith in these important feminist organisations whoâ€™ve work with determination and grit over the decades for everything they have. Most of this doesnâ€™t even pertain to the proposed policy which has attracted like a magnet a collected debris of homophobia, misogyny, men whoâ€™ve never taken an interest in womenâ€™s rights in their puff, conspiracy theorists and party agitators, condensed like a fatberg in the river of Scottish public conversation.