While there have been contentious policy debates for years now between Republicans and Democrats on “transgender rights” and so-called “gender identity” issues with cases weaving their way through our court system, similar battles have also been occurring across the pond between various political factions in the United Kingdom revolving around whether – legally speaking – it should be okay for men to identify as women and vice versa and, accordingly, use corresponding public facilities like bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. that match their “gender identity.”
But in a most welcome development for opponents of the movement to essentially eradicate women’s rights altogether, the UK’s Labour Party recently committed two rather remarkable self-owns on this issue in comments that were made by party leaders which unintentionally struck right at the heart of the matter of why their society (and ours here in the U.S.) is headed in the wrong direction.
Let’s begin with how the row started:
A Kent MP has become embroiled in an online spat after being accused of transphobia.
Canterbury and Whitstable MP Rosie Duffield got into the keyboard war after seemingly liking a controversial Piers Morgan tweet.
Ms Duffield’s followers were able to see that she had liked the tweet, in which Mr Morgan seemed to take issue with CNN referring to “individuals with a cervix”
Here’s the tweet and Duffield’s reaction to the criticism by some followers who suggested she was a “transphobe”:
I'm a 'transphobe' for knowing that only women have a cervix….?!
— Rosie Duffield MP 💙 (@RosieDuffield1) August 1, 2020
Duffield is a member of the Labour party, and though she says she supports trangender rights in general, she is opposed to allowing transgender women in places like women’s shelters and the like. She recently announced she would not be attending the Labour Party conference due to threats she says she received over her statements.
Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer was asked about Duffield’s remarks during a BBC interview and immediately stuck his foot in his mouth:
Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Sir Keir Starmer was asked if it was transphobic to say only women have a cervix.
The Labour leader replied: “Well, it is something that shouldn’t be said. It is not right.”
Sir Keir added: “We need to have a mature, respectful debate about trans rights and we need to… bear in mind that the trans community are amongst the most marginalised and abused communities.
For those keeping score at home, we have the male leader of a major political party in the U.K. mansplaining to a female rank and file member of his party as to whether it’s acceptable for her to agree with the statement that only women have a cervix.
Making the situation even worse for the Labour party was when fellow Labour member and Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves – who is also the Shadow Chancellor – appeared on the “Leading Britain’s Conversation” program and was asked by host Nick Ferrari if she agreed with Starmer’s assessment. Reeves at first attempted to dodge the discussion, calling it “unhelpful” but Ferrari would not let her off the hook.
Watch as Reeves stammers through the back and forth exchange, with Ferrari continuing to press her for a straight answer. At a couple of points she appears visibly agitated at having to discuss the issue the leader of her party made comments on, suggesting talking about lady parts made her uncomfortable. Eventually, she came around to admitting that it was not transphobic to say only women have a cervix:
'Is it transphobic to say only women have a cervix?'
— LBC (@LBC) September 27, 2021
Reeves fumbling for the “right” answer that would please her woke constituents reminded me of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) ridiculous “menstruating person” term she used a few weeks ago as she struggled during an Anderson Cooper interview regarding the Texas pro-life law with calling women women. In addition to “menstruating person,” she also used the term “people who do give birth,” as if anyone other than women (who obviously were born with the necessary equipment) can give birth.
As I said last week in response to the ACLU butchering a quote from the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to remove all references to women, we could be outraged over things like this, but I admit I’m not, because I’m thinking maybe these people are accidentally doing women a favor in a way by demonstrating the absolute absurdity of the gender identity movement.
If it helps change even just a few minds on the issue of actual women’s rights (not talking about abortion) and how if we don’t reverse course soon, much of what early feminists fought for will effectively be erased in the name of “transgender equality,” then that’s a step in the right direction as far as I’m concerned. The more the merrier.