“Call me old-fashioned...”
April 6, 2016 3:15 PM Subscribe
- Following Media Backlash, Ian McEwan Clarifies Stance in Open Letter Saying That Transgender Community Should Be Respected and Celebrated. [The Guardian]
“I’m surprised that a couple of sentences of mine during a short Q&A session at the end of my lecture [The Guardian] should have caused a stir. My subject was the literary representation of the self in the work of Montaigne, Shakespeare, Pepys, Boswell and others. In response to a question, I proposed that the possession of a penis or, more fundamentally, the inheritance of the XY chromosome, is inalienably connected to maleness. As a statement, this seems to me biologically unexceptional. However, biology is not always destiny. That the transgender community should want or need to abandon their birth gender or radically redefine it is their right, which should be respected and celebrated. It adds to the richness and diversity of life. It’s an extension of freedom and the possibilities of selfhood. Everyone should deplore the discrimination that transgender communities have suffered around the world. That the community should sometimes find itself in conflict with feminists (over changing rooms, trans beauty pageants, access to women’s colleges) – well, that’s a conversation on which I can shed no useful light.”- Dear Ian McEwan, Your Ideas About Penises Are Outdated by Paris Lees [The Telegraph]
“As a fan of his books and a trans woman myself, I’m very grateful. After all, he seems to have spent a whole five minutes thinking about people like me before sharing all his ill-informed ideas about us with the rest of the world.- Recent Research by the Fawcett Society Reveals That Almost Half of Britons Now Believe That Gender Is Fluid. [Fawcett Society]“The self, like a consumer desirable, may be plucked from the shelves of a personal identity supermarket, a ready-to-wear little black number,” he said. “For example, some men in full possession of a penis are now identifying as women and demanding entry to women-only colleges, and the right to change in women’s dressing rooms.”Is he for real? Does McEwan realise that he has almost certainly shared a lavatory with a trans man before? That his female friends and relatives have been sharing loos with trans women like me for years? Anyone who has seen the Danish Girl will know that people have been having “sex changes” since the 1930s. Where does McEwan think they’ve been going to pee?”
Our recent report Sex and Equality 2016: State of the Nation reveals that almost half (44%) of the UK population now believe that gender is not binary but can be expressed as a range of identities. In a poll of 8,000 people, carried out by Survation for Fawcett’s 150th anniversary year, we asked people their thoughts on whether gender identity is confined to two genders – male and female (gender binary) or whether gender is more fluid, encompassing a range of identities. Women and those aged 18-34 are most likely to think that gender is fluid with almost half (48%) of women agreeing that gender is a range of identities as opposed to 40% of men and 50% of 18-34 year olds believe that, whilst only 39% of those over 55 do.
This post was deleted for the following reason: You know, I'm not sure we get real value out of "someone said a stupid/terrible thing about trans people" threads, and I know they do some harm. Let's skip this one. -- restless_nomad
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