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When JK Rowling, one of the UK’s most famous and celebrated female writers wrote her tweets about ‘People who menstruate’ on the evening of Saturday June 6, it set off a twitter storm which was quickly picked up by media around the world. The BBC reported nothing. Early in the evening of Wednesday January 10th […]


The UK government has released a little more information on its plans for reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 with a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” which it sends to people who write in. It says: Changes to the Gender Recognition Act are intended to make the process of applying for a gender recognition […]


I wrote an article published yesterday (by the feminist charity FiLiA ) on the question of “trans rights”: what are the fundamental human rights in question, and how can they be reconciled with the rights of others, particularly women. I was particularly critical of human rights organisations that have not used their expertise and legitimacy […]


Helen Pluckrose and Kathleen Stock recently set out to discuss “Gender Critical Feminism and Trans Activism” in an exchange of letters. It was presented as an exercise in trying to mark  out the “rational middle ground” in the gender wars. Helen said that she wanted to discuss “concrete practical aspects of women’s interests, and how […]


A couple of weeks ago I asked this question, and promised to collate the answers What movie should I watch on Netflix ? — Maya Forstater (@MForstater) March 7, 2020 Here are the recommendations (strictly speaking they are not all on Netflix…) Movies Ex Machina Uncut Gems Dolemite Is My Name Contagion What We Do […]


Every time Labour leadership candidate, Lisa Nandy has been asked for her view on the Gender Recognition Act and gender self ID in the last few weeks she tells a story about a young person in her constituency . Here are a couple of versions of that story “I have a young person who is […]


I spoke at the excellent Woman’s Place UK conference  at University College London on 1 Febuary 2020  — in the opening plenary with Pragna Patel of Southall Black Sisters and Joanna Cherry QC MP, Chaired by Professor Sophie Scott. Wow! This is going to be an  be an amazing conference. I am overwhelmed to be […]


I spoke at the Women’s Place UK meeting in London on May 20th, as a last minute stand in alongside Julie Bindel, Selina Todd and Meghan Murphy. It was a brilliant night. Helen Lewis wrote in the New Statesman: “The packed hall felt like the birth, or rebirth, of something. A feminism unafraid to talk […]


The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report on Fiscal Policy for Financing Sustainable Development is a serious piece of work.  But it contains the latest in a long series of silly numbers which inflate perceptions of the scale of revenue at stake from multinational corporate tax avoidance. It says tackling  base erosion and profit shifting by […]


[Revised version – thanks to Lucia Cizmaziova for pointing that I had mistyped the ICIJ data for the UK and Denmark – my spreadsheet is here] Three years ago the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) revealed that 11.5 million documents had been leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Recently they toted up the […]