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(moved from Medium) Helen Joyce comes up with really good allegories and mental models at the rate of about one a week. But the one that I keep coming back to is one she told me the first time I met her, when I was still scrambling to keep my job at CGD, and trying […]

The Scout Association have apologised to me for the two-year process of investigation it subjected me to after receiving a complaint for “misgendering,” when I referred to a man as “he” on Twitter. As the Scout Association say in their apology they recognise “that it is unlawful to harass or discriminate against someone on the […]

Update: The hearing was on October 20th. Judgement reservedYou can read the live tweets You can download all the skeletonsAppelant: Maya Forstater (Naomi Cunningham)Respondent 1: Information Commissioners Office (Katherine Taunton)Respondents 2&3: Ministry of Justice and The Judicial College (Ravi Mehta) Gendered Intelligence is a small but influential lobby group which promotes gender ideology.  You may […]

Letter to Amnesty International UK CEO Dear Sacha Deshmukh This weekend I attended and spoke at a feminist conference organised by the charity FiLiA, at the Guildhall in Portsmouth. It was attended by around 1000 women and girls, including many who are survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Topics included the protection of women’s sex-based […]

At my tribunal hearing about whether the belief that sex is real, immutable and important qualifies as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010, one of the gotcha question was “which ancient philosopher philosophised it?”. Someone called out “Aristotle” but I wasn’t going to pretend that this belief came to me from the ancient […]

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 […]