The Scottish Government’s plan to allow people to “self-declare” their gender without the approval of a doctor faced strong grassroots opposition from the “army of women” with diverse social and political backgrounds. A new study revealed.
The Scottish Minister is planning to amend the Gender Recognition Act to make it easier for people to change legally recognized genders, and Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the plan would make women’s rights and safety safer. I have repeatedly dismissed concerns that it poses a risk.
However, according to Sarah Pedersen, a professor of communication and media at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, a new “female co-operative constellation” was established in opposition to the transgender reform program.
Academic article Published in the Scottish Affairs Journal, Pedersen said that female politicians, researchers, journalists, writers and activists across the political spectrum have formed a support network for cross-party collaboration.
Activists interviewed by Pedersen used words such as “danger” and “warning” to explain their feelings about how the proposed changes affect women’s gender-based rights.
Activists have little support for opposition from political parties and established women’s rights groups, so they have set up new grassroots organizations such as “For Scottish Women” and “Scottish Women and Girls.” Stated.
Interviewees at Pedersen criticized these women’s organizations established in Scotland and the United Kingdom. They supported the Scottish government and said they actively silenced the women they were supposed to represent.
Some have suggested that the support of these organizations for government plans was driven by fear of money cuts.
Many of the interviewees said they were the first to notice the discussion about gender identity on social media rather than mainstream media.
Some of them, including journalists, pointed out the lack of mainstream media coverage of the first Scottish Government talks held in 2018.
One said, “Like many, I received news from the Guardian and the BBC, so I wasn’t very aware of the impact.”
Many said attention was paid to the abuse of well-known feminists, including members of the Scottish Parliament who spoke on the issue.
One interviewer said prominent activists might not have been able to say “without knowing that there was an absolute female army behind them.”
Scotland’s Transgender Reform Program has also been criticized by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), a British human rights watchdog.
The EHRC said last month that Scotland’s plans to change gender recognition legislation require “further consideration.”
In a letter to Scottish Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison, EHRC President Baroness Kishwar Falkner said that “established sexual legal concept” is “the right balanced law to protect everyone.” He said it should be part of the “framework”.