Labour Women Voices is an informal safe network for women in the Labour Party to exchange thoughts and ideas about politics, sex and gender. We respect the right of everyone, regardless of gender or other self-identification, to live their lives without fear or discrimination, provided only that there is no harm to others. To that… Continue reading Labour Women Voices Submission to the Labour National Policy Forum Consultation
The Tavistock Clinic: (Paediatric) Gender identity development service (GIDS) and Mermaids
The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is for children and young people, and their families, who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity. It's a national specialised service, based in London and Leeds, and is the only one of its kind in Great Britain. A number of serious concerns about the service have… Continue reading The Tavistock Clinic: (Paediatric) Gender identity development service (GIDS) and Mermaids
Must trans issues be contentious? Can they be discussed without angst?
Why does this sometimes occur, and how does it happen? What can be done to lower the temperature if / when things get heated? ** I’m not sure how to best handle this. An experience I keep having is someone shoehorns trans rights into left wing causes like Black Lives Matter (BLM) or Extinction Rebellion.… Continue reading Must trans issues be contentious? Can they be discussed without angst?
Is sex (as a category) really necessary?
A recent report has suggested that we ask whether the concept of 'sex' as a way to categorise people is really necessary. Pink News' headlines for 11 May 2022 are that 'Abolishing legal sex and gender comes with many, many pros, radical new report finds'. The Pink News report tell us that '... (UK) law… Continue reading Is sex (as a category) really necessary?
How important are biology and genetics?
We are all mammals, with much the same physical design as other similar animals. How much should this fact should affect our every day behaviour as wo/men is a matter of debate. What does 'the science' tell us? The issues are really around basic human / mammalian physiology and also psychology / behaviour. Human physiology… Continue reading How important are biology and genetics?
The psychology of sex, gender, groups and trauma
Two intersecting aspects of psychology may be particularly relevant to issues around sex and gender. One is self perception (who do I think I am?) and the other is group dynamics (how do the people around me / those with whom I associate) defend my / our identities? Every person has an identity and character… Continue reading The psychology of sex, gender, groups and trauma
Wellbeing and mental health
Some people find their concepts of themselves or others stressful or worrying. Who is at risk of such forms of distress? What evidence clarifies such distress? for various people at various times? And how can the people at risk best be supported? [Read and discuss more about Mental health and Psychology.] tbc