This piece is all about me. I’ve written it in response to a number of requests I’ve had for something to set out my ideas in a way that allows someone to get where I’m coming from on a number of issues quickly. So, the whole point of this is to contextualise who I am and where I come from, and hopefully give you an idea of why it is I believe the things I do.
I’ve given a number of interviews about my life, most of which are terribly dull because of the subject matter. A bit of background information can be found at the Zagria ‘Gender Variance Who’s Who’.
Although I’m probably best known for what I have to say about transgender politics, much of what I write about concerns either what it actually is to be trans-whatever, and free speech.
I think I first became know for ‘Mirandagate‘, when I was to debate on the BBC Newsnight show and the section got pulled because transgender activists would not debate my views that, at the time, were taken as ‘gender critical’. Prior to this, I’d spoken out against the attempt by ‘liberals’ to shut down a Radfems Respond event in Portland and the campaign to shut down Femifest 2014 in London.
Moving swiftly on, I wrote how third wave feminism gets all its priorities wrong and benefits men, and had a look at how the regressive left and ultra-conservative right exemplify horseshoe theory, particularly drawimg upon the violent tactics and silencing used by the regressive left.
Following a discussion I held with Julie Bindel, I published a piece in the Morning Star looking at how the language of transgender activism is used to obscure truth. In a groundbreaking event in London on 13 September 2017, I spoke out about how the state-sanctioning of self-identification of gender represents an all-out political war against everyone.
What it is to be Transgender
I had begun to annoy the extremists of trans Twitter with a piece I published in July 2014 which called for recentering trans debate around material reality. Broadly that:
- human beings are sexually dimorphic mammals;
- transwomen are biologically male (if we aren’t, then what do we transition from/to?);
- human beings are subjected to sex-based socialisation which begins at birth (what does this say about transwomen who cannot accept this?);
- the lives of transwomen are different to the lives of women (by this I mean women born women, again what does this say about transwomen who cannot accept this?).
- rape and death threats directed at lesbians and other feminists are wholly unacceptable.
Within the hot-house of extremeism that is transgender Twitter this went down like a lead balloon. It’s fucking hilarious. Following Mirandagate, I had the opportunity to speak to Feminist Current about what it means to be a ‘gender critical transwoman’.
Caitlin Jenner became a gift, again published in the Morning Star this piece has formed the basis for talks I have given.
I have written extensively on autogynephilia, from basic introductions to a comprehensive history of the idea of autogynephilia and conjectured an etiology of autogynephilia based in the consumption of pornography.
I have also written about how gender stereotypes are common in the narratives of ‘trans kids‘ and connected this, in females, to homosexuality.
My definitive piece on transgender politics is ‘Transgender Ideology Does Not Support Women‘. It was my first piece for the Gender Apostates project and even now racks up hundreds of views a week. It’s been translated into Spanish and I’ve used it in talks I’ve given.
When the government announced a parliamentary enquiry into the rights of transgender people I made a representation on transgender rights asking for facts, which was duly ignored. I analysed the final report and wrote for the Morning Star about what a mess the Transgender Equality Report is, reducing what it means to be a woman to a stereotype. This is what happens when your government relies on appeasement rather than conviction.
I have looked at how transgender identity politics is poisoning LGBT organisations and centerimg these on heterosexual men and also written about how the internal politics of transgenderism instrumentalise sexist and homophobic outsiders to reinforce claims to validity. Nasty stuff.
One of the biggest influences on my thinking is the work of John Stuart Mill and his collaborator, and later wife, Harriet Taylor Mill, possibly one of the most overlooked British philosophers, I studied his work during a year’s course in philosophy at university. I quote freely from these great liberal thinkers and used arguments from ‘On Liberty’ in my critique of transgender dogma particularly ‘trans women are women’ which is a major obstacle to debate and finding political middle ground.
I hope you enjoy this brief run-down of some of the work I have done.