Feminist group: ‘Transsexual activists are silencing us’

Women are speaking out after Twitter blocked them for “speaking the truth” about transsexualism.

The social networking giant has censored tweets which state what the women say are “basic, incontrovertible biological facts”, claiming the content goes against its “hateful conduct” policy.

Fair Play for Women has now written an open letter to Martha Lane Fox, a peer who also sits on the board of Twitter, asking her to help stop their views being silenced.

Violent threats

The letter speaks out against a “concerted attack on women’s free speech”.

“The words we use to describe ourselves, our bodies, our biology and our experiences as women are becoming unsayable”, the group wrote.

“Online, women are threatened with violence for saying things that should not be controversial, but have become so.

“For saying that males cannot become females. For saying that women do not have penises. For saying that women’s spaces such as refuges should be safe havens for women only.”

‘Dangerous dogma’

Fair Play For Women describes itself as “a group of ordinary women who are concerned that in the rush to reform transgender laws that women’s voices will not be listened to”.

The campaigners aim to speak out “against the dangerous dogma of trans ideology”.

They say: “Women must not be shamed or silenced for speaking the reality.”


The letter asks Baroness Lane-Fox to use her influence at Twitter to “stand up for women when we are being deprived of a platform from which to speak the truth”.

“Stop allowing bullying men to police our language, threaten us and abuse us. Stop silencing women for speaking the truth.”

Lady Lane-Fox is yet to respond.

Transsexual opposition

Two weeks ago, the Government announced it will launch a consultation on removing safeguards in the Gender Recognition Act in the coming weeks.

The proposed changes are likely to include making it easier to change legal sex by allowing people to ‘self-identify’ their gender.

While the Government continues to push liberalisation, some transsexual people are against changing the law.

In a letter to the Guardian, 17 transsexuals said they were “deeply concerned” about the proposals.

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