In today’s obligatory story of idiocy, the Tasmanian Equal Opportunity Commissioner, Robin Banks, has recommended that the state government pass laws allowing people to change the sex on their birth certificate as easily as their name. Furthermore, Banks reckons they should be able to amend their sex annually. As Facebook now recognises 50 odd genders, that should give the confused something to do for most of their lives.
However, not everyone is happy about this ‘idea’ (and I use the word loosely).
Women who are actually women and have a genuine female body, surprisingly enough, are somewhat miffed that these laws will allow men to move in and enjoy the spoils of feminism, now that the war has been won. From today’s Australian:
Feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WOLF) Tasmania believes the reforms “legally erase the existence of female people” and undermines protections for women under anti-discrimination law.
WOLF spokeswoman Tessa Anne told The Australian Ms Banks’s proposed changes conflated “sex” with “gender identification”, creating far-reaching legal implications for the rights of women and girls.
“By allowing any person to self-identify their sex, it effectively redefines what ‘sex’ means under law,” Ms Anne said. “It stops being a reflection of a physical biological reality and becomes a social construct and a reflection of how a person subjectively feels about themselves.”
On a practical level, the group believed Ms Banks’s amendments would undermine protections under the Sex Discrimination Act that allow for women-only services such as domestic violence shelters and support groups, gyms, sports, events and clubs.
It feared the changes would allow men who self-identify as women to legally demand access to such services, as well as roles currently reserved for women.
This could mean organisations employing carers to provide intimate care for aged or disabled women, such as help with toileting and showering, being forced to employ men in such roles.
“The idea of being placed in that position and not having the legal grounding to say ‘no’, and without being called transphobic, is really frightening,” Ms Anne said.
Can someone please ask Cate McGregor for comment. At the very least, he did come in at #12 in the top 20 Australian women of the year in 2013. Maybe it will be the ABC’s intrepid Adrienne Francis who recently tweeted this:
— Adrienne Francis (@AdrienneFranci1) August 9, 2016
For the record, I hope the girls win this fight. Tell the fakes to catch a bus to Realityville.