Gender

Sex, trans rights and the Scottish census

22 January 2022 2:20 am

It takes some doing to make a census interesting. So congratulations to the National Records of Scotland (NRS). NRS, which administers…

The sex work divide in British politics

15 December 2021 5:09 am

They seem like completely unrelated questions: ‘Is sex work real work?, and ‘Who will replace Yvette Cooper as chair of…

The grim reality of gender reassignment

14 November 2021 9:17 am

Lisa Littman, a doctor and researcher, recently surveyed ‘detransitioners’ — people who thought they were transgender then changed their minds.…

Jess Phillips and Labour’s ongoing women problem

9 November 2021 11:31 pm

Last week, Intelligence Squared put on a debate called ‘Is Labour unelectable?’ Unsurprisingly, Labour MP Jess Phillips spoke against the motion…

Scotland's census sex muddle is bad news for transgender people

3 September 2021 4:42 am

What is your sex? It is a simple question and one that we can all surely answer. When it comes…

How the gender debate is dividing Germany

22 August 2021 3:30 pm

Pronoun politics can be something of a minefield. But if you think the gender debate is confusing, spare a thought…

How Margaret Thatcher helped inspire my transgender journey

4 August 2021 11:22 am

The gender debate has generated plenty of heat, but as a trans person – and keen supporter of the Conservative…

Was this volunteer cancelled by Childline for his views on gender?

4 August 2021 6:50 am

When Liz Truss confirmed that the government was committing itself to banning LGBT conversion therapy, there was some bemusement: is the…

Is it fair for Laurel Hubbard to compete against women?

2 August 2021 4:33 pm

Today, the conversation about transgender rights and the interests of women turns to sport. At the Olympic Games, Laurel Hubbard…

New Zealand's transgender debate is turning nasty

14 July 2021 7:25 pm

New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. But now,…

Justin Trudeau isn't the progressive leader he thinks he is

10 July 2021 7:20 pm

It came as no surprise to me to see activists ‘celebrating’ Canada Day by setting fire to churches and toppling…

Oli London and the trickiness of being ‘trans-racial’

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Not everyone will have heard of Oli London, a British social media influencer who made news for two reasons last…

The art of Dolly Parton’s bra

26 June 2021 9:00 am

New York I hope this is my last week in the Bagel. I plan to fly first to Switzerland and…

Laurel Hubbard is the beginning of the end of women’s sports

22 June 2021 8:33 pm

When women’s professional soccer was deemed good enough for our TV screens a couple of years ago, I was watching…

Critical issue: the complex language of gender

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Seeing my husband in his armchair snoozing, as his unacknowledged habit is, head back, mouth open, stertorous and blotchy, it…

Stonewall’s dystopian attacks on gendered language

5 June 2021 10:35 am

Today brings yet more proof that Liz Truss is dead right to want to withdraw government departments from Stonewall’s Diversity…

Are 'controversial stickers' really a matter for the police?

25 May 2021 11:24 pm

Has Police Scotland misunderstood the purpose of policing? A recent crackdown on ‘controversial stickers’ appears to suggest as much. ‘On Monday…

Trans offenders are skewing crime statistics

20 May 2021 8:07 pm

Tonia Antoniazzi’s speech in the House of Commons this week was remarkable, not because of what she said – the…

What's the problem, ladies and gentlemen?

14 May 2021 1:54 am

Picture the scene. You’re on a train when the following message comes over the tannoy: ‘Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,…

In praise of the LGB Alliance

24 April 2021 4:00 pm

Once upon a time an organisation was established to campaign for gay and lesbian rights. They faced opposition from the…

What happened when the trans mob came for Robert Webb?

16 April 2021 9:54 pm

Robert Webb is best known for making people laugh, but he conducted himself with poise and grace when he was…

Teaching unions shouldn't be defining 'transphobia'

12 April 2021 10:35 pm

A year of disrupted schooling means there are plenty of issues facing our schools right now. But delegates at last week’s…

Brexit and gender are off limits for aspiring authors

7 March 2021 5:30 pm

When a small US publisher accepted my first book for young adults, ‘Crosstrack’, it wasn’t long before things went pear…

Beware the linguistic Trojan horse

27 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s the bane of many an author these days: those newspaper-filler Q&As. One I recently filled out included the question:…

Mr Potato Head and the cult of gender neutrality

27 February 2021 1:52 am

Another pillar of the patriarchy has fallen. His name is Mr Potato Head – or rather, it was Mr Potato…