"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Links - 10th April 2019 (2) (Trans Mania)

Men who identify as women are being invited for cervical smear tests even though they don't have a cervix - "However, women who identify as male are not being offered crucial routine breast screenings or cervical cancer checks... Transpeople who register with their GP as their birth sex will be invited to screenings appropriate to that, but if they register as they gender they identify as they will not be"
Apparently false positives are better than false negatives
The NHS is missing a cost saving opportunity here

Addendum: Women who identify as men not offered routine NHS breast cancer screening - "Women who identify as men are not being routinely offered potentially life saving NHS screening for breast and cervical cancer, amid fears it might offend them it is claimed... Laura Perrins, A conservative women’s campaigner, told the paper: “We've now got to the point where state collusion with this transgender agenda is endangering the health of women. It's a ludicrous use of NHS resources to invite men for a cervical smear test, while it's immoral and dangerous not to invite women.”"
Keywords: pap smear

UK Trans Activists Sue Government: 'Unfair' That Free Sex-Changes Make Us Infertile - "the procedure -- which relies on hormonal treatment and surgery -- comes with the risk of infertility. To counteract that, some opt to store their sperms or eggs before beginning the process. But to the outrage of some, this preemptive fertility treatment for trans patients is not offered on all NHS outposts... A parliamentary committee for women and LGBTQ equality issued a report in November stating that the NHS is unable to keep up with demand for gender realignment surgeries. The backlog is "out of control," the report concluded, and reaching "a breaking point." According to estimates, one out of 10 British citizens will be on an NHS waiting list by 2021."

‘Having a penis and competing as a woman is not fair’: Navratilova inflames transgender fury - "Navratilova’s opinion on the topic came as a shock to many, as being an open lesbian herself the tennis star has always been a LGBT rights campaigner."
Maybe the trans movement was conceived of as a way to destroy feminism and the gay movement

Fury as ex-Olympian Sharron Davies says trans women should not compete in women's sport - "Former Olympian Sharron Davies MBE has been accused of “fuelling hate” after saying that transgender women should not be allowed to compete in female sport... The 56-year-old’s comments were supported by many, including Olympic track winner Sally Gunnell, gold medallist boxer Nicola Adams OBE and gold middle distance athlete Dame Kelly Holmes. However, others criticised Davies, with some even calling for her to be stripped of her MBE... ”Every single woman athlete I've spoken to, and I have spoken to many, all of my friends in international sports, understand and feel the same way as me. “Unfortunately, a lot of people who are in the races [now] are in a very difficult predicament when they can't speak out. It maybe falls to the people who were competing [in the past] who would understand the predicament that is being faced at the moment to try to create a debate, and try to explain how we feel there needs to be a fair and level playing field.”"

Transgender Woman Wins Discrimination Suit, $20,000 For Being Cut From Women's Football Team - "Christina Ginther, a biological man who identifies as a woman, won a discrimination lawsuit this week after being rejected from playing on an all-women's Minnesota football team due to safety concerns... when team owner Laura Brown learned that Ginther was actually a biological male, she informed Ginther that biological men were barred from playing in the league due to safety concerns... A discrimination suit against the team and the league was filed in 2017, citing a violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act, which protects individuals from being discriminated against by businesses based on sexual orientation. Though, notably, Ginther won on the basis of being trans, not gay.A Dakota County jury sided with Ginther. The ruling, the first of its kind in Minnesota, making women-only teams or groups within the state potentially "discriminatory.""

Rosa Freedman: Professor's door 'covered in urine' after gender law debate - "A professor has said she faced online abuse and found her office door "covered in urine" after debating proposed gender law changes.Prof Rosa Freedman said she feared for her safety after the reaction to her discussing a government consultation on how people can change their gender. The human rights lawyer had raised concerns on how the changes might affect women's rights... Prof Freedman also said she was called a "Nazi" who "should be raped" and added it was a "tipping point" for her to "push back" against the abusers when she received anonymous phone calls. Prof Freedman added: "I'm pretty public and open about the fact that I'm Jewish."I'm pretty public and open about the fact I've survived sexual violence - I have been throughout these debates."
Apparently hating "hateful" people is a good thing

Scared of Transgender Backlash, Google Blocks Use of Gender-Based Pronouns - "Google has revised its “Smart Compose” technology to avoid the icebergs that gender-based pronouns have become.The technology routinely suggests what a Gmail writer might want to say next.However, Google realized a few months ago that the technology did not conform to the sensibilities of the transgender era... The employee typed “I am meeting an investor next week.” Smart Compose suggested the next sentence read, “Do you want to meet him?”Lambert said that Smart Compose was reflecting the fact that historically business and finance was male-dominated, and so it used a male pronoun instead of a female one. Product leaders did not want to risk the technology offending users by incorrectly predicting their gender or identity"

I regret my tactics at a trans rights protest. Here’s why | Esther Betts - "my mindset at the time the Channel 4 documentary was filmed was to try to shut down events like the one against which I was protesting. People asked me at the time, “Why don’t you just go into such events and ask critical questions?” My response was that engaging in the event, even in an oppositional fashion, was to inadvertently validate views I considered hate speech. Furthermore, trying to shut down the event sent out a message: transphobia is not welcome and trans people are supported. In this day and age, I wouldn’t, and still won’t, turn down the opportunity to show support to my trans brothers and sisters.What I didn’t realise at the time was that I was engaging in the event anyway. By attending it and blocking the stairwell I was engaging in the event. I was still acknowledging the views of the speakers just in an entirely different, completely nonproductive way. I hate to admit it, but we achieved absolutely nothing, which is likely less than had we gone to the event and raised hell intellectually in the Q&A period... I’d even go so far to say that our attempts at protest actually made things worse. Not only did we give these people ammunition against the “trans activists”, we tried to deny critics the opportunity to confront the ideas, and not just the people.I also hate to think that our belligerence actually cowed trans people from going to the event. The result of our behaviour was not a show of solidarity with the trans community. Rather, it was that an event was held where a highly trans-critical point of view reverberated with no to little opposition or responses from trans voices... I can already hear my comrades whipping out their Tumblr profiles to denounce me... It’s immoral for me and immoral for the transgender community to act as if we have the right to control speech. Not only is it ultimately impossible in free societies, it sends the wrong message: we want to control you... since the demo, I have gone to talks by two different big‑name gender critical feminists and questioned them heavily about their views right to their face.Did it hurt? Did I burst into flames? I’m not someone without mental health issues. (In fact, the police once dragged me into a mental hospital.) At times these talks were uncomfortable, sure. But having the ability to challenge gender critical views directly has been a thrilling and revolutionary experience for me. I’d say it’s actually improved my mental health... The biggest reason I regret my participation in the protests against “We Need to Talk” is because I genuinely made people feel like I was a danger to them. I may be a trans woman, but I’m still bigger than most women and I’m still scary when I’m wearing a balaclava and shouting at you"
Censorship of opposing views suggests you don't think your side is credible
If your mental health is hurt by hearing different views, maybe the problem is with you and not those who have those views

Ohio univ: Gender pronoun usage is not free speech - "Shawnee State University professor Nicholas Meriwether declined to refer to a transgender student as a female, instead choosing to call the student “sir." The school disciplined the professor and the student reportedly told Meriwether “then I guess this means I can call you a c**t.""

Transgender woman who has to shave twice a day says NHS is 'mucking around with people's lives' - "A transgender woman said she is regularly reduced to tears because the NHS is keeping her waiting for laser hair removal surgery. Jessica Samson, 39, has to shave twice a day while she continues her more than six month wait for the permanent procedure... There has been an ‘explosion’ in the number of children seeking a sex swap, Dr Palmer said, which may accelerate if plans to expand publicly funded operations go ahead.Dr Palmer told the Westminster Social Policy Forum that referrals for gender dysphoria have increased by around 240 per cent over the last five year period"
I guess it's better that people die of cancer
'Give me this or I'll kill myself' in other contexts would be described as blackmail

Transgender women 'should be entitled to womb transplants' so they can have a baby - "A leading British surgeon has called for transgender women to be entitled to womb transplants so they can have their own babies... Surgeon Christopher Inglefield, founder of the London Transgender Clinic , says a successful uterus implant into a trans-female is achievable today... "once the medical community accept this as a treatment for cis-women with uterine infertility, such as congenital absence of a womb, then it would be illegal to deny a trans-female who has completed her transition."... The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) confirm there are no regulations in place to prevent a trans woman who has received a uterus transplant from having IVF treatment... The government equalities office estimates there are between 200,000 to 500,000 trans people in the UK."
Trans people are getting more and more expensive for the NHS

Are we about to witness the rise of 'transracialism'? - ""I can clearly feel that I am black, but it’s hard to find the right words to describe it,” explained Martina Big last week – a woman who, though born German and white, ‘identifies’ as belonging to a different race.Big, 30, says she was last year 'baptised' as an African woman and is now learning Swahili; along with her boyfriend Michael Eurwen, 31, the pair undergo tanning injections to make their skin appear significantly darker.They are among the growing number of ‘transracial’ people who believe the race they outwardly appear to be differs from the one they feel the truest affinity with, and thus seek to change it... Within the medical and academic world, a number of professionals do acknowledge the idea of ‘racial dysphoria’, but many critics refuse to entertain it, dismissing the notion that race is fluid as offensive – “maybe even the highest manifestation of white privilege,” according to writer and professor Syreeta McFadden... Race must not become a scapegoat for all of life’s problems, she warns. “I wonder if someone really wants to be different, if it doesn’t have to do with the wrong colour, but has to do with difficulty in accepting your own identity.”... The concept of changing one’s racial identity is gradually becoming more mainstream: last year, the state of Delaware was poised to introduce a new regulation to its Prohibition of Discrimination Code enabling all students to ‘self-identify’ as the gender or race of their choosing while at school. The code’s inclusion of race caused such outcry, the state was forced to drop it... “I’ve worked with lots of transracially adopted children, and many do have a lot of issues growing up, like sadness and confusion related to their identity,” she says. “This would definitely be compounded if someone’s parents had made a racial identity shift.”This is something that Dolezal’s children know only too well. Her teenage son, Franklin, has said “[Mum] can identify as whatever she wants to be because it’s her business. I just really do not want to focus on this for the rest of my life”, highlighting just how confusing transracialism is – not just for those seeking to change their race, but for their families, too."
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