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Tara Hudson and the betrayal of female prisoners

If you’re in prison, then you’re in prison for a reason. Prisons aren’t happy family picnics, they’re hard places. Tara has a history of violence it seems, and no one is debating that prison is where she should be for the crime she’s been convicted of, but, to put her in a male prison when she is so obviously female looking is putting her at risk of rape, sexual assault and violence and all manner of things. You ask what’s to stop a non-trans woman claiming to be trans to transfer to a women’s prison? I honestly don’t know, but its hard highly unlikely, and I would imagine that if you went to prison perceived as a man, then you would end your prison sentence perceived as a man, prison isn’t a place where you want to show any weaknesses, and transitioning within prison would be seen as a weakness. That being said, if Tara is taking hormones (and I imagine she would be), then her “surprise” as you put it, would be next to useless unless she were actually using it on a regular basis. So, what’s to stop her from attacking another inmate sexually or violently? The other inmates for one. She will be outnumbered by non-trans inmates, and if word got around that she was doing things she shouldn’t, the inmates would sort her out before the prison system got chance. It’s not right that that would be the case, but that’s just how prisons work. I don’t have a grc, the paperwork is like “War and Peace” and the costs involved are ridiculous (plus I’ve been out of the medical side got about ten years so would have to wait 14 months to get back in it just to get the medical reports needed). If I were ever sent to prison, then I should get sent to a female prison, but without the grc, it could be a men’s prison. I’m just glad that I’m never likely to actually be sent to prison, but people get sent to prison for all manner of things, some unintentional things like car accidents etc.

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by Rosie Redstockings

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It was announced this afternoon that Tara Hudson has been transferred to a female prison.

I will use male pronouns in discussing Hudson – not because I wish to be provocative or offensive, but because I’m sick and tired of putting women at risk in order to appease male feelings. It’s time for the truth.

Hudson is a man. A 5’10” man, with a penis, what he describes in his escort ad as a “7 inch surprise”. He has a history of violent crime – 8 prior convictions, including for battery – what the judge described as a “worrying criminal record”. Last December, Hudson was drinking at a bar in Bath, when (in the words of the prosecutor, Neil Treharne):

“After being asked to pay her tab and leave, the victim Mr Dyer pushed a glass away from Hudson, fearing she would pick it…

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Germaine Greer again

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Written evidence submitted by Sheila Jeffreys to the Transgender Equality Inquiry

Firstly, what a load of old shit, to quote Catherine Tates nan.

Secondly, this is about transgender equality, and transwomen are constantly referred to in the below submission as men.

Thirdly, the author makes no distinction between men and transwomen, they both men in her eyes, and men are all violent and abusive to women. To infur that all men are violent to women is ignorant and ridiculous, do I have an equally ignorant and ridiculous solution, lock all men up in prisons never to be released. This will immediately solve all the worlds violence (apart from lesbian violence at closing time on Friday and Saturday nights of course).

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bigbenWritten evidence submitted by Sheila Jeffreys to the Transgender Equality Inquiry

Professor of Political Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne (currently on leave in London).

Expertise:

I am the author of a number of influential books, book chapters and scholarly articles on transgenderism including the 2014 book Gender Hurts: a feminist analysis of the politics of transgenderism (Routledge). Gender Hurts has been featured on Woman’s Hour in the UK and in The New Yorker, The Nation, Village Voice, and numerous other media outlets. See also my article ‘The Politics of the Toilet: a feminist analysis of the ‘degendering’ of a women’s space’ (2014) http://www.sheilajeffreys.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/toilet-article.pdfpublished-version.pdf

Transgender equality versus women’s equality: a clash of rights?

Summary:

The submission argues that any discussion of transgender equality should consider the ways in which such equality might violate women’s equality rights.

The submission argues that men who transgender should…

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Free Speech for Men Only at Manchester University

I count 6 women to 2 men who could have voted on this. Julie Bindel has a well known history of abusive comments / articles towards trans people, I have no idea who this other person is.

The decision on who to attend was taken by a democratic vote, so I don’t see how you can complain with regards to that.

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Lesbian Feminist Julie Bindel [photo from twitter] Lesbian Feminist Julie Bindel [photo from twitter] The definition of “unsafe” speech is that which emanates from a woman, according to the Manchester University Student Union, which banned lesbian feminist Julie Bindel from speaking at an October 15 event called ‘From liberation to censorship: Does modern feminism have a problem with free speech?’

The University determined that Julie’s feminist view -that gender is a social construct which is harmful to women- makes her an “unsafe” person whose speech “could harm” transgender students. The other speaker scheduled for the event, “men’s rights activist” Milo Yiannopoulos, author of, among other things “Transgenderism is a psychiatric disorder: Its sufferers need therapy, not surgery” was given the go-ahead to appear.

Milo Yiannopoulos [photo from twitter] Milo Yiannopoulos [photo from twitter] When asked to explain the mind-boggling hypocrisy of their decision to censor, Students Union Women’s Officer Jess Lishak clarified that it was Julie Bindel’s status as a woman and…

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Transgender pipe bomb attack.

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