Shona Craven makes several very important points. Misrepresentation by pro-reform activists of the arguments offered by those expressing concerns about the proposed GRA reforms is largely responsible for the toxicity of the debate. This toxicity has been quite purposefully contrived because it helps the pro-reform side dodge the kind of questions Shona refers to. Questions … Continue reading Real-life issues
Good sense prevails
The Sunday National today presents its "exclusive analysis" under the headline Scotland's councils: The gender balance of each local authority. But how can that be? If gender is malleable how can there possibly be "gender balance"? Sex balance is achievable. Because sex is binary and immutable. There are two sexes so, to state the obvious, … Continue reading Good sense prevails
Sex is real
The introduction to Parliament of the Scottish Government's proposed GRA reforms has given new impetus to what is ironically or facetiously referred to as the 'debate' around this contentious topic. It shouldn't be contentious, of course. If the 'reforms' were, as proponents claim, merely righting a long-standing wrong and rescuing a downtrodden minority from wanton … Continue reading Sex is real
I choose science
At present, an individual's claim to either of the two sexes - with attendant sex-based rights - is founded on scientific criteria - including, but not limited to, the presence of the Y chromosome. The SNP+SGP/Scottish Government propose to dispense with all scientific criteria and make sex a matter of personal choice. We know, because … Continue reading I choose science
Male and female are exclusive categories. It may soon become illegal for me to say this. So I'll say it again. Male and female are exclusive categories. Exclusive categories are very useful things. They are useful quite apart from being essential. Even if they weren't an absolute necessity of existence, they would still be useful. … Continue reading Exclusive categories
First do no harm!
Among all the rotten tricks with which advancing years torment us, perhaps none are worse than the games a deteriorating mind plays with memory. I'm not talking here about dementia in its various ghastly form. I'm referring only to the inevitable decline that comes with not dying when evolution expected us to. Bits start to … Continue reading First do no harm!