Organiser of woman definition poster: ‘I don’t think changing sex is actually possible’

Organiser of women’s poster: ‘I don’t think changing sex is actually possible’

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The woman behind a poster, which was taken down after being described as “trans-phobic”, has said that she does not think “changing sex” is possible and it is “language that protects” woman.

Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull has told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright: “It is about time women were allowed to assert their own boundaries.

“The first and foremost boundary is language that protects us and is about us.  

Campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull. Image: Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull/YouTube

“So, it does mean adult human female and it doesn’t mean anything else.”

She added: “I am saying that I don’t think changing sex is actually possible.”

Mrs Keen-Minshull blogs under the name Posie Parker, and has been suspended from Twitter and Mumsnet for previous comments relating to transgender people that she has made online.

There is currently a call from Mumsnet users to lift her ban, which has over 500 messages of support. 

She was also removed from the lineup of a May 2018 meeting of feminist group Women's Place UK, who said they "object to her stated views on race and religion", after tweeting: "It seems we are at a time where you can offend everyone except Muslims and trans women" (above).

Mrs Keen-Minshull said at the time: "I was rather shocked at the insinuation of being racist and wondered what 'religious' views really meant... I am a feminist and an anti theist.  Those two belief systems do not mix well with women's oppression within patriarchal religions."

 

‘People can call themselves what they want’

Paula Wright, an evolutionary researcher, was also on the show and responded to Ms Keen-Minshull’s comments saying people in a free country “can call themselves what they want”.

She said: “In a free country and in an open society, people can call themselves what they want.

“The problems come when that kind of group infringes on another group’s rights to their own self-determination.

“I might have strong views on this but I absolutely believe in the right for people to live, love and identify how makes them happy, but as long as it is not infringing on other people’s rights to do that.”

The poster, which cost £700 to put up, was taken down after an LGBT activist complained about it.

The poster had been put up in Liverpool as the Labour Party Conference was taking place.

Dr Adrian Harrop, whose complaint led to the poster's removal, said the billboard was a "symbol that makes transgender people feel unsafe".

Dr Harrop, who is not transgender but describes himself as "an ally of the transgender community", added there was "no doubt" in his mind the installation of the poster was motivated by that desire.

 

‘Woman has never been a naughty word’

Ms Wright added:  “Since when have nouns been offensive, it is getting quite ridiculous.

“I think woman has never been a naughty word.

“There are naughty words for women but woman is not one of them.”

She added: “I think it is certainly provocative and I think the battle – a turf war – going on between radical feminists and trans activists for the public consciousness or the public sympathy.

“For the victimhood in the fight that they are playing out in front of everybody.”

When asked what she would have done, if she was at the advertising company Primesight, who took down the advert, she said she would not have taken it down.

She added: “We live in a free country and people have the right to offend.

“I’m afraid that if you find calling women women offensive that is something that you need to take up with your therapist.”

 

'These are not just statistics'

In response to the poster, LGBT charity Stonewall said: "Our 2018 Trans Report revealed that one in eight trans employees (12%) have been physically attacked at work, while two in five trans people (41%) have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year.

"These are not just statistics, they represent the lives of trans people, which are only being made worse by increasingly frequent attacks in the media, online and in public spaces.

"If we want to improve life for trans people we need more people and organisations to be visible, active allies."

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