SUNDAY’s Andrew Marr interview with Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer was a masterclass in yet another abject betrayal of women and a new surrender to trans activists whose influence, it seems, knows no bounds (“Starmer claims it’s ‘not fair’ to say only women have a cervix in the trans row,” The Herald, Sept. 27).
The week before on The Andrew Marr Show, LibDem frontman Ed Davey was also unable to formulate words of support for women’s rights, their biology and function. And, of course, we have Nicola Sturgeon stunningly declaring that women’s concerns about the limitless advancement of trans rights are “not valid”. A shocking sale.
To fuel the mental health bonfire, we have the world’s leading medical journal, The Lancet, describing women as “bodies with vaginas” on the cover of its latest issue. Is it really any wonder that in the year between one International Women’s Day and the next 118 women died at the hands of men when the world’s leading medical journal belittles women in this way?
This reduction of women to their body parts fuels the cancellation of women by the militant trans lobby and also fuels the misogynistic predators in society whose hatred of women leads them to rape and kill.
• The number of women killed by a partner or ex has increased by almost a third in just one year, according to the ONS; between 2018 and March 2019, there was an increase of 27%. Eighty women were killed by their partners between March 2018 and March 2019.
• Almost one in three women is a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.
• In the year ending March 2019, 1.6 million women were victims of domestic violence.
• In the year ending March 2018, nine times more women than men were killed by their partner or ex-partner.
Where are the headlines that degrade male biology? Why are it always women who are renamed to appease an extremely well-organized and well-funded minority that represents less than one percent?
Sabina Nessa’s death is the latest shocking event in what the Mayor of London has called an “epidemic” of violence against women. The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report this month argues that violence against women should be taken as seriously by the police as the fight against terrorism.
Women are the ones who die from both random and domestic violence in Britain. We are the 51% and we are the ones who are disproportionately killed, beaten and maimed by men. Not a single trans person has been murdered this year, but they claim the greatest victimization.
I hope the 51% of the population with a cervix will remember the betrayal of the Labor Party and the Liberal Democrats and indeed our own Scottish National Party in all elections in the not too distant future .
Eileen McAuley, Glasgow.
MISGUIDED TRANS ACTIVISM RACE
BRIAN Dempsey (Letters, September 28) comments on resistance to teacher involvement in trans issues.
It usually happens that your “real sex” (sexual attraction and feelings) is revealed as you go through the full experience of puberty and maturity, especially after the confused and impulsive period of adolescence has ended. and in the full development of adulthood.
Since apart from the remaining areas of prejudice, different forms of sexuality are now fully accepted and legalized, and where relationships are fully achievable and can be confirmed in marriage and civil partnerships, each person can accept and accomplish what ‘she became naturally. There are also many social and personal ways of having a successful family life with children.
All problems with true gender identity disorder in children (somewhat rare in men, and even rarer in women) have known causes and resolutions. Questions of gender choice or trans options should certainly not be introduced or raised with young children in a school environment, much less without reference to their parents. Teachers, totally uninformed and untrained in this area, should never, for their own protection and that of the children, be involved in any way.
There are known and recognized factors of the true nature of the problem exponentially increasing social problems and pressures on prepubescent, pubescent and adolescent children, especially girls. There are effective approaches and actions to resolve them. The emphasis on and rushing towards trans activism is totally wrong and inappropriate.
Norman Dryden, Edinburgh.
WE HAVE A LOT TO THANK
MARK Smith’s touching account of the discovery of an 1864 tombstone (“The Life and Death of Little Matthew and Why We All Should Care”, The Herald, September 23), reminds me of a walk around an old west coast cemetery during the holidays of many years ago and a late 19th century stone bearing the names of a couple and “their seven children, all of whom died in infancy.”
The number of gravestones of young women, most of whom are said to have died in childbirth, was also poignant.
Take a break to think. The NHS has its problems, but we have a lot to be thankful for.
R Russell Smith, Largs.
CLYDESIDE SKILLS TESTAMENT
I ADMIRED the photograph of HMS Lancaster and the Northern Lights that was featured in your Picture of the Day slot (The Herald, September 28). It’s a shame that we haven’t been reminded that the Portsmouth-based frigate was built in Scotstoun on the Clyde by Yarrow Shipbuilders. It was launched in 1990 by the Queen.
Many who worked on the ship during her construction in the shipyard will be proud to read her 3,000 mile round trip to the Arctic Circle. This is a beautiful testament to the skills and expertise of the Clydeside shipbuilding workforce.
Ernie Horan, Alexandria.