EFN Women’s Discussion Group
4th October 3-5pm
Mac Donald Road Library (Off Leith Walk)
Trans-Friendly, Children Welcome,
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Topic: Trans Identities and Feminism
Following the recent headlines about an athlete put through ‘gender-testing’, and some discussion of Julie Bindels comments on transexual and transgender people and politics within the group we are having an open discussion of feminism and trans politics: exploring the discrimintation that people who break gender or sexual “norms” face and whether trans-identities challenge feminist ideas of what women are and present difficulties to feminist politics. I’ll bring along some cuttings and some of Julie Bindels comments to spark discussion. Feel free to bring anything else along!
This is for many a sensitive topic, which deals quite closely with peoples personal sense of identity. I’d stress that this is safe-disscussion space, which will be facilitated. Whilst different veiws and opinions are very welcome, respect for peoples different experiences and opinions will be central. The group has a trans-friendly policy welcoming all who identify themselves as women.
On a lighter note – tea and coffee will be around, but feel free to bring cake/biscuits to contribute if you have time. If anyone wants to chat prior to meeting /ask questions/ suggest anything for facillitation do message me!
The Wikipedia Page for Julie Bindel is good, and links to her controversial articles:
Heres the recent article about the athletics ‘gender verification test’
NOTE: I feel this is a really vital/challenging/difficult area for feminists and women’s human rights activists to negotiate, especially if they are cis sexual (i.e. not straightforwardly identifying as male/man and female/woman) and have never had to consider other experiences of gender identity. I’ve been wrestling with the wording… apologies if i hit the wrong note, comments telling me I have are genuinely welcome, preferably with constructive criticism…