Our colum­nist Dawn Nee­som has her say

Woman's Own - - CONTENTS -

Where do you stand on wil­lies? Sorry to be so blunt about it but the male dan­gly bits are caus­ing a bit of a stir re­cently. Es­pe­cially when they be­long to a woman. The pol­i­tics of sex­ual iden­tity are now more con­fus­ing than Brexit, with nearly as many ‘gen­ders’ as there are the­o­ries on what the hell we do with bloomin’ Europe.

But the main is­sue re­cently has been trig­gered, ran­domly, by the cosiest of in­sti­tu­tions – the Girl Guides. In an ef­fort to be all in­clu­sive and po­lit­i­cally cor­rect they have is­sued some­what hyp­o­crit­i­cal guide­lines. If you’re a boy who iden­ti­fies as a girl you can join the Guides. And share tents and show­ers on overnight camps.

But at the same time they have ad­mit­ted that girls who self-iden­tify as boys will be 'en­cour­aged' to move on from the or­gan­i­sa­tion. A po­lite way of say­ing they’re not wel­come. Surely the point of be­ing in­clu­sive is not to dis­crim­i­nate? Why is there one rule for one and not the other?

The Girl Guides (unlike the Scouts) has prided it­self on be­ing a sin­gle sex or­gan­i­sa­tion that en­cour­ages young women to be strong and in­de­pen­dent. I loved get­ting an arm­ful of badges while learn­ing how to whit­tle wood, put up a tent and build a fire. But would I have wanted to share that tent with some­one who was – at least phys­i­cally – a boy? No.

Now, as a grown woman, I would feel equally un­com­fort­able shar­ing a gym, swimming pool or clothes shop chang­ing room with a man self-iden­ti­fy­ing as a woman. That’s not be­ing trans­pho­bic – the phrase of­ten screeched at any nat­u­ral born fe­male who dares to ut­ter such doubts – it’s just hon­est.

I have no prob­lem with peo­ple who are trans­gen­der. A friend of mine – the gor­geous Bri­tain’s Next Top Model win­ner Talu­lah-eve – is a fully tran­si­tioned woman. I have no is­sue shar­ing any­thing with her be­cause she is phys­i­cally fe­male.

The whole trans­gen­der is­sue has been hi­jacked by ac­tivists whose main aim ap­pears to be to shout down women.

‘I’d feel un­com­fort­able shar­ing a chang­ing room with a man self­i­den­ti­fy­ing as a woman’

The Girl Guides are now wel­com­ing boys, who iden­tify as girls

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