Earlier this month, on International Women’s Day, President Joe Biden announced he would seek $2.6 billion for foreign aid programs to promote “gender equality” in the stranger. A week earlier, during his State of the Union address, he pleaded with Congress to pass the Equality Act, a law he pledged to enshrine as law within the first 100 days. of his mandate. The bill would, among other things, create federal protections against discrimination based on the concept of gender identity. It passed the House of Representatives last year, but is currently awaiting Senate approval.
Biden had previously created the White House Gender Policy Council, tasked with “leading a government-wide effort to advance gender equity and equality both at home and abroad.” , and launched a National Gender Equity and Equality Strategy to address “gender discrimination” and “work to advance gender equity and equality in law and ensure that rights on paper are fully implemented in practice.”
It seems that women’s rights have now become gender rights.
You would be forgiven for forgetting that the United States was a pioneer in outlawing sex discrimination through the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Today, public policies are changing the meaning of sex to include the gender identity, while they do not completely erase sex. The Equality Act aims to make it national law.
Lawyer and professor of sexual violence law, Wendy Murphy writes for the Boston Herald:
The bill…will amend many civil rights laws by changing the meaning of the word sex and confusing it with gender identity, so that both become optional…People can change their identity from gender because gender identity is based on how you feel and some people feel more masculine than feminine and vice versa, but sex is not about feelings, it’s a biological reality.
This poses significant problems. In the United States, discussions of how sex and gender interact are often met with hostility and accusations of transphobia, but finally, a debate is emerging. In the UK, the debate over sex and gender identity has come to a head, mostly in the form of civil lawsuits to challenge what some feminists see as a systemic erosion of women’s rights.
I am one of those feminists. Last month, I sued my college. I claim gender discrimination and neglect against the University of Bristol for what I consider to be failures to uphold freedom of expression on this issue on campus, by allowing bullying and harassment of women who are not agree with gender orthodoxy.
The strangeness of this situation does not escape me. Having spent over a decade studying women’s and gender studies and working in women’s shelters, I never expected to be bullied for my views on gender – let alone from progressive people. – because discussing gender and its impact on women is my life’s work.
I graduated with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in Utah and completed a Master’s in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Oregon. Yet in January 2018, when I started my PhD at the University of Bristol’s Center for Gender and Violence Research, staff and student trans activists objected to my view that perhaps we should- being critical of certain gender theories, rather than swallowing them whole. A years-long campaign of abuse and intimidation followed. Instead of supporting me, the university sided with the bullies, started targeting me, and offered me money to drop out.
I originally accepted an invitation to chair a feminist meeting on this topic because I was concerned that allowing people to self-identify as male or female based on their personal preferences could have adverse effects – and that the brunt of those effects would be borne by women and girls.
This is not hyperbole or a scare campaign. Around the world, we are witnessing the impact of the substitution of gender identity for sex and the assumption that biological sex is irrelevant in life and in politics.
In practice, this means that statistical data on violence against women is becoming skewed globally, as countries slowly but surely erase gender. Women are losing their Olympic dreams as their trophies go to trans women who have a physiological advantage. Decoupling women from biology has life-or-death consequences for half the world’s population, as we finally begin to recognize the importance of gender differences in health issues such as how symptoms manifest. , how people process pain, and how our bodies metabolize drugs. .
The demand to impose gender dogma on an entire population has the potential to smash women’s rights. Ironically, it’s women like me – advocates for equality, diversity and inclusion – who face bullying, intimidation, censorship and attacks for putting their heads above of the parapet.
Yet these attempts to stifle the debate on sex and gender identity fail hugely. In the UK, the women’s rights movement is fully revived, with unexpected leaders such as JK Rowling daring to resist the onslaught, becoming a beacon that encourages more people to speak out and be counted. Grassroots campaigns unite women from all walks of life and from all political parties.
What my legal case demonstrates is that, on too many college campuses, no one is allowed to oppose gender orthodoxy. Not even gender experts, like me. Whatever the outcome, I’m glad the time for silently watching our gender fade is over. Far too many women have been abused for opposing gender doctrines, and we say, “enough is enough”.
Raquel Rosario Sánchez is a writer, researcher and activist from the Dominican Republic.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.