Gender Identity Watch was a blog started by lesbian feminist lawyers in August 2012 to track legal, regulatory and case law developments that result in the erasure of rights for Women and Girls. In 3.5 years of blogging, Gender Identity Watch produced more than 1,900 blog posts (starting with our first one here and our most popular one here) detailing the steady erasure of advances made for Women and Girls in employment, in political organising, and in the right to Women and Girl-only accommodations. We withstood numerous attacks from Men’s Rights Activists who wanted to shut down the blog, all of which failed.
You cannot silence an idea – and the idea that underpins everything we did is that Women and Girls exist, and that our reality is worth considering when making public policy decisions.
More than 20 Women have blogged for Gender Identity Watch during the run of the project. After discussions with the Women still active with the project, it was decided that the blog is no longer necessary given the proliferation of feminist bloggers who are now tackling the issue of gender identity and its destructive impact on Women and Girls.
Although we will no longer update this blog on a regular basis, we will update periodically and we will maintain the blog as a resource for Women who want to understand the damage caused by gender identity in feminist organising and legal rights for Women and Girls. We also encourage anyone who wants to submit a blog post on a relevant legal development to email [email protected]
We recommend, for further organizing, concentrating efforts in three areas: 1. fighting for Women and Girls who are coerced into accepting males as “Women,” particularly in prisons, homeless shelters and K-12 education; 2. fighting for children whose parents have adopted “gender identity” as a means of control of their gender nonconforming children. 4th Wave Now is an excellent resource on this objective; and 3. preserving the legal right of Women and Girls to identify that we are different from Men and Boys so that Women and Girls may organise politically and advocate for our rights, as our oppression stems from our membership in Class:Female.
Along with this blog, our other properties, the Facebook page, the Twitter account, and our Tumblr, will no longer be regularly staffed. We encourage Women to seek each other out to continue these conversations in all arenas.