Humiliating and intimidating language

More on the efforts to silence Claire Chandler:

Addressing the Senate on Thursday evening, Liberal senator Claire Chandler said a complaint had been filed against her under Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act in relation to an opinion piece on free speech published in a Tasmanian newspaper earlier this year and an email related to the piece.

In the opinion piece, Senator Chandler said women’s sports, women’s toilets and women’s changing rooms were designed for people of the female sex and should remain that way.

So we’re now in a world where legal bodies can punish women for “discrimination” for saying women are women and men are not women.

“Being summoned by a quasi-judicial body to appear and explain why I say that males shouldn’t be in female change rooms or in female sporting competitions is an indictment on the state of free speech in this country.”

It doesn’t say much for the state of people’s thinking, either.

“It is yet another example of the assault on truth and the assault on the very meaning of the word women by activists who are determined to remove every sex-based right that women around the world have and allow anyone who identifies as a woman into women’s sports and women’s spaces,” she said.

And to take jobs and promotions reserved for women, and claim to have fulfilled rules that require a fair proportion of women in particular jobs and political parties and the like. Men who say they identify as women can take everything reserved for women, and then punish women who object.

But Equality Tasmania spokesperson Charlie Burton said with free speech came a responsibility to exercise that right in a way that does not harm others.

Meaning what? Does it harm people to refuse to say their fantasies are true? If the answer is yes, does that have to be balanced against the fact that it harms everyone else to be required to endorse other people’s fantasies? Especially when those fantasies involve usurping and appropriating the ontology of other people?

Charlie Burton goes on:

“Tasmania’s law against humiliating and intimidating language has been upheld by state Parliament twice which indicates it has widespread community support.”

Yes but how is it humiliating and intimidating to say that men are not women? How does it work to say that a woman is intimidating and humiliating men by not agreeing that they are women? News flash: men as a group have more power than women as a group, so punishing women for saying men are not women looks like a very bizarre warping of ordinary understanding of how power and intimidation work.

Dr Burton invited Senator Chandler to meet young transgender Tasmanians and their families to help her understand their lives and the impact of discrimination.

“We want Senator Chandler to hear what life is really like for Tasmania’s trans and gender-diverse young people and their families, including their desire to be accepted just like everyone else, and how negative stereotypes and misinformation can cause deep harm,” Dr Burton said.

I think Dr Burton should meet female Tasmanians and hear what life is really like for Tasmania’s women, including their desire to be treated fairly just like men, and how negative stereotypes and misinformation can cause deep harm.

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