Guest post: Entirely by women

Originally a comment by latsot on At a women’s shelter.

I raise money for nia (donate!) largely because of this sort of thing. nia is run and staffed entirely by women and provides female-only crisis and other care.

I’m told constantly that I’m transphobic for doing this. There are lies circulating all the time that I’m stealing from the charity or that I’m not really doing the half marathons. I’ve had people impersonating me to dissuade others from donating. I’ve had death threats because of it.

And then, of course, the inevitable happens again and rather than pausing for thought, trans activists double down. We know why: it’s an area in which it’s so patently obvious that single-sex spaces and services are needed that it drives a wedge into those other areas that might seem – without much examination – to be more fuzzy.

Once again, incoherent, inconsistent ideology trumps the suffering of women precisely because it’s incoherent and inconsistent.

On a brighter note, though, there are still a lot of people who are a) incredibly generous and b) not fooled. I managed to raise around £3000 for nia this year despite the economic difficulties and the fact that I only really spread the word on Twitter. I don’t have a huge number of followers, so people have been amazingly generous in support of a good cause. I’m doing more wheelcahair half marathons next year (haven’t fully decided which yet) and will be advertising more aggressively. It’s going to be a tough year for charities but I’ll see if I can beat that total.

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