Trans people are protected, women are not

Leicester Police issue a Statement on a previous Statement (or collection of tweets) about Hate Crime:

Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “Over the past week, a number of social media posts were issued on our Leicestershire Police Stay Safe account aiming to raise awareness of hate crime. This was as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.”

Twitter, that is. He means “our Leicestershire Police Stay Safe Twitter account” but forgot to say so. “Social media” isn’t just another word for Twitter. It includes Twitter but it isn’t limited to Twitter.

“While we recognise that people have strong and often conflicting views regarding this issue, we should not forget the seriousness of hate crime and the devastating crimes that as a country we have seen in the past which have happened as a result of hate crime.”

As a result of hate, he means. Not crimes that have happened as a result of hate crime, but crimes that have happened as a result of hate. If you’re going to issue statements at least make them clear.

“Hate crimes are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are. Hate crime law in England and Wales have developed in various phases over the past two decades and the law recognises five protected characteristics; race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.”

But not sex. Trans women are protected, but women are not. Lesbians are protected, but women as a whole are not. Women are not protected as women though some can be included under one of the protected characteristics. It’s old news, but that doesn’t make it ordinary or acceptable news. Misogyny is pervasive, yet somehow sex is not a protected characteristic.

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