Guest post: A grudging admission preceding a “but”

Originally a comment by Your Name’s not Bruce? on Looking for a face-saving way to recant.

Amongst them is Keir Starmer. In 2021 the Labour leader said backbencher Rosie Duffield was wrong to say that only women have a cervix; post-Cass he admits that “biologically, she of course is right”.

Sounds like a grudging admission preceding a “but” that’s supposed to mean that deep down he was actually correct.

An awful lot of people who spent years insisting not just that gender-confused kids should be chemically castrated with puberty blockers and speedily prescribed cross-sex hormones, but also that women can have penises and all the other trans articles of faith, are now looking for a face-saving way to recant.

I’m all for the continued embarrassment of the loudmouths and bandwagoneers who cynically chose to use gender bullshit to polish their progressive credentials. But I’d also like to see some accountability for those who pushed and implemented government policy that hurt women in service to gender ideology. I want to know who said “yes” to putting men in women’s prisons and rape crisis centers, and single sex, women’s hospital wards. I want to know who said yes to the lobbyists’ demands, eagerly implementing them with little or no public input, oversight, or scrutiny. There was (and is) no excuse for the thoughtless, reflexive promotion, adoption, and enforcement of these measures, particularly when women foresaw their consequences, and screamed bloody murder to try to stop them. I want these people identified, and called to answer for their destructive actions. It won’t happen of course, but it should.

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