Posts Tagged ‘ Jolyon Maugham ’

It’s just wrong

Aug 25th, 2019 10:26 am | By

Jolyon Maugham continues to be petulant and self-admiring instead of actually listening to women who point out [what ought to be] the obvious.

Hi Janice, It’s just wrong for you to suggest I am indifferent to women’s safety. There is no reasonable basis for that suggestion. It’s also wrong of you to smear me because I hold a view (shared by most sporting regulators) regarding the participation of trans women in sport.

That was in response to Times reporter Janice Turner:

It’s clearly unfair for those who’ve gone through male puberty to compete against women. But this is actually dangerous. What will it take, Jolyon, the legion of silent men & woke sports bodies, to persuade you women’s lives

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Oh alas, he is simply too nuanced for this hard world

Aug 24th, 2019 11:42 am | By

Jolyon Maugham has returned to the fray.

A friend asks why I speak on the rare conflicts between trans and natal women’s rights: twitter is not a space for nuance, she says, and you persuade no-one.

But when we abandon a space to absolutists we allow stances to harden, and progress and resolution become tougher still.

Oh, he’s the one doing nuance, is he.

This was the nuance:

How the simple joy of sport can transcend fear and hate. Wonderful reporting.

That was the “nuanced” tweet linking to the BBC’s ridiculous and insulting article on the huge man who is playing rugby on a women’s team, the article that laughed at the danger that he would injure some … Read the rest

The simple joy of sport

Aug 23rd, 2019 10:19 am | By

Jolyon Maugham QC thought that BBC story about the male rugby player joining a women’s team was just lovely.

How the simple joy of sport can transcend fear and hate. Wonderful reporting.

Mm. Can it also transcend the male physical advantage? The ability to fold a female opponent “like a deck chair”? The risk of injury to opposing players that the male manager treated as a joke? The woman who doesn’t have a place on the team because the man does? Many people asked, but Maugham did not enlighten.

No one – not her, her opponents, her team mates, the sporting regulatory authorities – is complaining in this piece. All are trying, with dignity and care, to adapt to a

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