You’ll remember the once great Wings over Scotland getting into a right tizz about the Gender Recognition Act and, on that basis, turning on the SNP and its leader with some pretty vitriolic attacks.
More recently, the also great Scot Goes Pop, itself often a target of Wings, has been getting into a state over the same thing.
They’re both way off beam on this. Former men who now self-identify as women (trans) are far far less of a threat to women than men who still identify as men (cis). These latter men in appalling numbers stalk, harass, rape and murder women daily. Comparative statistics are, of course, not produced, but the ratio of attacks on women by cis men compared to trans women, will be many thousands, perhaps even millions, to one.
They pose the same threat as those earlier victims of a moral panic – gays, feminists, hippies, socialists and anti-slavery activists.
Scot Goes Pop is having trouble funding a poll on the GRA but does not seem to get why. Only a few confused individuals and political opportunists think this is a big issue for the independence movement.
Most of us realise that the trans community is almost entirely the subject of discrimination and often physical abuse. Their own offences are statistically vanishing other than some admittedly unpleasant social media comments.
Support for the SNP and for the First Minister is strong and stable. It has been for years now regardless of ill-informed attempts to use the GRA to undermine them, from a bunch of old, white, podgy, insecure, guys in the MSM.
To quote an usual source for me: ‘Get a grip!’
Is this the one issue where Anas Sarwar has the sense to stay off a bandwagon?
Footnote: I’ve had my prostate very intimately examined, by hand, by men and women surgeons, by one from an ethnic minority. For all I know, one was a member of the Orange Lodge. These things were not on my mind at the point of exploration. And anyway don’t male surgeons commonly examine women?