To hear the chanting in Dublin of women being called ‘Nazi scum’ denigrates the memory of those killed in the Holocaust, diminishes the enormity of Nazi atrocities, and dangerously demonises women who gathered to speak peacefully and voice legitimate concerns about issues that affect our lives.
Surely a nursing home or other care setting needs to know and protect residents on the basis of their sex and also ensure that it's sex, not gender identity, which is of critical importance when it comes to accommodating male residents or employing male staff?
Women exercising our right to freedom of expression need to know that the Gardai will protect us from transactivists as the PSNI did in Belfast a few months ago. It's critical that our police force shows no favouritism to a lobby which includes Transactivism given its threats to women's rights.
"This linguistic destabilization of the meaning of sex permits males who claim a female identity to make demands on women and girls that were previously unheard of and that undermine women’s dignity and safety.” - Kara Dansky
In the 2020 Programme for Government there are multiple examples of gender identity ideology being introduced, none of which have popular support. So where does the blame lie for the importation of the "culture wars"?
It doesn't matter whether or not a man is innocently seeking to use women's spaces or services or whether he has an ulterior motive. Women want the norms of privacy, dignity and our need for safety to be respected by Government. It's not "hatred" for women to assert this.
The EU Commission aims to expand the list of EU crimes to include hate speech and hate crime. Our freedom of expression may be at risk through the inclusion of “gender identity”.