It might be women’s history month, but there’s never been a more complicated time to talk about being female.
Just ask Maya Forstater. The 47-year-old think tank consultant lost out on a job contract renewal for having expressed her personal beliefs. As with many good stories of our day, it all started with a simple tweet.
“I don’t think being a woman/female is a matter of identity or womanly feelings,” she said in one post. “What I am so surprised at is that smart people who I admire…are tying themselves in knots to avoid saying the truth that men cannot change into women,” she wrote in another.
It’s a belief that has quite literally been around since the beginning of time. Up until ten years ago, few would have batted an eyelid. And yet when Maya first sought justice, the employment tribunal judge said that this view, rooted in biology, was “not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”
Thankfully, at an appeal stage last year, this decision was overturned in recognition that Maya had faced workplace discrimination because of her views.
This week, she is back to face a final hearing, hoping this victory will be upheld.
Continue reading “Why Christians are defending Maya Forstater’s right to hold ‘normal’ views on gender” by Lois McLatchie (Premier Christianity).