Comrades, we are a group of Labour women who want to ensure all-women shortlists (AWS) remain reserved for females and that women's representation in the party increases. We believe that the election of self-identifying transwomen as women's officers and their inclusion on all-women shortlists is reducing and undermining female representation in the Labour party.
We are absolutely committed to trans people, as a marginalised group, living free from discrimination and violence: we need trans representatives, trans councillors and trans MPs in our party. We are socialists and we are egalitarians. However, trans representation must not happen at the expense of female candidates and we are furious that we are having to fight another battle for women's representation, just 100 years after the suffragette victories.
We have been advised that a legal challenge to the Labour party on this could be winnable. The party has recently allowed males to be elected as women's officers and males to be selected over females in all-woman MP candidate selections. This has happened because Labour, in practice, has started to define 'women' by sex AND by self-identification. Labour is now relying on these two antithetical definitions of 'woman' to choose candidates which is the cause of this conflict of interests. We need a resolution.
Self-identification does not define men as women, in law or in fact. Labour conference has neither agreed nor even debated self-id or rule changes to the Labour party's AWS selection process. Women, as a marginalised group, are entitled to AWS under Equality Act 2010 exemptions. Trans people who have had gender reassigment are also, rightly, protected as a group under the act but men who simply self-id as women are not. Only party members can change party rules, not its MPs, not its general secretary and not its paid bureaucrats.
As socialists we understand class analysis and we know the most meaningful way to classify women is by sex. Women are classified as second class citizens because of our biology. None of us can keep our sex a secret and if we could there would be no pay gap and no #MeToo. Whereas no one can tell what another person's gender identity is (if they even have one) just by looking at them. Sex, along with poverty, age, disability and race, is one of the major oppressive hierarchies in the world today. Women's biology has always the basis for our oppression worldwide BY MEN. Feminism is defined as the movement to liberate all women from sex-based oppression.
Self-id also impacts on lesbians and gay men who, by definition, are not homogenderists but homosexuals. Lesbians and gays are currently afforded legal, sex-based protections from discrimination and these are already being diluted by self-id. We believe gender is a manmade, toxic set of stereotypes, used to restrict men and women and we want to see it abolished, not codified into law. We support all gender non-conforming people: be they lesbian, gay or trans. Feminists have always been the vanguard of the fight for people to live their lives in a gender non-conforming way and will continue to do so - but never at the expense of women's rights and representation.
We do not classify people based on a set of gendered ideals by which most will fail: the superficial markers of clothing, hairstyles and make-up... or by body type, weight, or perceived femininity or masculinity. We do not assess people's worth by the way they look or speak - women and men succeed as women and men simply by being. The same is true for girls and boys. All girls are acceptable as girls and all boys are acceptable as boys, however they dress, look or behave. We condemn the medicalisation of pre-pubescent kids who are encouraged to take puberty blockers if they play with the 'wrong' toys or want to wear the 'wrong' clothes. Conservatives see a boy in a dress and want to change the outfit, liberals see the dress as fine but want to change the kid's body. Socialist feminists want kids to be kids and wear what tf they want.
Every penny of the money we raise will go entirely on our legal funds, we will produce all our bank statements, legal bills and legal updates and upload to this site. We want our donors to make the decisions on how to move forward and we will crowdfund direction as well as money. We will follow where you lead, and will keep in regular contact by email, so we can democratically decide how we do this, what we want to achieve, how we go about it and who we employ to act on our behalf.
Your support will mean a great deal to women, it will mean there are people who care, who have not forgotten them. It will mean they are not politically homeless: we stand with them.
Please do not give more than you can really afford, it's not necessary... and don't feel you have to donate - your support and your help in sharing the crowdfunder is enough and IS appreciated.
Any left-over funds will go to fight against self-id, against the medicalisation of children and to keep women's spaces female-only, specifically: women's hospital wards, gyny screening, prisons, domestic violence shelters, changing rooms, saunas, spas, sleeper train carriages, scholarships, quotas and national and international women's sports.
We all know that only the Labour party has the best interests of women at heart. Please help us to overturn the decisions of the party liberals, weather vanes and bureaucrats to prove this is the case. Self-id is a tory manifesto policy for heaven's sakes... which gives us all an idea of just how bad an idea it is.
Your solidarity is appreciated and ours is eternal.
Jennifer James Garston and Halewood CLP Dr. Viv Pointon Stone CLP Emma Salmon Bexhill and Battle CLP Suzanne Weaver Stroud CLP Pilgrim Tucker Vauxhall CLP Christine Bayliss Bexhill and Battle CLP Miranda Yardley Southend West CLP Samantha Marshall-Cameron. Sheffield Central CLP Debra Atkinson Chesterfield CLP Alice Bondi Women's Officer Penrith and the Border CLP Karen Kruzycka Romford CLP Avril Moussalli Altrincham & Sale West CLP Jan Oliver Enfield North CLP Toni Morris Vauxhall CLP Jacky Holyoake Halesowen and Rowley Regis CLP Matesa McKeefery Rossendale and Darwen CLP Eleanor Hill Cardiff West CLP Bronwen Davies Cardiff North CLP Emma Aynsley Cardiff Central CLP Susan Matthews Dulwich and West Norwood CLP Catherine Costello Hartlepool CLP Jessica Budynkiewicz Bournemouth East CLP Rachel King Moseley and Kings Heath CLP Claire Jones Leeds North West CLP Chinzia Ogilvie Portsmouth South CLP Dinah Stubbs Islington South CLP Sian Henry Watford CLP Liz Vickers Winchester CLP Barbara Ulargiu Bermondsey & Old Southwark CLP Stacey Charlesworth Hackney North and Stoke Newington CLP Rebecca Heath Brent CLP Debra Halliday Huddersfield CLP Cátia Freitas Esher and Walton CLP Liz Hemingway Knowsley North CLP Emma Thomas Hackney South and Shoreditch CLP Cherry Austin North Herefordshire CLP Shelley Charlesworth Islington North CLP Stephanie Shelford Lewisham Deptford CLP Dr Lesley Semmens Bradford West Abigail Wyatt St Ives and Penzance CLP Louise Paine St Ives CLP Mandy Moore Canterbury CLP Karen Ingala Smith Walthamstow CLP Susi Wisniewski Warwick & Leamington CLP Penny O'Donnell Gedling CLP Phoebe Alexander Middlesbrough and South East Cleveland CLP Paula Boulton Corby and East Northants CLP
And Our Male Allies: Michael Murphy Tiverton & Honiton CLP Christopher Goldie Bury North CLP Michael Weaver Stroud CLP Lee Holland Newport West CLP Mark Wisniewski Warwick and Leamington CLP Ken Stringer Telford CLP