Stockholm defends ‘gender-equal’ snow-clearing (2016)

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Stockholm defends ‘gender-equal’ snow-clearing.

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Posted somewhat ‘tongue-in-cheek’, but this is a good real-world example of ideology colliding head-on with reality and coming off second best.

Stockholm’s municipal government adopted a policy of clearing pavements of snow in preference to roads. This was done in the name of gender equality, as women are statistically more likely to use the pavements than the roads.

Let’s leave aside the fact that the aim of gender equality here is a marvellous piece of doublethink.

The policy had predictable results as soon as the heavy snow arrived, and Stockholm plunged into chaos without the use of its roads.

I suppose the lesson here is never to accuse feminists of lacking a sense of humour!

Important Steps Toward Restoring Balance in the Gender Debate – Quillette

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At the NHS and BBC, Important Steps Toward Restoring Balance in the Gender Debate.

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A Quillette article suggesting the tide may be turning in the trans debate, with more and more ‘civilians’ being drawn into the culture war raging around their ears.

The focus is initially on J.K. Rowling’s hapless tweets about “individuals with a cervix”, and how the astonishing backlash she received has woken people up to the danger posed by gender extremists.

The article then moves on to describe how the NHS and the BBC have both edited their online guidance to exclude the extremist group Mermaids as points of reference.

Archive evidence is also provided showing that the NHS’ guidance has been edited to ensure adherence to the science. The ideological and emotive elements have now been left out, as they should have been in the first place!

NHS child gender clinic: Staff concerns ‘shut down’ – BBC

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BBC: “NHS child gender clinic: Staff concerns ‘shut down'”.

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This 2020 BBC article describes leaked documents that lend further weight to many of the claims made by whistle-blower Kirsty Entwistle regarding the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).

The new allegations are based on transcripts of staff interviews done during a review into the GIDS. Among the claims, quoted from the BBC article:

  • Clinicians reported worries that some patients were referred onto a gender transitioning pathway too quickly.
  • Clinicians claimed child protection and safeguarding concerns were “shut down”.
  • Staff alleged they were discouraged by GIDS Director Polly Carmichael from going to see the Trust’s safeguarding lead, and from referring cases to social services.
  • People who raised concerns were seen as “…trouble making and difficult.” This included specific threats against clinicians’ careers.
  • Staff linked the poor safeguarding processes to the resignation of more than forty clinicians in the space of just three years.
  • Several staff claimed that a member of the GIDS leadership, Sarah Davidson, would sometimes refer children for treatment after only one or two appointments.

So the publicly funded NHS appears to be openly pushing inherently un-provable ideology over science.

More worryingly this involves minors, a group usually designated by the law as incompetent to make decisions with life-long implications.

It is astonishing to consider how deeply embedded this extremism has become in our society.

It will likely come to be viewed as a public health scandal by future generations. And it has happened on our watch.