Top UK official gets into trans debate — Analysis
A woman ‘obviously’ can’t be born with a penis, Dominic Raab reportedly said, but female inmates are not at risk from trans cellmates
Dominic Raab (British Deputy Prime Minister) has rejected the arguments of a conservative thinktank that biological males could identify as females and pose an increasing threat to female prison inmates. The idea that a woman may be born with a penis was also rejected by Raab. “obviously”The Sun reports that this is not true.
Raab’s remarks came in response to a report by the influential conservative think-tank Policy Exchange, which claimed the British justice system was putting women in harm’s way by allowing men to declare themselves women.
The report, penned by assistant professor at Coventry University Maureen O’Hara, argued that police, judges and prisons should put biological sex before gender. The author stated that male criminals could deceive the system by declaring they are transwomen.
Such people would then be searched by female officers and kept in women’s prisons, potentially posing a threat to other inmates. The report stated that the government would continue to provide biased data on crime, such as the fact that police could record male rapists and label them female.
The Sun reported that the deputy PM supported the existing policies regarding transgender people by raising the incidence of worst-case scenarios incidents like the rape by self-identifying transwoman of a female prisoner. He stated that such a case has never been reported before 2019. “I think we’ve got the right approach.”
He said that a female can have a penis, but he was not asked whether he believed so. “It’s obvious a woman cannot be born with a penis.”
According to the Tory politician, the observation is a comment on the Labour Party debate regarding trans-related issues. Stella Creasy, MP for the Tory Party stated last week in an interview that certain women were born with penises. This was referring to transwomen.
She took a position amid larger struggles within the party about what defines a woman. Critics, like author JK Rowling, say Labour leadership is undermining women’s rights by blurring the line between sex and gender in the name of protecting trans rights.
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