The agenda to normalize transgenderism brooks no half measures. Just ask Maya Forstater, an otherwise liberal U.K. feminist who lost her think tank job for a series of tweets and an essay in which she stated biology determines gender.
Based squarely in both science and natural law, her thought crime committed in the public square cost Forstater her job. As a result, she is suing her former employer for wrongful termination based on a restrictive policy of her free speech rights.
Forstater, 45, was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) where she conducted fundraising for a policy initiative requiring her tax expertise. The CGD is a left-of-center, London-based institute that covers various issues, including health, climate change, migration and finance issues.
The organization fired Forstater late last week.
A CGD email to Forstater reads: "You stated that a man's internal feeling that he is a woman has no basis in material reality. A lot of people would find that offensive and exclusionary."
The email referred to several tweets expressing Forstater's concerns that women could be endangered by men identifying as women encroaching in previously all-women "refuges, hostels, prisons, changing rooms and hospital wards, as well as women's sports."
Following her dismissal, Forstater wrote:
Last summer, the UK government launched a public consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004 towards 'self ID.' Like most people I agree that transgender people should not face discrimination and harassment as they live their lives. But I am concerned about the impact of self ID on women and girls, and in particular on single sex spaces and services such as women's refuges, hostels, prisons, changing rooms and hospital wards, as well as women's sports.
I am concerned that governments around the world are rushing through laws and policies which say that people with male bodies can become women simply by identifying as women. This is happening without adequate consultation or consideration for the impact on women's privacy, safety and inclusion.
Forstater made the comments on her personal Twitter account, providing the disclaimer that her opinions were her own and didn't reflect the views of CGD. Nonetheless, she was let go for "fear-mongering" and tweeting that the "truth" was "that men cannot change into women."
Forstater also charged that serial sexual predator Karen White, born Stephen Terence Wood, was a man.
According to The Guardian, "White entered the UK prison system as transgender. However, despite dressing as a woman, the 52-year-old had not undergone any surgery and was still legally a male. She was also a convicted paedophile and on remand for grievous bodily harm, burglary, multiple rapes and other sexual offences against women."
Because he identified as a woman, Wood was placed in a woman's prison where he sexually attacked two female inmates in September 2017.
Still, by any honest measure, Forstater maintains committed to liberal feminist causes. She explained:
I am also a mother and a feminist, and I think that sexist stereotypes about women and girls, and about men and boys are damaging for children and adults. In 2012 I was one of the co-founders of the campaign "Let Toys Be Toys" to push retailers to stop using sexist stereotypes in marketing toys.
However, she draws the line at denying clearly defined gender distinctions:
I support transgender people's human rights and I believe that trans people are vulnerable, but no one group should overrule others. I lost my job for speaking up about women's rights, in a careful way and in a tone of ordinary discussion and disagreement. I worked for a think tank and I thought you ought to be able to think and talk about things. I found out I was wrong about that.
She is backed by Index on Censorship, whose director, Jodie Ginsberg, said, "From what I have read of her writing, I cannot see that Maya has done anything wrong other than express an opinion that many feminists share — that there should be a public and open debate about the distinction between sex and gender."
"I had planned to work at CGD for the next two years on a project I had helped to develop and raise funds for," wrote Forstater. "Instead, my tweets were investigated and I was told my appointment would not be renewed. This is fundamentally unfair, and it is in the public interest for this decision to be challenged so that people holding these beliefs are protected from discrimination."