It all started in the UK, where a birthing coach was forced to resign after she said that only women could give birth, but how on earth did it get to this?
Her name is Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert, and she is a mother of four as well as a former Doula UK birth coach. She said that a small number of activists opposed her statement and then pressured her company to punish her too!
She is a non-medical companion that supports people who have given birth and she says that her company “ostracised” her over the pressure of being politically correct.
“I am angry and sad …I was effectively ostracised for saying I am a woman and so are my clients.”
“I have been very disappointed by Doula UK’s response. The leadership is paralyzed by not wanting to upset transgender rights activists. They have fallen over themselves to acquiesce to their demands.”
The margarine brand, called Flora, refused to advertise on Mumsnet after the website was said to be transphobic for having a wide range of views on transgender issues.
The makers of Always sanitary towels got rod of the female “Venus” symbol from the packaging after they got complaints from transgender men.
The fall out with Doula UK started after Cancer Research UK dropped the word ‘women’ from its smear test campaign, instead of saying screening was:
“…relevant for everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix”
So in response to this Mrs. McCarthy-Calvert then posted a picture on Facebook of a negligee-clad woman somersaulting, underwater, with these words:
‘I am not a “cervix owner” I am not a “menstruator” I am not a “feeling”. I am not defined by wearing a dress and lipstick. I am a woman: an adult human female.’
Then she added below it:
“Women birth all the people, make up half the population, but less than a third of the seats in the House of Commons are occupied by us.”
Then it seems that her words provoked a group of about 20 individuals, also known as “trans-activists”, they wrote to the company saying that she had “clearly” breeched the company’s inclusive guidelines.
In the letter they wrote, they claimed McCarthy-Calvert was guilty of making several “trans-exclusionary comments” which included, of course, her description of being an “adult human female.”
Doula UK proceeded to straight away withdraw Mrs. McCarthy-Calvert as a spokesperson and, after a four-month dragged out an investigation, its board of directors decided:
“[The post] does breach Doula UK’s guidelines”
“We are proud to say that we seek to listen to the lived experience of marginalized groups and make changes – including changes to the language we use – if we believe it is necessary to make the Doula UK community more welcoming and supportive”
What are your thoughts on this, we would love to know?