by Julie Bindel
Wednesday, 21
October 2020

Why won’t the BBC stand up for feminism?

It does not treat the battle around transgender ideology impartially
by Julie Bindel
Elections don’t matter if you control the institutional levers of power

Yesterday I was very much enjoying listening to an item on Woman’s Hour about a book I read and blurbed entitled ‘The Politicisation of Mumsnet’. During the discussion, author Sarah Pedersen eloquently explained how increasing numbers of Mumsnet members are finding a voice on the forum, discussing issues like childcare, party politics and feminist campaigning. That was until the presenter, Jane Garvey, brought up the Gender Recognition Act and asked Pedersen how the debate was playing out on the site. In response, Pedersen mentioned the groups most active in campaigning to maintain women’s sex-based rights on the site: Women’s Place UK, FILIA and Fair Play for Women.

Before Pedersen could finish her sentence, Garvey interjected with: “Which are groups that some people have described, in some circumstances, as transphobic”.

There is nothing transphobic about any of these groups. They campaign to maintain women-only spaces and facilities such as domestic violence refuges and prisons, which I call fighting for women’s human rights.

Repeating unfounded and libellous claims of ‘transphobia’ against feminist organisations is despicable. Perhaps next time Stonewall is mentioned on the programme, the presenter will interject with a reminder that some feminists consider the organisation to be misogynistic?

It is well known that there are sections of the BBC that does not treat the bitter battle around transgender ideology as impartially as it claims to. As Dame Jenni Murray revealed the day after retiring from the programme last month, she was carpeted for suggesting that there was a difference between sex and gender in 2017.  Thereafter, she was banned from leading any discussion on the topic.

As I have previously reported, I have been informed by a number of BBC staffers that its LGBT forum, which is dominated by trans-identified members, has a huge amount of influence at the corporation. This results in a culture of fear, with some senior staff treading carefully to avoid complaints from them.

There is little doubt in my mind that the BBC, far from being impartial about the trans issue, has taken a pro-trans ideology stance in order to avoid bullying and vilification. Recently, for example, senior management requested that all staff use pronouns on their BBC email signatures.

So why don’t similarly controversial subjects face the same kind of on-air caveating? On Monday there was an item about egg freezing, but I didn’t notice any qualification from the presenter about the ethics of the process, including the argument that it amounts to the commercial exploitation of women.

Moreover, the item before the Mumsnet discussion was about a group of singing nuns: I find Catholicism problematic as a secular feminist, but didn’t expect to hear my point of view being aired by the presenter, and nor was it.

Feminism, namely women standing up for our rights, is not ‘hateful’ and recycling baseless slander is not in keeping with BBC values. It is time for the BBC to address this fact.

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  • Bindel’s definition of women-only safe spaces? That would be The World, except for male-only concentration camps, as she stated in to the Rad Fem Collective in 2015.

    “I mean, I would actually put them all (men) in some kind of camp where they can all drive around in quad bikes, or bicycles, or white vans,” said Bindel. “I would give them a choice of vehicles to drive around with, give them no porn, they wouldn’t be able to fight ““ we would have wardens, of course! Women who want to see their sons or male loved ones would be able to go and visit, or take them out like a library book, and then bring them back.”

    Imagine her views if any man proposed having men-only spaces, other than the concentration camps, of course.

    Interestingly, in the same interview, she also said:
    “How do we dismantle gender? We have to get rid of it. There is no point looking at reforming it. It would be like saying we could reform the Tory party. We just need to abolish and obliterate it.”

    Now, however, she wants to keep gender, indeed, fight to defend it.

    Why the change? Because the Feminist monopoly on the unquestioned Victimhood card is being challenged. Now that women have privilege, other minorities want a slice of the cake, and are using exactly the same tactics the Feminists used.

    And the RadFems do ot like it. They object to the Trans parking their tanks on the RadFem Victimhood lawn.

    And Bindel’s view of the BBC? Just fine when it was far from being impartial about Feminism. Now that Wimmin are no longer Sacred Cows at the BBC, however, the organisation’s partiality is an outrage.

    The hypocrite can go to hell.



  • The BBC is the vanguard of intolerant Woke culture. If the centre and right really want to take on these people then they really need to ” cut the head off the snake” and make dramatic changes to the top of the organisation. Then take them off the public purse. A smaller , but more balanced BBC , might actually regain some credibility.

  • Better question is Why wont the BBC stand up against Identity and Grievance Politics? Of which Feminism forms an integral part. Julie’s problem is that now her cause has been demoted by the BBC in the victim hierarchy.

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