This charity needs a biology lesson

ActionAid describes itself as an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. The problem is they don’t know how to define what a woman or a girl is.

By their own admission they state, 

’ActionAid UK understands there is no such thing as a ‘biologically female/male body.’

Action Aid’s official internal policy document defines “trans” using the stonewall umbrella definition which includes crossdressers, gender-queer, gender-fluid etc…

They define women and girls as “anyone who self-identifies as a woman or girl”

Feminist author, Maya Forstater points out the obvious problem with this perspective,

“Women and girls are being discriminated against and abused on the basis of their sex. Words are important and it needs to be crystal clear who is being subject to the violence so we can help those most in need”.

A reminder:

200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation.

In many settings women do 10 x unpaid care work as men

200 million women need but lack access to contraception

25 million unsafe abortions take place

130 million school-aged girls do not attend school

Thirty-five percent of women experience physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime

Action Aid’s response suggests these things don’t happen to women and girls on account of being born female, but because they self-determined into the class of people to whom these things happen (and could self determine out).

In other words, does Action Aid suggest if these female victims of crime, poverty and abuse simply identified as male they would be ok?

Of course it is utter nonsense.

Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said their position was ludicrous.

“Of course there is such a thing as male and female bodies. They are determined by chromosomes, hormones and reproductive systems. Women and girls around the world suffer great injustice simply because they were born female. It is not an attitude or feeling, it is a reality. Action Aids position is insulting and dangerous!”