Sceptics sneer when a man in a dress purports to turn the biological reality of bread and wine into something entirely different through transubstantiation. Yet when a man in a dress purports to turn the biological reality of masculinity into femininity through the process of transitioning, we are supposed to bend the knee. Or possibly face prosecution as hate criminals.

[–] eire 27 points

It is a great article but please, please keep in mind she's very Catholic and very Conservative who holds views many here would find repugnant. I often avoid reading her articles unless I want my blood pressure raised.

You can look at her Wikipedia article for a better idea on her views. There is more but that gives you a taster.

You shouldn't be getting downvoted for this insight. We should be listening to our Irish sistren on this.

[–] eire 12 points

Cheers. I agree with what she has written here and appreciate she's her own woman when it is a very hard time to do so but she's affiliated with conservative Catholic organisations including the Iona Institute.

I'm not trying to derail the conversation but I live in Ireland and am very familiar with her. So just proceed with caution is all I'm saying!

We're all here to learn.

I'm across the way in Scotland so I know first and second hand reports from friends an family.

I honestly can't imagine what you have been through. It is extremely important to know the history of women in Ireland.

[–] Mirren 1 points Edited

Are you thinking possibly of Breda O'Brien rather than Breda Power?

Breda O'Brien would be associated with the Iona Institute and so Roman Catholic she makes the Pope look like a Protestant. I remember reading an article she wrote, about how even child rape victims who are impregnated as a result shouldn't have abortions, and nearly puking so she sticks in my mind. https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/despite-some-awful-dilemmas-abortion-is-not-an-option-1.727607

No, they both are conservative Catholics but Power less so and is more feminist. She does things with the Iona Institute and other Catholic organisations as does O'Brien, who's actually on the board of Iona though and more traditional with a side of hateful takes that always hurt women.

Like I said, I think they opted to keep O'Brien for print and web but Power for print only. Pure speculation by me though.

Don't mean to come off condescending in the comment but I'm trying to be clear about everything.

Appreciate the clarification!

Nice to meet a fellow Irish person on here. I think there's a few of us on Ovarit :)

I don't think I've seen the definition of transphobia spelled out like that before. If any of us do feel hatred and fear of "trans" people we still can't be transphobic because it's a rational reaction to what they are doing.

That is nice to see. The Irish Times recently cancelled an article they had already accepted for publication because it was about the way gender identity is like religious sects.

YES YES YES, it is a new religion. Just another male supremacist cult, one of many.

I remember a time when stories would make the online version of the paper, but not the print version. It was understandable because so much notes could be put online than in print.

Now why would they do the reverse? Could it be that the online version reaches a wider audience, which they don’t want to do, but don’t want to say they’re biased against certain view points?

Think the Gen Z and angry Millennials won’t see it in the print version perhaps?

This is it. They cannae be arsed with the Twitter mobs.

[–] eire 2 points Edited

I just wrote a response below but the answer might be simpler. Having looked at the Irish Time's online opinion section Brenda Power is not there but other opinion writers are including Breda O'Brien another conservative, Catholic woman. Power's contract might simply be for the printed version of the paper since the IT might have filled their quota with conservative, Catholic women by having O'Brien on their online site--she's actually worse.

The IT just reformatted their website so I'm subject to correction but I have a feeling they only have the most popular writers on their website. Don't worry about Powers because she writes for the UK Times on Sunday, which is online.

Edit: none of her prior pieces seem to be online at IT but I'm on mobile and it's fiddly.

The Irish Terfs leaning into how this is a religious belief is perfect.

[–] crodish fujoshit 2 points Edited

Image Transcription: Newspaper Print

The Sunday Times, June 12, 2022

Brenda Power - Why women are right to defend their Terf

The invitation was mysteriously vague: would I be interested in attending an event that may or may not be happening, but would certainly include food? They had me at food, so I asked for more details. It'd be something like the event JK Rowling organised recently in London, came the reply. No need then for further explanation of the cloak-and-dagger tactics, and I was definitely in.

Since she queried the use of the term “people who menstruate” in preference to “women”, the Harry Potter author has been deemed transphobic - literally meaning a form of mental illness causing an irrational fear or hatred of trans people. She has also been subjected to abuse, death threats and attempts to erase her from the franchise she created.

Rowling recently hosted a lunch in London for a group of likeminded women, including some who had been “cancelled” and lost employment for their views. Women who believe that biological sex is immutable, and that being a woman is more than a costume to be donned or a feeling in a man’s head, are now called Terfs, or trans-exclusionary radical feminists. I was essentially being invited to a Terf event.

The location was kept secret until the last minute, and I won’t identify it for fear of a backlash against the very nice restaurant which took a chance on hosting 60 or more Terfs last Saturday week. When a woman carrying a placard stating “Woman = Adult Human Female” turned up at that sad National Women’s (People’s?) Council rally at the Dail last March, she was verbally abused by a group, including a large number of men, and asked to leave. You don’t want to draw those guys on a blameless restaurant, or indeed a group of women having lunch, so everyone respected the vow of omerta.

The guest of honour at the lunch was Helen Joyce, an editor at The Economist and author of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality. In her brief speech she compared the trans ideology to Japanese knotweed: it has infiltrated every part of our lives when we weren’t looking.

The proof is all around us. Under the Gender Recognition Act, for example, all a man needs to do is make a statutory declaration in front of a solicitor, and he’s a woman. He can participate in women’s sport, including boxing. He can use women's toilets and changing rooms. He can be admitted to a women’s prison, and indeed there are two violent biological men in Limerick prison at present, one convicted of rape threats and who must be addressed as she.

The employers’ representative group Ibec recently circulated guidance that trans employees must be allowed to use the toilets of their gender. identity, not their biological sex, and any objectors should receive “training”. It has become “standard practice”, Ibec says, for staff to include their preferred pronouns — he/him, she/her — in email signatures.

To those of us who believe there’s more to being a woman than a frock and a feeling, that’s like saying it’s standard practice to begin every working day with a Hail Mary, because the trans ideology has all the hallmarks of a new religion.

Sceptics sneer when a man in a dress purports to turn the biological reality of bread and wine into something entirely different through transubstantiation. Yet when a man in a dress purports to turn the biological reality of masculinity into femininity through the process of transitioning, we are supposed to bend the knee. Or possibly face prosecution as hate criminals.

The extent to which the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (Teni) is now directing public policy is alarming. It collaborated on Ibec’s document, and Niall Muldoon, the ombudsman for children, has admitted that his article demanding more access to medical treatment for transgender children was also composed with Teni’s guidance.

According to the HSE, meanwhile, it’s “people with cervixes” who get cervical cancer, but men get prostate cancer. The Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022 amends maternity legislation by replacing “woman” with “person”. Sara Phillips, who chairs Teni, fathered three children before transitioning and sits on the board of the National Women’s Council, has admitted to resuming her male identity for a job interview as “I didn’t believe I'd get a fair shake if I presented myself as female".

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