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Charlie Stross
SF author, he/him. Next novel: DEAD LIES DREAMING, October 27th.(Resident of Edinburgh, Scotland, but "Germany" blocks Nazi bots.)
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Charlie Stross retweeted
A Lawyer 4m
Replying to @cstross
That particular legal route won't apply in Scotland, but the same groups are trying the same wedge attacks most noticeably starting on the GRA and moving on to "protecting sex based rights".
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Cory Doctorow #BLM 41m
Replying to @doctorow
Tomorrow morning, I'm on a panel for the Open Rights Group: "After the storm: A post-election analysis of UK-US digital trade" 2/
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Charlie Stross 11m
I don’t want to be unduly alarmist or anything, but a good chunk of the Tory party would be happy to copy Hungarian, Polish, and Russian policies on human rights (and especially LGBT issues and womens’ rights, not to mention race).
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Charlie Stross 13m
Replying to @Assissi2 @mthr_jo
They’re *the same people* is my point: abortion rights are a stalking horse issue providing cover for attempts to end at-will access to all family planning methods by female persons. The patriarchal religious right is a many-headed hydra.
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Charlie Stross 15m
Replying to @Assissi2 @mthr_jo
Disagree. Withholding PBs can allow irreversible physiological changes to happen, with long-term detrimental effects. Discontinuing PBs after use just permits puberty onset to happen. So the least-damaging course of action is to make PBs available.
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Charlie Stross 17m
Replying to @ken_keenan
Welp, I have a pre-incarnation as an open source magazine columnist for several years through the late 90s/early 00s …
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duckbunny 33m
Gillick competence = Roe v Wade. Gillick competence just got overturned for trans kids, via a gleeful, malicious reversal of cause and effect. It gives me no joy to say your reproductive rights are next. I have a womb, too.
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Charlie Stross 33m
Replying to @Psychosplodge
They don’t need religion, they just need bigotry. Look how loud the transphobia in the British media has gotten.
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Charlie Stross 35m
Replying to @Psychosplodge
It’s not about abortion or competence, it’s about maintaining patriarchal control of the breeding stock by policing the right to engage in sexual activity.
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Mallory Moore 42m
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Charlie Stross 48m
Yes. And you know who else was totally down with it? The Nazis. (Just add anti-semitism and anti-communism and season to taste.)
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Charlie Stross 50m
Replying to @Chican3ry @eaton
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Mallory Moore 53m
Replying to @cstross @eaton
The guy directing the legal case in this instance was Paul Conrathe, who previously ran an evangelical media network in the UK, was a director at a charistmatic church connected with conversion therapy networks, and a bunch of autism special schools with abuse scandals.
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Charlie Stross 54m
Replying to @zip
There’s always *someone* who’s unhappy and can be used as a test case. Even if they’re very much the odd one out.
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Charlie Stross 55m
Replying to @eaton
I’m no expert but I believe US religious right soft money has been funding a lot of UK TERFery—Heritage Foundation involvement is visible, probably others. They pump money into groups who’ll take it to further their goals, if not their ideology.
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Charlie Stross 56m
Replying to @mthr_jo
I don’t get it either. But it’s been baked-in since the 1960s, Greer, Friedan, other 2nd wave feminists: they tended to be homophobic and it seems to have hardened into reactionary genetic determinism.
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Charlie Stross 58m
Replying to @cstross
What is very clear from this case now is that trans issues in the UK are a wedge issue not only for homophobes but for attacks on contraception and abortion rights. Meanwhile the Tory government has attacked womens’ rights across the board since 2010. A slow-motion disaster.
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Charlie Stross 1h
Replying to @cstross
Basically, in the UK support for abortion rights is > 80%; it’s a hard target for the religious right. But trans rights offered a route to invalidate Gillick competence, thereby denying abortion to under-16s (or under 18s if they succeed in raising the age of consent).
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Charlie Stross 1h
“Gillick competence” = famous court ruling from 1980s that teens could be competent to request contraception/abortion without their parents’ consent. It’s been a target for the patriarchal religious right in the UK ever since. Trans kids’ access to hormon blockers was a wedge.
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Beth Dyke BLM ACAB ☂💜Ⓨ 2h
Tories are teaming up with transphobic hate groups to raise the age of consent to 18, outlawing anyone under 18 from abortion/ contraceptives without permission of their parents after it was ruled that people under 18 can't consent to blockers. Well done "sex based right groups"
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