In 2018, radical and gender critical feminists in britain began wearing tees, circulating stickers, and sponsoring billboards, all bearing the message ‘woman: noun: adult individual female’. This insistence upon the dictionary concept of your message ‘woman’ had been a response to a proposition to reform the UK’s Gender Recognition Act and work out sex that is legal matter of statutory statement. ‘Woman’, these campaigners asserted, is simply not something which a male individual can be, and not based on their simple say-so. In reaction to the campaign, transwomen started publishing pictures of themselves on Twitter utilizing the hashtag #adulthumanfemale, insisting that their status as transwomen made them not just women – whilst the slogan that is popular‘trans ladies are females!’) has it – but in addition made them female. Things never have gotten better ever since then, with a few transwomen claiming not only to be feminine, but become lesbians, too. You can be reminded, at this time, for the exchange that is well-known Humpty Dumpty and Alice in Through the searching Glass:
‘“once I work with a word,” Humpty Dumpty stated, in instead a scornful tone, “it means what we choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” “The real question is,” said Alice, “whether you could make terms suggest many things.” “The real question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which will be master – that’s all.”’ – Lewis Carroll (1872 1934), p. 205.
The Humpties within the gender that is ongoing are trans liberties activists. The Alices are radical and gender critical feminists, and several others besides. Continue reading