Don’t dare tell me what to think
Dear Sir, — Last week’s letter by Messrs Davies and Unett on behalf of the LGBT community would appear to be confusing acceptance with approbation.
Of course any right thinking person would accept the fact that people are entitled to live their lives in whatever way they like, with obvious exceptions, and, as my gran used to say, they can do what they like as long as it doesn’t frighten the horses.
The problem is expecting everyone else to approve of what they are doing, which is a huge and unrealistic ask.
Why on earth would anybody support a movement that they disagreed with? I would never think of visiting the town centre to support a LGBTQ+ event any more than I would visit a Taylor Swift concert or an Extinction Rebellion gathering. Why should I attend something in which I am not the slightest bit interested? A lot of minority groups seem to believe that the only point of view is their point of view, as illustrated by the current crop of union bodies who “no-platform” anyone they believe to hold views that they deem to be unacceptable.
Dr Eva Poen has been accused of “abhorrent bigotry” by students at Exeter University for stating the blindingly obvious fact that only women have periods.
An LGBT activist is currently overseeing a Whitehall quango that would allow men transitioning to women to compete in female sports events; this activist claims that women raising objections about the possibility are “hate groups”.
This mindset, clearly an unbalanced and dangerous attitude when high profile personalities and companies are scared s***less of upsetting the new Woke warriors, however stupid their agenda may be.
It saddens me to see the greater part of society being controlled by the whims and beliefs of minority groups.
Just go and live your lives, the rest of us don’t really care but don’t dare to tell me what to think, what to say or what to do, you don’t have the right, any more than I have the right to tell you how you should live your lives.
There is no reason whatsoever why Fiona Bruce should have to attend anything that she doesn’t agree with, MP or not, any more than I would expect her to attend any of the meetings with Franklin Graham.
If you have a problem with Graham, take it to his door, leave the rest of us out of it, we are just not interested.
As for social media, bin it. But you won’t, so suffer the consequences.
Kind regards and a happy life to one and all. — Yours faithfully, CHRIS TURNER
Dr Poen responded to a tweet by Twitter user that read: “Not everyone who menstruates is female. Not everyone who is female menstruates. Let’s shift our language.” The lecturer, who denies accusations of transphobia, wrote back: “Only female people menstruate. Only female people go through menopause”.
While at first glance Dr Poen’s comment might seem to come from the Sybil Fawlty school of the bleedin’ obvious, the situation is — as situations normally are — not so black and white. Some transgender men (and other gender-non-conforming people) still menstruate and feel alienated when sanitary products are categorised as “women’s products”.
As Mr Turner states, people “are entitled to live their lives in whatever way they like”, so perhaps the transgender activists have a point that some men have periods and should be able to live their lives without feeling shame. Once you accept that people have a right to express themselves in the way they feel happiest — “as long as it doesn’t frighten the horses” — you must also accept that they should not then be discriminated against for that choice. However, as Mr Turner also says, “I am right and everyone else is wrong” is also not a helpful position for anyone to hold. — Editor.