Miranda Yardley responds with style to the British parliamentary report Transgender Equality, debunking the trans ideology that informs it. “Gender,” she points out, “is a set of socially imposed rules to which males and females are expected to conform…. In effect, what is a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ is… based upon sexist stereotypes…. These proposals are in essence the reinforcement of politically conservative ideas under the guise of socially progressive modernisation. It represents incredibly clever neoliberal politicising…”
She includes telling quotes from Simone De Beauvoir and George Orwell.
While Yardley interprets the report’s implicit attacks on women as an example of patriarchy in action, I argue that they derive from the interests of capitalism. Patriarchy theory is vague and relies on biological or cultural determinism. But this does nothing to challenge the strength of Yardley’s arguments quoted above.