Oxfam is bowing to the transgender lobby by withdrawing a children’s bingo game in honor of ‘inspiring women’ from its stores and online.
One feminist said Wonder Women Bingo may have become a target for activists because it features Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has been attacked for questioning the idea that trans women are identical to biological women.
The game, which sold for £14.99, uses images of 48 famous women instead of numbers on cards that are linked to tokens featuring the same female figures, including Jane Austen, US civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, climate activist Greta Thunberg and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Malala Yousafzai.
Wonder Women Bingo may have become a target for activists because it features Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has been attacked for doubting the idea that trans women are identical to biological women
However, in an email last week, the charity told staff: ‘We have made the decision to withdraw the Wonder Women Bingo product because it has been made clear to us that it is not in line with Oxfam’s values. ‘
Oxfam, which campaigns to end poverty and improve women’s rights, told The Mail last night that it had pulled the game from its shelves after transgender workers complained it was “offensive”.
It added: “We made the decision to pull the game from sale after concerns from trans and non-binary colleagues who told us it didn’t live up to our promise to respect people of all genders.”
Oxfam told The Mail on Sunday that they were removing the game from their shelves because trans and non-binary contributors told them it fell short of the charity’s commitment to “respect people of all genders”
Women criticized the decision, including Labor MP Rosie Duffield, who decided not to attend her party conference last month after threats from trans activists insisted “only women have a cervix.”
“I am disappointed that Oxfam sees a political take on gender identity politics as more important than raising as much money as possible for the most deprived,” she said. “The track record of some women’s rights charities has been far from good, and discriminating against some women because of their faith won’t help.”
Feminist campaigner Julie Bindel suggested the game may have been ditched because it includes Rowling and fellow author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who have challenged the transgender view that there is no difference between trans and biological women.
Bindel also suspects Oxfam was afraid of a reaction because Canadian actor Elliot Page, who now identifies as a “transgender,” is portrayed in the game as Ellen Page, who was born as a girl.
She added: ‘Once again, the trans ideology that governs so much of society has taken over women’s rights and women’s experience. Oxfam should be ashamed of itself. They were so lax in dealing with men accused of sexually exploiting vulnerable girls and women, yet they rush to remove a game that celebrates women.”
Feminist campaigner Julie Bindel suspects Oxfam feared backlash because Canadian actor Elliot Page, who now identifies as a “transgender boy,” is depicted in the game as Ellen Page, born as a girl, illustrated lower left
In April, a female aid worker left Oxfam because of its “toxic culture” and said it was ignoring her allegations of sexual harassment. The staff were also exposed to sexual misconduct scandals in Haiti and Africa.
Danny Sriskandarajah, the director brought in to clean up Oxfam, was accused of covering up a sex scandal as the boss of the Royal Commonwealth Society, which he denies.
Laurence King Publishing, who created the game, said it supported the LGBT community, adding, “Wonder Women Bingo was released 18 months prior to Elliot Page’s transition.
“As soon as he announced his move, we ordered a replacement. We offered Oxfam… the renewed product.’
Former head of National Childbirth Trust signs open letter supporting pregnancy charity’s pledge to keep using the word ‘women’
A former head of the National Childbirth Trust has signed an open letter in support of a pregnancy charity’s pledge to continue using the word “women.”
Belinda Phipps, who spent 15 years with the NCT, Britain’s largest parenting charity, is one of more than 1,200 signatories, including members of the House of Lords, leading doctors, midwives and academics.
The letter follows a public statement from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) last month that it would continue to use the word ‘women’ in its campaigns, despite some charities and hospitals having decided to use the words ‘mother’ and ‘wife’. replaced by gender. neutral terms to avoid offending the trans lobby.
The letter, addressed to BPAS’ board of directors and senior management team, expresses support for his position and adds: “For many women, the words ‘mother’ and ‘wife’ have important value and status and they want to not that ‘gender neutrality’ is neutralized. ” ie genderless language, especially in the field of reproductive health.
“It is possible to treat marginalized groups with respect and dignity and provide individualized care in which people are named as they please, without changing languages at the population level.”
But some signatories have chosen to withhold their names for fear of being targeted by transgender activists or losing their jobs because of their views.
One prenatal teacher wrote: ‘…unfortunately not safe to share my name – risk to my paid role.’ An NHS pediatrician asked to remain anonymous ‘to avoid being shooed out of my career’. Other signatories who asked not to be named included NHS psychologists and university academics.
Childbirth activist and author Milli Hill, who has been the victim of online trolling by ‘trans’ activists, said: “It’s telling that so many people chose to sign without giving full details in order to remain anonymous. People who speak out, including myself, are set an example and in fact pilloried.’
Home Secretary Priti Patel orders police to stop including trans women crime statistics in female crime statistics
By Glen Owen
Secretary Priti Patel has ordered police forces to stop including crimes committed by trans women in female crime statistics.
Interior Ministry officials are working with police on a new procedure for agents to record the sex of criminals to ensure crime statistics are “more accurate.”
The ban follows cases where violent and sexual crimes committed by men who call themselves feminine have been recorded as committed by women, raising concerns that the practice distorts official records.
Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday covered the case of Zoe Watts, who was jailed for a range of offenses, including building a makeshift bomb.
Watts was born male, but identifies as female.
Lincolnshire Police have recorded the crimes as being committed by a woman, meaning they will appear in national female crime figures.
But research suggests that statistics on traditionally male crimes such as rape are skewed because of current practice.
According to the law, only a man can commit rape, but analysis by Professor Alice Sullivan of University College London shows that between 2012 and 2018, a total of 436 people charged with rape were registered as women.
The Interior Ministry confirmed that police forces should be given new instructions to more accurately record the gender of criminals.
The change was revealed in an official response to feminist campaigners calling for a revision of the rules.