Eline Roebers, only 15 years old, became the first-ever female winner of the Untergrombach Open on Saturday. Still untitled, the very talented Dutch player defeated GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov in the final round to finish in sole first place with 6.5⁄7.
Roebers had already topped the standings before the final round as she was leading the tournament with 5.5⁄6. However, the biggest challenge was still to come: a game as Black in the final round against top-seed Ikonnikov, a 55-year-old, highly experienced Russian grandmaster.
In a topsy-turvy game that could have gone either way, Roebers turned out to have the strongest nerves as her opponent missed his best chances in time trouble. On move 47, he had to resign, and the 1,000-euro first prize went to Roebers.
Plans to allow rapists to self-identify as women have provoked a backlash from victims who support an online petition calling for the proposal to be scrapped.
Academics and senior police officers canvassed by The Sunday Times are among those to voice concern over the measure, which the SNP and Scottish Greens aim to bring into law next year with a reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.
Trans activists are in retreat. With a number of high-profile victories won by feminists refusing to be silenced by the deafening chants of ‘trans women are women’, momentum against the trans lobby is picking up speed.
The latest example is an apology from the Scout Association apologises to Maya Forstater for two years of investigation following a complaint of “misgendering”.
It is often said that J.K. Rowling is uncancellable. So rich and bankable is the Harry Potter author — now a modern-day folk devil due to her views on transgenderism — it is almost inconceivable that she could be deprived of her livelihood or pushed entirely out of polite society. But her deranged haters are certainly giving it a good go.
The demonisation of Rowling has taken a decidedly Stalinist turn of late. Her crime? Making some mild criticisms of gender ideology and holding to deeply old-fashioned views like believing in biological sex. The cultural elite might not be able to deprive Rowling of her income, but they can try to erase her name from the very work she has created.
This week, the Times reports that Rowling’s name has been all but scrubbed out from the promotional material for the latest Fantastic Beasts film, The Secrets of Dumbledore. Where Rowling’s name was all over the trailer for the previous instalment, The Crimes of Grindelwald, she has now been demoted to a small publishing-rights note at the end of the new trailer.
It’s fair to say that JK Rowling’s latest intervention has put the cat amongst the pigeons. The Harry Potter author criticised Police Scotland’s new policy for trans suspects after the force confirmed it will record rapes by offenders with a penis as carried out by a woman if they identify as female, regardless of whether they have legally changed gender. Rowling’s implicit criticism of this move – riffing on Orwell that: ‘War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman’ – has sparked a terrific backlash, with much of it seeming to come from angry, pompous middle-aged men.
Rather than doing everything to prevent female students selling their bodies, institutions seem to be actively condoning it…
Two weeks ago, I resigned my post as philosophy professor at Sussex University. For three years, I’ve faced bullying and harassment for my views on sex and gender. More recently, this intensified into a full-blown campaign. Posters and graffiti went up denouncing me. Masked students held protests, set off flares and gave interviews saying they felt unsafe with me around. The problems all started when I began making such controversial statements as: ‘there are only two sexes’ and ‘it’s wrong to put male rapists in women’s prisons’. I even went as far as worrying out loud about the consequences of children being given body-altering drugs based on potentially temporary inner feelings. It has been all too much for certain colleagues. My critics have produced an apparently unstoppable narrative, according to which I’m a bigot and a terrible danger to trans students. What they lack in evidence, they make up for in conviction. Eventually any hopes I could lead a relatively normal life on campus were definitively extinguished. My feelings are mixed. What exactly I’ve lost has yet to sink in, but there’s also some exhilaration and a new sense of freedom. Finally, I can admit to the really heretical aspects of my character. For instance: I’ve never read Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.
From 1854 until her death in 1904, British explorer Isabella Bird traveled the world — and defied traditional gender norms of her time.
If we erode the very concept of women - for example by denying the importance of biological sex - we erase the rights of women…
The American Civil Liberties Union has apologized for excluding the word “woman” from a Ruth Bader Ginsburg quotation in a tweet posted Sept. 18: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a [person’s] life, to [their] well-being and dignity,” as the organization rendered the statement. ACLU executive director Anthony Romero told the New York Times that in the future the group “won’t be altering people’s quotes.”
Blaming women for the ills of the world might appear an odd feminist call to action. But an idea gaining traction is that the “white feminism” dominant in the United States and the UK is not only a driving force of societal racism, but responsible for a host of other bad things, from the war on terror to the hypersexualisation of women in popular culture, to the dreadful abuses of power we see in international aid. It’s part of a growing tendency on the left to look for scapegoats at the cost of building the solidarity needed for social change.