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Sarah Ditum vs. transgender people

Sarah Ditum is an English “mommy blogger,” opinion columnist, sex segregationist,¬†and anti-transgender activist.


Sarah Ruth Webster Ditum is a freelance writer and production editor based in Bath. Ditum contributes to UnHerd and other anti-trans publications.

As a teen, Ditum learned to take the sick role, pretending to be ill to avoid school. After first year at university, Ditum transferred to be near a romantic partner and almost immediately got pregnant: “Whatever had made its home in my belly had made me a mother, and I would have to catch up with that. Even as the person who made that decision, I find it hard to reconcile the ambition I had at 20 with the will to throw my lot in with maternity.”

Ditum completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees, then dropped out of a doctoral program after getting pregnant again.

Ditum started self-publishing a “mommy blog” called Paperhouse. Early gigs were for¬†Venue¬†magazine,¬†Yarn Forward,¬†and¬†Official PlayStation Magazine.

Ditum married Nathan Mark Ditum (born 1981). Ditum changed surnames because “there was already a¬†Sarah Webster¬†working as a writer.” They have two children, Maddy and Jay. Ditum is involved in the knitting community.

In 2023 Ditum incorporated Burn Book Ltd in the UK.

Anti-transgender activism

Ditum has been criticized for views on transgender issues.

Ditum got press for a 2018 Genderquake panel with Germaine Greer, Munroe Bergdorf and Caitlyn Jenner.

In 2019, Ditum criticized all-gender bathrooms at The Old Vic. The Stage later removed the piece following backlash. 

Ditum is an “autogynephilia” activist, in the same way that some people believe in “nymphomania” as a legitimate disease.


Ditum, Sarah (May 16, 2016). What is gender, anyway? New Statesman

Ditum, Sarah (March 10, 2022). The taboo trans question. UnHerd

Ditum, Sarah (July 6, 2021). Who loses when trans women win?

Ditum, Sarah (July 6, 2021). Why I had a baby at university. UnHerd

Ditum, Sarah (February 14, 2023). The tragedy of becoming a woman. UnHerd

Ditum, Sarah (June 17, 2020). How the Left betrayed feminism. UnHerd

Valentine, Vic (July 12, 2018). Trans-inclusive feminist voices are being ignoredThe Economist

Al-Kadhi, Amrou (May 9, 2018). Opinion: The Genderquake debate did more harm than good for transgender people and for feministsThe Independent

Glass, Jess (May 10, 2018). Exclusive: Genderquake audience were allegedly ‘encouraged to heckle’ trans panellistsPinkNews

Tobitt, Charlotte (October 7, 2019). The Stage accused of ‘cowardice’ after removing comment articles on theatre’s gender-neutral toiletsPress Gazette

Parsons, Vic (April 3, 2020). Neo-Nazis and homophobes are among the supporters of the ‘anti-trans’ group LGB AlliancePinkNews


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