The “gender critical” anti-transgender movement

The “gender critical” movement is a politically diverse alliance of people critical of gender identity and expression as it pertains to the transgender community.

Note: this is under development.

  • trans-exclusionary feminism
  • trans-exclusionary sexual minorities
  • ethical objections
  • moral or spiritual objections
  • political and legal objections
  • objections based on academic training
  • sex segregationists
    • sports
    • incarceration
    • public accommodations
  • reproductive rights
  • age of consent
  • aesthetic objections
  • theoretical objections
  • appropriation objections
  • racial and ethnic objections
  • linguistic objections
  • free speech objections
  • criminological objections
  • regret objections
  • cisgender supremacists
  • the “super straight” movement

Gender critical resources

Books

  • The Transsexual Empire by Janice Raymond
  • Gender Hurts by Sheila Jeffreys Unpacking Queer Politics: A Lesbian Feminist Perspective by Sheila Jeffreys
  • Galileo’s Middle Finger by Alice Dreger
  • The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society Debra Soh
  • Transgender Body Politics by Heather Brunskell-Evans
  • Transgender Children and Young People: Born in Your Own Body by Heather Brunskell-Evans
  • Inventing Transgender Children and Young People by Heather Brunskell-Evans
  • The Man Who Would Be Queen by J. Michael Bailey
  • Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female Ashley McGuire
  • Female Erasure: What You Need To Know About Gender Politics’ War on Women, the Female Sex and Human Rights by Ruth Barrett
  • Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism by Mary Daly
  • Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine
  • Blood and Visions: Womyn Reconciling with Being Female by Autotomous Womyn’s Press
  • Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by Abigail Shrier 
  • When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment by Ryan T. Anderson
  • The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men by Robert Jensen
  • Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism by Kathleen Stock
  • Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality by Helen Joyce
  • The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray
  • Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody by Helen Pluckrose
  • My Sister, Daisy by Adria Karlsson
  • Men Trapped in Men’s Bodies: Narratives of Autogynephilic Transsexualism by Anne A. Lawrence
  • The Corrosive Impact of Transgender Ideology by Joanna Williams
  • Re-Sisters: Stories of Desistance from Transgender Identification by Hailey Mangelsdorf
  • Desist, Detrans, & Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult by Maria Keffler

Websites

Quillette (quillette.com)

  • One of the most consistently gender critical outlets.

Sex and Gender: A Beginner’s Guide (sexandgenderintro.com)

  • Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

Society for Evidence Based Gender Medicine (segm.org)

  • Sasha Ayad (counselor)
  • Michael Biggs (sociologist)
  • Richard Byng (primary care)
  • Roberto D’Angelo (psychiatrist)
  • Marcus Evans (psychoanalyst)
  • John Higgon (clinical psychologist)
  • J. Edward Les (pediatrician)
  • William Malone (endocrinologist)
  • Lisa Marchiano (social worker)
  • Julia W. Mason (pediatrician)
  • Stella O’Malley (psychotherapist)
  • Avi Ring (physiologist)
  • Sven Román (psychiatrist)
  • Catherine Williamson (occupational therapist)
  • Colin Wright (Quillette editor)

LGB Alliance (lgballiance.org.uk)

4thWaveNow (4thwavenow.com)

Genspect (genspect.org)

  • Stella O’Malley
  • Pamela Buffone
  • Kathleen H. Dooley
  • Claire Graham
  • Julia Mason, MD
  • Avi Ring
  • Marit Rønstad
  • Sasha Ayad
  • Roberto D’Angelo
  • Stephanie Davies-Arai
  • Marcus Evans
  • Susan Evans
  • Az Hakeem
  • Aaron Kimberly
  • Stephen Levine
  • Lisa Littman
  • Lisa Marchiano
  • Abigail Shrier
  • Sinéad Watson
  • Jane Wheeler

Whose Body Is It (whosebodyisit.com)

Gender Identity Watch (genderidentitywatch.com)

  • Cathy Brennan
  • active 2012-2018

GenderTrender (gendertrender.wordpress.com)

  • Gallus Mag / Linda V. Shanko
  • Created in December 2010; suspended for policy violations in November 2018

Transgender Trend (transgendertrend.com)

 Women’s Human Rights Campaign (womensdeclaration.com)

  • Women’s Declaration on Human Rights

Woman’s Place UK

Fair Play for Women

Feminist Salon

Gender Park

Survivors With Biros

It’s About Eve

Women’s Guild NSW

Looking at the big picture

Church of All Worlds

Coalition for a Feminist Agenda

PBB Media

Rethinking Eve LLC

Fight Slavery Now!

Make More Noise!

Margaret Birdseye

Australian Radical Feminists

Birmingham ReSisters

Critical Sisters

Get the L Out

End the War on Women Collective

Leeds Spinners

Lesbian Rights Alliance

Mayday4Women

South London & Kent ReSisters

WOLF (Women’s Liberation Front)

International Women’s Day, Brisbane Meanjin

#OccupiedAustralia

Standing for Women

Erinyes Autonomous Activist Lesbians

PDF Quebec

Haringey ReSisters

RadFem Collective

DC574

Center for Civil Courage

Fair Go for Queensland Women

Women’s Rights Action Group Edinburgh

Forwomen.scot

Canadian Women’s Declaration

Alberta Radfems

Edmonton Women and Allies Against the Sex Industry

The last shall be the first

REAL for Women

Georgia Green Party

Labour Women’s Declaration

Conservative Women’s Pledge

Liberal Democrats’ Grassroots Challenge to Policy on Women’s Sex Based Rights

Women Uniting

Anti Fascist Feminists

Deep Green Resistance

Women’s Action Group

Women Speak Tasmania

Feminists in Struggle

Safe Schools Alliance UK

WEP Women’s Sex-Based Rights Caucus

Leeds ReSisters

Hull and East Yorkshire ReSisters

Campaign Against Sex Robots

Canadian Women’s Sex-Based Rights – caWsbar

Royal Berkshire ReSisters

Transgender Trend

Maternity Consumer Network

Australian Feminist Lesbians for Equity

Women’s Space Vancouver

Radicailin

The Countess Didn’t Fight for This

Keep Prisons Single Sex

Campaign4Truth

LGB Alliance Ireland

Merched Cymru

Women’s Liberation Aotearoa

Partners for Ethical Care

Making Herstory

CIAMS-ICASM International Coalition for the Abolition of Surrogate Motherhood

Kerry Women’s Resource Centre

Temple of Diana, Inc

The Foundation for Families

Breaking Free

Victorian Women’s Guild

Greater Manchester Doulas CIC

Inga Thompson Foundation

The Vulva Temple of Witchcraft

Australian Lesbian Health Coalition

women@thewell

Stigamót

Zonta Club of Glens Falls

FOVAS (Female Only Violence and Abuse Survivors)

Freedom Programme

Shakti Moon Foundation

Women’s Liberation Radio News

Women’s Voices Matter

Crones Counsel

Edmonton Small Press Association

Radical Womyn Film Festival

An American Conversation Podcast

WREE – Women for Racial and Economic Equality

ACPicks Press

We Need To Talk

Ananke

Feminist Heretic

Radical Matriarchy

XX-Power Nation

Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre Ltd.

Audacious Women Festival

In Mothering

LesbianMeToo

Lesbian Echoes

Responses to the movement

References

Parsons, Vic (June 7, 2021). So-called ‘gender-critical’ feminists are ‘peddling the far-right agenda’, warns Institute of Race Relations. PinkNews https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/06/07/gender-critical-feminism-far-right-agenda-institute-race-relations-trans-transphobia/

Zanghellini, Aleardo (May 26, 2020). Philosophical problems with the gender-critical feminist argument against trans inclusion. SAGE Open https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244020927029

(June 5, 2021). A backlash against gender ideology is starting in universities. The Economist https://www.economist.com/international/2021/06/04/a-backlash-against-gender-ideology-is-starting-in-universities