I’ve got some complex views on this, some born of personal conviction, others of a certain amount of wisdom and world weariness.
First, I think Germaine Greer and Jo Brand should be allowed to say exactly what they want. I believe in freedom of speech after all. The flip side of that is that people are free to say what they want in return. I think my problem with the more vocal elements of the trans movement is that they’ve used that right to say “she shouldn’t be allowed to speak anymore”. The problem is that people are listening, and the likes of Greer are having their right to free speech curtailed through no-platforming.
The world weariness is why I posted the second link in the OP. The standard for being one gender of the other has become dangerously subjective. If I understand the current approach correctly, I can become female just by saying so. We’ve already seen what happened in a prison, and it could happen again. There are reports that some are using the system to secure gender specific rights to get around gender specific constraints. I’m not suggesting this would happen for a second, but could Princess Anne become the new Prince of Wales by saying “actually lads, I’m a bloke, init”?
I’ve a lot of sympathy with @dinger’s view. These issues haven’t been discussed enough, and that the trans community hasn’t had enough respect, but I’d qualify that by saying that the more extreme elements of the trans movement have absolutely no respect for the transitions others must make when they make theirs.
My brother changed his first name. Technically, @unionhotel deadnames him all the time. He still calls him the name he gave him, and my bro doesn’t mind. He understands that its not a transition the old bastard can easily make and doesn’t give him shit for it. Now maybe if my bro were trotting about in six inch heels and a miniskirt, it’d be more jarringly offensive.
No one should tolerate active hate, threats or discrimination. I completely support those that need transition for therapy reasons. I also completely support genuine people having a difficult time coping with the transition we’re all seeing around us, walking through a lexical minefield where every word could go off at any moment.
The point is tolerance has to go both ways, and I think we’ve seen a lot of one way traffic.