Ten thoughts on: Jenni Murray: “Be trans, be proud — but don’t call yourself a ‘real woman'”

2. I do, however, believe that she is unfit to be host of Woman’s Hour

Whilst I do not agree with the silencing of right wing views, I do not think that someone that holds such long standing and exclusionary views is a good fit to host such an internationally iconic, publically funded radio show.

This might seem like I am being a hypocrite, given my previous point, but when you compare this to right wing loudmouth and transphobe, Katie Hopkins, being a columnist for the Daily Mail and having a slot on LBC or indeed to Germaine Greer being allowed to give a lecture, there is a clear difference: I can choose not to buy the Daily Mail or attend Germaine Greer’s lectures. In the UK, we are legally required to fund the BBC through our TV license tax.

I would have no issue with the BBC allowing her to appear from time to time as a panelist, but to publicly humiliate transgender women and be allowed to continue to be the face of the BBC on women’s issues as host of Womans Hour is in poor taste. This is no different to Jeremy Clarkson’s loutish behaviour and equally unacceptable.

The BBC should invite her to step aside and go completely or take a guest presenter position.

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  • skyler

    Thank you! Some people tend to think that male chauvinists treat people based on their chromosomes rather than on behaviour! I think everyone should be free to live the way they feel comfortable! We can’t brand people as mentally-ill for being homosexual, likewise we can’t pinpoint transgenders for their difference! Everyone’s different, if we follow the trans-exclusionary logic, we should create a wide spectrum of categories to tag people. Not everyone’s got the same experience of life, but we must keep in mind that persecution is not acceptable anyway, people don’t need you to be a woman or black person to harass you!

    • Amy Collins

      Thanks for reading and your comment. Your point about excluding different groups of women was precisely what I was alluding to on the last page. Middle class, educated, straight white cisgender women shouldn’t get to dictate which classes of women they want in their club.