What century is it once more? Within the UK, in 2023, the police are apparently nonetheless harassing feminists for standing up for girls’s rights. Even simply precisely describing what a girl is can now land you in hassle with the Previous Invoice.

On Friday, officers from Northumbria Police turned up on the doorstep of a 34-year-old gender-critical lesbian. They requested the girl (who’s presently remaining nameless) to attend a voluntary interview at Forth Banks Police Station in Newcastle. In keeping with marketing campaign group Honest Cop, the girl was instructed by officers that if she refused to be questioned they might don’t have any selection however to arrest her.

Honest Cop has reported that, at first, the girl had no thought what the police needed to interview her about. It turned out that the police had seen some gender-critical statements she had posted on X (previously Twitter). On the police station, she was warned that her posts may very well be deemed ‘malicious communications’.

The tweets in query expressed pretty frequent gender-critical views. One merely mentioned: ‘Simply your day by day reminder that transwomen are males.’ One other described the transitioning of kids as ‘mutilating’ them. In a number of posts, the girl had responded to transwomen on the platform to name them males.

Shockingly, on the finish of the interview, the police officer requested the girl if there was ‘any lawful excuse why you made these tweets?’. The girl answered ‘no remark’ to each query.

After the story went viral, Northumbria Police had the cheek to acknowledge the outrage that they had induced, posting on X that they have been ‘conscious of commentary on social media’ however that it could be ‘inappropriate’ for them to ‘remark any additional’.

So as to add insult to damage, the girl – an enormous soccer fan – acquired an e-mail on 31 October, earlier than Northumbria police paid her a go to, informing her that her Newcastle United membership membership was suspended whereas she was below police investigation. In keeping with the Telegraph, this was the primary she had even heard of any police investigation. Fortunately, the investigation has now seemingly been dropped.

The obligation solicitor on the police station inadvertently summed up how sinister the scenario was on the finish of the interview, stating:

‘I’ve given my consumer recommendation about what she might do in future. The recommendation I’ve given her will most likely end in her curbing making messages like this sooner or later. That’s not as a result of she has dedicated an offence, however as a result of society being the best way it’s, it’s too simple to trigger offence. And there’s no must trigger offence, whether or not you imply it intentionally or not.’

In different phrases, saying that ‘transwomen are males’ might not, in itself, be a criminal offense. However as a result of stating this primary organic truth may trigger offence to somebody you could be higher off protecting your mouth shut. Bought it?

The massive downside right here is that being offensive can typically be a criminal offense. Underneath the Communications Act 2003, it’s unlawful to precise ‘grossly offensive’ views on-line. Police and prosecutors have tried – and failed – to make use of this regulation to criminalise misgendering. However, these obscure legal guidelines have nonetheless enabled the police to harass individuals with gender-critical views.

As an illustration, earlier this 12 months, Kellie-Jay Eager, a girls’s rights campaigner and founding father of Standing for Girls, was threatened with arrest for describing girls as grownup human females – which is actually the dictionary definition of girls. Officers from Sussex Police made a 300-mile spherical journey to Eager’s residence in Wiltshire to inform her she must undergo a police interview.

You possibly can be forgiven for considering that Sussex Police have run out of precise crimes to resolve, given their zealous pursuit of anybody who believes in biology. Final 12 months, their official account on X (previously Twitter) warned social-media customers that referring to a trans-identifying male paedophile as a person may end in hate-crime costs.

This witch-hunting of girls’s rights activists is especially unhealthy in Scotland, too. In 2021, Marion Millar, a 55-year-old feminist and mom of six, had her life turned the wrong way up as a result of she posted a photograph of a Suffragette-coloured bow tied round a tree on social media. She was charged below the 2003 Communications Act, after a bunch of trans activists reported the picture to police, ludicrously claiming that it represented a noose. The police mentioned this constituted ‘threatening or abusive behaviour’ in direction of trans individuals. For this, Millar confronted the prospect of six months in jail, till finally the proceedings towards her have been dropped.

We stay in really absurd instances. The police in Britain have basically grow to be the armed enforcers of trans ideology, bullying and harassing gender-critical girls into accepting woke orthodoxies. And with Labour planning to criminalise ‘misgendering’ after it wins the following election, issues are solely set to worsen.

For the document, transwomen are males. Saying {that a} man can not grow to be a girl shouldn’t be malicious, it’s a truth. And we should have the best to precise it.

Lauren Smith is an editorial assistant at spiked.

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