WASHINGTON — A coalition of women's rights advocates across the political spectrum are blasting "gender identity" laws and transgenderism because, they say, it amounts to the erasure of women, voyeurism, and practicing eugenics on children.
Gathered at the Heritage Foundation for a panel discussion titled "Biology Isn't Bigotry" Thursday afternoon, hosted by Heritage's Ryan Anderson, four women from diverse backgrounds and experiences, plus another woman whose prepared remarks were read in absentia, lambasted the notion that self-determined "gender identity" is the same as biological sex.
Mary Lou Singleton, a licensed nurse practitioner and home birth midwife who is a member of the board of Women's Liberation Front, a radical feminist group, was distressed at the turn policy has taken, particularly in light of her long career of advocacy for women.
"As a long-term leftist, I can't believe the next sentence I'm going to say: I would like to thank the Heritage Foundation," Singleton said, to many laughs in the audience.
"My entire life work is fighting for the class of people who are oppressed on the basis of their biological sex," she began, mentioning the atrocities like forced child marriage, infanticide of baby girls, and female genital mutilation occurring all over the globe.
The gender identity movement, she said, stole a comprehensive name for the group of people she fights for because it is now "transphobic" to label them "women" and "girls."
"What we are seeing is the legal erasure of the material reality of sex and this redefinition of sex as a set of, in my opinion, odious sex role stereotypes you identify with," she added.
When Singleton began speaking out against gender identity statutes, she told those in attendance, she endured vitriolic threats, a letter writing campaign, and boycotts. Some even wrote to her licensing board to get her nursing license revoked since she committed the "hate crime" of "refusing to honor the preferred pronouns of a serial child rapist."
"This is a railroading of complete insanity," Singleton asserted. "For some reason I have friends on the left who will go on and on telling me that sex is just a social construct, it doesn't really exist. But for some reason, if they want to have backyard eggs they know to just get hens."
Kami Mueller, communications director for the North Carolina Republican Party who was instrumental in defending the controversial HB2 law in that state, noted that the man who spearheaded the city of Charlotte's push to craft a gender identity ordinance opening up women's bathrooms to men identifying as women, is himself a registered sex offender.
"Our whole state has been branded in a negative light simply because our former governor, Governor Pat McCrory, our state legislature and our awesome lieutenant governor Dan Forest have fought to protect women like me, little girls like my nieces from Charlotte," Mueller said.
North Carolina's current governor, Roy Cooper, a Democrat, has recently proposed a repeal of HB2, she said.
"It's essentially a 'Look but don't touch' [bill] ... [he] is trying to make voyeurism legal, essentially," she continued.
Singleton urged conservative allies not to fight this only on religious freedom grounds, while acknowledging the validity of First Amendment arguments, but on the basis of reason. With gender identity laws and the alarming normalization of sex changes and gender transitions today, where sometimes young people are taking bone-destroying hormone suppressants, "children are being sterilized, and it absolutely is eugenics that is happening," Singleton said.
"We need to be calling this out as an atrocity, as a human rights violation, and as something completely unreasonable," she emphasized.
The Christian Post asked the panel how they might respond to the most common argument many make in protest of policies opening up bathrooms to men identifying as women: that pedophiles will exploit such laws to prey on children.
"I feel like there's going to be this pre-set form of talking points [people] are going to throw at you regardless, but that argument breaks down real quick when you talk about TSA at the airport," said Kaeley Triller Haver, a fellow panelist who is herself a sex abuse survivor and a former YMCA staffer who has conducted many predator screenings in locker rooms throughout her career.
"There's already law that prevents people from hijacking an airplane. So I guess it's doing its job and we don't need to go through security clearance," she mused sarcastically. "You know, because if anything bad happens you can call the police. I mean, it's just nonsense."
The most vital dimension of any of safety plan is prevention, she added, "and when you blur that line and prohibit women from speaking up in their own defense and you normalize the presence of males in their spaces you're removing that front line of policing."
Singleton added: "If we lose this fight as women, we lose everything."