Image for post
Image for post

I’m Dora. I’m 46 and a transgender woman. All of these things are true, and they will remain true, whether you approve or agree.

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. This was after two long sessions of analysis with a psychiatrist. I had been referred to him by my GP. The psychiatrist in turn referred me to a Gender Identity Clinic.

In the UK, these clinics provide assessment, support and treatment for those suffering from gender dysphoria. They are staffed by dedicated, hard working medical experts; psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses. They are chronically underfunded. …


Image for post
Image for post

Just as human progress has been marked by long periods of stupidity interrupted by the occasional scientific breakthrough, so the life of the cricket punter occasionally features astounding technological revelations that make us shake our heads in wonder at how we coped in the old days.

Until today I had not believed that it was possible to be working on a Word document while watching a live stream without the magic picture box disappearing every time you tapped the keyboard. Yes, I know, its true, but you have to remember that I am a) over 40 and b) homo sapiens. …


Image for post
Image for post

Paul Joseph Goebbels was the original Youtube grifter. In post war Germany, there was no money in one-on-one hate mongering. In those days the big rewards were in politics. But the basic model was the same. To gain power, Goebbels used the tools that he had; speeches, radio, posters and newspapers, to provoke hatred, fear, anger and disgust, twisting and manipulating prejudices and fanning the flames of smouldering human bigotry.

In 2020, Goebbels would have had it easy. He would have loved social media. All you need now is a web cam, a complete lack of self respect and a willingness to spew bile to order. Goebbels would be on the pantheon of the Most Blocked, along with Katie Hopkins, Mike Cernovitch, Tomi Lahren, Charlie Kirk, that Prison Planet guy, and Ben Shapiro. Once, that list would have included poor Milo Yiannopoulos. …


Image for post
Image for post

Stop. Just, please, stop. Leave trans people alone.

I am not talking to the sick individuals who physically attack trans women. I am not even speaking to the religious extremists who see trans women as less than human and who do all they can to drive us into the shadows.

I’m not talking to them, because it would be a waste of time. I’m talking to the rest of you. …


Image for post
Image for post

JK Rowling, David Baddiel, Ricky Gervais, Duncan Bannatyne. So far, the list of high-profile Twitter users who’ve jumped on the I Stand With Maya freight train of outrage includes all of the above. By Monday, no doubt half of Hollywood, the news media and a smattering of wealthy centrist sports stars will have weighed in. Eventually, like the last vultures at the feast, we can expect the politicians to arrive and start tucking into the free publicity buffet.

They all stand with Maya. They are of one voice in saying that no-one should be sacked for their belief that biological sex is real. Well I’m a trans woman and I don’t think you should be sacked for that either. …


Image for post
Image for post

JK Rowling is a transphobe. This will not come as a surprise to anyone who has being paying attention, or to the many trans people who tried to tell you.

Does it matter what she thinks? Well, no. Within the confines of your own cranium, you are free to harbour all manner of ideas, some monstrous, some harmless, some ridiculous. For instance, I hate tuna and I hate anyone who would voluntarily put it on a sandwich. I stand by this hatred. I embrace it internally. One the one hand, it serves as a handy rule for dividing the world into good people and bad people. …


Image for post
Image for post

The first stage in any Labour recovery is to work out what went wrong. Once you’ve got a diagnosis, you can prescribe the cure. Unfortunately, the signs are that the current crop of Labour politicians are as incapable of learning from defeat as they of avoiding it in the first place.

One place to start, if you really want to know why Labour lost, is to talk to the people who didn’t vote Labour. There is plenty of polling evidence, most notably an Opinium poll, published the day after the election. …

About

Pandora Hughes

Culture. Politics. She/Her.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store