No Conflict, They SAid

In Australia and around the world, legislation is being introduced that replaces sex with gender identity. Advocates insist that there is no conflict of interests. But governments are not collecting data on the impacts of this legislative change. We're worried about the impacts on women of men using women-only spaces, including but not limited to: changing rooms, fitting rooms, bathrooms, shelters, rape and domestic violence refuges, gyms, spas, sports, schools, accommodations, hospital wards, shortlists, prizes, quotas, political groups, prisons, clubs, events, festivals, dating apps, and language. If we can't collect data, we can at least collect stories. Please tell us how your use of women-only spaces has been impacted. All stories will be published anonymously. If you know of other women who have been impacted, please encourage them to tell their stories too.

This site is run from Melbourne, Australia by members of the LGB Alliance Australia.

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  • @ConflictSaid

The new NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) gender-neutral guidelines give preference to the term 'Parental Leave'. Not 'Maternity Leave'. As a mother, I took maternity leave - which has implicit recognition of the additional burden of carrying a developing human in my womb for the better part of a year, giving birth to that precious new human, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, and all the other experiences of motherhood, that only mothers - who take maternity leave - experience. A mother who takes 10 months of maternity leave does not have the same amount of career interruption as a father who takes 10 months of parental leave. Words matter. Having to use the term 'parental leave' takes away all additional recognition of the different experience of mothers.

#australia #language #terminology #inclusivity #erasingdifference #parentalleave #maternityleave #guidelines

  • anonymous woman

I work for a publication that recently updated its style guide. When discussing issues of reproductive health (e.g., menstruation or pregnancy) we are no longer allowed to use the word "women." We must instead use "vulva owners" or "menstruators" or "people with uteruses." I am all for making all readers feel seen, but this change is dehumanizing. Just as I would never refer to a trans person by his or her body parts or processes, I don't appreciate being defined by mine.

#unitedstates #publishing #styleguide #language #genderneutral #dehumanization #inclusivity #bodyparts

  • anonymous woman

Today I went to the Women's Pond in Hampstead, London, UK. After my swim, as I was getting my bike, I noticed a middle-aged, long-haired, massively beer-gutted man walk out from the pond looking very pleased with himself. My overwhelming feeling was one of not being safe. The changing rooms are shut and women change in the open. I didn't know where he had been, or what he had been seeing. He didn't look as if he had been swimming.

#unitedkingdom #hamsteadheath #womenspond #swimming #safety #privacy