A recent article by Janine Booth. (summary below) There have been a few threads about this recently which have descended into unpleasantness and then been locked. I hope that won't happen to this thread, but I'm not going to post up rules or anything except to say that, whilst there are strong feelings about this, people should try to be respectful and respect each other. I will post my thoughts on the author and her text below. Summary of the article (please read it all though): We support transgender rights and express our solidarity with trans people. We oppose prejudice, hostility and discrimination against trans people, and advocate support and compassion towards them. We accept people in the gender they identify as. We reject the assertion that it is impossible for a man to become a woman, or vice versa, and support scientific inquiry, which is increasing backing up this view. We recognise and oppose the social construction of gender. We recognise the flaws in current gender recognition law and support proposed changes to it, including self-declaration of gender. We have considered, but are not convinced by, arguments that these changes threaten women’s spaces or legal protection from sex discrimination. We support the established labour movement practice of including trans women in women’s structures and on all-women shortlists. We advocate that these issues be discussed in a rational and empathetic way and are addressed through such debate rather than through bureaucratic moves, censorship, no-platforming and violence related to this issue. We avoid, and ask others to avoid, terms that are inflammatory and/or inaccurate. We analyse women’s oppression as taking advantage of women's biological sex rather than being rooted in it. We believe women’s oppression to be linked to the biology of women in general rather than of each individual woman. We believe that identity politics and privilege theory are not playing a helpful role in these discussions. We assert that trans rights and women’s rights need not be in conflict. We contend that there has been a failure of solidarity on this issue, and that centring class politics will enable us to unite against women’s, gender and all oppression. We agree on these key points but continue to discuss them and also to debate differences on various issues and nuances in a comradely way.