By Jonathon Van Maren
In Scotland, a bill that would make it easier for people to legally “change their gender” looks set to pass next week.
The Orwellian “Gender Recognition Reform Bill” would reduce the age at which people can change their gender from 18 to 16 (although the BBC has reported that an amendment might mean that “16 and 17-year-olds would need to have lived as their acquired gender for six months rather than three”) and no formal diagnosis or medical report would be required to make the switch.
The bill, put forward by the Scottish National Party, has been predictably lauded as a significant victory for the transgender movement.
But the legislation is also facing heavy criticism. Some politicians have already noted that men could take advantage of this process, and that male sex criminals could use it to identify as female with no way of preventing them from doing this. According to the Guardian, an amendment has been tabled that would require sex criminals to go through an assessment before allowing them to legally change their gender, although with the fundamental premises of gender ideology codified in law, it is impossible to see how these criminals could be prevented. (Indeed, many male convicts have taken to identifying as female in order to get transferred to women’s jails).
The bill attempts to address this by making it a criminal offence to “knowingly make a false application to change gender,” but considering the fact that gender has become an entirely fluid concept, the enforceability of this is questionable at best.