By Life Site News. An English judge told an assault victim to use her attacker’s preferred gender pronoun, the latest development in the ongoing collision between feminist and transgender activists.
Maria Maclachlan, 61, is a self-described Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF), part of a faction that believes men who identify as female should not be recognized as women. The UK Telegraph reports that she was among the speakers for a TERF event in London’s Hyde Park last September. The event was meant to discuss potential changes to the UK’s 2004 Gender Recognition Act.
MacLachlan says that while filming a group of counter-protestors chanting “When TERFs attack, we strike back,” 26-year-old trans activist “Tara” Wolf punched her, knocking her to the ground.
During MacLachlan’s testimony this week before the Hendon Magistrate’s Court, District Judge Kenneth Grant chided her for not referring to Wolf, a biological male, with female pronouns.
“The defendant wished to be referred to as a woman, so perhaps you could refer to her as ‘she’ for the purpose of the proceedings,” Grant said. (Read more from “Judge Freaks out at Assault Victim for Using ‘Incorrect’ Gender Pronoun of Attacker” HERE)
Radical Feminist Warned to Refer to Transgender Defendant as a ‘She’ During Assault Case
By The Telegraph. . . She told Hendon Magistrates’ Court: “A hooded figure suddenly ran at me, ran past me from left to right, knocking the camera from my hand.
District Judge Kenneth Grant warned Ms MacLachlan to refer to Miss Wolf as “she” while giving evidence . . .
Ms MacLachlan replied: “I’m used to thinking of this person who is a male as male.”
The two factions have repeatedly clashed over the issue of men who “self-identify” as female and are allowed in women-only spaces and take on roles reserved for women.
The group of radical feminists, including Ms Maclachlan, had gathered at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park last September to discuss changes to the Gender Identity Act which will make it easier for people to define their gender themselves. (Read more from “Radical Feminist Warned to Refer to Transgender Defendant as a ‘She’ During Assault Case” HERE)