The question “What is a woman?” has become an obstacle course for politicians. Keir Starmer stumbled, Rishi Sunak deferred. Anneliese Dodds said it depends on the context.
The answer should be straightforward, but politicians are deft at avoiding questions and terrified of being accused of “transphobia”.
HR professionals cannot afford to be vague or fearful. I lost my job for discussing this issue on Twitter. I am awaiting the judgment of the employment tribunal after the Employment Appeal Tribunal last year ruled that my belief that sex is real, immutable and important is not only covered by the protected characteristic of belief, but also reflects the position under common law. I co-founded Sex Matters to promote this clarity.