08. Women's Right to Safe Spaces and Privacy; Women and Children's Psychological Protection and Well-Being

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8.  Women’s Right to Safe Spaces and Privacy; Women and Children's Psychological Protection and Well-Being

Kara Dansky
“…committed to protecting the rights, privacy, and safety of women and  girls on the basis of sex in law and throughout society.”

International Network for Incarcerated Girls and Women “INIGW members advocate for the rights of incarcerated girls and women in their respective countries/states, and we support each other and other groups & individuals advocating for incarcerated females in various locations.” https://theinigw.wixsite.com/inigw

Keep Prisons Single Sex
“... established in 2020 to campaign for the sex-based rights of women in prison to single-sex accommodation and same-sex searching. We also campaign for data on offending to be recorded by sex throughout the criminal justice system.”

No Conflict, They Said
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.”

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter
“Our services are available to all women who have experienced male violence including wife battering, incest, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and prostitution… developed for women by women…”

Woman’s Place UK   “Violence against women and sex discrimination still exist. Women need reserved places, separate spaces and distinct services.”      

Women's Liberation Front: Women’s Prisons

“Incarcerated women are overwhelmingly victims of male violence.”



What would happen if one women told the truth about her life? The world would split open.  
― Muriel Rukheyser


A.  “Protecting men at the women’s shelter.” [2020]

Anonymous.  “Gender neutral toilets don’t work for women.” [2018]  

Julie Bindel. “The thing that never happens happened again.”  [2022]
https://archive.ph/2R5FGJocelyn Crawley.  “‘Female Erasure’ sheds light on contemporary misogyny and the value of women-only space.” [2017]

Matt Dathan. “Ministers to have veto on where trans prisoners serve sentences.”  [2022]

M.K. Fain. “Madison elementary school teacher fights for right to use student girls bathroom.” [2020] https://archive.ph/AQrXL

Omari Fleming.  “Teen's interaction with transgender woman in YMCA locker room sparks heated debate.”  [2023]

Hadley Freeman.  “Why I’m suing Survivors’ Network: Rape victims need female-only spaces.” [2022]

Sheila Jeffries. “Enforcing men’s sexual rights in international human rights law. [2018]

_____. "The politics of the toilet: A feminist response to the campaign to ‘degender’ a women's space." [2014]

Laura Kamienski. “For us: In defense of women’s only spaces.”
https://archive.ph/U0WXL, or

June Kelly.  “Woman suing rape charity over transgender row.”  [2022]

Morgan Laird. “What’s current: Campaigners in Ottawa protest the transfer of male offenders to women’s prisons” [2022]

Sanchez Manning, Molly Clayton and Sophic MacDonald.  “Stop making women share changing rooms with men': Feminist campaigners demand change amid growing reports of traumatic encounters at stores from Primark to M&S.” [2022]

Stacy Morford. “Privacy isn’t in the Constitution – but it’s everywhere in constitutional law.” [2022]

Meghan Murphy.  “Discontinuation of grant to Vancouver Rape Relief shows trans activism is an attack on women.” [2019]    

Oliver Norton.  “TWIST PERV: Rape monster who target female victims demands move to WOMEN’S prisons.” [2023]

Abigail Shrier. “Male inmates in women’s prisons: If Congress passes the Equality Act, California’s dangerous policy would go nationwide.” [2021]

Anna Slatz.  “Women being ‘punished’ for complaining about male transfers: Inmate in California women’s prison.” [2022]

The Sunday Times. [UK] “Trans prisoners ‘switch gender again’ once freed from women’s units.” [2022]

Sister Toldjah. “Elizabeth Warren: Transgender ‘women’ should be incarcerated in female prisons. [2020]

David Walker.  “Anger as trans inmates revert to males when they leave Scottish prisons: concern after new research suggested that men who changed their gender to female in jail are switching back to their birth gender after release.”  [2022]

Women’s Liberation Front. “Condom purchases and sexual assault: Internal documents describe devastating impacts of self-ID in California prisons.” [2021]

_____. “WOLF sues California Department of Corrections to restore single-sex prisons.” [2021]

Womans Place UK.  “WPUK manifesto 2019.”   

He has usurped the prerogative of Jehovah himself, claiming it as his right to assign for her a sphere of action, when that belongs to her conscience and to her God. He has endeavored in every way that he could to destroy her confidence in her own powers, to lessen her self-respect, and to make her willing to lead a dependent and abject life. 
― Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments


Good Morning Britain.  “Is It Time To Ditch Gender-Neutral Toilets? Concerns About Women's Safety Sparks Debate.”  [2022]  VIDEO

Meghan Murphy.  “Title IX, trans rights, women’s rights, and ‘bathroom bills’.” [2016]
https://archive.ph/wip/OrMIS  PODCAST


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