Julie Bindel Julie Bindel

The CPS has completely caved to gender ideology

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It would appear that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has finally caved completely to gender ideology. New CPS guidelines for prosecutors spell out that it could be a criminal offence for spouses to refuse to fund their partner’s gender surgery.

In the new guidance, the CPS has listed certain behaviours, such as ‘withholding money for transitioning’ that might be classed as coercive control. To put it in context, coercive control is a serious offence punishable by up to five years in prison.

Surely the CPS has better priorities than threatening women with criminal convictions if they refuse to bow to transgender ideology?

I was one of the feminists that fought to get this aspect of domestic abuse recognised in law. For many years, female victims were told that certain behaviours amounting to coercive control – such as constant bullying, the monitoring of movement, withholding sleep, and constant humiliation and degradation – were not criminal offences. But now, thanks to the CPS, women who are psychologically tortured by transitioning men could become criminals, and the men the victims.

Let’s be honest, those who are now vulnerable to prosecution would be women who want no part in their male partners’ sex change. I cannot imagine a scenario where a female in a heterosexual relationship would report and successfully prosecute her male partner because she wanted to become a trans man and he refused to validate her. This is yet another example of how men – albeit ones believing they are women – have become the ‘oppressed class’ in relation to women. It is as Alice through the looking glass and Orwellian as we could ever imagine.

One of the examples of potential criminal behaviour within this context is a partner refusing to use the preferred name or pronoun of the transitioning partner. Another is ‘body shaming’ by which they mean not accepting that they are the opposite sex.

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