Mersey Focus

Radical feminist group T-Shirt protest stripped bare.

By Gioia Dalosso Hemnell

 

Early  morning  Liverpool commuters came face-to-face with the city’s iconic female statues dressed in black t-shirts or draped in banners proclaiming the dictionary definition of a woman: Adult Human Female.

But by 10am the likes of Cilla , Eleanor Rigby and Queen Vic had  been stripped bare, as opposition to a national campaign for female rights was given short shrift on Merseyside.

As part of a national campaign across the UK,  to ensure womens identities were not diluted by changes in attitude to sex and gender, Liverpool’s branch of Re sisters, spent the night dressing their models.

Members of Liverpool ReSisters themselves have been labelled “hateful” by Mayor Joe Anderson for defending the meaning of ‘woman’.

The organisation has already come under fire in September 2018 for plastering stickers that said “women don’t have penises” on the Iron Men statues at Crosby Beach.

A spokeswoman for ReSisters United said: “This was a peaceful demonstration and we’re not very surprised that they have been taken down. We’ve had opposition from Liverpool City Council, various groups of activists and there is a big debate going on.”

“I want to be clear that this is not a hateful message and this is not a message that is designed to intimidate anybody”

Mayor Joe Anderson propelled a zealous defence of transgender rights after a ReSisters Liverpool called for an about-turn on gender-neutral toilets.

The spokeswoman for ReSisters was passionate about what they want people to understand about todays campaign:

“Our message is that women’s sex based rights matter. We don’t agree that women are defined by feeling or social gender representations in dress.

We think important that the law and social policy recognises sex, because women are still subject to sexism on the basis of being female.

The group is committed to lobbying for the right to sex-segregated spaces, without the presence of men. 

She clarified of what was important when she said:

The T-shirts were there to raise awareness of our message. Most people recognise that dictionary definition of what a woman is.

If we rely on self-identification as a mechanism of who is a woman, the word “woman” becomes meaningless.”

We approached Joe Anderson but he was not available for comment. You can hear our full interview with ReSisters here: