Originally published at The Morning Star
The “protected characteristics” of the Equality Act 2010 would replace the terms “gender reassignment” and “transsexual” — which the report says are “outdated and misleading” — with “gender identity.” Essentially, it will become against the law to discriminate against someone on the basis of “gender identity,” as much as it is now on the basis of sex or race.
It is this recommendation above any other that led to the negative reaction that Miller received from feminists. To understand why anyone would object to protecting “gender identity” in this way, we first need to understand what “gender identity” means.
The words “sex” and “gender” are often used interchangeably, which obscures the real meanings of these words, and it is between these two a distinction needs to be drawn.