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BBC Radio 4
Who Decides if I'm a Woman?
28 minutes Posted Mar 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm.
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A spat between feminist Suzanne Moore and transgender rights activists played out on social networking sites, and then hit the headlines when journalist Julie Burchill joined in too.
Jo Fidgen explores the underlying ideas which cause so much tension between radical feminists and transgender campaigners, and discovers why recent changes in the law and advances in science are fuelling debate.
Contributors:
James Barrett, consultant psychiatrist and lead clinician at the Charing Cross National Gender Identity Clinic
Julie Bindel, feminist and journalist
Lord Alex Carlile QC, Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords
Melissa Hines, professor of psychology at Cambridge University
Richard O'Brien, writer of the Rocky Horror Show
Ruth Pearce, postgraduate researcher in sociology at the University of Warwick
Stephen Whittle OBE, professor of equalities law at Manchester Metropolitan University
Producer: Ruth Alexander.