This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) is joined by Katy Montgomerie (@KatyMontgomerie) and Debbie Hayton (@DebbieHayton). Katy is an LGBT and atheist activist and Debbie is a journalist and physics teacher. They are both are transgender women; however they have very different opinions on the major talking points related to gender and trans rights.
0:00 Intro 1:11 What is a woman? Is there an objective definition? Should we be invoking intersex people in this argument? 21:34 Is sex binary? 23:20 Is Katy male or female? 29:06 What rights would trans people lose if they identified as ‘gender non-confirming’ instead of the opposite sex? 31:47 Why does this conversation always focus on women? Are women justified to fear an encroachment on their rights? What are the safeguarding concerns? 37:27 Can you change your sex? 40:12 The problem of men talking about what it means to be female 41:02 Is it mostly men that have concerns with self-ID/trans issues? 43:34 The WDI declaration and use of women’s spaces. 50:52 India Willoughby, misgendering and the chilling effect on free speech. 1:02:53 Final questions to each other
This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes author and journalist Helen Joyce (HJoyceGender). They discuss Helen’s new book ‘Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality’.
0:00 Intro 6:47 Start of Interview 6:58 About Helen Joyce 8:13 How do you define yourself politically? 11:55 Why the focus on this issue? 14:54 Genuine concerns about transphobia 18:46 Is sex binary? How many genders are there? 21:17 What do you make of recent ‘transracial’ stories? 25:54 Did Helen get Richard Dawkins ‘cancelled’ by American Humanists? 33:38 How do we make this issue less partisan? 34:32 Religion, atheism and the ‘atheist movement’. 35:37 Reporting of violent crime and the data 40:58 How crime statistics are recorded by gender 46:43 Female only spaces and safety: PureGym and the Wi Spa controversy 52:35 Transwomen competing in women’s sports, Laurel Hubbard 57:55 Misgendering—consciously and by accident. What is expected? 1:01:48 Peer and social contagion.
This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight (@GSpellchecker) and Iram Ramzan of sedaa.org (@Iram_Ramzan) discuss the big topics.
0:00 Intro & lockdown flab 2:29 Gender ideology dominating the news cycle 5:26 Sajid Javid’s bid to end marriage for under 18s 13:32 Recent conflict in Batley: Muslims V LGBT 23:51 Labour party and the lack of a strong opposition in the UK 27:44 Political tribalism 31:07 Stephen and Iram blindly wade into the gender wars 32:18 Lisa Keogh cleared after being investigated for saying women have vaginas 34:50 Transgender woman Laurel Hubbard competing in the Olympics & the male advantage in sport. 47:41 Men V Women and why men are “stupid”. 56:05 Women get demoted on the intersectional hierarchy 59:08 Iram reviews the sitcom ‘We are Lady Parts’. 01:03 Review of ‘The Return: Life After ISIS’ Documentary 01:13 Audience questions from social media 01:14 The launch of GB news and activists going for its advertisers. 01:16 Royal Academy’s apology to artist Jess de Wahls after attempting to cancel her for saying “humans can’t change sex”. 01:18 Corporate hypocrisy on human rights 01:21 Matt Hancock breaking social distancing rules and infidelity (recorded before his resignation)
This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes social commentator and political advisor Calvin Robinson (@CalvinRobinson).
0:00 Intro 5:09 Start Of interview 6:19 About Calvin Robinson 7:06 Education and Christianity 7:56 Do we need Christianity for morality? 13:33 Identity politics and being called on to discuss race 16:10 What does it mean to you to be ‘right-wing’? 19:57 Should we worry about a new ‘entitled’ generation of children? 21:49 Should we defund the BBC? And the Martin Bashir scandal 27:43 The relevance and value of a Monarchy in 2021 30:33 Religious teaching in schools 34:20 Anti-Semitism on UK streets and the failure of liberalism. 36:49 The left-wing interest in the Israel/Palestine conflict. 39:43 Black Lives Matter and George Floyd as a martyr. 43:37 Treating ‘Black’ as a political ideology and being labelled a ‘race-traitor’. 45:21 Is modern ‘anti-racism’ hurting progress on race-relations? 50:54 Is social media a mistake? 57:19 Are we afraid to speak our mind now?
This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes author and ex-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali (@Ayaan). They discuss Ayaan’s new book ‘Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women’s Rights’.
0:00 Intro 3:40 Start of interview 4:46 On Richard Dawkins and the American Humanist Association 08:01 Is Ayaan still an atheist? 10:25 Is Islamic reform a worthy endeavour? Maajid Nawaz and the closure of Quilliam 12:52 The 5 key elements required for a modernised Islam 15:21 Is it any easier to discuss Islamic fundamentalism now? 19:13 Does Ayaan feel betrayed by the modern feminist movement? 23:03 Is Islamic fundamentalism an important topic in the USA? 24:53 The ‘Dawah’ infrastructure 26:55 What are ‘Western Values’? 29:06 How do we fix the failings of multi-culturalism? 31:37 Do you have to learn to get used to smears? And the far-right 34:30 Is it fair to select immigrants based on religious background? 36:59 Ayaan as a beneficiary of immigration/asylum 38:50 Is sexual violence really connected to immigration? How do you know? 43:51 The late and great Christopher Hitchens.