Barbara Findlay: The Activist Lawyer Slaying Women's Rights in Canada
Check it out on Gender Dissent!
I just wanted to let you know about a new piece I have up on Gender Dissent: Barbara Findlay: The Activist Lawyer Slaying Women's Rights in Canada.
This piece has been in the works for a long time. It is a deep dive into the life and career of Barbara Findlay, who is currently serving as counsel for the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) against my friend, New Westminster nurse Amy Hamm.
As much as that is obviously a personal issue for me, this piece wasn’t meant to be an attack. I tried to take an honest look at the trajectory of Findlay’s career to answer the question of why she has chosen to stand against women and women’s rights (as well as for the sterilization of children).
I walked away with, I guess you could say, a kind of newfound respect in the sense that I do believe that Findlay genuinely believes what she is doing is right and good. But this is what made it all the more disappointing.
Findlay and I are both lesbians and I would say both quite similarly gender non-conforming. Partly thanks to Findlay’s activism and work as a lawyer, many young lesbians just like us today are being led to believe they are trans. Unfortunately, Findlay’s commitment to her activism means she can’t—or, more likely, won’t—see that.
Read more of my thoughts in the piece itself, and enjoy!
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