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August 19, 2019
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Fasten your seatbelts, because this is a little indelicate, and definitely weird. A woman walks into a beauty salon and asks for a wax. But it turns out that she is not a woman in the normal sense but one with a male body, intact. The (real) woman who provides this intimate service for women refuses to do the equivalent for a transwoman (aka man). The transwoman tries this with a few waxologists and ends up at the door of the human rights commission with a complaint. HRC says, “You have to be kidding. Get a life, lady.” Well, actually, no. They say, “Yes, you may have a point.”

And it’s the HRC attitude that makes this story really weird – and important, as Barbara Kay points out. Already women in sports are feeling the unfairness of transgender competitors. If the waxing thing gets traction, which service or profession will be next? Will it be gay wedding cakes and floral arrangements all over again? Read Barbara’s quite plausible prediction.

Following Marcus Roberts’ review of Whiteshift earlier this week, we continue our exploration of the immigration issue. Barend Vlaardingerbroek, who lives in Lebanon, asks whether the West should open its doors to all those who claim to be refugees. And American economics professor James E Hartley contends that the question of illegal immigration cannot be solved until Americans (and others) decide how many legal immigrants their country needs.

For inspiration, take a look at Vincenzina Santoro’s wartime story.

Carolyn Moynihan
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