Dame Jenni Murray has receive criticism for her remarks on India Willoughby
THE politically correct brigade imploded after Dame Jenni Murray wrote about meeting transgender writer India Willoughby – and reeling off reasons she can never really know what it means to be female.
The dame sparked fury with the article on Britain’s first trans newsreader which was published in the Sunday Times Magazine,
Ms Willoughby has called for her to be sacked, and the BBC is trying to stop her speaking about it again.
She wrote: “India held firmly to the dame belief that she was a ‘real woman’, ignoring the fact that she had spent all of her life before her transition enjoying the privileged position in our society generally accorded to a man.
“In a discussion about the Dorchester Hotel’s demands that its female staff should always wear make-up, have a manicure and wear stockings over shaved legs, she was perfectly happy to go along with such requirements.
“There wasn’t a hint of understanding that she was simply playing into the stereotype, a man’s idea of what a woman should be.”
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India was born a man named Jonathan who worked for ITV Border as a reporter.
The 51-year-old had £14,000 on gender reassignment surgery and now works as a female presenter.
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Stern feminist, Dame Murray, famous for political correctness, went on to say “I am not transphobic or anti-trans”.
However, recalling a meeting with the late transgender Rev Carol Stone she said the experience was the first time when a man claimed to be a woman angered her.
The journalist said India does not have the right to call herself a true woman, having never grown up with the “gendered socialisation” faced by girls.
Dame Jenni said India “held firmly to her belief that she was a ‘real woman’, ignoring the fact that she had spent all of her life before her transition enjoying the privileged position in our society generally accorded to a man”.
India Willoughby was once a reporter named Jonathan
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After calls for Dame Murray to be axed from BBC Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour a BBC spokeswoman said their employees are being reminded they should not express personal views on things which relate to their BBC shows.
She said: “Jenni Murray is a freelance journalist and these were her own views, however we have reminded her that presenters should remain impartial on controversial topics covered by their BBC programmes.”