The New York Times’ editors supported a convicted, double-rapist man assuming a “transgender” female identity, despite their vocal support for the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.
The February 15 concession to the genetically intact male rapist was buried in an article about the resignation of Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. She resigned, in part, because many Scots deeply opposed her strenuous support for a “Self-ID” law that would allow men to appropriate female identity by merely declaring it.
The Times’ announcement of Sturgeon’s sudden resignation read:
For Ms. Sturgeon, the transgender legislation is part of her declared commitment to protect minority groups… The debate was inflamed by the case of Isla Bryson, who was convicted of raping two women before her gender transition. She was initially placed in a women’s prison, prompting an outcry over the safety of other female inmates. Ms. Sturgeon later announced that Ms. Bryson had been moved to a men’s prison.
The rapist was named Adam Graham when he was arrested. During the trial, he changed his name to “Isla Bryson” and declared himself female, which caused the civil servants to let him serve his sentence in a women’s prison alongside women. Bryson’s declaration also caused most of the U.K. media to describe him as a “her.”
The New York Times also accepted Bryson’s claim, because the newspaper’s editors have bought into transgender ideology, which asserts that the government must treat people’s self-declared “gender” as more legally and morally important that the nature of their female or male body.
In the United Kingdom, Bryson’s transfer into a women’s prison justifiably generated much protest.
“It is almost impossible to believe that in a civilised society a man convicted of raping two women can be remanded in a women’s prison,” said a conservative Member of Parliament, Miriam Cates.
“We now have the utterly perverse situation where a Scottish court refers to someone who says he identifies as female [as] using ‘her penis’ to rape two vulnerable women,” said Russell Findlay, a member of the Scottish parliament.
“Rapists should not be in women’s prisons,” wrote columnist Gina Davidson on January 26.