First transgender activists made a splash when men identifying as female invaded the women-only pond on Hampstead Heath.
Now feminists have hit back by attending a men-only swimming session in protest over proposals that would make it easier for people to change gender.
What’s sauce for the horse that identifies as a goose, eh…?
Ms Desir, a mother of two from Luton, said: ‘We are doing it to highlight the ridiculous and dangerous move towards self-identification.
‘We are clearly not men but by saying we are, we were allowed to join in men-only activities.’
Many of the male swimmers tried to ignore the women but one elderly man asked Ms Desir if she realised it was a men-only night.
She said: ‘He asked me if I knew it was men only. I told him I was a man and he said, “Oh really?”
It was a very British response. We are not deliberately trying to offend anyone but raise awareness.’
It’s not really ‘awareness’ you need to raise, is it? It’s understanding. Understanding that this way lies only madness.
And sadly, we’re far too far down that road for this to make a blind bit of difference. Take the statement from the swimming centre:
Hannah emailed the leisure centre in advance to ask what arrangements were in place for a woman who self-identified as male.
General manager Natalie Lane told her: ‘Any customer is free to use the changing room they feel necessary for themselves. We do our best to avoid modern prejudices. However, opinions vary given the diversity of our customer base.
‘If you wish to attend the Friday evening sessions you would do so with the full support of the team.’
Who’d be a public-facing business these days? How do you square the irreconcilable circles that you are faced with daily?
Ms Desir has started a petition calling for women to be consulted about the proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act.
‘We’d like a mass protest at the Hampstead male-only pool, maybe when it gets warmer,’ she said.
Finally, you’ve got something to say that isn’t deranged!