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50/50 sounds so seductive, doesn't it? It sounds so fair. But it's not fair, and in fact makes marginalisation worse.

I have a lot of friends who are genderqueer, or intersex, or otherwise outside of the narrow gender binary represented by 50/50 campaigns. You probably have friends who fall outside the gender binary - it's nothing like a rare as we are traditionally led to think. If you follow a 50/50 gender campaign you are reinforcing the false gender binary, and locking out of power anyone who does not adhere to that false gender binary. That's not just illiberal, it's morally wrong, and discriminatory against a group of people whom our society already treats like crap.

Please stop doing it, fellow lib dems. Please? Because every time you do your lack n of consideration for those who do not conform to an extremely narrow view of what humanity is becomes painfully obvious, and I for one thought we were better than that.

Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015 09:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
I worked out (as part of the research for a recent presentation) that there are about ten times as many non-binary people in the UK as there are Quakers. (Based on figures from here: http://practicalandrogyny.com/2014/12/16/how-many-people-in-the-uk-are-nonbinary/)

Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] daweaver

May I humbly propose a starting point for further debate? The rules of the sport of quidditch, which state:

A quidditch game requires each team [of six] to have a maximum of four players who identify with the same gender, excluding the seeker. The gender that a player identifies with is considered to be that player's gender, which may or may not be the same as that person's sex. We call this the "four maximum" rule. USQ accepts those who don't identify within the binary gender system, and acknowledge that not all of our players identify as male or female. We welcome people of all identities and genders into our league.

Applying this to a party committee of eight, we might reasonably say that the group may include no more than four people who identify as male, no more than four who identify as female.

Would that work?

Date: Monday, August 10th, 2015 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Surely if any political grouping ought to be able to grasp a "there are more than two options that deserve a voice" it should be the party that has generally been third for the last 70 years.


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