Scottish Labor leader says ‘you can’t argue with biology’ when asked if a woman can have a penis

Scottish Labor leader says ‘you can’t argue with biology’ when asked if a woman can have a penis – days after Keir Starmer refused to answer a similar question on the transgender debate

  • Anas Sarwar made the comments as Labor continues to be divided over the issue
  • Starmer declined to say whether a woman can have a penis during a debate last month
  • But Mr Sarwar said ‘you can’t argue with biology’ in response to a similar question
  • MP Rosie Duffield today admitted Labor still has a ‘confused’ position

Scottish Labor leader says ‘you can’t argue with biology’ when asked if a woman is capable of possessing a penis – days after Keir Starmer refused to answer a similar question about the transgender debate.

Anas Sarwar made the comments as Labor continues to be divided over how to define a woman.

He added: “We also have to accept that transphobia is real. And I think this attempt by some people, a minority, to try to pit community against community is not the way to get the answer on this.

It comes after Mr Starmer refused to say whether a woman can have a penis last month during a debate over trans rights, reports The Telegraph.

Starmer, appearing on LBC radio for her regular phone call, was asked about trans athletes and the success of Lia Thomas, a trans woman who won the 500-yard freestyle title at the NCAA Women’s Championships.

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar (pictured) said ‘you can’t argue with biology’ when asked if a woman was capable of possessing a penis

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer (left) and Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar during a visit to Glasgow Perthshire Football Club on Tuesday

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer (left) and Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar during a visit to Glasgow Perthshire Football Club on Tuesday

Rosie Duffield, Labor MP for Canterbury, says her party still has a position

Rosie Duffield, Labor MP for Canterbury, says her party still has a ‘confused’ stance on the transgender debate

The victory sparked a debate around trans athletes who participate in competitive sports, with critics saying they may have an advantage over other participants.

But Starmer said it was up to “sporting bodies to decide for themselves” who can and cannot be included in events.

When asked if a woman could have a penis, Starmer replied, “I’m not…I don’t think we can have this debate with…I don’t think discussing this issue of this way helps anyone in the long run.’

Rosie Duffield, the Labor MP for Canterbury, also told the BBC that her party still had a “confused” stance on the transgender debate.

She has been criticized for her opposition to allowing “biological males with male bodies” to be allowed to identify as female in order to gain access to female-only spaces such as prisons and domestic violence shelters.

Ms Duffield chose not to attend the Labor Party conference in September after receiving threats and being called a transphobe, which she denies.

Starmer later said the Kent MP was wrong when he said “only women have a cervix”.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling – who has spoken out on her views on transgender people and biological sex – said earlier this month that the Labor leader could no longer be counted on to defend the rights of women ”.

It came after Starmer told The Times that “trans women are women” by law in the UK, and called for a “more thoughtful, respectful and tolerant debate” on gender.

He insisted he and his party have been advocating for women’s rights for “a very long time”.

Labor frontbenchers Yvette Cooper and Anneliese Dodds both struggled to answer questions on the issue last month.

No 10, meanwhile, said Boris Johnson believed trans people should be treated with “the maximum generosity and respect possible”.

The Prime Minister has “a very clear position” on trans rights, his official spokesperson has said.

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