Sharron Davies, a 57-year-old ex-Olympian for the UK who holds one silver and two gold medals, has never been an ally to the trans community.
Earlier this year, she shared a bizarre tweet in which she imagined a farfetched desert island scenario to somehow prove that “binary sex matters”:
If you put 2 biological females on an island humanity dies out (but they’d talk loads) if you put a biological male & a trans woman on an island humanity dies out. But if u put a male & a female there we might stand a chance! Providing they can fish of course. Binary Sex matters
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) July 1, 2019
Davies has also told the BBC that she doesn’t believe trans women should be able to compete in women’s swimming at the Olympics.
As recently as Saturday, 12/21, Davies continues to post odd, transphobic comments—this time, comparing drag queens to blackface.
Am I the only person fed up of drag shows? A parody of what a real woman is, like black face. Woman are juggling kids, rushing out a wholesome dinner, doing the laundry & cleaning, holding down a job all with period pains & leaky boobs if breast feeding. Enough of the stereotypes
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) December 21, 2019
Ah yes, transphobia with an extra dash of sexism!
People were quick to point out all of the logical fallacies here.
Hmmm who is stereotyping womanhood here? A drag queen painting on killer brows and getting down to some disco or the one who sees us as downtrodden milk maids slaving away for men and children.
Also juggling kids sounds dangerous, but possibly an excellent drag act.
— Hatpin Drill (@PippinDrill) December 21, 2019
Oh great, a list of awful stereotypes of what cis women are supposed to be and to do, and some casual erasure of racism.
An I the only person fed up of Sharron Davies?
— A Gilded Eye (@AGildedEye) December 21, 2019
Hi, I'm a woman and a drag entertainer. I have no kids, I don't cook, I don't clean, and I don't define my womanhood by how "leaky" I am at any given time. There's no one way to be a "real woman" and drag is a beautiful artform that expresses exactly that.
— VENUS ENVY (@VenusEnvyDrag) December 21, 2019
Cis straight childless woman here, who has a wonderful man that takes care of the housework and laundry so I can devote my life to a career in animal welfare. I do get cramps though so I guess I’m partially a woman by your standards. PS-Drag queens are magical creatures. pic.twitter.com/nyY9t8kqiY
— 🤷♀️ (@tvandjudgement) December 21, 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen.
The tweet above is a prime example of what years of exposure to chlorine does to the brain.
Swim in lakes, rivers and oceans.
Don't swim in pools.
Don't end up like Sharron.
— Red Robin 🌹 🏳️🌈 (@BlogRedRobin) December 21, 2019
Davies also recently tweeted her support of JK Rowling after the latter’s support of Maya Forstater whose court case tried to have anti-trans view protected by the UK’s 2010 Equalities Act.
Because nothing says equality quite like denying other people the rights you have.
The Sex we are Is a biological reality. A scientific fact. Where as Gender today is a social construct, an ideology, a feeling, totally changeable. I believe we cannot change sex but can Live happily expressing ourselves outside of any stereotypes. #IStandWithMaya #sexnotgender
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) December 19, 2019
Dress however you please.
Call yourself whatever you like.
Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you.
Live your best life in peace and security.
But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
The tweet also had folks calling out JK Rowling as a Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (Or TERF) for short—not such a good look on the parts of very prominent UK women.
😂😂😂😂 anyone else sick of you!!!! Bore off you piece of dribble piss
— TheVivienne (@THEVIVIENNEUK) December 21, 2019
Wait til you find out women do male drag.
— Allison Floyd (@AllisonRFloyd) December 21, 2019
— notgavin 🌹 (@notgavin) December 21, 2019
lol “enough of the stereotypes” 🙄
isn’t that *exactly* what you’ve just done, by claiming that all of ^that^ is what is genuinely representative of the experience of a “real woman”?
anyways, drag is awesome, & a source of great joy in an all too often dark & miserable world.🏳️🌈
— Dr Adrian Harrop (@AdrianHarrop) December 21, 2019
Does MBE stand for ‘Massive Bell End’ Sharron?
— 🐝-List at Capital (@BListAtCapital) December 21, 2019
In fact, roughly half of Davies’ Twitter Feed is retweeted transphobia—much of which Is far too disturbing to be shared here.
No I’m fed up with uneducated and close minded tweets like this tho. Pretty much self explanatory that drag isn’t a mockery of woman. You took it that way and if you are not willing to listen and be educated then you’re just being a hateful troll.
— Kpop Drag Princess (@shotwithsoju) December 23, 2019
The irony of Sharron Davies complaining about reducing women to a bunch of denigrating stereotypes, while *literally* reducing women to a bunch of denigrating stereotypes! 😳
“Gender Critical” ideology ain’t as ‘critical’ as they like to think! 🙄
— Helen🧜🏻♀️(⧖) (@mimmymum) December 21, 2019
Yes, I'm afraid you are the only person on earth who is annoyed with drag shows for their lack of lactation
— John B (@johnb78) December 21, 2019
extremely late contender for bad tweet of the decade
— Shaun (@shaun_vids) December 21, 2019
Only weak minded people view it this way. If you are THAT strong of a woman/mother .. a man dressing up in women’s clothing to lipsync a song shouldn’t even be on your radar. Sounds like straight white privileged ignorance to me.. but what do I know?? I’m just a man in a dress.
— Trinity The Tuck (@TrinityTheTuck) December 21, 2019
While various drag queens and associated acts are tearing Davies apart on Twitter, TERFs have been on the rise in the UK for quite some time.
Under the moniker of “gender-critical,” this movement makes bold claims that trans people have insidious agendas that involve “silencing women” and that ruling hate speech against trans people is not protected under the law is “suppression of free speech.”
Some claim UK Culture is to blame for Davies and Rowling’s extremist views, but if Emma Watson can be openly supportive, other upper-class White UK women can get on board.