A birth coach in the United Kingdom has resigned from the national association for birth coaches, Doula UK, after she was “ostracized” for a Facebook post that claimed that “women birth all people.”
A four-month investigation by Doula UK found that Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert’s comments on social media breached its equality and diversity guidelines, according to The Daily Mail.
“I am angry and sad,” McCarthy-Calvert, 45, recently told the newspaper. “I was effectively ostracized for saying I am a woman and so are my clients.”
McCarthy-Calvert worked as a doula to provide support and guidance to women going through labor and delivery for six years. She also served as the organization’s spokesperson.
Troubles began for McCarthy-Calvert when she commented on Facebook about a change that Cancer Research UK made last year to its advertisements encouraging women to get routine pap smears.
The ad campaign dropped the word “women” and instead called the gynecological exam “relevant for everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix.”
According to Mail Online, McCarthy-Calvert posted a since-deleted photo to Facebook of a woman wearing a negligee somersaulting underwater. Included in the photo was the comment: “I am not a ‘cervix owner’ I am not a ‘menstruator’ I am not a ‘feeling.’ I am not defined by wearing a dress and lipstick. I am a woman: an adult human female.”
“Women birth all the people, make up half the population, but less than a third of the seats in the House of Commons are occupied by us,” she wrote.
McCarthy-Calvert also contended that women were accused of transphobia more than men because men are not “subjected to cries of bigotry and transphobia when they say they don’t want to have sex with a woman with a penis.”
The birth coach’s post was met with criticism from followers online and transgender activists. Some accused her of using a “transphobic dog whistle” by defining “women” as “adult human female.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith