Retired boxing manager Kellie Maloney (formerly known as Frank Maloney) in 2014 (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Pain in the neck

How did a violent male manage to sneak into a female space?

Artillery Row

The “Female Motivational Speaker’s Agency” does what it says on the tin — well, almost. If you pay enough money you can be lectured to by Stella Rimington about how she ran MI5, have Paula Radcliffe tell you how to get through “the wall”, and hear Malala tell you about how she survived the Taliban shooting her in the head. Predictably the talent pool also includes a smattering of males — sorry — transwomen, like the Vogue columnist Paris Lees.

So it was pretty predictable that they would include a few males — sorry! I keep doing this — in a list of inspirational women ahead of International Women’s Day 2022. Take this one from Katie Neeves from “Cool2BTrans” which reads: “Nature doesn’t do black and white, it is a whole spectrum — so is sex and gender.”

It’s the old “Clownfish can change sex” argument to explain how humans can change sex, which is about as valid as Captain Hook’s driving licence. Which is to say, perfectly valid thank you, and less of the ableism, please. Apes, your time is over — Clownfish are now the only animals that can be reliably compared to humans. (How else can you explain the popularity of Finding Nemo?)

@MsHelenWatts must be one of those crazy TERFs I keep hearing about from Owen Jones’s Twitter feed

Anyway, I digress. The fact that a couple of transwomen were included in a list of women hardly merits any attention, until I was alerted to the fact by Twitter user @MsHelenWatts that one of the transwomen seemed to be a male with a history of violence towards women. The Times reports that Kellie Maloney — formerly a boxing promoter called Frank — tried to strangle his then wife and quotes him as saying:  “I just lost it . . . I grabbed her and had my hands around her neck… If [my children] hadn’t come into the room . . . I dread to think what might have happened.”

Funny that that particular quote didn’t make it into the list. Instead, we were treated to this meaningful gem: “We all want to be included in the human race — that’s the most important thing.” Truly touching.

A screenshot from the mystical Wayback machine

This confused me, as we’re told by Trans Rights Activists that a violent man would never use the cover of trans ideology to sneak into a women’s-only space. And sure enough, when I tried to find this transwoman on the list for myself, they were nowhere to be seen. It seems like @MsHelenWatts must have been one of those crazy TERFs I keep hearing about from Owen Jones’s Twitter feed, the sort of cis-woman who will literally do anything to smear the trans cause.

Just to make doubly sure that @MsHelenWatts was indeed a crackpot TERF liar, I checked the glorious contraption known as the Wayback machine, which shows you what websites used to look like in the past. It’s the same thing that proved Dominic Cummings had edited his blog to make it look like he’d predicted Coronavirus.

Well blow me down, @MsHelenWatts was telling the truth! Indeed, alerted to the fact that Maloney was a wrong-un, Female Motivational Speakers had silently replaced him overnight with Oona King, the former Labour MP who championed female rights during her time in Parliament. This would have been a perfect cover-up — if it weren’t for pesky technology.

Which got me thinking. By accurately recording reality as it is, rather than as the Female Motivational Speaker website wants it to be, Wayback appears to be a rather problematic anomaly in the discourse. They’ve obviously done some good work in the past, but is the Wayback machine now a TERF? Only time, and the ducking chair, will tell.

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