Scotland’s Proposed Misogyny Law Will Protect Men Pretending To Be Women, First Minister Says
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 21: First Minister Humza Yousaf on the way to First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament, on March 21, 2024 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ken Jack/Getty Images)
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Scotland’s proposed new misogyny law will protect trans-identifying men as well as women, First Minister Humza Yousaf said during a recent appearance on “Good Morning Scotland.”

A bill designed “to tackle misogyny” is expected to be introduced sometime prior to the end of the current parliamentary term in 2026 and, according to Yousaf, will include protections for anyone who identifies as a woman regardless of their biological sex.

“Women and girls will be protected, and trans women will be protected as well, as they will often be the ones who suffer threats of rape or threats of disfigurement for example,” Yousaf told the program. “When a trans woman is walking down the street and a threat of rape is made against them, the man making the threat doesn’t know if they are a trans woman or a cis woman. They will make that threat because the perception of that person [is] as a woman.”

The bill, according to another government spokesperson, will aim to address misogyny by working to “create a new focus on protecting women and girls to address criminal behavior motivated purely by misogyny.”

The new law, according to advocates, is necessary because the recently implemented Hate Crimes Act does not address crimes against women or rooted in misogyny — although it does offer protections for “marginalized groups” like those who identify as transgender.

Author J.K. Rowling responded to the news in a post on X, arguing that including biological males under the law’s protections meant that the focus was not truly on women and girls at all.


“Once again, @HumzaYousaf makes his absolute contempt for women and their rights clear. Women were excluded from his nonsensical hate crime law, now he introduces a ‘misogyny law’ designed to also protect men,” she posted.

“Trans-identified men have sent violent threats to women but the likes of Beth Douglas (attached) now receive double protection from Yousaf: for his so-called gender identity, and for also being, in the eyes of the Scottish government, a woman,” she added.

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