Problem. You don’t have a vagina, but you’d still like the additional £15,000 p.a. income that having a vagina would give you. What to do?

Yesterday we linked to a BBC piece showing that long-suffering British taxpayers will be paying female engineering postgraduate students an additional £15,000 p.a. – well in excess of the gross annual income of a person working full-time on the minimum wage – in return for the hard work they’d put in to having vaginas:

http://j4mb.org.uk/2013/12/10/taxpayer-to-give-extra-1250-per-month-to-engineering-graduates-but-only-if-they-have-vaginas/

Over our teatime cups of Earl Grey, and fortified by two or three McVities Digestives, we applied our minds to this issue, and an intriguing question emerged:

Would male postgraduate engineering students who have gender reassignment surgery either before or during their postgraduate courses, be entitled to the £15,000 p.a. grants?

Tomorrow we plan to email Brunel University a Freedom of Information request, asking that very question.

 

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • This reminds me of a rather gentle but effective set of protests on US campuses. Setting up stalls selling muffins etc. But charging different prices related to “affirmative action” so the girls got theirs cheap! Of course White males had to pay full price. Given that women actually actually out earn men until they start loosening thier bonds with employment in their 30s no reason to get things cheaper.

  • Jericho One

    People say I would have made a good engineer. I got a ‘craft engineering apprentice of the year’ award and the ‘course prize’ trophy for my part-time college course in mechanical engineering. It became increasingly difficult working full time whilst trying to do a HND and then a HNC part time. There was no financial or social rewards, so I left the trade altogether feeling unappreciated and have done only casual menial work ever since.

  • This genuinely annoys me – heavens knows what the male postgraduates make of it.

    • They should be rioting. Just sent an email to some people there to say awarding David Cameron ‘Toady of the Year (2013)’ was inspired by it.

  • I suppose students don’t have the means. But this seems eminently challengeable in a court. It really is much more than “encouraging” participation. It is discrimination and positive and negative direct discrimination is unlawful if not illegal .