It seems they are more interested in gender identity than the concerns that have been raised in women’s prisons.
Government departments, local authorities, and some of the most successful UK companies are among those that have signed up.
Biologically male offenders who have a gender recognition certificate are being automatically housed in the women’s prison estate.
One of the most striking developments was Mordaunt criticising the use of the word ‘woman’ in the Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill.
And this power struggle carries with it serious threats to free speech and democratic accountability.
The Women and Equalities Committee has been been captured by the self-ID campaign. So others should make their voices heard.
It has shown itself incapable of advocating for the one group specifically named in its title – women – and is too emblematic of identity politics.
The insidious idea that one’s sex is a solely matter of personal demand is seeping into policy and practice, almost unnoticed.
From tech giants, to Conservatives’ own MPs, arguments over the Gender Recognition Act are far from over.
Equivalent reform is being pursued in Scotland; in combination with its hate speech bill, this would be dangerously authoritarian.
The serious consequences and abuse that too many – from JK Rowling on – have faced for discussing these issues are worrying and wrong.
In the weeks before recess, trans rights activists became more vocal in their efforts to stop Truss’s reform of the Gender Recognition Act.
From healthcare, to sex-specific concerns around bodily privacy and security, words matter.
As regular readers of this column might expect, they’re not cheerful page-turners. But they may well change your life.