Are there any trans people on this forum? Maybe, in fact probably. But I would hate to think they have at any time felt hated by association. I do not defend the bullying of anyone by anyone. If Dr McKinnon has abused anyone then I don't believe that is OK because it's in retaliation or defence. Abuse is never OK. You can however criticise the actions of someone without resorting to calling them vile names and threatening their existence. Debate is about just that, questioning and criticising another's views I don't think free speech should extend to personal attack. For instance only a few months ago someone was called a paedophile by elon musk. elon didn't claim that the guy acted like a [derogatory word removed] or said something paedophilic. He outright said he was a paedophile. And he managed to get away with it too. That to me is an example of freedom of speech failing.
It is clear that there are many people who disagree with trans women competing against sis women. That is a perfectly fine opinion to hold, but just because you are talking about some stranger over in internet land somewhere, it doesn't make it right to call a trans woman athlete a cheat. You can call for a change in rules that allow the athlete to compete, thats an opinion again, but honestly, would you expect to go up to a someone in the pub and call them a cheat at poker or darts or whatever? Not if you didn't want a fight breaking out. You certainly wouldn't do that in a Russian bar or out in the wilds of Texas.
Honestly, if you can't debate an issue without making it personal with name calling and vitriolic abuse then shame on yourself. Try, just try to have a debate and stick only to the issue, the more you do it, the better you get at it. And it makes the actual debate better precisely because you are concentrating on the facts, not on personalities.
Another important exercise in spiritual/social development is the art of putting yourself in another's shoes. Try to imagine that you are a trans woman. Born and raised as a seemingly perfectly normal boy. But with this underlying nagging doubt, this confusion at the back of your mind. You feel you don't fit. Eventually you realise what it is. By no fault of your own, you are a woman born in a man's body. You didn't ask for that. No one deliberately made you that way, it is just the way it is. Medical studies suggest it is something to do with how the human develops it's sex characteristics. At several stages during the development of a fetus in the womb, there are, or should be carefully controlled boosts of hormones that determine which sex the body grows into ( we are all girls to begin with.... ) If sufficient testosterone floods the developing baby then it becomes the body of a male child, and then a second flood masculines the brain.
Just as there are a thousand and million other developmental issues such as 6 toes, hole in the heart, cleft palate, organs on the outside, blindness, deafness, autism, etc etc, so there is transsexualism. I can't really imagine, I can only extrapolate from experiences and observations how it feels to be a trans woman. I imagine it must be pretty horrible to begin with. Imagine when all your 'blokey' mates find out that you actually are a woman. Imagine how gutted you feel when you realise that you will never be able to give birth to a baby. Imagine how you feel that you are letting down your family. The consequences for your love life and romantic relationships. Imagine the problems involved in getting your true gender legally recognised. Problems in and barriers to employment. The problems you face in using public lavatories. Public abuse. Online abuse.... The health issues of transitioning. The long term health problems of suppressing the natural hormones and supplementing others. The list is endless.
25% of us in anyone year will suffer mental health issues. The biggest is depression and anxiety but other mental health issues too. Proven causes of poor mental health include, being the victim of crime, regular and systemic abuse, physical or sexual abuse, physical ill health and chronic pain.
So just think about that list of causes for mental health. Then think about the vast number of issues facing trans people. Again, I repeat myself, I do not condone anyone abusing anyone, whether it is Dr McKinnon or any of her detractors. But can you begin to understand how trans people might have a chip on the shoulder, might be more prickly, might be quicker to flare into self defence mode? I know if someone pokes a stick into my cage often enough, it's going to end up in them...
How long could you walk down the street getting stared at because you can't quite hide the affect that your genes had on your developing frame. If someone is lucky enough to fully realise what is eating away at them at an early enough age, and takes the right hormones, thereby changing the affects of puberty, the person can grow into woman that no one would think was anything other than a sis woman. People like Dr McKinnon didn't start therapy until after puberty ended, so they have to face the problems caused by having matured into adult males now wanting to transition into women. That must be extra tough on them. How do you reduce your frame size?
Tolerance and compassion. Show others tolerance and compassion, even if you don't understand their struggles in life, even if you don't agree with their lifestyle, their hairstyle or their frame colour. Life is too short any which way. Don't be a sad little hater that sits in a darkened room waiting to fire some abuse at the child that dies from cancer, just because they happen to be Muslim, or Jewish or African, or whatever your pet hate is today. Rise above it all. Condemn the action, not the actor.