Or do they?
Consider the case of Kate Scottow, a mother who was arrested in front of her children and incarcerated for seven hours because she had the temerity to “misgender” a transgender woman on line.
According to the Daily Mail, the 38-year-old Scottow was writing on online forum Mumsnet, when she was arrested in her home by THREE police officers – right in front of her ten-year-old daughter and 20-month-old son.
Scottow says she was then detained in a cell for seven hours without the sanitary products she said she needed, before being interviewed then later released under investigation.
After being arrested for harassment and malicious communications because she misgendered someone on Twitter, she was also served with a court order banning her from referring to her accuser as a man.
Hertfordshire Police weren’t kidding when they said: “We take all reports of malicious communication seriously.”
Scottow had to submit to mug-shots, DNA samples and fingerprints, and she still hasn’t had her mobile phone or laptop returned.
So, in the UK, someone committing “mis-gendering” online is given the full surveillance treatment whereas those 23,000 known jihadis? Hey, c’mon – boys will be boys... UNLESS they’re girls, I guess...