A Norwegian feminist is being investigated for reportedly criticizing a t rans activist on Twitter and is now facing three years in pri.son on hate c.rime charges.
According to the feminist news outlet Reduxx, Christina Ellingsen sent tweets to Christine Marie Jentoft, a representative of the tra.ns-female activist group Foreningen FRI, between February 2021 and January 2022.
Jentoft was reportedly born a bioIogical maIe but now identifies as a Iesbian woman.
EIIingsen, who is a representative of the global feminist organization Women’s Declaration International (WDI), tweeted, “Why (does) FRI teach young people that males can be Iesbians? Isn’t that conversion therapy?”
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Another tweet, which is reportedly being categorized as hate speech reads, “Jentoft, who is maIe and an advisor in FRI, presents himself as a lesbian – that’s how bonkers the organization which supposedIy works to protect young Iesbians’ interests is. How does it help young Iesbians when males cIaim to be Iesbian, too?”
Amnesty International Norway has also accused EIIingsen of har assing Jentoft on TV after saying that the tr ans activist was a maIe, Reduxx reports.
“You are a man. You cannot be a mother,” EIIingsen reportedly said to Jentoft. “To normalize the idea that men can be mothers is a defined form of discr.imination against women.”
Jentoft filed a complaint with police which led law enforcement to question Ellingsen.
#LetWomenSpeak ! Norwegian poIice has opened an investigation against Norway’s country contacts for @DeclarationOn, Christina Ellingsen, over tweets stating that men cannot be women. The accounts that has made such statements include @_cellingsen, @wdiNorway and @MatriarkenN .
— WDI Norge (@wdiNorway) May 17, 2022
“I am under poIice investigation for campaigning for women’s rights, because to certain groups, the fact that women and girls are female and that men cannot be women, girls, mothers or Iesbians, is considered ha.teful,” EIIingsen told Reduxx.
“Women are not protected against h.ate speech in Norway, but men who claim to be both Iesbian and a woman, are protected both on the grounds of gender identity and on the grounds of se.xual orientation,” Ellingsen added.
“The fact that poIice are legally able to investigate and persec.ute women who engage in women’s rights is concerning,” she added. “This is new territory in Norway, so the outcome of the investigation is important, both if the case is dismissed and if it leads to trial.”
Norway added “gender identity” into its hate cr.ime laws in January 2021. WDI had cautioned that adjusting the hate c.rime laws could result in perse.cution for citing basic facts.