Why the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective cannot be trusted

writing by renee

For Kate. Image by Untameable Shrews (@untamableshrews).

New Zealand leftist news site The Spinoff recently published a “now what?” article for feminists, following the Women’s March. The piece recommends organisations to support, and tells readers that the “New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective advocates for the rights, health and well-being of all sex workers. Remember to include these women in your feminism, otherwise it’s not feminism.”

The author seems unaware that NZPC’s programmes coordinator is a male. In any case, “listen to NZPC” has become a catch-cry among liberals in Wellington, where discussions of feminism arise. Perhaps because of the organisation’s authority and charitable image, it is also standard practice for New Zealand media to defer to NZPC on issues surrounding the sex trade.

But where does “listening to the NZPC” actually lead us?

The organisation has long departed from its origins as a grassroots charity. It started in the…

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How To Be Better Cis Ally

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Now, I know a lot of you cis folks mean well, and the fact is, you’re very useful to the trans/enbee community. Cos for the time being at least, there’s more of you than there is of us, and we’re so busy trying to survive against the endless onslaught of oppression and erasure threatening us 24/7 that we do need you to fight for us.

Below is a video which makes a satisfactory effort to be inclusive:

But, I’m sorry to say that as a class, many of you cis fuckers still DO NOT GET IT! I know you think you’re performing allyship effectively, but there are times when you people are almost as bad as TERFs. For example see this screenshot from some cisgender breeder’s Facebook page:

motherwiseSounds like performative allyship but okay?

Oh sure, she’s making a big show of defending trans people, but do you see what…

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“Reportable trauma”? US gender docs “train” judges & call CPS on balking parents

4thWaveNow

The meteoric rise in kids diagnosed as transgender in the last five years has caught many parents by surprise. Gender specialists, trans activists, and their media handmaidens explain this accelerating trend as simply the welcome result of society becoming more accepting of trans people; a continuation of the tolerance that ushered in same-sex marriage. Indeed, activist-clinicians are quick to claim equivalence between trans and being gay or lesbian, despite their fundamental differences.

For one thing, lesbians and gay men ask only to be accepted for who they love, while we are asked to believe that being “authentic” as trans may require us to approve drastic medical interventions–for our own kids. And no mental gymnastics are necessary for parents to see with their own eyes when a daughter or son is homosexual. But a sudden pronouncement by one’s kid that they are really the opposite sex requires a suspension of disbelief…

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Departments of Education and Justice rescind Obama’s Title IX ‘Gender Identity’ Guidance

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Gender Identity. (Artist unknown) Gender Identity. (Artist unknown)

The Obama administration’s ‘Guidance’ had eliminated the protected legal category of ‘sex’ and replaced it with an individual’s personal identification with the sex role stereotypes culturally assigned based on sex, called ‘Gender Identity’.

Adherents of the ‘Gender Identity’ movement believe that biological sex, and therefore sex-based discrimination, does not exist and that instead, sex-role stereotypes need to be legally enforced, supported, and protected. By eliminating sex as a recognized category the Obama era “Guidance’ allowed male students to occupy formerly protected female showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms, and eliminated the rights of female students to privacy from males in those spaces.

Gavin Grimm, the high school senior whose Title IX lawsuit is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court in March, described in a 2016 essay how years of sexism, bullying, and homophobia led to her adopting a belief in ‘Gender Identity’:

“When I was…

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Trump administration “Dear Colleague” letter re: transgender students (USA)

Gender Identity Watch

In a “Dear Colleague” letter issued Feb 22, the Trump administration announced “that the Department of Justice and the Department of Education are withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in:

  • Letter to Emily Prince from James A Ferg-Cadima, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education dated January 7, 2015; and
  • Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students jointly issued by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the Department of Education dated May 13, 2016.”

These documents expressed the Obama administration’s position that federal nondiscrimination laws require schools to allow students to use sex-segregated facilities on the basis of their “gender identity.”

According to the letter issued by the Trump administration, “These guidance documents do not, however, contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they…

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Gender Identity (Protected Characteristic) Bill 2016-17 (UK)

Gender Identity Watch

On December 1, 2016 “Mrs Maria Miller, supported by Jess Phillips, Mrs Flick Drummond and Ben Howlett, presented a Bill to make gender identity a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 in place of gender reassignment and to make associated provision for transgender and other persons; and for connected purposes.”

The Bill is sponsored by Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, and is expected to have its second reading debate on February 24, 2017.

Gender Identity (Protected Characteristic) Bill 2016-17 — parliament.uk

Gender Identity and the Rights of the Child — Transgender Trend

Say No to Dangerous Gender Identity Bill — CitizenGO.org

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Fellow Detransitioned Womyn, Don’t Be Afraid To Reach Out To Us

Re-Sister

Most of us have really strong opinions and can seem intimidating but we’re always willing to talk or help you process things even if you don’t have the same politics. We can also hook you up with detransitioned and reidentified community. I can say from experience that it’s much easier to understand all of this when you can talk to people with similar experiences.

You can always go to the contact section of my page and send me a message. If you’re also detransitioned, reidentified or dysphoric I’ll always get back to you.

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Awesome pink sparkles have something for everyone

freer lives

If you identify as a girl, assigned female at birth, and you like the colour pink, you like wearing dresses and sparkly things, that’s awesome. But if you are a boy who likes pink sparkly things that’s also awesome.

It’s not a case of saying, let’s break everything down so that there’s nothing, so there’s no meaning in anything. It’s a case of opening it up so everybody can have access to everything.

These are comments from CJ Atkinson, author of the new book Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity? They are quoted in a promotional article in the The Guardian , which explains that the book is “being introduced into some [British] primary schools as a resource for children, parents and teachers, and claims to be the first book to explain ‘medical transitioning’ to children as young as seven.” The article comfortably notes criticisms of the book from right…

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Book Review: Tomboy Survival Guide

Purple Sage

Last weekend I went to the library to browse through the queer books and I came across Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote. I’ve heard other people say this book is good so I thought I should check it out. Coyote is an accomplished writer and speaker and a queer Canadian icon. Tomboy Survival Guide is their latest book, published in 2016.

Coyote is a talented storyteller who writes in a vulnerable way, heart exposed, and I was drawn in immediately. By the second chapter I already had tears running down my cheeks. The title suggests that this book is a guide for tomboys, but what it actually is is a memoir that is as much about family as it is about gender. The stories are about growing up as a tomboy, being a butch lesbian, and being a trans person, and they are also about being from a loving…

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