Socialist Resistance and Sisterhood

Karen Ingala Smith

Last year I wrote a piece for Socialist Resistance.  I talked about my work for a feminist women’s charity working with women who have experienced men’s violence in the context of some of my thoughts about feminism and social class.

I have asked Socialist Resistance to take the piece down following their behaviour towards another feminist, Glosswitch.  You can read about what happened – and the piece that she was asked to write –  here.

As a working-class woman, my sex-class is as important to me as my socio-economic class. Women’s oppression is biologically based and reinforced by socially constructed gender.  Though not the same, there are similarities to the way that access or lack of access to material resources is reinforced and reproduced by the different life chances and opportunities afforded to a person on the basis of social class.
I will not turn my back on my sister.
The piece…

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The Advocate thinks ovarian cancer is about men


I know this is a painfully difficult thing for men to accept (even those men who feel like ladies), but sometimes women (you know, female human beings) get sick, endure shit, have feelings, and live through events that do not have anything to do with males. Sometimes, in the course of our little lives, women face choices that pertain only to their own lives, and not to the lives of men.

Sometimes, our experiences are not about men.

I know this is hard for men to grasp. As men, you have been conditioned to believe you have jurisdiction over women’s bodies. As men, you have been taught that the state of being female is little more than a flight of fancy that can be appropriated as one might appropriate a line from a poem. As men, y’all have been raised in a society that assures you EVERYTHING is about you.

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Here’s the man who was in the women’s locker room at Planet Fitness

So this happened:

Planet Fitness revokes membership of woman who reported a man in the women’s locker room, citing “No Judgement Zone” policy

The man that Yvette Cormier saw in the locker room at Midland Planet Fitness goes by name “Carlotta Sklodowska” and seems like he’s just a cross dresser fetishist. Gender Identity Watch  hired a private investigator to research “Carlotta Sklodowska” and found that Carlotta Sklodowska – is clearly a fake name. Gender Identity Watch retained a private investigator who could find no evidence that Sklodowska is a real person “living as a woman.”

Following screen shots from  archived Facebook pages

Here’s his fantasy life about being a prostituted Polish woman who “dentz for teeps” So in 2011 CS is going to Slut Walks dresses “as a woman” but wears men’s clothes to meet his ex who “doesn’t want to know about Carlotta (not even her name)”, so this man has a “female persona” he refers to in the third person.

Man sure loves his strip clubs

ya don’t say

Nope, men can’t be lesbians, lesbians are females and cross dressers and transwomen are male. You sir, are just another porn sick man with a lesbian fetish.

Here’s Carl discussing his women’s panty fetish and how he didn’t become “an occasional tranny” till he was 60. This comment was on a parenting site under an article about gender non-conforming boys. Transactivists are pointing to this comment as proof that Carl is a transwoman and not a mere cross dresser, oy vey.

Zoey Tur is Bob Tur, a helicopter reporter guy who chased OJ in the 90′s and decided to feminize his body and dress a few years back. Tur went on the Dr Drew show and said he though “Carlotta” was a cross dresser and a fetishist and “is a crossdresser who “gets a sexual high” and not a proper transwoman like Tur who has paid lots of money for expensive surgeries and has been legally declared “female” by a male dominated government that doesn’t give women sovereignty over their own body. This pissed off many of Turs fellow transgender males as Tur had broken the bro code of trans politics which is never mention that gender identity laws allow access to female sex segregated spaces to any man who says he’s a woman and can be easily abused by predators.

Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland and occasional vanity candidate, criticized Turs remarks for saying that men’s access to female sex segregated spaces if they had certain gender feels was protected by Title II 1964 Civil Rights act and it is not as sex is not listed as a protected class, which makes this woman wonder why I should bother fighting for the rights of men to have their imaginary “female” gender identities protected when my biological female sex isn’t.

Beyer also claims that there are no recorded instances of cross dressing men assaulting women in females sex segregated spaces or using them for improper use, like taking videos. This is a big fat lie.

Here’s a list of sexual and violent crimes committed by cross dressers and transwomen in women only spaces 

Here’s a list of sexual and violent crimes committed by cross dressers


In places with gender identity laws, cross dressers can demand access to female sex segregated spaces if they say they identify as women, spaces such as women’s shelters

Here are some examples of gender identity laws and they include cross dressers as transgender individuals and protected under gender identity laws which mean they can demand entry to public female sex segregated spaces 

Ontario Human Rights Commision defines transgender as:

Transgendered people have clearly identified that they should be addressed based on the gender they present. Male to female transsexuals,transgenderists, and cross-dressers who present as women should be addressed as women. “


“Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) people are protected from discrimination and harassment because of gender identity and gender expression in employment, housing, facilities and services, contracts, and membership in unions, trade or professional associations.”

Everyone has the right to define their own gender identity. Trans people should be recognized and treated as the gender they live in, whether or not they have undergone surgery, or their identity documents are up to date.

An organization should have a valid reason for collecting and using personal information that identifies a person’s gender. They should keep this information confidential. Trans people can have their name or sex designation changed on identity documents and other records. The criteria and process should not be intrusive or medically based.

Trans people should have access to washrooms, change rooms and other gender specific services and facilities based on their lived gender identity.

A man is a transwoman if he says so, it’s not a matter or ID or diagnosis, it’s a man’s personal belief that he’s a woman.  

It’s the same in Washington State in US:

As defined in the law, “gender expression or identity” means having or being perceived as having a gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth.

A common term is “transgender.”  This term covers a broad range of people who experience and/or express their gender differently from what most people expect.  They may express themselves as the gender that does not match the sex listed on their original birth certificate, or they may physically change their sex through medical treatment.  This is sometimes called transsexual. The term “transgender” also includes people who are cross-dressers or otherwise gender non-conforming.  Gender identity and expression also includes males and females who do not express their gender in stereotypically masculine or feminine ways, such as through their appearance or mannerisms.

A person does not need to have had surgery or otherwise have undergone medical treatment in order to be considered transgendered, or to be protected under the Law Against Discrimination.”

On sex, gender and Socialist Resistance


I originally wrote this piece for Socialist Resistance – in response to an idea that came from them, not me – but asked to have it withdrawn in light of this editorial announcement. I think it’s important for women’s work to be represented fairly and I don’t consent to my work being presented in contexts which don’t reflect the actual commission. The insistence that women’s voices in particular – particularly when women are describing their lives and needs – require “trigger warnings” is patriarchal to the core. When people are offended by women speaking or writing, it’s rarely women who are the problem.

In this particular instance I think Socialist Resistance need to be honest about their editorial policies and their political principles. There is a word for people for whom discussions of female bodies, female labour and male violence cause “offence and distress.” That word is not “trans”, “queer”…

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NUS Women’s Campaign @nuswomcam (UK)

Gender Identity Watch

barfThe NUS Women’s Campaign is a Men’s Rights Organization that has banned the use of the term “sister” in their “feminist” spaces because it is “transphobic.” It adopted lots of other equal stupid resolutions at its conference that you can read in the document below.

NUS Conference 2015

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