War on Lesbian Culture

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mary-daly

WAR ON LESBIANS.

I’ve worked the door at various lesbian events. That shit ‘aint pretty. LESBIAN ONLY. Sorry genderqueer non binary trans masc boo. NOT FOR YOU. Sorry autogynephile heterosexual male fantasists. NOT FOR YOU. You need to PUT A FOOT UP THE ASS of IDIOTS who don’t RESPECT lesbian spaces.

This is a WAR on LESBIAN SPACES.

FIGHT BACK.

“Queers” are not lesbian.

“FTMs” are not lesbian.

“Transwomen” are men.

Lesbian Culture Needs a HUGE FUCKING BOUNCER. ALWAYS.

http://www.wweek.com/culture/2016/11/30/who-crushed-the-lesbian-bars-a-new-minefield-of-sexual-politics/

mary-daly FUCK YOU

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Trans National Women’s Cycling Team: Men Rolling Over A Woman Near You

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Mason Johnson- a woman among women Mason Johnson- a woman among women

Transgender athletics made the news this week when ‘Transman’ athlete Mason Johnson, born female, dominated the men’s rugby division mere months after undergoing a medical ‘gender transition’ to male..ish.

Aww. You caught me. I’m just kidding. Johnson instead reasonably announced she was delaying her ‘gender transition’ so she could remain competitive in rugby by remaining on the women’s team:

http://www.outsports.com/2016/11/29/13779656/transgender-rugby-quinnipiac-mason-johnson

Because Johnson knew that no amount of medical intervention, no science, no testosterone injections or doping, or proclamations of her ‘male identity’ would allow her to compete as an elite female athlete on an elite male team in a sport specifically designed to measure the human capacity for violent battery and team assault committed by individuals intentionally bred for thousands of years to maximize those capacities: males, whose very physiology has been distilled for the sole purpose of violently controlling the freedoms of people…

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Why the Left does not challenge transgender conservatism

freer lives

Why does the far Left not oppose the conservative and sexist aspects of the transgender trend? None of the rationales that I have heard, or have come across online, ring true:

  • The feminist critique of transgender does not rest on biological or cultural determinism, but on opposition to sex stereotyping and the demand that we recognise oppressive female socialisation – ideas that the far Left shares with these feminists, but chooses not to apply to the trans issue.
  • It is not a matter of pontificating to trans people about their ideological imperfections, but recognising that neoliberal capitalism is promoting the transgender trend for its own reasons.
  • Opposing sexist transgender ideology does not mean caving in to the religious Right, any more than supporting Brexit meant caving in to UKIP, or opposing Russian genocide in Syria means capitulating to US imperialism (though it does highlight the need to distinguish…

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Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy

We periodically comment that “political correctness” is a  rightwing charge against the oppressed. It does not help women when feminists use it to describe being silenced via trans politics.

Moira Weigel at The Guardian writes:

If you go looking for the origins of the phrase, it becomes clear that there is no neat history of political correctness. There have only been campaigns against something called “political correctness”. For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting enemy has been a favourite tactic of the right. Opposition to political correctness has proved itself a highly effective form of crypto-politics. It transforms the political landscape by acting as if it is not political at all. Trump is the deftest practitioner of this strategy yet.


Most Americans had never heard the phrase “politically correct” before 1990, when a wave of stories began to appear in newspapers and magazines. One of the first and most influential was published in October 1990 by the New York Times reporter Richard Bernstein, who warned – under the headline “The Rising Hegemony of the Politically Correct” – that the country’s universities were threatened by “a growing intolerance, a closing of debate, a pressure to conform”.

Bernstein had recently returned from Berkeley, where he had been reporting on student activism. He wrote that there was an “unofficial ideology of the university”, according to which “a cluster of opinions about race, ecology, feminism, culture and foreign policy defines a kind of ‘correct’ attitude toward the problems of the world”. For instance, “Biodegradable garbage bags get the PC seal of approval. Exxon does not.”

Bernstein’s alarming dispatch in America’s paper of record set off a chain reaction, as one mainstream publication after another rushed to denounce this new trend. The following month, the Wall Street Journal columnist Dorothy Rabinowitz decried the “brave new world of ideological zealotry” at American universities. In December, the cover of Newsweek – with a circulation of more than 3 million – featured the headline “THOUGHT POLICE” and yet another ominous warning: “There’s a ‘politically correct’ way to talk about race, sex and ideas. Is this the New Enlightenment – or the New McCarthyism?” A similar story graced the cover of New York magazine in January 1991 – inside, the magazine proclaimed that “The New Fascists” were taking over universities. In April, Time magazine reported on “a new intolerance” that was on the rise across campuses nationwide.

If you search ProQuest, a digital database of US magazines and newspapers, you find that the phrase “politically correct” rarely appeared before 1990. That year, it turned up more than 700 times. In 1991, there are more than 2,500 instances. In 1992, it appeared more than 2,800 times. Like Indiana Jones movies, these pieces called up enemies from a melange of old wars: they compared the “thought police” spreading terror on university campuses to fascists, Stalinists, McCarthyites, “Hitler Youth”, Christian fundamentalists, Maoists and Marxists.

Many of these articles recycled the same stories of campus controversies from a handful of elite universities, often exaggerated or stripped of context. The New York magazine cover story opened with an account of a Harvard history professor, Stephan Thernstrom, being attacked by overzealous students who felt he had been racially insensitive: “Whenever he walked through the campus that spring, down Harvard’s brick paths, under the arched gates, past the fluttering elms, he found it hard not to imagine the pointing fingers, the whispers. Racist. There goes the racist. It was hellish, this persecution.”

In an interview that appeared soon afterwards in The Nation, Thernstrom said the harassment described in the New York article had never happened. There had been one editorial in the Harvard Crimson student newspaper criticising his decision to read extensively from the diaries of plantation owners in his lectures. But the description of his harried state was pure “artistic licence”. No matter: the image of college students conducting witch hunts stuck.


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Dear Trans Women: Part 2 by, Judith Bell

Penis Privilege and Female People’s Coerced Choices

If you are a trans woman, you may not identify with the experiences I related (in the last chapter of this piece). That’s because you experienced male socialization as a child. Many aspects of male socialization are terrible burdens and are hard to deal with, such as the glorification of violence, the demonization of the feminine, and the suppression of emotions. Male socialization can be traumatic, or even scarring. But the purpose of this is to prepare you for the male dominated society that you will be entering. Male socialization gives you the tools necessary to wield power and influence as an adult male in a patriarchy. Successful male socialization perpetuates the systems of power that are already in place and positions you at the top of those systems.

Male socialization does not guarantee success. There are many disenfranchised males in the world who are increasingly bitter about not receiving the boon that their maleness promised them. You may be one of those male people. I empathize with you. It’s terrible when you don’t receive what you were told was yours. But just because you experienced disenfranchisement and disappointment does not mean that you don’t have male privilege. In fact, your feelings of not “getting what you were promised” is a symptom of your male privilege.

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Read more at Dear Trans Women:Part 2 by, Judith Bell — In Permanent Opposition

A second response to Daniel

Purple Sage

Daniel said: “I wrote a 3,500 word response to your original questions for trans men, and “what is a man/woman” was the shortest section. It was the least interesting question to me, particularly when trying to make sense of why people transition. The most honest response I can give, that I should have written originally, is “People use ‘woman’ to mean ‘adult human female’. In light of the existence of trans people ‘someone who lives as a woman’ would be a useful addition.” Words are not Platonic Ideals, they have changed meaning and can change again.

I can try to explain what I mean when I say “I want to live as a man”, and I can point out how the definition of man/woman have changes already, how they are currently used, and how they might be used in the future. I can describe how man/woman remain coherent categories if…

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Could social transition increase persistence rates in “trans” kids?

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The trend of “socially transitioning” children as young as 2 or 3 years old to endorse the notion they are “born in the wrong body” is a very new phenomenon. But to read about it in the press, you’d think this was a settled area of clinical practice, with proven results and few doubts about its efficacy.

It is no such thing.

In a 2011 journal article,  Dutch clinician-researchers who first pioneered the use of puberty blockers cautioned that early social transitions can be difficult to reverse:

 As for the clinical management in children before the age of 10, we suggest a cautious attitude towards the moment of transitioning. Given our findings that some girls, who were almost (but not even entirely) living as boys in their childhood years, experienced great trouble when they wanted to return to the female gender role, we believe that parents and caregivers should fully…

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Gender Equality – Keep up the good work…

Dead Wild Roses

Whelp, looks like we just need another dose of equality and we’ll get there…

onequality

Or, perhaps, working to dismantle the systems that oppress women in society might be a more effective way to advance the cause of women. Some thirty years after the Second Wave, women are still remorselessly objectified, not in control of their reproductive capacity, and are under the near constant threat of harassment on the street and in the workplace.

Perhaps a more a return to the effective practices of the second wave might be in order, if affecting societal change is a priority.

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My lack of policy on the word ‘cis’

Purple Sage

In previous conversations here, some people have used the word ‘cis’ and others have yelled at them for it, but I have not said a thing. I have not banned the use of the word ‘cis’ but I have to note than anyone saying this word here will probably anger the other commenters. For me, the word ‘cis’ is not so much an insult as it is an inaccurate use of language. I don’t feel offended by it, it just reveals to me the political ideas of the speaker as being opposite to my own.

I googled “what does cis mean” and the first hit was a website called “what does cis mean.” This website defines it thusly:

“A “cis” person is a person who was assigned a gender and sex at birth that they feel comfortable with. Typically, cis men are men who were assigned male at birth and…

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Doe v. Arrisi, et al. (USA)

Gender Identity Watch

A New Jersey transwoman, identified in the complaint as Jane Doe, has filed a lawsuit seeking to amend the state’s requirement that an individual undergo sexual reassignment surgery (“SRS”) before receiving an altered birth certificate reflecting the individual’s “gender identity or expression.”  According to the complaint, “The Statute’s requirement harms Plaintiff by forcing her to undergo surgery that she does not want and forces Plaintiff to sterilize herself before she is allowed a correct birth certificate.”  The suit further alleges discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), claiming that gender dysphoria (“GD”) “is a disability within the meaning of the ADA in that it substantially impairs one or more major life activities,” and that the “Defendants’ actions under the Statute discriminate against those trans people diagnosed with GD who have not undergone SRS as the Statute refuses accurate identification documents, a benefit provided to those individuals who are not trans…

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