Transgender Censorship of Feminism: A Day In The Life
October 16, 2014
After weeks of silence, the mainstream media is finally reporting on the deluge of violent threats made by men towards feminist media and pop culture commenter Anita Sarkeesian, which caused her to flee her home on advice of the FBI, and cancel a scheduled university appearance.
While it is good that the violent male campaign against Sarkeesian is finally, belatedly, receiving widespread attention, any feminist who has ever written or spoke in public on the subject of “Gender” will note that what is unusual is not the threats themselves, but the fact that they are being reported by male-stream media.
The New Statesman posts a piece today by GlossWitch, in the shadow of the Sarkeesian fiasco, which specifically addresses the ongoing campaign of censorship against the Women’s Rights movement by the male Transgender Rights movement, whose goals are in opposition.
Her article addresses the censorship, no-platforming, and silencing of feminism in the university setting by transgender activists, and discusses the implications of preventing women from speaking critically on the topics of gender and sexual objectification. She touches on the blatantly misogynist and abusive language and tactics the transgender movement uses to censor feminist speech, and links to a male student’s outrageous (and hilariously titled!) petition: “Cancel The Visit of The Terf” to which one could sign one’s agreement with the idea that universities are not the appropriate place for intellectual challenge or debate, at least not when women might hurt men’s feelings.
The New York Times today ran an extensive profile on the impact of the anti-women platform of “transgender rights” on women’s colleges- where females who seek to transgender often attend because they don’t feel safe claiming “manhood” among actual males, since as females they are vulnerable to male rape and violence. The piece explores the increase in stature women can achieve by claiming manhood in female-only environments, and how such women are working to undermine the feminist goals of empowerment that the colleges exist to promote. It discusses how California’s Mills College has become a university for “women and other”: adopting a policy accepting all males who proclaim to “feel like” women (whatever that means) regardless of legal sex marker, but excluding females who change their legal sex marker to male, regardless of their gender feels. (California allows people to change their legal sex marker arbitrarily, as frequently as they like.) Most of the individuals interviewed who support the woman-centric feminist mission of women’s colleges, including transgender interviewees, insisted on using pseudonyms.
What the Time’s Ruth Padawer did not report is that some anti-feminist student activists, like Sarah Fraas of Smith College, obsessively and aggressively stalk and harass any individuals who express support for maintaining women’s colleges, up to and including directly stalking them at their places of employment. Padawar’s failure to report the ongoing tactics of activists like Fraas removes the context for the anonymity requests of the women interviewed, including those who have transgendered. This prevents the reader from getting a true picture of the degree of overt harassment that genderists are willing to commit against supporters of pro-female policies, resulting in silencing and censorship of feminist points of view as reflected by the requests for anonymity in her piece.
In other media today, heterosexual male pornography enthusiasts, demanding the right to be recognized as “male lesbians” by the gay women who want nothing to do with them, successfully censored a gay and lesbian Facebook page called “We Are Homosexuals Not Homogenderals” on the basis that it discriminated against heterosexuals by saying men cannot be lesbian. They were presumably empowered by Facebook’s own Brielle “Kumslut” Harrison, the individual who spearheaded the fifty Facebook gender options initiative and who claims to be specifically engaged by Facebook for the purpose of censoring lesbian, gay and feminist pages that are critical of social sex-roles, which form the foundation of Mr. Kumslut’s personal erotic lifestyle.
Over on Twitter, 58 year old grandfather and Disney animator Dave “Darlie” Brewster, a Men’s Rights Activist and lifetime transvestic cross-dresser who “transitioned” late in life, “doxxed” a young transgender named MiriamAfloat, posting his private information, because the young person had offended him by suggesting that some elements of transgender activism were inarguably anti-feminist.
Also today, Sarah Brown, an unemployed trust-funder and former LibDem candidate who claims to suffer extensive traumatic dissociative psychiatric black-outs when women criticize his politics, contacted the organizers of the Manarchist AFem2014 “TransFeminist” conference to block the attendance of another “transwoman” who once publicly discussed a study which documented male predators (in this case pedophiles) who use transgenderism to get better access to victims. Mr. Brown declared that any transgender person discussing transgender male violence or predation of women and children should be shunned from the transgender community. Apparently the organizers of the “male feminist event” agreed that any transgender who participates in such discussion should be censored and blacklisted and excluded from all transgender community events. Incidentally, here is the link to that study: http://m.pb.rcpsych.org/content/35/9/325.full
Men’s Rights activist Christopher “Cristan” Williams of the all-male “TransAdvocate” blog emerges from his man-cave where he scribes lengthy, unreadable screeds which explain how women are too stupid to understand their own liberation movement, to interrogate various fellow male transgenders on twitter about their “loyalties”, and whether they secretly harbor any feminist sympathies.
The transgender community witchhunt against fellow transgenders who commit the crime of publicly expressing empathy with feminist ideals continues with a piece published on PQMonthly today, authored by a man called Leela Ginelle titled “Q CENTER RENTS SPACE TO TERF-AFFILIATED “NEW NARRATIVES CONFERENCE,” UPSETTING TRANS COMMUNITY”
Leela reports that the transgender community is upset that his local LGBT center leased a room once six months ago (!) to a small group of “transwomen” to discuss if and how the transgender movement can become allied with the women’s movement. Leela claims that the LGBT center should have realized that any transgender meetings which acknowledge the rights of women are inherently anti-transgender. Specifically, he is troubled by the idea that incarcerated women should have the right to not be confined in cells with convicted male rapists. This infringes on the rights of the convicted male rapist’s feelings, which override any concerns for the safety of female inmates, much less the feelings or trauma of the female inmates confined with male rapists. He says that the transgender movement is a male rapist rights movement, and one of biology denial, and describes the “…contrarian “Gender Critical” positions that run in opposition to the current goals of trans activists, such as insisting trans women are biologically male, or that trans women who have raped women be housed in men’s prisons.”
Ginelle proposes that LGBT centers should screen for, and blacklist, access to their facilities by any transgender people who fail to prioritize the feelings and comfort of convicted male rapists over the safety and comfort of women, or those who discuss their gender in relation to their biological sex.
This has been a snapshot (and not an exhaustive one!) of a single day in the censorship and McCarthyism of women, gays, lesbians, feminists, feminist allies, and transgender people (!) by the transgender male rights movement circa 2014.
Be careful. We walk among you!
And inside you.
[Update: Leela Ginelle has removed his name from the byline of his rapist-rights post]
[UPDATE: Julie Bindel has been no-platformed by The Sheffeld Student’s Union at Sheffeld University and her scheduled speaking event cancelled: https://twitter.com/exchangesheff/status/522751813465161729 ]
[Update: GlossWitch reveals that the Feminist Times commissioned her to write a post, which they then censored. Here is the post that was censored: “An Unspeakable Post”]