Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum

Norway’s Haugar Vestfold Art Museum has banned a performance of ‘Vagina Anthem’ by lesbian artists The Hungry Hearts on the grounds that celebrating female anatomy is offensive to people with penises.

The Hungry Hearts is an eight member all-lesbian musical art group which has performed for over a decade at venues such as The Museum of Contemporary Art, Bergen Kunsthall, the Norwegian Opera and Ballet. Their performances, video installations, music, photographs and texts have been featured at over 50 international film festivals.

The Hungry Hearts

The group has released a statement:

“Hungry Hearts has been censored by the very curator inviting us to participate with art works and a performance at Haugar Vestfold kunstmuseum. We are not allowed to perform our new work “Vagina Anthem” as the curator fears that trans persons might be offended by the lyrics. Therefore, we decline to perform at all at the opening of the exhibition the 27th of January. As a reminder, our purpose with “Vagina Anthem” is the following (from the press release):

“Vagina Anthem” is a tribute to women. Hungry Hearts’ new single is about women in front. It is also a comment on the massive intolerance and attacks women are exposed to for exercising freedom of speech. It is for women who support the # Metoo campaign and to those who have been able to report abuse. It is for those who makes an effort to fight the battle against female erasure and oppression. And all the unknown heroines who have fought for women’s liberation throughout history. “Vagina Anthem” is an angry-fight-song for support when the mob is at its worst and gives extra energy to continue the fight. It’s not over.”

 

This is a continuation of an ongoing worldwide campaign by individuals with penises to censor all public mention of female bodies and the female sex, such as in news reporting and apportionment of women’s quotas and allotments.

The campaign to make the female sex unspeakable has particularly targeted lesbian filmmakers, authors, artists, and performers, with increasingly violent crusades by penis owners to ban works which center female bodied people. In 2016, a US male who had previously travelled cross-country to protest a lesbian gathering on private land went on to murder a lesbian couple and their son by beating, stabbing, shooting, and burning them. In 2017, a group of men attacked and beat a sixty-year-old woman in Speakers Point at UK’s Hyde Park because she planned to attend a discussion against proposed changes to eliminate the legal definition of female sex.

Here is the censored work, ‘Vagina Anthem’ by The Hungry Hearts:

Ironically, the Haugar Vestfold Art Museum is perhaps best known for their long running permanent exhibition celebrating the graphic and brutally misogynist work of painter Odd Nerdrum.

‘Pissing Woman’ by Odd Nerdrum

Self Portrait: Odd Nerdrum

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/267368463788979/?active_tab=about

From the Essay: “Why I Choose To Identify As A Womxn” by Natalia Emmanuel

https://www.hercampus.com/school/washington/why-i-choose-identify-womxn

 

“The unpronounceable boldness [] is part of its appeal” – Mark Peters of the Boston Globe

https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2017/05/09/womyn-wimmin-and-other-folx/vjhPn82ITGgCCbE12iNn1N/story.html

 

Protesters against women’s rights to discuss the legal status of women.

A branch of Glasgow’s ANTIFA calling itself ‘Anti-Capitalist Queers’ tried and failed to shut down a women’s discussion last night on proposed changes to Scotland’s Gender Recognition Act. The ‘Anti-Capitalist Queer’ group objects to women’s right to publicly discuss potential changes to the legal status of women and the elimination of sex-based protections, which the group believes are an impediment to male rights. They seek to eliminate “sex” as a protected category under law.

Flyer from the women’s event being protested:

Event Description (Yardley cancelled due to flu)

The targeted discussion was sponsored by the Feminist ‘We Need To Talk’ UK and Ireland Tour. Featured speakers were Heather Brunskell Evans, Kate Graham, Ruth Greenberg and Stuart Waiton. The event was held at the Grand Central Hotel.

 

The ‘Anti-Capitalist Queers’ were formed by the individuals arrested at Glasgow’s Gay Pride this year as they protested against police protection for lesbian and gay marchers. They are largely heterosexual members of the “kink” and “queer” community who are concerned that women’s initiatives such as sex-segregated prisons, women’s scholarships, etc. discriminate unfairly against men.

Feminism Kills Male People!

The activists seek to reform the Gender Recognition Act, which was passed in an attempt to help transsexual people integrate into society, in order to allow anyone to change their legal sex at any time, merely by declaring a desire to do so. The protesters also maintain that women have no right to discuss or critique proposed changes to women’s legal status.

 

Emergency Demo Against Women Organizing

You can read an interesting autobiographical portrait of one of last night’s anti-women protesters (a heterosexual and gender-conforming ‘polyamorous queer’ female) here: https://fleabite.wordpress.com

Event Protester Alice

Statement from the ‘Anti-Capitalist Queers’:

STATEMENT FROM ACQUEE SCOTLAND ON THE EMERGENCY COUNTERDEMO

On the 10th January 2018, a large group of Trans Exclusionary Reactionary Feminists met in Glasgow at the Grand Hotel under the name of the ‘We Need To Talk’ tour. They met to discuss the Gender Recognition Act as well as other ‘issues’.

ACQuee Scotland organised against them, first by putting pressure on their first booked venue to the point of cancellation. A couple of us then infiltrated the meeting itself. One of our activists were violently pushed by one of the TERFs speaking on the panel and another had water thrown on her. We then joined the small but loud emergency and last minute publicised protest outside where we stayed for three hours chanting and leafleting. We had a lot of good chat with passers by who were mostly on our side and believed that trans bodily autonomy should be respected. Despite coming close to it, there were no arrests.

We did attempt to get the booking at Grand Central Hotel cancelled, however the managers remained complicit in their transphobia and took to hanging up the phone on people calling in.

We, the transfemme members of ACQuee, took this action alongside allies both from ACQuee and from other friendly groups, because we believe that it is neither possible nor desirable to compromise with those forces that would deny our existence as women. In taking such a stance, the “Gender Critical” or Trans Exclusionary Reactionary Feminists (TERFs) ally themselves with all the reactionary forces that would deny us rights and freedoms, and as such they must be opposed.

We do not intend to enter into civil discussion with any institution or person that proclaims our erasure, because to entertain such a discussion is to put our existence, and therefore our annihilation, up for debate. We have no kind words for the system of ideology and repression that aims daily to throttle us, only the defiant assertion that we are here, and that we too, are women. TERFs are servants of oppression, for they privilege a rigid and oppressive gender binary over the simple demands of transgender people for the dignity and compassion that we have been denied by the world. We have nothing to justify or apologise for in our determined opposition to TERFism.

We have a right to identify and exist as women. It is as simple as that.

[sic.]

A recent Wings poll declared that the proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act is “The least wanted legislation that the Parliament will have ever seen“. All demographic groups polled- including members of the LGBT community- were against the changes.

https://wingsoverscotland.com/the-law-that-nobody-wants/

The ‘We Need To Talk’ Tour has held previous events in London, Brighton, and York.

The next public discussion scheduled on proposed changes to the legal status of women under the Gender Recognition Act is sponsored by Woman’s Place UK. Titled ‘A Woman’s Space is Speaking Out’, it will take place in Bristol on February 8, 2018.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-womans-place-is-speaking-out-tickets-41851431759

 

Tonight’s scheduled airing of the documentary ‘Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?’ has been censored at the last minute by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation after a “over a dozen Twitter users” complained to the @CBCDocs account.

Watch the full *censored* documentary here:

Purple Sage

An article written by lesbian author Julia Diana Robertson talks about how a publication changed her words when they published her interview, making her sound less lesbian and more “queer.”

“Among other things, throughout the interview, where I said “lesbian” the word lesbian was changed to “queer.”

Why were words I would never use to describe myself or my novel, like “queerness” and “LGBTQ” and “gender presentation,” put into my mouth?”

This article provides a perfect illustration of the sneaky ways in which lesbians are erased by “queer” culture. Queer culture doesn’t like the word lesbian, because it’s too specific, and because it describes women whose sexuality excludes men. Queer culture prefers to promote the idea of “queer women” instead. Queer women are any women who defy the traditional conservative norms of sexuality, sometimes by engaging in sex with other women, or sometimes by engaging in other outlawed forms of…

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Mind bogglingly abusive interrogation of a Teaching Assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University. She was accused of committing “gendered violence”, told she had broken the law, and threatened with jail. All for the crime of discussing the controversy of “non-binary” pronouns in a class on grammar titled “ISSUES IN GRAMMAR”!

UNBELIVABLE.

Here are the deranged freaks harassing this woman:

Dr. Nathan Rambukkana (twitter)

Dr. Herbert Pimlott (WLU website)

SOLIDARITY WITH HELEN STEEL

I was in the process of writing a longer article around the events at the Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday, but I am also trying to stay on top of the rest of my life while dealing with the horrendous bullying of people around me which is underway by some trans activists and allies. I have been traumatised by my experiences on Saturday and by events since, resulting in a lack of sleep and inability to concentrate. I wanted to complete the longer article, but as lies are being circulated by those who attacked me, I feel I have to put out a shorter statement now.

When I refer to trans activists in this statement I mean people who are activists on trans issues, I do not mean that all of them were trans, nor that they represent the views of all trans identifying people. For those who don’t know what…

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