Reddit Admins Monitored My Private Messages and Banned Me for Private Laughter at Neckbeards in Fedoras
March 12, 2016
Reddit’s massive censorship and moderation issues reached my door when paid staff administrators informed me I was banned permanently for posting private information about another user. The only problem is that I never did any such thing. My sole history with the site was posting a few article links and making a few comments here and there, nothing notable. I assumed the accusation was yet another incidence of harassment by transgender males related to my gender-critical lesbian feminist politics. Reddit users will affirm that the male moderators of lesbian, feminist and transgender forums have a hair-trigger for banning any content relating to sexism or the oppression of female human beings based on our sex. Such content cock-blocks the redditor transgender fantasies of heterosexual male autogynephiles whose worldview depends on the total erasure of the existence of the female sex. (See numerous “I love my vagina!” titled links to dick-pics posted unmoderated in lesbian forums.)
Having heard of the difficulties reddit has had with controlling site moderation I assumed in good faith that admins had banned me in error and I contacted them and invited them to read my post history and reinstate my account. What happened next entered the realm of the surreal. Reddit admin “Redtaboo” informed me that admins had been monitoring my private messages and that I was being banned on the basis that one of my private messages contained a link to a public post by an individual who was also, according to admin, a reddit member.
What awful fuckery was this? According to reddit administrators, no woman may link in a private, unpublished message with another user any public post by any individual who also has (according to admin) a reddit account. According to reddit admins, any public post by any individuals known by admin to hold reddit accounts can never be mentioned in private messaging. Or something.
Whut? There are countless PUBLIC reddit POSTS discussing offsite PUBLIC POSTS made by individuals who also have reddit accounts. Yet lesbian feminists have our PRIVATE MESSAGES monitored by paid admins and we are banned for PRIVATELY discussing PUBLIC POSTS by individuals who may also have reddit accounts? None of this is mentioned in the TOS, of course. How curious, in that many persons publicly link to my posts, when I maintain(ed) a reddit account, and multiple public accounts impersonating me and attempting to publicly dox me on Reddit remain uncensored and unmoderated by site admin.
This whole absurdity made me very curious, since as I said I had only made a few posts and a handful of private messages on the reddit site. What reddit user’s public posts had I privately discussed in my private messaging that reddit admins were monitoring? Looking back at my history I noticed a few private messages had been deleted. Having sent less than a dozen private messages in my entire reddit history it wasn’t a difficult search. I had sent a PRIVATE message to another user where we laughed at the public neckbeard fedora photos of a man on twitter who stated that transgender people should be outed, doxed, publicly shamed and dis-employed via real life harassment if they support in any way the feminist critique of sex-roles. No reddit account or reddit post was mentioned. But “Redtaboo” seemed awfully concerned that the twitter doxxer linked privately in a private message was also a reddit user. (BTW the full content of my private message regarding this individual was “Neckbeard photos! Hahaha. Enjoy!”)
A few seconds on Google revealed that the twitter neckbeard doxxer was reddit user Amy_of_Dallas, who is, guess what! Completely “out” about himself on reddit including posting his LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyjess photos where he lists both his laydee-name Amy Jess Book and his original name, Jason G. Pallack. So even if someone had made a reddit post about the twitter doxxer (which they didn’t) he’s completely out anyway. He’s completely proud of his campaign to dox and harass fellow transgender people and harass them at their jobs.
But no one did make a post about him, nor did I. I simply laughed PRIVATELY about a neckbeard fedora fool in a private message on Reddit, a website where men monitor the PRIVATE speech of women, lesbians and feminists for signs of PRIVATE LAUGHTER at ridiculous men, in order to slander, ban and censor us from public speech.
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The Trans Women Who Say That Trans Women Aren’t Women
Meet the apostates of the trans rights movement.
By Michelle Goldberg
Last month, a 42-year-old English accountant who goes by the pseudonym Helen Highwater wrote a blog post disputing the idea that trans women are women. Helen is trans herself; in the last few years, she says, she has taken all the steps the U.K.’s National Health Service requires before it authorizes gender reassignment surgery, which she plans to have in 2016. Yet she has come to reject the idea that she is truly female or that she ever will be. Though “trans women are women” has become a trans rights rallying cry, Highwater writes, it primes trans women for failure, disappointment, and cognitive dissonance. She calls it a “vicious lie.”
“It’s a lie that sets us up to be triggered every time we are called he, or ‘guys’ or somebody dares to suggest that we have male biology,” she writes. “Even a cursory glance from a stranger can cut to our very core. The very foundations of our self-worth are fragile.”
From the perspective of the contemporary trans rights movement, this is close to blasphemy. Most progressives now take it for granted that gender is a matter of identity, not biology, and that refusing to recognize a person’s gender identity is an outrageous offense. Highwater herself long believed that: “I came from a point—and I think most of us do—of really, really low self-worth and deep shame about who and what we are,” she tells me. “And when people started telling me that trans women are women, you’ve always been a woman, you have a woman’s brain in a man’s body and all this kind of stuff—it’s a lifeline. It’s something you can hold on to. It really helps you to come to terms with things and move beyond that shame.”
In radical feminist thinking, there’s no such thing as a “woman’s brain.” This year, however, Highwater joined Twitter, where she began to follow the furious battles between trans rights activists and those feminists derisively known as TERFs, or trans exclusionary radical feminists. The radical feminists—who, to be clear, don’t represent all feminists who think of themselves as radical—fundamentally disagree with trans activists on what being a woman means. To the mainstream trans rights movement, womanhood (or manhood) is a matter of self-perception; to radical feminists, it’s a material condition. Radical feminists believe women are a subordinate social class, oppressed due to their biology, and that there’s nothing innate about femininity. They think you can’t have a woman’s brain in a man’s body because there’s no such thing as a “woman’s brain.” As the British feminist writer Julie Bindel—a bete noire of many trans activists—put it, “Feminists want to rid the world of gender rules and regulations, so how is it possible to support a theory which has at its centre the notion that there is something essential and biological about the way boys and girls behave?”
At first, Highwater felt incensed by these radical feminists. But she also wanted to understand them, and so she began to engage with them online. She discovered “people who had a pretty good grasp of gender as an artificial social construct—the expectations of what females are supposed to be, the expectations of what males are supposed to be, and how much of that is socialized,” she says. “What I started to find is that the women I was talking to actually made so much more sense than the trans people I was talking to.” Read the rest of this entry »