How YOU can help radical feminism spread…

Radical feminism is beginning to flourish again…and whether you haven’t joined us yet, or you’re already fully paid up radfem, here’s a few suggestions as to how you can contribute and help our movement grow…(as well as some pitfalls to watch out for)

Something rather interesting is happening in radfem land, with the movement currently enjoying an influx of new enthusiasts, many of these women who have become disillusioned with the misogyny that has infected liberal feminism. There is a renewed flourishing of radical feminist activity, activism, strategizing, community organizing, and theory. Groups like A Woman’s Place, and #ManFriday are emerging, who run campaigns, stage protests, and host speaking events to raise awareness about the thorny issue of Self ID and expose the regressive gender stereotypes that bolster trans ideology.

Excitingly, several local grassroots radical feminist chapters like Cheltenham RadFems are also now popping up throughout the UK, as well as further afield.

One major reason for this is that the liberal feminist position has failed women, having been thoroughly co-opted by misogynistic males. Women who believe in their right to personhood, in fighting for what is right, must fight from a radical feminist perspective or see our cause flounder, see our rights and the rights of other women infringed.

With the spread of trans rights activism, women’s rights are getting quashed rapidly, including the right to define our own bodies and name the root cause of our oppression – biology.

Trans rights activism replete with misogyny, could not have been so embraced with so much enthusiasm had there not been a growing undercurrent of misogyny present in society, a simmering resentment at the progress women have made so far.

The lie of equality has been fully exposed. Women under patriarchy have never had equality, equal respect, nor equal personhood.

By trying to achieve equality by male defined standards, in a world created by men, we sell ourselves short. We need to demand nothing short of liberation.

The upside is that for the first time in my lifetime I see a renaissance and renewed enthusiam for radical feminist activism. New groups and organisations are springing up every month, as women everywhere begin to rediscover their revolutionary power.

Together we must unite, raising consciousness in our sisters wherever we can. We must work together to form a resistance movement that is so cohesively united in one aim, the cause of justice for all women, everywhere.

Too long we have been co-opted into compromise. Misguidedly, albeit with the best of intentions, some of us have taken the middle road, diluted our revolutionary power and adopted the liberal position.

As Queer politics have begun to dominate cultural discourse, the radical feminist gains our Second Wave sisters made for women have been halted in their tracks.

The backlash, a result of stinging resentment and fury at women’s progress, is nothing new.

Hatred for women has never gone away, not since patriarchy begun.

We are the ones who are schooled to be nice, accepting, we are the ones who are always expected to give up our space, our identities, our bodies. We are punished when we demand things for our own, when we demand the right to say no.

But we must say no to gender ideology, if we want to dismantle patriarchy and achieve true, full liberation, in a world free of regressive stereotypes.

We can’t play nice anymore.

We have tried to convince those with hate in their hearts to join us in the call for justice.

We have tried to reason with them, appease them, in some cases we have ceded ground, allowing natal males into women’s spaces, women’s places, we have called them by “preferred pronouns”, we have even called them women.

We did this never expecting they would not stop until we were completely colonised and under their control.

Quite clearly, all this compromise does not work.

Now we are being told men define what a woman is, men define what a lesbian is, and if we don’t cooperate we deserve to be beaten.

These threats of violence frequently lead to real life incidents of brutality, lesbians being beaten by those radicalised by queer theory in gay bars, women silenced online and in Universities, women attacked at meetings and demonstrations, for the simple act of organising to combat sex based oppression.

Persuasive argument may work to raise consciousness in some people, but for others, it will never work, ever.

Those people do not feel our injustice, many times, they do not even care it exists.

They are misogynists, with a deep hatred of women that need cling to an unjust gender caste system that labels them superior.

The road forward is clear. Global organised, strategized, radical feminist resistance to oppression and intolerance of misogyny, all the time, everywhere.

All who care deeply for women and humanity, as well as all women who whose hearts are heavy with sickness at the brutality and injustice of this patriarchal world should stand with us, in support of born women and girls.

If you are a woman, you do not benefit from the current status quo, which far too often let’s misogyny both covert and overt go unchecked.

If you are a woman, and you are not yet standing with radical feminists who fight for you, for all women, then unless you agree in sanctioning your own suppression, along with that of other born women, you must wake up.

All of us who are born women, are not currently being treated with equal fairness, all of us who are not receiving equal respect; Black, Hispanic, White, Native American, Asian, lesbian, disabled, and more, all of us born female must get over our petty differences and unify.

We need to unite as one solid movement with a lioness roar so loud it can never be silenced.

We must intervene to stop harmful gender ideology taking root and becoming the new norm, before irreparable damage is done, to society, to humanity, to women’s rights, to children.

Unify against the root problem – misogyny

We must now abandon the current Left, it has now been destroyed by the misogyny our leaders choose to ignore, and worse, often enable themselves. The right has never been the answer, it is no friend to women and never has been.

We are on our own. But sisterhood is powerful.

We need to reclaim the Left. We will reclaim it. But first, we need to reclaim feminism itself.

The most effective weapon of suppression is to divide and conquer. It’s happened to feminism, with the libfem/ radfem divide, which has worked to split women in the Left.

Within the Left, for years, as women we have been relatively ignored. Now we find the situation worsening, with leaders such as Corbyn turning a blind eye, while we go round in circles, chasing compromise while getting caught up in petty identity politics, and inter-movement strife.

Meanwhile, the other side, the status quo the Left should be fighting against, sits enshrined on a centuries old throne of assumed superiority.

This stolen throne has used the suppression and silencing of many, many millions of women to ensure its survival.

We need to topple that throne once and for all, we need to pull it down and burn it to the ground. Then we need to send a clear message to all those who worship the privilege it represents that we will never allow it to exist again.

A simple plan for a better world – for women, for girls – everywhere

Until now, we who came after the Second Wave, though many of us have always desperately wanted justice and equality for all women, we have not always had a clear enough vision of how we can continue the fight our Second Wave foremothers and their Suffragette grandmothers began.

Many of us were confused, unsure whether women, at least in the West, were making progress or not.

It is now clear we are not. If anything, rigid gender stereotypes that ensure males remain the superior caste, are becoming ever more firmly enshrined, with the rise of trans activism.

But now we are getting organised again. This is good, as our previous lack of focus weakened our effectiveness to dismantle patriarchy.

The misogynists are laughing at us today, but they will not be laughing forever. We will not let the work our Second Wave sisters did for us, for justice, for fairness for women be squandered, we cannot let the massive sacrifice the suffragettes made to raise the status of women be for nothing.

We need to come together, as women, and universally agree on direct action to dismantle the patriarchal systems of control.

Then, building on radical feminist theory our foremothers bequeathed us, we need to collectively agree on what comes after.

Any truly effective plan for change should consider the following

We need to put our combined resources; financial, creative, medical, legal, creative technological, all our skills, into fighting for the cause of justice for women. Whatever we can contribute, our words, our financial help, our ability to build, craft, create, and of course the most important resource of all, our physical presence, must be lent to the radical feminist resistance movement whenever we can.

This is necessary to truly effect change for women, as every movement requires resources, smart strategy, and of course, direct action.

A totally not comprehensive list of resources we might consider gathering and actions we might consider taking:

Spaces for women

– In an age where born women’s space is increasingly being impinged on, we need to start fighting back and reclaiming our right to organise, in spaces free from male bodies.

We need to source suitable, safe locations to meet in, including spaces for shelters and women only refuges. We should start fundraisers to collectively contribute towards the rental or leasing fees for these spaces, as well as collectively raise finances to buy land and property, so as to allocate space for women and girls. The excellent We Want The Land Coalition did exactly this, purchasing land for women and girls, to use, to host radical feminist, and born women only events.

We could look to finding other, more inventive ways to build or create new spaces for women, this could include purchasing houseboats to gather, or constructing eco or temporary housing on land we have purchased or lease from scratch.

And of course, we should support existing spaces that provide safe harbour for born women, with our donations, by volunteering our time, and also by our physical presence, attending the events and gatherings they host.

When these places are protested by trans activists, we need to show our support, in whatever way is most needed, so that they can continue to remain free of biological males.

Medical support network

We should begin to establish a network of radical feminist doctors, medics, gynaecologists who we can turn to when we need medical advice and the medical establishment has failed us.

Perhaps we could establish a pro bono type service where radical feminists who are also qualified medics, gyno’s etc.. could donate some of their expertise to women in need? This would be particularly useful in case of any law change, as although, at the moment sex remains a protected characteristic in the UK at least, it may not always be the case.

Certainly, this type of resource bank of radical feminist medical experts would benefit radical feminists living in countries such as Canada right now.

This would be particularly useful resource for occasions like when born women are denied a smear test or other intimate exam, because they refused to accept an examination by a Self ID’ing trans “woman” for example.

Legal support network –

Equally, we could begin to build a network of radical feminist lawyers, legal advisors, consultants etc…that we can turn to look over legal documents to check for loopholes that may negatively impact women, as well as laws we can use to our advantage, to advance the cause of women. We can also draw on these experts to help us challenge misogynistic laws and policy proposals that will negatively impact on women.

As well, these legal brains could help us build cases that would help challenge long-held patriarchal institutions, such as pornographers and the sex trade in general, perhaps something along the lines of constructing a class action suit claiming a human rights violation of the dignity of women and girls.

We should also all try to become more familiar with the laws of our country and others, particularly all those that effect girls and women, and learn how to use the legal system to our advantage.

Obviously, those radfems among us who already understand the legal system can help us massively on this, if they have the time to donate to our cause, and I know many are doing exactly this, as I write this.

Political support network-

As well as building a medical and legal network, we should also start compiling a list or database of MP’s who are sympathetic to radical feminist positions. Everything from Self ID to abortion, and pornography, as this will be an excellent resource from which to draw from, when we want to challenge laws, and raise awareness in Parliament.

It also goes without saying that by now all of us should have written into our local MP to voice our objections to the Government’s Self ID proposals, and also, to ask her/ him to raise the matter in Parliament and call for an impact assessment on women and girls.

But we can also contact our local MPs on other matters, asking them to raise parliamentary questions regarding strip clubs, the sex trade, pornography, domestic violence, rape, workplace harassment, equal pay, and maternity provision.

And of course, we can contact our local councils, to ensure rape shelters, women’s only swimming clubs, and other women’s spaces in our community, stay free of biological male people.

We should also attend local political party meetings and challenge the leaders and speakers there, raising questions and issues that pertain to women’s rights, freedoms, or protections.

Some of us, who are more politically inclined could also consider running for a candidacy in one of the political parties you feel most strongly affiliated with, or as an independent candidate in your local area, as it would be great to have more radical feminist orientated political figures, who can advocate on behalf of women.

Physical self-defence

If possible, we should all learn the basic skills necessary to defend ourselves if, and only if, a violent situation occurs that would threaten us or any other women. We cannot allow ourselves to stand by passively for instance where women are being threatened with violence, and women are being beaten, this is not the same as sanctioning indiscriminate acts of unjustified violence.

Those already in possession of self-defence skills could perhaps volunteer a few hours of time in their locality to teach other radfems, and perhaps also women from the community, these essential skills.

This is vital, especially considering trans activist’s violence is spiralling, coupled with the fact that nearly every event we organise is protested and picketed by TRAs, with threats of violence frequently being issued to us.

Organizing and carrying out Direct Action

We cannot be idle in this fight, and we cannot let our fears of violence and retribution get the better of us (I myself am so terribly guilty of this but have decided to make the effort to overcome this particular trepidation of mine recently after being convinced of the need to act as harmful trans ideology begins to spiral out of control).

We must be prepared to put our lives on the line to stand up for what’s right if need be (unlikely in a Western country these days but hey, you never know). It is not about openly defying the police for the sake of it, the law should be respected providing it upholds justice and equality. However, when it does not, it is our most basic duty as human beings to oppose it.

For those who might disagree with this idea, imagine this hypothetical scenario. A head of state passes a racist law that gives the police powers to arrest people of colour indiscriminately and detain them, all under the guise they might be suspected terrorists or enemies of the state.

In this situation, as believers in justice, should we stand by and passively allow law enforcement to carry out the orders of this head of state? Should we also stand by and watch if the police brutalize innocents on the orders of a fascist? History has shown us all too terrifyingly what can happen if we take that road.

The only sane and logical answer is no, of course we should not. That is why we cannot be afraid to resist oppression with every means we have, while also taking care not to incite violence against those who are doing no harm to us.

Direct action can come in many forms, including sticker campaigns to raise awareness of feminist issues, like the ones the brilliant Untameable Shrews carry out in their local communities, to protesting strip clubs, to buying hard copy radical feminist books and donating them to our local library, or contacting schools and asking them to distribute educational materials that challenge harmful gender ideology, as the excellent Transgender Trend are doing.

We can print out flyers, such as the informative SAGES factsheets on gender ideology and distribute them in our local communities.

We can start local radfem chapters in our communities, leasing space to meet weekly or monthly, in order to organise, strategize, and plan direct action that we can then take in our localities to raise radical feminist consciousness in women who have not yet joined us.

To further our outreach, and encourage other women to come to consciousness, we can organise radical feminist festivals, and other events, such as jumble sales, craft fairs, Q+ A’s on gender, self-defence workshops, swap shops, and feminist social outings like group swimming sessions, and advertise these in our local communities (like on supermarket message boards and in community centres and libraries, as well as online.

At these events we can gently raise awareness by handing out literature, giving talks, having conversations, or by having our posters and other political artwork prominently on display.

We can also volunteer some of our time where possible, to help radical feminist organisations and causes, like Justice For Women, the feminist campaigning organisation co-founded by Julie Bindel, that helps advocate for incarcerated women who have killed their violent abusive partners.

And we can volunteer our time to local women’s refuges, as well as starting crowdfunders on sites like www.crowfunder.co.uk and offline fundraising events to raise money for causes that directly benefit women and girls.

Technology, media, and communication –

We are the Facebook generation. Nearly all of us are connected to the web in some way, using Twitter, Facebook, and various other platforms to exchange messages, news, and ideas. We can harness this global connectivity to our advantage to mobilize and evoke positive change, as has been demonstrated effectively before in the “Facebook Uprising” that occurred in 2011 in Tunisia.

A few examples; we can use our connectivity to post details of organised meetings and protests, to talk and share ideas, hash out feminist theory, and to provide support to each other.

We can use it to start radical feminist online magazines, shops that sell radfem inspired crafts and jewellery, radfem owned businesses, and radical feminist online resource centres like RadFem Central.

We can also use it to present a loud, public resistance that actively and consistently promotes our opposition to oppression, and we can and should attempt to connect with the wider caucus of women who have not yet awakened to radical feminism.

We can use our technology to make our voices heard to the people that matter. We can contact our MP’s, complain to schools, Universities, shops that stock pornography, allow misogynistic merchandise such as the infamous “Fuck TERFS” t-shirts to be sold on their platform, or have implemented dangerous Self ID policies in changing rooms, putting women and girls at risk from male violence and male predatory behaviour.

We can contact businesses that implement unfair or harmful policy to women, and to places of learning that employ misogynistic professors and lecturers, as well as to workplaces that foster misogynistic staff, or condone a sexually intimidating environment that is hostile to women.

We can write or call in to support our sisters who have been banned or no-platformed from feminist events, left wing spaces, Universities, or political parties.

We can support and start campaigns and petitions to raise awareness of radical feminist causes, we can blog and spread the word, we can write our own books on radical feminism, and when misogynistic abuses occur, if they are newsworthy, we can also contact journalists who might be sympathetic to our cause.

We can start radical feminist e-newsletters and e-zines, and maybe even some old school style print ‘zines and newsletters too, because, well, they’re totally rad .

We can start feminist websites, and also Radfem news sites like the awesome Feminist Current.

Of course, as misogyny rises, due to vocally aggressive trans activism, radical feminist voices are being censored more and more on platforms such as FB and Twitter.

As well as maintaining our social media platforms on these spaces for as long as we can, we should also begin to organize on alternative platforms, such as Me We, where radical feminists are still free to collectively organize.

Some possible problems and pitfalls within our movement that we need to watch out for

Inter-movement divisiveness

This is dangerous because not only does back-biting and sniping give outsiders the chance to criticize our movement but it is ultimately unproductive to entertain such horizontal hostility when we would be much better served unifying to combat the harms of patriarchy.

We are never, ever going to agree on everything, but all of us should be able to collectively organize around the most basic radical feminist principles.

Principles like the fact that gender is a harmful social construct and a caste system that puts women in an servant class, the fact that the sex trade is an abusive industry that harms vulnerable women and children, and objectifies and degrades all women, and the fact pornography is exploitative, harms intimacy, and also has a negative social impact on the way all women are viewed.

Fighting among ourselves, or micro-managing other women’s language who basically agree with radical feminist principles anyway, and critiquing their social media posts etc.., is not helpful to us, and is in fact outright damaging.

And of course, as a movement that believes fundamentally in the importance of taking action, rather than arguing among ourselves, we should be looking for practical actionable steps and action we can take that will help to dismantle patriarchy.

Hidden Agendas

Within protest groups such as Occupy there have been those that have attached themselves to the cause with one eye on causing trouble for troubles sake or with other negative intentions. We cannot let this happen and must constantly be alert for narcissists looking to grab the mike, and also those looking to smear our movement for their own personal gain or vested interests.

Allowing the politics of the current system to replay over again within our movement

We’ve seen this happen within the feminist cause in the past, where, as white women, we have sometimes failed to give Black, Asian, or Indigenous women an equal voice, upholding the values of white supremacy.

We cannot do this going forward, and I am heartened to say, in most radical feminist circles I mix in, I genuinely do not feel this is case. Then again, as a white woman, I would welcome feedback from women of colour as to whether they feel we are giving them enough space, enough voice.

It also goes without saying, and I am sure most radical feminists already practise this, but there should be no leaders/ dictators within our movement.

Allowing men (of any kind) to co-opt feminism

I do believe men can be our allies in some cases, like the wonderful Derrick Jensen of Deep Green Resistance, who is doing some fantastic work to raise radical feminist consciousness in men as to the harms and brutality of patriarchy.

I believe that men can be allies (sometimes) because as a socialist I know a sense of justice is something every right thinking human being can possess, regardless what sex they are.

However, even the most well-meaning man will have been unconsciously conditioned from the cradle to believe he is superior to those of the female sex. He will have been conditioned to feel entitled to women’s bodies, to view himself as more logical, cleverer, better etc…

It’s not that men can’t undo this conditioning, they can, of course, but most don’t, even when they say they empathise. We should be on guard for this.

And of course, in case anyone is in any doubt, no, men cannot actually be a part of our movement, since radical feminism is for born women, and for born women only.

We must organise for ourselves if we are to combat our sex based oppression effectively.

Lack of direction

We need a clear end goal.

We need to a general consensus to decide what kind of system we want to replace the old patriarchal one with.

Do we want one that looks like our current system that runs along the same lines economically, albeit with improved regulations, checks and balances to ensure big business cannot hold sway over the interests of the average citizen?

Or do we feel that there is a need for greater change, where perhaps we need to completely overhaul the current system entirely, where we need to take down the financial institutions and start over again.

In this case we might envision a world like the one Deep Green Resistance envision, a closer to the indigenous matrilineal cultures that still remain in pockets of the globe, free of industrial civilization, where capitalism and aggressive eco-destruction cannot thrive?

One thing is for sure, we need to build a world where women of colour are more equally represented.

In this brave new world, we need to do make sure that women of colour and disabled women are as much the primary decision makers as white women, so that the same old privileges and entitlements do not start to re-enact themselves over again.

One thing is for sure, once we have overthrown the old, whatever we decide to replace the new must be truly democratic. We must fix a broken electoral system, such as the one in the US that allowed a candidate with the most votes to be denied the top job.

Passivity

We are all armchair critics now, re-tweeting the latest outrage but far too often failing to actively try and cause positive change.

We must change that now, because the alternative, passivity and inaction will cause consequences far too severe to womankind.

We must let no act of misogyny go unchallenged, no act of woman hatred go by without being called to account and brought to justice, whether it’s something that’s occurring on a personal level in our daily social interactions with our peers, or something that our politicians and lawmakers are doing.

We born women must come together to make the change we want to see in the world happen. No one else is going to do it for us. The time to form an effective resistance movement and demand a fairer world for women is now and it’s really exciting that radical feminism is beginning to flourish again.

If you are a woman and you haven’t yet joined us, will you stand with radical feminists to fight the forces of patriarchal control?

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Boycott UK Labour – The Party that HATES women

104456730-352-k968489The Labour Party have just announced that biological women who want to apply for positions in Young Labour must self-identify, or they will not be eligible for these places.  On the other hand, anyone else who self-identifies as a woman, aka any biological male, will automatically be eligible for any of the “women only” positions the Labour Party previously reserved for the female sex.

The party political decision was recently announced by Dawn Butler, and is a staggering one, not least because of the implications for biological women everywhere.

The Labour Party has drawn its line in the sand, and made it clear, it is NOT a party for women, it is a party that hates their agency and wants to erode it.  Now 100% of the positions within Labour are eligible to biological males.  This is incredibly problematic for several reasons, not least because we all know that no matter how you identify, sex based discrimination is real.

Do we really believe that if a woman were to identify as a man, she would be treated with the same privileges? Not unless she had taken hormones and had surgery so that she resembled a biological male.  Even then UK law says, she is still ineligible to inherit aristocratic titles reserved purely for the male sex.

Sex based discrimination is real, and women lose out every day because of it.  With this misogynistic pronouncement, Labour are declaring they don’t care, they don’t care that it’s harder for women to gain political power, which is why positions had to be set aside for them in the first place.

What on earth is the point of reserving these positions, if they are going to open them to all anyway? And if all it takes to claim a spot reserved for women is to self-identify, are we really all so sure this policy of Labour’s won’t be abused by pernicious Men’s Right’s Activists, who would do anything to remove biological women from positions of power.

That’s right, biological women.  Strangely MRA’s seem quite peachy keen on trans women.  I wonder why, could it be that they hate biological women, oh I don’t know, because they are biologically female?

UK law it seems, still recognizes sex as a protected characteristic, at least for now, though UK Labour clearly do not.  The party is in fact in breach of the law with this recent announcement, not least because the proposed Gender reforms that would make self-idenfication legal, have not yet been passed, nor codified into our British legal system.

The party also finds itself in flagrant breach of British law with its recent appointment of Lily Madigan, formerly Liam Madigan, to the role of Women’s Officer for Rochester and Strood.  Lily is not in possession of a Gender Recognition Certificate and so is not legally a woman in the eyes of the British courts, a strange conundrum indeed because Labour’s own policy explicitly states that the position can only go to a legally recognized woman.

Yet Labour do not seem to care about breaking the law, nor about the hundreds of women who have already loudly voiced their concerns about the party’s enthusiasm for self-identification.  Peculiarly though, it does appear to care rather disproportionately about the tiny proportion of transgender activists who demand access to biological women’s bathroom’s, women’s positions, women’s spaces.

Labour cares so much in fact, that Venice Allan, a gender critical feminist and Labour Party member was recently booted out of the Labour Feminist Christmas Party, because her presence was apparently making Lily Madigan feel unsafe.  Yes we live in an age where anyone who does not agree with the Labour Party’s current ethos, that anyone can be a woman, that sex is not a biological reality, and the basis of women’s oppression, becomes a threat to be removed or no-platformed.

Labour, previously the party of free speech, is now in perilous danger of becoming the party of fascist totalitarianism, if it isn’t there already.  And of course let’s not forget, yet another extremely sinister, but easy to overlook drawback about the party’s  enthusiastic love-in with self-identification.

By forcing women to self-identify as  women and by simultaneously declaring “anyone can be a woman” if they say they are, regardless of sex” Labour handily both coerce women into agreeing they embrace oppression and erase the possibility of discussing that oppression in one fell swoop.

After all how can you possibly be oppressed because of your sex if trans women are just the same as you.  Aren’t Labour actually saying that sex doesn’t exist and anyone can be a woman?

And, hints Labour insidiously, how can women be oppressed?  After all, look by self-identifying as a woman, they are choosing to be a woman, and who would voluntarily choose to be oppressed?  No, the party’s logic goes, if women are choosing to be women, therefore they are choosing all that comes with that.  It means they identify with the sex role stereotyping, the misogyny, the disbarring from public life, the harassment, the under-representation, the idea that what makes a woman is a pretty dress and a pair of heels, the list goes on …and on.

Women wake up.  Resign your Labour party membership.  We have tried to reason with senior Labour figures, even at the highest level, yes Jeremy Corbyn, I am talking about you too, but they haven’t listened.  We have tried to broach meaningful discussion with the party’s various apparatchiks, but they have dismissed our concerns as well.

Meanwhile, the momentum machine roles misogynistically on, hell bent on erasing women’s hard won progress and collecting our subscription fees while doing it.  Confident on their power, drunk on their arrogance, they count on women to propel them into number 10, where you can wager they will try and implement their brand of brocialism to the detriment of women.

I don’t care how great you think Corbyn is, or how much of a die hard left winger you have always been.  The truth is plain to see, Labour hates women.  If you are one, GET OUT NOW.

Boycott Labour, hit them where it hurts, in the wallet and at the ballot box.  Women are a hugely powerful body politic, let’s not let ourselves be used to prop up a party that clearly has no regard for us.

This misogynistically soaked version of the Labour party needs to be taught a hard lesson. Perhaps once they have hemorrhaged enough female support, finally Labour will do what they should have done from the off, listen to women and boot out the disgusting misogynists who hate them.

 

Backlash Part One – The Great Libfem Con

 

Why were feminists always hated until now? We are witnessing a strange new phenomena, an age where even men seem keen to don the label feminist.

 

It might seem good on the surface right, like finally men have grown some empathy or something?

 

Just what we women always hoped for eh?

 

Unfortunately, this is far from the case.

 

Feminism used to be a dirty word, because feminism used to challenge the patriarchal system of dominance.

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Now feminism has been blunted, in the guise of liberal feminism, it poses no threat to the male system of dominance over women aka patriarchy.  

 

So of course it’s not a dirty word anymore, in fact it’s a useful word, as it conditions women into thinking they aren’t oppressed anymore because everyone, everything, is feminist now.

 

Now, feminism is the progressive buzz word on everyone’s lips in the West, political parties are keen to champion the cause, celebrities of both sexes regularly claim to be feminists, and the term is constantly bandied about in popular media.

 

You’d think, with all this apparent newfound enthusiasm for all things feminist that the centuries old system of patriarchy would be done with by now wouldn’t you?

 

Scratch ever so lightly the glossy surface of the utopia liberal feminism imagines every women to be living in though, and the inequities and injustices are glaringly obvious.

 

Once women see the truth of their own oppression through the lens of radical feminism, they can’t deny it.

 

Liberal feminism masks women’s oppression but because it does this, it’s extremely vulnerable to reality.

 

Even something as simple as asking a liberal feminist conditioned woman if she really believes she’s treated with the same respect as her male colleague, husband, or brother, can create a  powerful triggering effect that forces her to confront a reality, she’s long suspected existed, but that her liberal feminist ideology forced her to suppress.

 

Other great questions to ask a liberal feminist or any woman who has bought into the liberal lie of equality…

 

Why are high acheiving women still regularly paid 20% less than their male counterparts?

 

Why, is there a 5.7% prosecution rate of all rape cases committed upon females in England and Wales?

 

Why is it a human rights violation for a biological male to be denied the right to define themselves as a woman but absolutely fine for women to be told they cannot talk about the basic facts of their biology?

 

And if we really are all equal now, why are women’s appearances constantly scrutinized while men’s largely left alone, no matter how they appear?

 

Gay men have more cultural visibility now, including feminine gay men, but where is the Butch lesbian? Where, even is the lesbian at all?

 

And why is it considered taboo  to ask a gay man to consider a relationship with a biological woman, or a straight man to consider a relationship or sexual encounter with a male, but expected that lesbian’s at least consider accomodating biological men aka trans women in their beds?

 

Could it be that for all the hyperbole liberal feminism is not really feminism at all?

 

Could it be women still have a need, a very great need for actual feminism, radical feminism, real feminism? The kind of feminism that gives women the solution to their actual problem – male cultural domination.

 

Feminism used to have fangs, which was why men didn’t like it very much.

 

Why would they? Feminist philosophy challenged the unequal slave caste system they had built for themselves on every level.

 

Radical feminists dismantled the social untruths men had been peddling for centuries, such as women weren’t equipped to be engineers, mechanics, or math professors, providing men with reams of evidence to the contrary, women excelling in these and all of the other fields we’d previously been barred from entering.

 

We did this by raising consciousness in females, awakening them to their own oppression, and offering them a healthier alternative than the patriarchal system that limited their lives.

 

We did this by pressuring the patriarchal system to allow women access to opportunities, education, and jobs previously denied to us.

 

Thanks to the Second Wave of feminist activity in the 70’s, we forced the doors open to so many areas of life we had been previously excluded from.

 

We also challenged the rigid sex stereotypes that dictated women should always be feminine.

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This was important and went way beyond mere superficial appearances because by first dubbing feminine inferior, then forcing women to be feminine,  and dictating to us what feminine looks like, men had successfully subordinated us to the role they like women in best – servile and passive.

 

So we rejected the sex stereotyping that told us we must wear make up, wax the hair from our bodies, and don painful stilettos that cripple our feet and cause us injury. We did this because not all of us were feminine, some of us were masculine,  and certainly none of us were feminine in the way men wanted us to be.  

 

We redefined what the feminine actually is, which looks nothing like the patriarchal construct of femininity, and we also asserted that women can have masculine traits, behaviours, appearances, manners of speech, ways of sitting, and styles of dress, and that this is totally normal and natural.

 

We did this because in all our glorious diversity as females, whether we were a masculine expressing female or a feminine expressing one, we wanted to be ourselves.  

 

Previously, before the Second Wave,only men were allowed to be themselves and we weren’t having that anymore.

 

We wanted to be truckers and oil rig workers, mechanics, and math professors, CEOs and bankers, we wanted to wear pants and cut our hair, we wanted to go make up free, and yes, of course some of us didn’t want those things but that was fine too.

 

Because not all men want to be truckers and CEOs and bankers and mechanics either. Not all men want to wear pants, some of them want to wear dresses, some of them are much more comfortable staying home and looking after the kids than holding down a 9-5 and being the main breadwinner.

 

That never held back the men that did want those things though.  Why should it, when people are naturally diverse, why should people be limited?

 

Except of course, women were not considered people back before the Second Wave occurred.

 

And liberal feminism is working overtime to ensure any progress we have made to liberation is being eroded, indeed we are currently undergoing a big backlash against the idea that women are people in our own right.

 

Limiting women by enforcing the rigid sex role system ensures patriarchy can continue.

 

We tried to change that, and we were making progress, but then came the backlash.

 

We knew men would try to resist women’s newfound emancipation but I don’t think even we could anticipate the multitude of sneaky and devious ways the patriarchy would double down to cling on to an unequal status quo.

 

So how, after we’d made so much progress, how did society circle back on itself  to the point where the idea of what a woman is, is once again all about the constructed stereotype of femininity.  The woman box is narrow once again, and according to society comes with liking pink, having long hair, speaking softly, being feminine, and wearing dresses and make-up.

How did we go backward?

 

And how the hell did we get to the mess we’re currently in where feminism itself has been co-opted and subverted to uphold patriarchy?

 

Stay tuned for the next part of how the patriarchy lashed back at the Second wave gains feminists had made coming in my next blog post…and stay radical my sisters;)

Let’s make 2018 the year we kick patriarchy in the balls…

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Feminism is apparently 2017’s word of the year, according to dictionary site Merriam-Webster.

 

This year was the year we saw the #MeToo campaign, and the outpouring  of account after account of incidents of sexual harassment, rape, and assault that women have suffered at the hands of men.

 

It might seem that finally women are feeling empowered to speak out about the injustices we suffer every day because of our sex class.

 

Yet, liberation is more than just a hashtag, more in fact even, than just being able to get your attacker to actually serve decent jail time.

 

True liberation for women will only have arrived when every woman on the planet is valued as a person fully deserving of respect, regardless of whether males approve of her existence, appearance, manner, career, ambitions, and behaviour.

 

At the moment, we are so far from that point as a sex class.

 

Yes, sex exists, it is real, and it is the core reason we are discriminated against.

 

If anyone, particularly a male person,  tries to tell you sex does not exist, know that what they are actually attempting to do is prevent you from naming your oppression.

 

Our biology has, for centuries made us almost universally hated, distrusted, and derided, by men, and because of our biology we have been made second class citizens.

Because of our biology our reproductive choices have been dictated to us by men, we have been subjected to sexual assault, rape, murder, torture, and abuse, again by men, we have been barred from education, the right to vote, and from entering the professions.

And because of our biology, we have been forced to behave, look, talk, walk and dress, as male people want us to, and then dubbed inferior when we have co-operated.

 

When we have not co-operated we have been demonized, persecuted, medicalised, dismissed as lunatics, or downright ignored.

 

When brilliant women like Margaret Hamilton, the woman who wrote the code that took humanity to the moon, pop up, they are immediately written out of history.

Of course they must be. Patriarchy cannot tolerate examples of female excellence.

It’s a startling testament to the persistence of women, that Hamilton  managed to achieve what she did, given the regressive  misogynistic atmosphere of the 60’s, where it was much harder for a woman to  get an education than it is in most Western societies today, where there were even less women in science and far less professional women in general.

 

Yet Hamilton comes along, a clear example of the potential and brilliance and tenacity of women, and what does the patriarchy do with her?

 

Does it applaud her?  Praise her for her triumph despite every obstacle being pushed in her path?

 

No.  Instead it rewarded her immense contribution to humankind by writing her out of history and giving a man the credit.

 

There are millions of Margaret Hamiltons, both in the past and today, women who from the start are discouraged from bettering themselves through education.  Instead of educating themselves, following their passion, and nurturing healthy ambition, women are encouraged by patriarchal culture to become fashion models, strippers, prostitutes, wives, stay at home mothers, domestic servants, appearance obsessed airheads who’s only concern is to make themselves as decorative as possible so they are prime objects for male sexual desires.

 

Our society does love a servile woman who knows her place, I.e. beneath a man, always.

 

When women stick two fingers up to patriarchy and persist anyway, even when they excel in their careers, as we frequently do, we are continually undermined, under praised, harrassed, under promoted, and overlooked, simply because we belong to a sex class that male people continually want to oppress.

 

We are not a free people when society so freely hates and disrespects us if we refuse to adopt the servile position, an inferior station to men.

 

We are not free if society does not take our word for it when we say we have been assaulted, harassed, raped, beaten, tortured.  And it often does not take our word for it, according to rapecrisis.org, of the 85,000 rapes committed upon women in England and Wales, in the year 2017, only 5.7 % resulted in a successful prosecution.

 

We are not free when we have to remove our body hair lest we be ridiculed and reviled when we walk down the street.

 

We are not free when we have to starve our bodies of nourishment and healthy food in order for our presence in the world to be tolerated, and for insults and slurs like “fat cow” or “pig” not to be levelled at us.

 

We are not free when we are sold and traded, trafficked, and used by males for their sexual pleasure.

 

We are not free when so many legal images and videos of us exist that depict us in degrading positions, being choked, raped, beaten, strangled, tortured, and generally denigrated.

 

We are not free when we reject males as sexual partners because we prefer females, and society thinks it has the right to force us to accept a penis in our bed, and if we still refuse, label us bigots.

 

Yes trans activists and liberal feminists I’m talking about you here.

 

If you are a female person who is not yet a radical feminist, you might even imagine you are free, that because you have a good job, a boss who praises you instead of criticizes you, a husband that loves you, you are lucky.

 

But are you free, really?  How much of your life is lived as you truly would want to live it, and how many times do you do things, say things, wear things, not because you want to but because you feel you have to?

 

How many times have you felt afraid walking home alone at night because of the threat if male violence?

 

How often have you wished you could ask your partner to do his share of the chores but feel you can’t do it because it would emasculate him and he might get angry?

 

How many times have you lowered your voice in the presence of a man, let him talk over you, undermine you, patronize you, while the whole time you simmered quietly inside?

 

Would you really, truly want to shave your legs if you could be liked, loved in your natural, hairy state?

 

Men can. They are loved and liked by our society in all shapes and sizes, old and young, fat and skinny, balding and hirsute.

 

Men do not owe society the debt of being beautiful, for women the luxury of being fine however they are is not allowed.

 

We must be beautiful and what is considered beauty is solely defined by males.

 

Men do not live in fear of sexual violence, men do not feel they must lower their voices or stifle their opinions when women are present.

 

They have not been socialised to be servile, they have been socialised to be waited on, so they do not help out, because they have been taught that to do so is women’s work.

 

 Why should women not be deserving of exactly the same respect as men? Why should we need to be beautiful in order to be allowed to exist? Why should we live in fear of male predatory behaviour, harassment, assault, and abuse?

Why should we have to serve men?

Even when we make ourselves beautiful we are still despised, a woman who is viewed as beautiful by patriarchal standards has no more respect, no more voice than a woman viewed as unattractive.

 

The only difference of course, is the beautiful woman gets the dubious reward of being even more sexually objectified. But all women, no matter how they appear, are sexually objectified, because under patriarchy we are only viewed as objects, objects that exist solely to serve men, for their sexual pleasure.

 

Our value is directly correlated to how sexually appealing we are to males.  Every single female person who is born learns this, which is why so many of us are desperate to adopt the costume of femininity, the robes of a hairless, infantile, brainless, docile, servile, silent, passive, painted male created parody, a grotesquerie of what men want women to be.

 

Men do not seem to want opinionated women, strong women, women with lush full hips and natural breasts, men  do not want hairy women with bushy armpits and unshaven legs, men do not want successful, brilliant, powerful women.

 

Most of all men seem firmly opposed to women’s true liberation, to us living as freely as men live, to us being respected as men are.

 

Of course men don’t want us to be free.  Why would they?

 

They are addicted to the thrill of their superiority, outraged at the very idea of having to share the world with women on any kind of equal footing. Men are entitled to the point of gross arrogance at the very idea that we might be our own beings.

 

In men’s minds, women only seem to exist for men.

 

The reason radical (aka real) feminists are derided is because we say the exact  opposite. We demand to exist only for ourselves.  Patriarchy cannot bear a truly feminist woman, because she continually refuses to exist for men.

 

She does not need male approval, even if she is sexually attracted to men, she still does not seek their approval.

Just as men who are sexually attracted to women do not seek their approval, the radical feminist who is attracted to males sexually, does not need male approval.

If men are in her life, it will be on her terms, in a mutually respectful, healthy, relationship geared towards equal pleasure for both sexes.

 

The reason so many women co-operate with patriarchy, why they pluck, wax, shave, and starve, why they do not speak up, why they play dumb when males are around, why they do not display their anger, is not because women have a deep seated burning desire to be as sexually attractive as possible to as many men as they can, so they can have endless bouts of sexual gymnastics.

 

It’s not about sexual attraction for women. It’s about needing, desperately needing to survive.  To not have the whole of society turn on you, persecute you, humiliate you, insult you, threaten you, and sometimes even, kill you.

For women, culture indoctrinates us that to survive in this culture we need to be sexually attractive to males.

 

Culture teaches us, we must be complicit to male desire. It tells us we must be pretty, passive, subservient, and that if we are not we will suffer a heavy penalty.

Women are killed every day, even in Britain, supposedly one of the most progressive countries on the planet for women, killed for not cooperating with patriarchy, for daring to go against their violent husband’s wishes, for standing up to men’s abuses, for refusing their sexual advances.

 

Women everyday in Britain, and countries all across the globe are publicly insulted for their weight, looks, appearance,  and manner of dress.

 

Women everywhere are punished should our behaviour be deemed unacceptable, I.e. if we are anything other than passive, docile, servile, particularly if we are not passive, docile, servile to men.

 

It’s no coincidence the latest wave of so called progressive lefty men rush to champion the prostitute, or as they dub prostitutes, sex workers.  

 

That’s their ideal woman, objectified, exploited, dependant on men for her source of income, hyper-feminized, there solely for male sexual use.

 

No wonder these so called progressive men much prefer the idea of decriminalizing prostitution, including making it completely legal for pimps and johns to buy and sell women and girls.

 

No wonder those men eschew the Nordic Model, which criminalizes only the sex buyers, and decriminalises the prostitute, a model that has not only been proven to increase prostituted women’s safety, but also provides them with exit strategies, education, and even financial support so they can leave the exploitative sex trade far behind.

 

In short, the Nordic Model is a nightmare model for men who seek to exploit women.

 

The last thing those men want is less women available for their sexual use. Men in general, it must be said, seem to love powerless women, and appear to hate women with agency.

 

Our media reflects this, we greedily consume story upon story of women as victim, or hyper-sexualized doll mmming and hawwing in fake sympathy at the rape victim, or scrutinizing Kim Kardashian’s thighs, all the while vicariously enjoying the thrill of a subjugated or sexualised woman.

 

And when we do see a story about a powerful woman, a political woman, a successful female scientist, as a society we feel revolted, our instinct being outrage, how dare she rise above her station?

 

In our culture, we love to see a powerful woman stripped of her agency, removed of her dignity, disgraced in her profession.

 

That will teach the uppity c**t, thinks the misogynist.

 

Oh, Mr Misogynist, we powerful women, we do not lie down. Not for you, so you can beat off in a grubby basement to your hate porn, not for any tom, dick, or harry down the street who thinks they have the right to grade us according to the male scale of value, according to our looks.

 

We do not lie down,not ever, not for the rapist who chokes us, or beats us, not even when he is penetrating us, he still cannot possess us, for we will never lie down.

 

We are powerful women, women the world over have this power to resist within them, and so, indeed, all women are powerful.

 

Women united are especially powerful.

 

Misogynist, you should fear this.

 

As a sex class, we will always rise, just like we have always risen, just as we have always resisted you.   We will be free.

 

We will work too, to ensure our sisters are free from your clutches.

 

We will do this because we know that until women as a class are free, until every woman is free, none of us are free.  For as long as it is acceptable for women to be culturally derided for daring to not be decorative, for as long as sexual crimes against women continue to be disregarded as low level crimes, if they are regarded as crimes at all, if you are female you are not free.

 

None of us can be free. Yet.

 

We are not free yet. We must change that, so my hope is this year, this coming 2018, every female person will awaken to her bondage.  I hope women everywhere will begin to identify the many, many ways we are bound by the invisible chains of patriarchy, and I hope we will begin to break those chains that bind us.

 

As as radical feminist I am single minded in my desire to bring women to consciousness, to empower then to shake free of the shackles of patriarchy.

 

There are many like me.  We cannot be silenced.

 

 I hope every female will soon come to discover the radical position and learn how it can help to undo the misogynist conditioning that has been indoctrinated into her since birth.  

 

We must undo the false doctrine that has taught women to live in fear and detest our own bodies, that tells us we are not beings in her own right, entitled to our own desires, thoughts and feelings but that we must only exist to please men.

 

No, we do not. We reject this doctrine.  We exist for ourselves.

 

Let’s, as women, unite with other women to demand true liberation, for all women, everywhere.

 

And let’s say bollocks to patriarchy this 2018.

Men will always make the same choices…women need to take power for ourselves…

80d94593082e33c9518f7dd8978f11bc-554It’s striking the amount of deep-rooted hatred, revulsion and disrespect our society, and the world holds towards women.

 

Misogyny is rife nearly everywhere you turn, from Matt Damon’s patronising and public attempt to define how women should feel about sexual harassment, to the way some trans rights activists think it’s acceptable to tell women what they should call themselves, issuing rape and death threats to biological women for daring to mention their biology.  

Misogyny, aka the hatred of female born women,  is at the heart of all the discrimination, harassment, rape, torture, infanticide, and slaughter of female babies, girls and women, in Britain, in America, and all across the globe.

 

Some people think women have come a long way, and while that may be true in certain countries in some respects, I.e women can now study at university in modern day Britain, have careers as lawyers, doctors etc… in many other crucial ways, misogyny has never disappeared and has even morphed into evermore malignant strains.

 

What am I talking about? 

 

Perhaps you think it’s not possible that anything could be worse for women today than it was in say Victorian times or even medieval times?

 

No one would argue that in medieval times women had more freedom than today, that would be an obvious nonsense.

Medieval women had to suffer the scold’s bridle, witch trials, and were banned from getting an education and entering the professions.

But unlike modern women they didn’t have hate porn.  They didn’t have pressure to be a size Zero and the subsequent skyrocketing rates of anorexia that we see in girls and women today, they didn’t have trans activists issuing them death threats for daring to state that yes, the female sex exists.

 

I say this not to advocate a return to medieval times, which would be frightful, but to illustrate the many and devious ways the slippery serpent that is misogyny develops, morphs, and changes – in response to women’s progress in society.

As soon as women make any kind of progress towards making their own choices, if those choices are in conflict with the ones men want women to make, you can be sure misogyny will rear its ugly head.

After all, what is hate porn but the sexualization of men’s contempt, anger, and frustration to women?

The endless videos and pictures depicting women being choked, raped, beaten, insulted, slapped, and otherwise denigrated and humiliated are regularly viewed by men in their millions.

This is material designed by males for males, created so males can derive a puerile sense of power from watching the denigration of a female human being.

 

Why do they need to do this, particularly now?  

Why now are we seeing the influx of this stuff, why are we bombarded with wave after wave of images and videos depicting the cruel, inhumane, and nausea inducing acts that men want to do to women or at the very least, to see done to women.

 

Apart from the obvious answer, which is that as humanity embraces technology the creation and sharing of all sorts of materials good and bad is enabled, there is another simple, yet appalling truth to be found.

 

There is a clear correlation with the rise of hate porn that depicts the denigration of women and the shift that has taken place in society, where (some) women have broken free of the patriarchal home (aka kitchen) shaken off their (un) happy housewife role and begun to participate in careers and public life for themselves.  More women today than ever before, at least in modern Britain, have a voice, have financial independence, choose not get married, or have children.

 

For some reason, seeing women make independent choices they (men) don’t want them to make, and having to interact with women on any sort of equal platform makes men itch. It makes them feel uncomfortable.

 

It’s not an exaggeration to say they outright resent it,  I have known some men who are incensed to the point of rage just by seeing a women with power with position, with a voice.

 

Why?

 

The big reason for this is patriarchal society, a society that conditions men from birth to believe that they and only they must be the brave adventurers venturing forth into the world, they and only they should earn the money, they and only they are capable, clever, rational, logical, talented.

 

So when along a woman comes who is cleverer, better, smarter, more logical, more talented than they, or heck, when any woman comes along at all doing anything men have been taught only they should do, well hey presto.

Men panic. Men hate.

Men panic and hate because her very presence makes them feel less “masculine”.  This is something most men desperately need to feel because culture, their culture, continually tells them they must.

By purporting the lie that males must be masculine and females feminine, and assigning superiority to the masculine and inferiority to the feminine, men ensure they must be masculine, whether they are or not, or they fail to be a man.

They’ve trapped themselves, the poor deluded fools.

In reality anyone can be masculine or feminine, regardless of sex. Boys can like baking, or wearing pink, or paint painting their nails, just because those are “feminine” things it doesn’t mean they have failed as men. Equally, girls can enjoy climbing trees, digging dirt, driving monster trucks, and shaving their heads, just because those are seen as stereotypical masculine things, it doesn’t mean they aren’t women.

Liking feminine things or being feminine in your expression, behaviour, or speech does not a woman make. Femininity is not the sole preserve of women but in patriarchy it gets forced on us because it is dubbed inferior by MEN.

So when confronted with a powerful woman,  the fragile little lambs (men)  are faced with a threat.  They feel less of a man and need to actualise themselves back to feeling masculine quick smart. 

The typical, easiest and quickest (sickest? way they have managed to get back to feeling the sense of superiority this sick, sick society tells them they should have, is by denigrating that woman, any woman, all women.

Sick, ain’t it?   And to think, they’ve done all this, not only to women but also to themselves.

All because men’s need for a slave class, a subjugated people (women) is so great. So great, they don’t care even if men suffer because of it. The irony is that even though men are benefiting from patriarchy, they are also suffering from patriarchy too.  Not that I much care at this point in time.

I care about women.  Women did not create patriarchy, they do not benefit from it. I centre them.

And so men stubbornly continue, clinging to patriarchy, instead of just embracing people, all people, as people.  People with an infinite ability to be feminine or masculine, irrespective of sex.  You’d think one of these days men would, you know, do the human thing wouldn’t you?

 

And to think women are the ones that get blamed for everything.

Men today might well have a female doctor, a female professor, a female boss, but if they can still degrade women as a class, if they can reduce us to nothing but objects, bodies, then men can, in their own tiny minds, keep their special (aka) superior status.

 

None of this is women’s problem of course. They didn’t create patriarchy, they didn’t create a society that keeps pushing this unhealthy viewpoint onto males, a viewpoint which women end up inevitably bearing the brunt of.

 

Men did. This is what they do, this is what they will always choose to do whenever they have freewill to create whatever society they want.

 

This is not a hateful thing to say, it is simply the truth. It’s been centuries, millennia even now.

 

We can only come to the conclusion that this is what men do.

 

Who has had freewill to fashion the world in the way they want to for centuries?  Clue, it’s not women.

 

The way the world is, in a patriarchy, is exactly how men want it. There are no excuses that can possibly be made on men’s behalf for the society they have created, a society that consistently despises women.

 

If women want a different world, there is no other choice but to take the power.  Whenever they have the power, men will always make the same choices, albeit in different ways, a fact evidenced by patriarchy all over the globe. From Britain to Afghanistan, wherever men are in control, patriarchy thrives, and women receive second class status.

 

My plea is this, to any woman reading this, if you have not already aligned yourself with radical feminist causes, if you are not yet working to end patriarchy, to end the power men have over women, my question is why?

 

Don’t you deserve better? Better than being labelled a second class citizen?  

 

If you are disheartened because you feel men will never relinquish their power you are right.

 

But we don’t need men to give up their power.  Because we have the power to take it from them.

 

If you think I’m wrong, just imagine this.

 

If every woman on the planet said no to patriarchy, stuck two fingers up to misogyny, if every woman united in support, the way sisters can unite and have proved they can unite before, the way we have united in other struggles against injustice, do you think we would still have a patriarchy?  

 

I think not. I know not.

 

If women everywhere unite in solidarity, patriarchy will be done with overnight.

 

It wouldn’t matter what men want or how much they resisted.   Half the world’s population is more than enough to win this war. Let’s pluck misogyny out by the root and create a culture where misogyny cannot thrive, a world that nourishes and cherishes women.  And after we create this world, then let’s remain ever watchful so misogyny can never grow back.

 

If you have a female body, don’t you want to live in a world where you can flourish? I know that world is long overdue…

Look up your local radfem group on FB, or other online spaces, and look too, for ways to reach out and connect with radical feminists in the offline world.

Let’s band together in sisterly solidarity and make a world that loves and respects women.

 

Why the sneaky backlash against radical feminism happened…(and one way we can fight back)

Anything that has the potential to topple the established social order as we know is always viewed as scary and a threat to society, at least at the outset.  You can often judge how close to the mark a cause hits home by assessing how many are strongly opposed to it, hark back to the pre-civil rights area to see just how many felt threatened by people of colour gaining equal status, at least under law.

As well, women’s full, true liberation directly threatens men’s assumed superiority, jeopardizes their pleasure, dissolves their control, and shatters the natural advantage they have by sheer dint of just being born biologically male.

A society that doesn’t look down on women, or view them as inferior to men, a society run by women, or at least one where women have a dominant say, just as men do now is extremely terrifying to anyone that currently stands to benefit from the status quo.

Guess who that is?

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It’s more puzzling why so many women rush to support the current social order but the matter becomes clearer when you scratch the surface.  Women want male approval because they love men.  They have not yet learned that men don’t like them back very much, at least not when they demand to be treated with equal respect.

This has not as much to do with actual sexual attraction as some people think it does.  Often an argument given as to why women don’t support feminist causes goes thus – women want to be sexually desirable to men and dominance in women is a turn off for most men.

It’s not as simple as that.

It’s a plain fact that if we were living in a matriarchy, if we had never heard of male dominance, men would still be sexually attracted to women and the reverse would be equally as true.  There is plentiful evidence of this in the matriarchal and matrilineal cultures that flourish today, including in Nagovisi, New Guinea and Umoja, Kenya.

Even a misogynist wouldn’t bother to argue that you can fight who you’re attracted to.

It’s also a near certainty that if we were living in that kind of society, it wouldn’t be a stigma at all for women to be ambitious, to be dominant, to be educated, to be aspirational.

Neither would women have the low status they do now, because in that kind of society, such viewpoints simply wouldn’t be tolerated.

Why did it wind up the other way around?

Not because of male excellence, though that’s what the misogynists would like to suggest but something else.

Brutality.

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Violence is the one area where biological males truly excel and they have a natural advantage too, in their strength and in their size.  Look back in history and you’ll generally find that the winners nearly always had stronger armies, better equipment, were more militarily skilled, or had the police or other enforcement officers of the law on their side.

This meant the winner rulers history remembers were not the best candidates for the job by a long shot, but did have the most muscle.  Even as recently as 1970, women who were demanding access to institutions that had long been male bastions, were being arrested and brutalized.

Violence, or the threat of it, does pay, at least it has worked out that way for men.

This is the bottom line and the biggest reason why, for so many centuries, women have kept quiet, in fear of their lives.  If you are scared witless of losing your life or your freedom, of having your children taken away from you, or of being raped or brutalized, I’d say that’s a fairly effective deterrent wouldn’t you?

Even so, there have always been brave outliers, women who would oppose and defy the system, whether overtly, as the suffragettes did, or covertly, as George Elliot did when she published under a male name and defied the strict dress code of the time by wearing pants.

However nowadays, at least in Western countries, things are a changing.  It’s no longer so publicly acceptable, at least in some people’s minds, to beat a protester, or lock them up, when they have done nothing except suggest a revolutionary idea.

Women can use this to their advantage, as an effective tool to raise consciousness, though it won’t win them the war.

Because there is also now another spanner in the works and this one’s a lot more sneaky than violence.  Capitalism has now harnessed the earning power of modern women, and as well as selling their bodies for profit, as it always has done, it’s now selling things for their bodies direct to them by manufacturing discontent.  In a 2016 Dove survey, only 20% of UK women and girls expressed any positive feelings about their appearance.

The backlash against feminism’s gains, has been remarkably effective.

It uses several tools to control women and keep them unhappy, in their own bodies, and therefore easy to subjugate and sideline.  The beauty industry and the cultural “beauty norms” it promotes are the strongest tool of the patriarchy in Western culture, now women in increasing numbers are entering the professions, and excelling in their chosen career.

The myth of the happy housewife, has been shattered, but a new, perhaps even more oppressive female stereotype has taken her place – the uber-sexualized, hyper-feminized barbie doll.

This cultural archetype is created and sustained by promoting ever narrower cultural beauty ideals, and demanding women achieve them.  It is perpetuated upon women by bombarding them with media images of impossible, inhuman, retouched perfection that they can never achieve, and most effectively of all, by using society as a tool to heap ridicule, social ostracization, and humiliation on any woman who refuses to conform to the beauty norms.

I’ve written a previous blog post all about this, but the beauty, diet, and fashion industries, much as they pretend to be friends to women, are anything but.

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So much so, the women they send down the catwalk are starved of all femaleness, to promote clothes made off the backs of Third World women paid a pittance for their hard labor.

Because of the humongous pressure to accept the doctrines of the beauty and fashion industries that have now seeped into society and are infecting cultural norms, women’s energy is being scattered, as they rush to escape the wrath of a society that judges them ever more harshly.

Even as direct violence against women grows somewhat less acceptable in Western culture, our society is becoming evermore superficial, and justifying its obsession with women’s bodies in the name of female empowerment.  Now women are encouraged to demand their own oppression, and are primed to do the work of the beauty and fashion industries for them, by claiming, yes, women can have it all, it is possible to look like a perfect Barbie doll and have a high powered job.

But by doing so women sell their personhood, ensuring they are chained to the mandate of staying young and wrinkle free forever, lest they be cast out of society. And unknowingly, they are brainwashed into enslaving other women too, women who can never live up to this impossible standard, or have no wish to.

Women together must unite and reject the impossible cultural demands that are placed on us to fit within the narrow beauty ideal.  We must too, support other women who are doing so and we must do it consistently, if we ever want personhood.

That’s just the start, there is much more to be done.

Through our bodies men control women – RESIST

Female bodies are and have nearly always been subject to control by men, and often by other women too.  As if scared of women’s power, throughout the centuries, from America to Afghanistan, society has tried to mandate how women should appear, dress, and how much flesh they should or should not display.

Whatever the standard that is deemed acceptable for the time may depend on a lot, fashion trends, religion, a country’s culture, the mood of the era, even politics.  Nevertheless, there is one universal constant that women’s appearances have always remained subject to and that has remained uniform throughout the ages – male approval.

The cultural codes that underpin what we find both acceptable and unacceptable when it comes to how women look have been hardwired into us by a deeply patriarchal system.

No wonder these “beauty norms” so conveniently line up with male desires.  Whatever the male objective has been in any culture at the time, whether to repress women’s sexuality in the case of Saudi Arabia, or to hyper-feminize it in our Western Society, the beauty norms of any patriarchal culture always reflect male aims for women.

When chastity, purity, and fertile looking, plump flaxen haired maidens were sought after by the men in medieval times, as a way to self-actualize themselves as brave, God fearing knights, women were pressured to conform to these ideals and display modesty, purity, and fecundity in their outward appearance and dress.

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When masculinity was threatened with the newfound independence many women enjoyed during the second world war, when, despite the turmoil of the times they enjoyed previously unheard of freedoms with many earning a wage for the first time, the repressive fifties demanded female bodies return to exaggerated and un-threatening hyper-femininity with cinched waist silhouettes, and painted starlet glamour.

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In Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq, where religion is a dominant force, women are forced to cover up their bodies, heads, and faces, lest they tempt men and dishonor their families.

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And now, in our Western society, where opportunities for women in education and the workplace have never been so plentiful, society lashes back at women by mandating they starve themselves to the point of death to compensate for all the extra space they are seen to be demanding.

Running through it all still, and always,  the overriding force remains the male gaze, which under patriarchy consistently gets to dictate cultural standards according to men’s desires.

And in the Western world, women frequently do men’s dirty work for them, enforcing and policing other women, and chastising them, lest they step out of line and dare to display an un-groomed bush or stray grey hair.  In other patriarchal cultures like Saudi Arabia, women police other women too, reporting them lest their Burqa be too sheer, or too short, lest they be out in public without male accompaniment.

Of course, it’s incredibly tempting for women to do this as a survival technique, because by carrying out men’s dirty work for them, they win some small shred of male approval.

The patriarchy does like its handmaidens though it will ever respect them.

Although in countries like England and the USA, Western women are not  beaten, imprisoned or publicly lashed if they do not comply with the dress code deemed acceptable by the ruling class -men- women are going along with the madness for fear of stigmatization, ridicule, body-shaming, humiliation, and exclusion from public society.

The psychic cosh is just as overwhelming as the physical one.

Although forcing appearance mandates on anyone could clearly never be right, it wouldn’t be nearly so bad if women were happy performing their prescribed “femininity role”- but the plain truth is they aren’t.

The things women do to their bodies in the name of beauty are not a choice as Liberal Feminism postures but a survival technique, that must be performed to escape ridicule, judgement, and humiliation.

The irony being or course, is that even when women do comply by performing these rituals they still cannot escape the judging eye, a woman can never be too beautiful, too perfect, too thin.

Nearly every woman feels dissatisfied with the way she looks, feels under pressure to be thinner, prettier, less hairy, more scented, to have bigger boobs, smaller boobs, a larger derriere, a smaller waist.

Assaulted by the mainstream media, who frequently shares a bed with that other bogey man, capitalist commerce, women are bombarded with all sorts of impossible and invented images of idealized women that in reality do not represent most women’s bodies at all.

The fashion industry, run by gay men and their handmaidens, who for obvious reasons, have their own personal ideals and muses, send stick thin, starved, boy-hipped models down the catwalk in overpriced garments made from sweatshop labor.

Fashion doesn’t even bother to conceal its scorn of its primary customer – women, with many prominent designers frequently refusing to make samples for the catwalk in anything above a dress size 6,and refusing to sell anything over a dress size 10.

To add insult to injury, the latest trend  is to send male born models dressed as girls to walk the female catwalk shows.  Models, such as the unnaturally beautiful Andreja Pejic widely praised as “looking better than the real thing” by the fashion crowd.

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The real thing being biological women of course, and the message doesn’t need spelling out, the misogyny is obvious.

Yet a lot of women let this industry which is so blatantly contemptuous of them, of their sex, their bodies, their personhood, dictate to them what they should wear, and worse still, lower their self esteem when they don’t look like a prepubescent boy in it.

It’s astounding, that in this day and age, an industry whose patrons are predominantly women, does not have more female designers and is largely controlled by men, yet  of the handful of women designers there are their attitudes are not much better.

Even the respected designer Stella McCartney, widely praised for her stance against cruelty to animals, and her acknowledgement of the problem of anorexia on the catwalk, still regularly sends women to walk the runways who look like they would benefit from a good feeding.

To compound the problem, stripper culture  has become the new normal aesthetic as sported by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, and the like, and it frequently gives women both complimentary and conflicting messages to the one the fashion industry sends.

Influenced by the porn industry, stripper culture  seeks to amplify women’s discomfort with their own bodies by making them think their hips are not wide enough, their backsides too flat, their breasts and lips not pumped with enough collagen or silicone.

The cosmetics industry takes a big piece of the pie, making billions every year off of the back of women’s misery, and now the cosmetic surgery wants a literal slice of the action too, carving up female bodies for profit.

Promising everything but the truth – an unnatural appearance and permanent scarring – cosmetic surgeons ply their trade in the back of the same glossy magazines whose sole reason for being is to lower women’s self-esteem enough to make them want to spend.

This fits perfectly in with male objectives, yet now it does not even need to be overseen by men as it has become such a perfectly oiled machine it can run quite well on its own account with its little worker drones, aka women, who can be made miserable enough to supply the hive with plenty of honey, or hard cash.

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But make no mistake, it is men who are the main benefactors of all this female body dsymorphia, from the CEO’s of mega-conglomerate cosmetics companies, to the group of lads in the pub who eagerly ogle the next batch of painted dolls who come tottering through the doors like lambs to the slaughter.

Now women are in a double bind, named and shamed as vacuous and vain when they comply and offer their bodies up to be primped, plucked, waxed, and buffed to an unnatural shine, and decried as ugly, fat, hideous, or unnatural, when they refuse.

Men, meanwhile sit there, at the top of the pile, all too ready to discard as irrelevant any woman who does not please whatever gets their sexual juices flowing.  What gets their rev up,  is usually any woman that can preserve the illusion of exaggerated femininity, as it allows insecure males to feel more masculine than in reality they are.

Masculine of course is a bullshit construct comprising a set of traits that in reality, anyone can possess, but that sort of thinking is not allowed under patriarchy, as it disturbs the illusion that only “men” can be “masculine”.

This is dangerous to the status quo as masculinity is considered to be superior, while femininity has been relegated to second class status, which is why they work so hard to force women to adopt it, so they can ensure women remain – second class citizens.

Of course, this feeling masculine is almost as mandatory for males as to be feminine is for females, the difference being of course that for centuries men have willingly  concocted their own prisons, while women didn’t have any choice in the matter for fear of being ostracized, shunned, beaten, imprisoned, or worse

Now though, for the first time in history, and though society much resents the fact, women do have a little more say, though by no means no complete say over their compliance in the grotesque beauty dance.

If female people united together reject the plethora of snake oil creams, sweatshop garments, and slicing and dicing, you can bet that capitalism being subject to whatever is profitable would quickly switch to offering up something else.

Perhaps it might be garments women would actually find useful, clothes that could be worn without the natural female body having to be starved of all flesh?

However, the dance is not likely to stop anytime soon because the subtle message underlying the beauty, diet, and fashion industries is the message that to not buy, i.e. comply, is to be undesirable to men.

Women, having been inculcated since birth to appear desirable and pleasing to men above all else, lose all resolve and open their purses, spending thousands each year on unnecessary creams, lotions, treatments, and  surgeries, that very often do nothing to improve their appearance and even harm it.

The beauty standards dictated to women regarding what is desirable are always male standards, whether they be the waif like, boyish figures heralded by the fashion industry or the exaggerated barbie doll proportions of the porn industry.

Everything from body hair to body fat is subject to male approval.   Whatever the current collective consensus of men decides is desirable, you can bet will become the standard by which women measure themselves.

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When Baywatch style breasts were what nearly every man decided he wanted in his bed, hundreds of thousands of women flocked to the cosmetic surgeon in order to obtain the perfect aka fake, Pamela Anderson style physique.

Now, it’s common to find comments left on porn sites by males critiquing women’s breasts, often shaming and ridiculing fake breasts that look obviously fake while simultaneously complaining about natural breasts that are “saggy like spaniel ears” or “flat like a schoolgirl’s”.

The point is, women have never set the beauty standard for themselves, much less decried the fact that there are any standards mandating how we should look at all. Always, the lens is male, even when the viewer is female, for typically we judge women on how attractive they will be to men, no matter whether we are man or woman ourselves.

And anytime anyone dares to question why there are so many societal limitations on women’s appearances, but none for men, they are hushed up with fake reassurances that “it’s what women want” or they “wouldn’t be doing it to themselves”.

Is it what women want?

Do women want to be made to feel they are not good enough, that they are never young enough, thin enough, pretty enough?

Do they really want to feel that their natural bodies are abhorrent and repulsive, that the hair that grows on their thighs and legs is so disgusting it must be regularly stripped away?

Do they too, want to feel that as they get older, they are irrelevant, society having no use for a woman at all, once she has stopped complying with the beauty standards.

Would any sane person want this?

I think not. In fact, it’s against any natural instinct we have as humans to want to subject ourselves to such subordination, such limitation, and such control.

It might not be so bad, if men too, were forced to conform to an equally narrow set of standards that dictated how they must look how broad their shoulders must be, how muscular their thighs.

Yet no such standards really exist, and though obviously, anyone deemed to be “conventionally” attractive gets more attention, including men, males are not penalized for not being aesthetically pleasing. Instead men are free to be old, bald, fat, saggy, and grey haired, and we do not demand their removal from our screens or criticize them on social media when they are these things.

Women too once again are complicit, albeit unwillingly, as we are brainwashed into thinking our wants, our desires don’t matter.  And so, women don’t demand males live up to the muscled hunk of their late night fantasies, or the butch lesbian of their dreams, but instead rush to placate male egos by pretending that an old, fat, bald man is just as desirable as as handsome, chisel jawed heartthrob.

And all the while, women are being silently robbed of something arguably even more precious than self-respect – time – with grooming rituals that force them to spend endless hours plucking, tweezing, creaming, and straightening.

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Energy too, is stolen from women, the hours spent shopping, the years spent fretting over their attractiveness, not to mention the slump in energy the body manifests whenever there is the serious deficit of calories advocated by most modern diets.

Between them, the fashion, beauty, and diet industries collectively rob women of their money, energy, and time, scattering their energies so effectively it’s a wonder women manage to achieve anything at all.

These industries shatter women’s self -esteem, tantalizing them with the promise of a pat on the head, by a male hand of course, if they buy.  Then, they snatch hope away by continually brandishing images of stick thin supermodels, and now even boys who can beat them at their own game, so hated are natal females. This all works wonderfully to  reinforce the message that to be born biologically female is to never be good enough, that a natural woman is simply not good enough.

And the constant, endless conveyor belt of plucked and buffed, waxed and carved, passive dolls, carries on, with women sometimes too spent by hours devoted to grooming, or too battered by society’s hatred of their natural state to resist.

But resist women must, for resistance and a resetting of the beauty norms is where true revolution begins, and is a key stone to lay if women’s liberation is the goal, as it should be.

If only 30% of females stopped mandating how other female bodied people should look we would see a vast change in public attitudes to female bodied appearances.

Imagine if that number of people, over a quarter of the population, stopped pushing the fact that natural hair on natural female bodies is repulsive?

If it wasn’t automatically considered so abhorrent by everyone, everywhere in our Western culture, I have no doubt that some women at least, would cease to perform this time consuming ritual.

If there wasn’t such a broad consensus on women’s appearances from the handmaiden’s of the patriarchy,  and if more than an tiny, courageous, handful spoke out against the ludicrous beauty norms, we could go a long way to altering what was deemed pleasing and acceptable for the female form.

Imagine how things might be if that 30% grew to 51%? In a society like this  every woman’s body would quickly be deemed to be acceptable because female bodies would now set standards for themselves.

Men’s attitudes would swiftly follow, whether they liked this or not, since men cannot live without women.

But in this brave new world, where female people embraced and demanded appreciation for all types of women’s bodies, men would be forced to  appreciate women in their natural glory,  once the primped, plucked barbie doll was no longer being so regularly served up.

Most would like it too, after a while, because straight men have always been attracted to women, even in times before we had the dubious blessing of cosmetic surgery, L’oreal, and Size Zero.

The truth is, controlling women’s appearances is not even about desire, though if it were it would still be heinously wrong and completely unacceptable.

It is a convenient way to control women themselves, which is what it is all about of course, since female bodied independence, liberation, and autonomy is a truly scary thing to males.

“If you can’t win an argument with a woman, just call them fat” said one delightful Daily Mail commentator, discussing how to handle women with another, yep you’ve guessed it man.

Says it all really.

Appearance is the psychic cosh which is used constantly against female bodies to hold back female minds.  Just like the prospect of having Santa deliver us a sack of coal was used to make us behave when we wee younger.

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If we comply with the beauty standards when we don’t want to it is because we are scared of receiving a sack of coal, aka public humiliation.

Yet the cheap plastic and saccharine sweet momentary distraction of the toys we’ve been bribed with for good behavior can never be sufficient to distract us from our right to be fully dimensional, free people, unbound to express and manifest our energy however we wish, whether that be shaven headed in jeans and a T-shirt or a full hipped and lush size eighteen in a mini skirt and heels.

Appearance and the way it’s presented is strongly linked to personhood, by reclaiming our right to express, look, and be how we want, and by giving other female bodied people permission to do the same we will take an important step towards changing societal attitudes regarding the appearance of women.

Letter to a sick, woman hating culture…

Once upon a time I wanted to be a hero.  I wanted to be brave, like the knights I read about in storybooks who I was told were brave because they were, well knights.

Because they were supposed to fight for what was good and fair, for what was right and just.

I didn’t understand that they were supposed to be male, or question why in those storybooks there were no female knights back then, because I didn’t understand the gender role I was supposed to play.

But the hardest lesson I had yet to learn was that those knights weren’t good at all, that what they symbolized was a system so oppressive that the potential of millions upon millions of bright, beautiful, brilliant, talented people has been squandered for centuries and centuries and centuries more.

The potential of people of colour, gay people, lesbian people, people who refused to conform to the limiting roles that had been placed on them, and of course the massive potential of the female sex.

All this potential squandered simply because it threatened the knights, the false kings, the gatekeepers of our culture.  Because they feared that if they let those people’s talents shine, if they just let them be, then they wouldn’t be heroes or kings themselves anymore at all.

When I was a little older even though I hadn’t realized all this yet, I started to become aware something felt wrong with the world.  I forgot somewhat about the knights because I found some new heroes.

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I read about revolutionaries like Karl Marx, and Fidel Castro, I watched reruns of Dr Martin Luther King  speaking, I watched documentaries about Malcolm X and I was moved by the powerful dignity of his carriage, and even though I am a half Mediterranean white person I could somehow relate to the timeless truth of his words about the injustice of lies that attempt to deny people their dignity.

I was inspired, motivated by these people’s actions, by their courage, daring, or in some cases, sheer bravery, despite everything being in their path.  Learning about them made me feel that I too could be a hero, that I too could change the world.

Then the poison set in.

I started to become aware that I had a female body, and what that meant in this society.  I learned I was expected to be certain things, behave in a certain way, dress a certain way, want certain things.

I learned I couldn’t be a hero.

I didn’t like it.

I became frustrated, unhappy, conscious of my body, I dressed in baggy clothes, I had greasy hair, I ate bad food.

Only in books, in words, lost among the pages could I dare to dream of another life, a better life, a life where I could be free to be who I wanted to be, to be myself.

So I decided to look further still, dig deeper, find out what was causing the nagging sense of unfairness, the feeling of slanted inequality that was pricking at my conscience.

All around me I started to grow aware of my supposed place in the world, the role I was expected to play, the stereotypes that are mandatory for every person with a female body.

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They didn’t look anything like how I had imagined my life to be, those stereotypes didn’t fit the opinionated, bookish, intelligent, undomesticated, selfish, brave, egotistical, untidy, greedy, sometimes over-confident person I was.

I wasn’t passive, meek, subordinate.  I didn’t like pop I liked hard rock.  I wasn’t interested in gossip I wanted to talk politics. I wasn’t interested in babies, I wanted to have adventures.  I wanted my words to have authority, I didn’t want to be sidelined.  I didn’t want to learn ballet though I loved watching it, I preferred holing myself up in my room and playing computer games.

I hated being patronized.

I wanted to create culture, not be created by it.  I wanted to write, I didn’t want to make dinner for anyone.  I didn’t want to be on a permanent diet, I didn’t understand why I was given a smaller dinner than my brother or told to eat salad.  I wanted to eat what I liked.  I was told I should watch my weight even though I was thin, even though I was already so underweight my hipbones used to stick out through my clothes.

I felt like I was cross dressing whenever I wore a dress, I preferred the casual ease of jeans and a t-shirt, or combat boots.  I hated my period because it reminded me I was becoming a “woman”.

Most of all I didn’t know why I was supposed to care what I looked like, why there was only one right way for me to look, when all around me I saw infinite varieties of men, being liked for who they were anyway.

The only thing that fit with my new supposed identity of “female” was the fact I hated sports.  And loved neon pink and unicorns.

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As I grew more aware of the self I was told to be, I felt a mounting sense of frustration  .  It felt stifling, smothering, like the real me was drowning but I couldn’t articulate quite how.

If I couldn’t be a hero like Martin Luther King or Malcolm X or Karl Marx because I had a female body then how could I be a hero at all?  If I couldn’t be brave, and lazy, and untidy, and selfish, and loud, and opinionated, and bossy, how could I be me?

After some more exploration I found that there were people who had felt like me, exactly like me, who had raged at the injustice and unfairness of it all.  I found out about great activists like Angela Davis of the Black Power movement, who didn’t bow their heads, not ever, but walked into court with a raised fist when they were put on trial for false crimes. I found inspiring feminists like Germaine Greer and Andrea Dworkin, who spoke about the experience of living in a female body in this society in such immediate and raw terms that it made me feel every woman’s pain.

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I found out about George Elliot, who managed to get published and become a respected author by men and women alike, in a century where women were not even allowed the vote, by taking a male name.

I learned about how she flouted convention, wrote books, discussed politics with men, wore pants, took lovers, lived as she pleased.

I knew people in that time wouldn’t have taken her seriously if they had thought she was a woman, so this made sense to me.  I didn’t think then about how much harder it would have been for George Elliot to get published if people had thought she was black because I was indoctrinated by white teachers, by white schooling to learn about white heroes, but I did see that she wouldn’t have been published if people had guessed her sex.

I didn’t really think about white privilege even though I already knew about the racism people of colour had suffered in Western Culture, because I was looking through the warped, surrealist lens of our tilted society, and because I was suffering myself, I hadn’t yet grown the empathy to even try and understand their experience, only mine.

I found out about Virginia Wolf, and Emmeline Pankhurst, about Shirley Chisholm, about Maya Angelou, and I was inspired.  They had female bodies and to me they were heroes.

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I felt like I had purpose now, once again, that these people had done so much to change the world, that if we could just make it right, liberation would be just over the horizon.

I started to espouse feminist ideas and found they were quickly met with scorn from all but a few people.  I wondered why these great ideas, which felt so honest, so fair, and so right, and which I knew would deliver to me my complete liberation were constantly being suppressed, ridiculed,  stymied.

I didn’t know then that if you speak a simple truth that denies white men the privilege to be kings in our Western culture they have to kill you.  I didn’t know yet that in any patriarchy, anywhere, men of all colours will have to kill you if you are female because that is what patriarchy is.

I just felt frustrated.

Then I found sex.  I liked sex but I didn’t understand why I was supposed to pretend I didn’t.  I liked girls, I liked boys too but I was only supposed to like boys.

And I was told boys wouldn’t like me if I didn’t do this, think this, be this, act like this, look like this.

Luckily there was a guidebook for how to look, how to dress to win the prize of being liked by boys.  Being competitive I decided to follow it.  It involved daily rituals of plucking, shaving, waxing , tweezing, and counting calories, followed by layers of make-up, and uncomfortable clothes that made me feel self-conscious.

I thought the prize I had been promised would be a compensation of sorts because I liked sex and so did boys.

At that point I wasn’t looking for love.

So I compromised.  I played the stupid games, pretended I was a porn star in bed, didn’t ask for my own pleasure, and I was liked by boys.  After a while I discovered the prize wasn’t all that good, and that I was still bored.

I wanted to experiment.  I had a strange sort of romantic yet not romantic sexual relationship with my best friend, a girl, and found it was better than any relationship I ever had with a guy because I felt like she knew my soul.  I felt like she could see me, like with her, I could be me.

But culture being what it is, she too found boys again, and so we parted, drifting back, lost to the prize that was supposed to be the big compensation.

Sex and fun.  Or for others, love.

It was a distraction for a while, I even fell in love.  It felt good but it also felt painful.  It felt like it should be different but something was getting in the way.  I didn’t feel fully seen.

Nothing could quiet the clamour inside to be myself, to be free of all this, this drag, this role I was supposed to play.  My full potential I felt, was stifled by my biology and the cultural restrictions it brought with it.

I was not allowed to be a hero, only a bit part.  Having a big ego, I wasn’t happy with this.

The only white man I ever admired was Kurt Cobain, whose raw screechy voice articulated the anger I felt.  He seemed, to me, different somehow yet even he succumbed to the neurosis of addiction, tortured by the plague of our broken, sick society.  I loved too, his wife Courtney Love, how her lyrics reflected the ironic, sardonic, stifled bitterness of a class of people oppressed by a society that tried to mandate who they should be because of the biology of their own bodies.

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When I found out why I was feeling this way, it felt like a relief.  I wasn’t unnatural, after all, I was transsexual.  That’s what the new information I discovered told me, that I had been born in the wrong body.

This made sense to me since nearly everything I was fit so completely what society was telling me was a male sense of self.  I “came out” and gave myself permission to do and be all I had wanted to do and be that society had told me I couldn’t if I was female.  I even told myself that I was born in the wrong body.

I felt something like freedom.

After a while though, I started to notice that since I wasn’t passing yet, I was still being treated as though I was female.  And that’s when I realized that even though, one day I might pass, what it took to be transsexual in this culture, for those of the female sex, was a denial of one’s biology, of part of one’s self.

No matter how free I felt, no matter how much permission society might give me if I was seen as male, I knew I would not be free until I could claim all of myself.

I was a biological female.  I did not want to be ashamed of that anymore.  Society told me I had a male identity and certainly in this culture, much of whom I am would be considered male.

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But is it really?  In a culture where I could be anything I wanted, would I really be so unnatural?

There is nothing wrong with me.   There is nothing wrong with any of us.  There are no square pegs in round holes because the holes have been created by false gods.  False gods that wielded a chisel in my name, who carved out the identity I should have, just because of my biology, when I was not even asked what I wanted to be.

In this culture I have a male identity. But I have a female body.  In another culture, I would just be me.

I do not wish to harm anyone.  I am and I should be, as we all should be, providing we don’t harm others.   In a normal world, we would all be able to sit at a great round table, to respect each other as human beings.

But in patriarchal cultures, in Western Culture, these false gods, these pseudo Kings , in an effort to hobble others that might take their privilege away from them, others that might even outshine them, make them unable to self-actualize themselves through denigrating others, well in that culture, then they have to work hard to silence the truth.

They have to continually work hard to suppress the truth, they know is threatening to burst into voice, they have to work double time to limit, and to restrict, to torture and to humiliate.

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Even then, they cannot ignore the truth.  They know they are not Kings at all.  They know the chains they attempt to bind us too are bound to them also.  They must drag the weight around, bear the burden of their own prison.

And they know, too, that they can do all this to us, the oppression, the slander, the centuries and centuries of lies, but they cannot kill the truth.  It simply, is.

Whether a whisper or a mighty roar, somehow, the truth, survives, in the consciousness of those who have humanity, still.

And eventually, when the roar grows to a level they cannot ignore, and the kingdom crumbles into dust, they will have to admit what they have always known, that you can torture, rape, sell, enslave, brutalize, beat, lie, and denigrate human beings, men, women, girls, and children but you cannot break and you can never own a human soul.

To the mighty Kings who sit upon a stolen throne. The roar is coming.  It may not be in my lifetime.  But it will come.

Radical Feminism is better for women AND trans people than LibFem and here’s why…

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There is something I’ve noticed from observing and participating in many, many liberal feminist forums, online and offline discussion groups.  A hatred, distrust, and resentment of anyone with a female body, a refusal to admit that biological sex based discrimination exists.

Even though thousands of girl babies are aborted everyday based on their sex in China, even though child brides with female biology are forced into marriages with much older males, LibFem’s continue to mandate biological sex discrimination does not exist.

This is part of a deliberately misogynistic tactic that has infiltrated the LibFem movement by hijacking the word intersectionality.

It stems from a desire to control, humiliate, and squash any form of true agency or female bodied power.  If you are still skeptical that bio sex discrimination is “a thing”, I ask you to consider this.

What is the first insult people fling at an unpopular female in the public eye if people believe she has female biology?

The C word is the crudest way of acknowledging basic biology, it is not an abstract concept it is referencing but female genitalia.

 

And how much more public vitriol is directed at her, than would be had she been born into a male body?  Caitlyn Jenner was awarded the Glamour Woman Of The Year award and the complaints were largely limited to those on the right wing.  Women were not opposed to this largely, neither were men.

Would people across the board have complained more, and in particular natal born men,  if Chaz Bono, (a female born, female to male transsexual) had been awarded “Man Of The Year” for the GQ Awards?

I am not going to answer that question but leave you to think about the answer using not the LibFem mantra that discrimination is based on gender Id and not birth sex but on the basis of what you tangibly know and have experienced in the world.

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Inequity for women is mandated by biological sex, in fact gender prejudice stems from this too.  Whether you believe gender is a construct or not you have to acknowledge that the reason people have so many issues with accepting trans women’s  identities is because there is a prescribed mandate in their heads for how a woman should look.

That is the strict gender construct society forces upon the sexes, which tells all people what they should be, how they should act, even how they should appear.

The reason trans women face this prejudice is because of their biology.

Biological sex discrimination is real.  To ignore this fact is to ignore prejudice.

Now, in Liberal Feminism it’s the current rhetoric that women need to work towards equality, but that is far from true.  You don’t have equality because the law says women can go to work, can study, and can sue for sexual harassment.  Equality (aka liberation) is only gained when most of society accepts the idea women’s lives matter. But women can not gain equality under patriarchy because they are always being measured by male defined standards.  You cannot work within a system where you haven’t set the rules, a system that hasn’t been built on what women want but what the male sex wants.

The female sex as a collective can demand liberation from patriarchy and thus gain status respect for themselves, we have the numbers.  But as a collective we are not always stepping up, because of fear of reprisal.  And so, we sleep on our feet, with many of us clamoring for our own chains, upholding misogyny,  resenting other women’s success, throwing other women under the bus to gain brownie points with males, and conforming to misogynistic expectations and ideals for fear of losing male approval.

The LibFem position will never deliver women liberation

Women to embrace the liberal feminist position in the hope for their own liberation.  But the liberal feminist position is doing nothing to challenge patriarchy as evidenced by it’s dogged refusal to acknowledge women can be discriminated upon based on their birth sex.

This is complete nonsense as it actually directly contradicts the liberal dogma, that trans women face more discrimination than natal born women.  I would argue otherwise, though that is not to say that trans women don’t face prejudice, however can we pause and think for a moment and examine why they might face prejudice.

What is being discriminated against?  Their biology.

Trans women too, are actually also discriminated on based on their birth sex, to pretend otherwise is madness.

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Do Lib Fems really believe that all trans women are seen by everyone, everywhere as women?  Of course not, so thus they have to face a biologically based form of prejudice too, because society perceives them as men.

 

The liberals answer to this problem is to simply deny biological sex discrimination exists.

But if someone looks at me and sees what they perceive as female biology they will treat me accordingly.

And we treat women we perceive to have female biology with less respect than people we perceive as having male biology.

This is a fact that radical feminism acknowledges. Liberal feminism refuses to admit this truth and actively dis-empowers women from naming, shaming, and challenging the problem.

LibFems have hijacked Intersectionality. RadFems are Intersectional too…

Liberal feminism all too frequently works to silence women, under the guise of intersectionality.  This is actually another big distraction, as radical feminism is also intersectional, but in a different way.  We work on a basis that mandates for all of the female sex, as we understand the simple truth.

We believe, if you are perceived to have female biology you will be treated with less respect than someone who is perceived to have male biology.

Think about it.  Is that true according to your own personal experience?

Radical feminism recognizes women of colour have it harder than white women and in this respect is completely intersectional.

Radical Feminism’s core ethos acknowledges sex based discrimination is a problem

RadFem is not opposed to trans women’s existance, right to identify, or rights to public services, but those rights should not come at the cost of biological women’s spaces meant to provide shelter to those who are vulnerable to male bodied violence. It does not seek to harm trans women but it does seek to dismantle the limiting gender construct which mandates that if you have female biology you must behave, dress, act, think, talk in a certain way.

This actually benefits trans people as they can be whatever they want to be, without any gendered expectations dogging them from birth.  If they then decide to change their bodies, take hormones, call themselves whatever they want, that is up to them but to insist a gendered world is better than an un-gendered one is, in my point of view, harmful to trans people.

I should know, I am a female born person who takes male hormones, and sometimes goes by male pronouns in society.

I would love to live in a world where my natural self was not seen as unnatural because I don’t behave, act or dress the way my biological bits say I should.

No other progress groups are expected to campaign for other causes – why is RadFem?

RadFem does not have to mandate for trans women when our very aim is to challenge the discrimination meted out to natal born women based on their birth sex.

We would not expect the Gay Rights movement to mandate for heterosexuals, however that does not make it opposed to heterosexuals.

I can understand liberal feminists pain.  I understand it is all too tempting to believe that things are changing, that liberation is just over the horizon and can be achieved, simply by ramping up the number of female MP’s in Parliament.

I think women want to believe that gender identity dictates discrimination, irrespective of biological sex, because that means theoretically, we could all be discriminated against in a kind of perverse equality.

In this case they can imagine a world where they can “work towards equality”.

In a patriarchal society however, where men’s interests will always dominate, sadly that will not be the case.

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We need to destroy the patriarchy not work within it.

In liberal feminist’s minds, those of the female sex get to believe that someone who has male biology could receive as much discrimination for the same reasons as they do, in the same way, simply for their gender identity as a woman.

They get to ignore the simple fact that they are hated for their biology, a scientific fact, that also marks them out in society as having female biology.

But by doing so, natal born women become complicit in their own silencing, and prevent other natal born women from naming what they know to be the source of their oppression.

 

Liberal feminist women turn a blind eye to the female sex’s current status in society in a misguided attempt to will equality into existence.  Perhaps they think by ignoring the situation, the inequities will go away?

They won’t.  Only by confronting the root cause of misogyny head on and together, will we defeat it.

The root cause is biological sex.

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There are some valid issues that LibFem has raised, where  trans woman might have a similar experience of the exact same type of discrimination as a natal born woman.

If a trans woman is perceived by society to have female biology (passes) then she will be treated like any natal born woman, unless people know the circumstances of her birth, which is true.

But it is not true the majority of trans women pass and cannot be true by sheer dint of their biology.  Testosterone is a powerful hormone, which is why it’s much easier for female to male transsexual people to pass than it is for male to female transsexuals.

Neither is it true that trans women have been socialized as females based on their birth sex, with all the experience inequity that intends to bestow.

Yes they have grown up unhappy, dysphoric in many cases.  But that is not the same as being socialized as female.  To be truly progressive is to recognize that different people face different problems, not try to lump them all in together.

LibFem tries to do this but fails because the movement is largely BS.

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Trans women are raped, drugged, beaten yes, and again this is where they have a similar experience to natal born women. But the overwhelming prejudice that trans women face is not because they are seen as natal born women but because they are not seen this way.

They are seen as gender non-conforming, and as this is despised by our society, they suffer.

Another reason to dismantle the gender construct, rip it up, and get rid of it

RadFem is the solution.  Why do you think people work so hard to silence us?

We are regularly called TERFs – Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists but we are not advocating hate, violence, or bigotry towards transgender people of any shade or stripe.

We are a movement whose core ethos challenges sex based discrimination and we do not have to work to advance other causes, including the transgender cause.  That does not mean we condone prejudice against those people..

We do not say the Black Lives matter movement should also campaign against capitalism, or include in their core mandate, the enfranchisement of gay people, Muslims, women, or transgender people.

Although in many cases, of course the Black Lives matter movement does support these people’s right to existence, rights, freedom, and liberty, it does not have to mandate for it,  since it’s core objective is to work to challenging race based discrimination against Black people.

Radical feminism is opposed to all forms of prejudice of course.  It supports the gay rights movement, the anti-fascist and anti-racist movement, as well as many other movements working towards social justice.  But it is a movement seeking to challenge sex based discrimination, an all too real issue for the female sex.  It is dangerous to attempt to pretend bio sex discrimination is not a reality.

Radical feminism also gets a lot of unfair criticism, nearly all of which is artful spin, lies and slander, by those who actually seek to promote male sex interests and hate the female sex.

For example, Liberal feminism frequently indulges in the sadistic humiliation rituals of silencing and criticizing white women on the basis of political correctness.  It’s main targets of ridicule are nearly always white women, not white men who are the actual culprits.

Misosgyny underpins the Liberal Feminist movement.

Men get to humiliate, silence and degrade women by telling them to get to the back of the queue.  But women of all colours, have always been at the back of the queue.  To be a woman is always to be considered less important.

Except in Radical Feminism.

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Again, think about it.

Radical feminism is not white feminism as many with misogynistic or misguided agendas have suggested.  Radical Feminism understands all women, but it understands that particularly women of colour experience more challenges in our prejudiced society and we seek to change things for the better.

As it recognizes sex based discrimination is a reality, it can work to effect real change by  liberating women as a class of all colours from patriarchy.

The fact is whether the female sex wants to ignore it, or not, the painful truth must be acknowledged.

In a large part of society’s eyes, we are status zero.

This prejudice stems from a hatred of us as a sex class.  Yes there are other, horrific prejudices that exist in the world like racism and homophobia.  But until we build a movement united in one singular aim, to challenge a system that insists on relegating women to second class status, we will never change anything.

If you are happy with that situation, or disagree with that statement, carry on as you are.  If you are unhappy with it, and it resonates with you, there is something we can do about it.

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We can really change things if the female sex as a whole are prepared to take action together, by supporting radical feminist causes, getting involved in radical feminist activism, and amplifying the message of what radical feminism is really about.

If you need proof of how much we can change things, look to our radical sisters of the seventies to see what can be achieved when we come together and work to achieve a common aim.

If you think our supposedly progressive society respects women more because more and more women are popping up in every profession, in every walk of life, think again.  In fact, it only furthers the resentment that lurks in the corners of the misogynists minds, it fuels them to make their insults more personal, more violent, more vicious.

This can be seen evidenced by the outpouring of body-shaming, revenge porn, and misogynistic outbursts women in the public eye are subjected to every day online, merely as a side effect of their visibility, a price that must be made for their success.

It’s not just online that misogyny thrives either, even though that’s where it’s at its most honest.  We might not say the vile bile found on Twitter in polite society but underneath the thin veneer of civility, misogyny runs deep, in both men and women.

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Women are oppressed into upholding the current system that bestows the lowest status in society on each and every person born in to  female body.  Without women’s support and participation the structure would collapse, whether the men wanted it or not.

There are many reasons why women continue to uphold a system that does not ultimately benefit them, but one of the main reasons is, that from the cradle women are taught to hate other women, to fear them and see them as rivals.

It’s essential that this attitude is taught for the current system to thrive.  Were women to suddenly start supporting each other en masse, to form a sisterhood the way men have a brotherhood, it would be very dangerous to our current society indeed.

Imagine, if it were different.  If misogynistic utterings and limiting gender expectations were criticised and challenged by most women, everywhere, instead of the current situation, where very often they are initiated, or supported by women.

Wouldn’t this world be a better place, not only for women but for people who currently ID as Trans?  If you could be anything you wanted, no matter what your biology, wouldnt that be better than having to combat prejudice that is based on biology, whether you want to ignore the fact or not?

The future is rad, women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to disrupt Liberal Feminism ( and help women see it hates people with vaginas)

 

Current liberal culture says feminism is only acceptable if it’s also intersectional.  The problem is, intersectionality in our patriarchal culture means male interests over females.

This is because our current culture has convinced itself women aren’t really full people.  It has to convince itself of this to avoid the truth.  Because if you can rationalise that it is okay to say there is a right way for a female to look, to act, to dress but it is wrong to say there is a right way for a male to look, to act, to dress, then as a sane person you have to concede that makes you a hypocrite.

No one wants to be a hypocrite so people have to convince themselves that women aren’t full people, that they don’t matter as much as males in order to justify the glaring inequity.

They then have even more work to do.  Because it’s hard to maintain a lie particularly such an obvious one.  They have to convince the people being treated unfairly, that it’s  okay they are being treated this way.

One way of doing this is to pretend this isn’t happening.  This is the school of thought behind the promotion of ideas like “everyone’s equal now” and “we have equality now”.

After the second wave of the Seventies had made many gains for women there was a cultural backlash which harnessed this technique, quite effectively,  up until relatively recently this was the broad cultural consensus in our society.

After a while though, women started to realise that they still do not have equality. That misogyny is still widely acceptable in our culture.  And the election of Donald Trump highlighted this fact further.

This malcontent among women is rather very threatening to those who benefit the most from the patriarchy, i.e male people because it means women might finally come together collectively and do something to actually change the status quo.

So another technique had to be employed, and this one is even more sneaky.

A new scheme has taken hold.  This latest ruse pretends to recognise that misogyny and inequality actually does exist while preventing women from taking effective action to tackle it by creating another, perceived underclass.  Enter the liberal feminist movement.

The liberal feminist movement operates under one main doctrine – Intersectionality.

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Intersectionality is not optional in liberal feminism, it is mandatory.

Intersectionality dictates that privilege works according to a hierarchy.  That if you are black and female you are more disenfranchised than someone who is white and female.

Nothing wrong with that in principle.

However, because Intersectionality is hierarchical and not a collective, in  liberal feminism transgender people, and in particular transgender women, are considered to be more disenfranchised than female bodied people.

This means that if you have been born biologically male, have been socialized as a male, enjoying all the privilege and entitlement that comes with that, but then make the decision to ID as female, you are perceived as suffering more discrimination and being more hated by society than someone who was just born into a female body.

This “trans women” have it harder than natal females thing is justified in libfem for several reasons.

One of them is because transgender women face prejudice from the fundamentalist Christian right.

Hang on a minute, so do born females.  Most evangelical or fundamentalist Christians want to stop access to abortion, think being lesbian makes you demonic, believe a woman’s place is to be subordinate to a man, and in some cases, even think pregnancy can’t occur if a woman is raped , and criminalize a woman for having a miscarriage.

Liberal feminism also justifies that trans women face more prejudice than natal women because they look different than natal women and so their identities often aren’t validated.

But hang on a minute, those born of the female sex face being judged on their appearances every day.  Their identities and their opinions aren’t considered to matter.  The proof is in the dogma.  Ask a liberal feminist if you don’t believe me. Ask a liberal intersectional feminist (which is nearly every liberal feminist nowadays) if you are allowed to talk about the fact that discrimination that’s based on birth sex happens.

You’re not.  What you have to say is that trans women and women are exactly the same and they face exactly the same problems and discrimination including misogyny, and that actually trans women face more prejudice.

They say that if someone is a trans woman, even if they look like a man, and everyone still sees them as a man, then they are facing misogyny.

Hang on a minute.  Isn’t misogyny rooted in a hatred of women?

The dictionary says so.  But if people don’t see you as a woman, how can this be so?  And before a load of trans women scream at me, this is not the same as saying you are not a woman.  I am not saying you are not a woman, so don’t threaten me with your TERF slurs okay. Been there done that, it was very insightful.  More on that later.

Let me tell you about one of my brushes with the delightful world of liberal feminism.

First some context.

I am a born female whose gender ID is male. I don’t pass as a male in society, though I take male hormones, I dress and present in what our current society would dub ” masculine way”.  I go by male pronouns, though my identity is not so fragile, nor my liberal consciousness developed sufficiently to insist everyone must use them.  Nor do I believe everyone must validate my identity or agree with the idea that transgenderism is a thing.  I am not challenged by hearing different points of view.  I also do not believe you can change your birth sex, a biological impossibility.

Let me tell you something.  I can assure you when everyone looks at me, at this point, most people guess I have a female body.

It’s not pleasant being me out there.  But it’s not because of what’s in my head, my “gender” identity, or because I fall under what would be dubbed the “trans” umbrella.

They judge me because when they see me they see someone they know was born female and the way I look is unacceptable if you are female.

That is misogyny.  Misogyny because the idea is, I have a female body so therefore I should look a certain way. Or would liberals say, in some parallel universe, that what I am actually suffering is homophobia?

If on the other hand, someone  has a male body and looks like a man (whether they identify as a man or not) and whether they are in a dress and heels or not, people in our very gender stereotypical society will still generally see a man.

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If someone has an averse reaction to a trans woman on the street, it’s because the idea that a man should be able to wear a dress and heels is repulsive in our gender stereotyped culture.

Isn’t that closer to a homophobic reaction related to an inherent fear of boys being too effeminate and therefore, gay?  It could also be misandry, a hatred of men, except, our culture doesn’t hate men, so…problematic.

Since my experience of being discriminated by society is so horrible, I decided to bring it up in the wonderful utopia that is intersectional feminism in a Facebook Group entitled Feminism and Intersectionality 101 or some such title.

I mentioned that I hadn’t been haven’t a jolly time of things, posted a relevant blog link to an article I had written about feminism, and mentioned that I would like to talk about the prejudice the female sex faces based on the fact they are, well the female sex.

The first answer I got was that I should die a fiery death.

The second answer I got was how dare I say Transgender Women weren’t women. (I hadn’t suggested this, not in my blog post, not in the post)

The third answer I got was that if you have a uterus and ovaries those aren’t inherently female things.  (Problematic?)

The fourth answer I got was that penises can be incredibly female actually, how dare I suggest otherwise.  (Also, problematic?)

The fifth answer I got was that I was an evil TERF, and not just an evil TERF but a garbage person with trash can views.  (Though I had heard it bandied about before, I wasn’t sure what exactly a turf was at that point but later that day I found out that it meant –  Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist.  Sounds terrifying right?

I actually learned this valuable information from a trans woman who had also recently been dubbed a TERF by liberal intersectional feminists for daring to state that you can’t change your birth sex)  As you might guess, the fact that both I and this trans lady had been dubbed a TERF made me feel a bit confused.

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So liberal feminism seems to believe that discrimination can’t be based on sex , and that misogyny can happen even if you look like a man, and society sees you as a man, no matter how much you might want them to see you as a woman.

Problematic?

It is a bit.  Because it means that if you’re a liberal intersectional feminist, and have a female body, you can’t say you suffer misogyny because you were born female, look female, society perceives you as female and therefore treats you as second class.  In fact, you can’t say that you were born female at all.  Born females don’t exist anymore apparently, liberal feminism dictates, bodies can’t be female.

Without being able to state these basic facts, you can’t really begin to challenge misogyny.

Definitely problematic.

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I don’t know, is there something wrong with this mode of thinking or not?  I’ll leave it up to you to decide, since unlike liberals,  I don’t like telling people what to think.

A few more things I learned about liberal feminism.  If you are a liberal feminist, while you can’t acknowledge that bodies can be born biologically female, you must recognise any gender anyone says they are and call them by whatever title they wish to be addressed.  More than this, if you do not actually see them as this thing they say they are, or even dare to hold an opinion that differs from theirs regarding gender, or use any word they don’t like, you will be told you are a violent, evil TERF and should die in hell.  Usually by trans women, but sometimes by men, trans guys, women, who have been co-opted into this, or maybe lobotomized, I’m not quite sure yet.

Let me make this clear.  You must, if you are a liberal feminist recognise all of the 56 genders Facebook currently offers, as well as many others. These include the rather razzy named Stargender, and also you must accept the validity of someone being a Gender Unicorn.

This is genderwikia.com’s current definition of what it means to identify as Stargender.

“Star Gender is a gender that can be broken up into 3 different definitions. The first is simply having the gender of a star. The second is “an other-worldly/non-human gender” which is likened to being beyond comprehension. The third is “no matter how many genders are discovered/coined, none would match for the person.” 

You cannot question that some of this might sound slightly absurd. It is not optional in the NewSpeak of Liberal Feminism.

If you happen to have a vagina and you’re reading this, and you haven’t been lobotomized by Liberal Intersectional Feminists yet, you might be feeling like this all sounds not much like feminism at all.

You might be right XD

Unfortunately the members of the female sex who have been lobotomized can’t see that this is all, well a bit slanted, shall we say, the poor dears.

And if you try and explain to them, that actually this all sounds a bit misogynistic and unfair, they will look at you like you’d just tried to explain that you identify as a gender that is “an other-worldly/non-human gender” which is likened to being beyond comprehension.”

Oh no wait never mind, that’s acceptable.  But to say you were born female isn’t.  Must remember the NewSpeak.

Here’s a suggestion of how to help the poor lobotomized dears see what’s really going on:

How to hijack liberal feminism and expose the hypocrisy in three easy steps

Step one – Join a Intersectional Feminist Group.  I know, it sounds scary but just do it.

Step two – Watch.  If there is a post that involves liberals obviously trampling over females to privilege males like say a news article on how Germany has legalised brothels.

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Step three – Comment with something that goes along with their ideology but exposes the deeper inequality.  DON’T point out the inequality blatantly or you’ll be exposed as a non lobotomized female and they’ll either attempt to lobotomize you, call you an evil TERF, or tell you to suck their girl cock.  (This was another thing that was actually said to me.)

This would be an appropriate comment to make on the above subject.

“Hrrm, after reading this I think this is good because disabled men have a right to sex.  I mean I know some people say that in brothels women have suffered abuse, some are trafficked etc, and that it’s fundamentally wrong that men think they can buy women for sex, and that working as a sex worker isn’t really a choice because these women don’t have other options but ultimately, I think, if there isn’t an actual gun pointing at these women’s heads, I think the bigger, more important takeaway here is that disabled men don’t lose their right to have sex with women.”

The trans women, and natal men  might react to this rather strongly because what you’ve done is exposed the obvious hypocrisy.  Sometimes you have to tell a lie to reveal a deeper truth.  They might call you sarcastic, ask you what you are playing at, accuse you of being a radical feminist in disguise, or tell you to suck their girl cocks.

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This is a gift because then you get to ask what you have said wrong by suggesting going along with their ideology and saying that it’s a good thing that disabled men have a right to sex.  Which gives you a chance to attract even more posters and attention comments and expose the lie further.

You need to do this because…

What you say will stick in the minds of those reading it who are born female because something about it will jar with their experiences of life. Something about will sound wrong to them.  Because it is wrong, obviously.  It will sound wrong because it is exactly what it is, an obvious statement of hypocrisy that neatly points out that men’s rights matter more than the abuse of female sex workers.

Those of the female sex who read your post might not immediately realize exactly why what you say feels wrong of course, they might not immediately abandon the madness that is liberal feminism and come to the radical feminist position.

But over time the thought will marinate and the seed that something is going on that is not quite fair to women, will grow into a bud and it will begin to irritate.  It will irritate and it will fester inside their minds like a devious little mind worm and eventually it will erupt inside them and they won’t be able to ignore the glaringly obvious fact that

LIBERAL INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISTS BELIEVE THAT MALE RIGHTS MATTER MORE

And the jig will be up;)

If enough of us employ this rather deliciously sneaky little trick of reverse psychology in as many situations as we can, not just on Facebook but on the internet and in real life situations whenever relevant, more of the female sex will feel itchier, sooner.

And the itchy ones, will start to ask questions about the NewSpeak and Liberal Intersectional Feminism and they will start to question it and so on and before you know it, they will decide that yes, misogyny based on birth sex is a thing.  That they want to do something about it.

And that liberal feminism, with it’s 56 genders, multiple pronouns, TERF slurs, and army of trans women ready to stuff their girl cocks down the throats of any who dare to state the simple truth that yes you can be born biologically female,  is never going to tackle it because, well, it doesn’t like people with vaginas very much.