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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Crowdfunder UK suspends Transgender Trend after pressure from trans activists

The website www.crowdfunder.co.uk has just suspended a fundraising campaign started by Transgender Trend, a group of concerned parents trying to raise financial backing in order to provide schools with the full facts about the harms of medically transitioning children.  By 1pm on 01/06/2018, the Transgender Trend fundraiser account had been suspended by Crowfunder UK, due to “an unprecedented number of complaints about the project” from trans activists.  When contacted, Crowdfunder stated the account would remain suspended while they ” investigate the project further”.
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Crowdfunder’s decision follows a targeted campaign of harassment of Transgender Trend, carried out on social media by a vocal minority of trans activists.  This campaign of harassment has seen many malicious and libelous false claims leveled against the group.  These unsubstantiated claims are now being repeated as fact by left wing outlets in the mainstream media, including by Pink News, who called Transgender Trend “deeply transphobic”.
If Crowdfunder have acted on these libelous claims, without corroborating them fully,  they themselves could be considered as acting as accessories to libel.
The views Transgender Trend expresses are the exact same views shared by many prominent medical experts, including fertility doctor, Professor Robert Winston, who stated he was now “seeing the long-term consequences of gender affirmation treatments” in his fertility clinics.
Dr Polly Carmichael, head of the UK’s only NHS clinic for children experiencing gender dysphoria, The Tavistock and Portman Centre, in North London, has endorsed the “watchful waiting” approach advocated by Transgender Trend, along with many of her medical peers in the field of Gender Identity.  Dr Carmichael has also alluded to a possible corroboration between the rise in children diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and the high numbers of gender dysphoric children at the clinic who display symptoms of autism.
 
It is vital schools and parents receive a balanced view from both sides of the debate, before deciding to send their children down the irreversible pathway to medical transition, particularly as half of the children being referred to the Tavistock Gender Identity Clinic display autistic traits, and the clinic treats patients as young as three years old.
Transgender Trend are not a hate group, they are not advocating harm or inciting violence towards transgender people.  The group’s only aim is to alert parents and schools to the potential dangers of drugs used to medically transition children, such as puberty blockers like Lupron.
Some people believe puberty blockers, “buy” children time, delaying puberty until they can make up their minds as to whether or not they want to transition.  These people mistakenly believe that there are no side effects to these drugs.  But some medical experts claim there are harmful side effects like memory problems, impaired brain development, bone damage, and infertility.
If we can’t be 100% sure there are no long term side effects from these drugs, at this stage, so is it really ethical of us to be giving these drugs to children?
At the very least, anyone responsible for the well being of children should be fully informed as to the potential dangers of medical transition.  That’s what Transgender Trend were trying to achieve with their crowdfunder, a campaign that aimed to raise vital funding that would enable them to distribute their materials to schools and parents.
Gender dysphoria is a very real and painful condition but it occurs because our society runs on an unfair, unequal gender caste system.  This system is a social construct that tries to put all of us in narrow gender stereotyped boxes by teaching us from a very early age that little girls should like pink and wear dresses, and little boys like blue and play with trucks.
Gender ideology, with it’s insistence on identities that often come with a prescribed set of behavioral traits and appearance codes, only upholds this outmoded caste system.  It’s the same system as the old sex role stereotyping Second Wave feminists attempted to break down in the 70’s and 80’s, until Queer Politics became the dominant school of thought inn Liberal society, intercepting their efforts by embracing regressive Gender Identity theory.
Don’t fall for it.
Gender Identity ideology is not progressive politics at all, it’s as old as the patriarchy itself, just wrapped up in a fancy new guise.
This unequal gender caste system limits all of our lives, particularly those of us who don’t fit neatly into the pink or blue box.
Radical feminists know that girl children will suffer from dysphoria, in a society where we frown upon ambitious girls who like to wear their hair short and kick footballs around.  We know too, that feminine boy children will suffer dysphoria, in a society that punishes boys who like to paint their fingernails, dress up as a Disney princess, or play with dolls.
It’s for this reason  we want to dismantle the gender caste system, get rid of all the limiting stereotypes, and just let all people be, whether they are masculine females, or feminine males.
But it seems as a society, we’d rather do anything other than that.
We’d rather force children (and adults) into transition in order to uphold a stereotypical worldview that brainwashes us all into believing that little girls and women should be passive, pretty, and pleasing, than we would just embrace confident, strong and clever girls who know how to fix bikes.
When we finally are ready to chuck out the stereotypes, our society will be so much healthier, not just for women, but for everyone.
Gender stereotypes are the cause of so many ills in our society, including the disregard and disrespect meted out to women.  Regressive stereotypes and ideas, like the notion women should cater to male needs, are the reason women get sexually harassed, raped, not promoted, talked over, and shamed for not fitting patriarchal standards of beauty.
As a society, we talk about #metoo and pretend to be shocked. We wonder how many women could have experienced so much harassment.
Well it’s time we had the conversation about what’s really causing the problem.
The gender caste system.
Let’s chuck it out.
Let’s all be free.
As of 9:21 pm today, 02/06/2018, Transgender Trend’s Crowdfunder still remains suspended.  I urge anyone who believes in free speech and the protection of children’s health to email support@crowdfunder.co.uk to ask them to reverse their Orwellian decision. 
Meanwhile, if you’d like to support Transgender Trend’s important work, you can donate to them via the fundraising page on their website here: https://www.transgendertrend.com/funding/

Dear liberal feminists from a radfem sister

Dear Liberal Feminists,

If you are a liberal feminist, you probably see self proclaimed radical feminists like me as the enemy. After all, you’ve been taught to hate feminists like me, yet do you ever wonder why, when all we are fighting for is women’s liberation from male violence, male domination, and male control?

Women make up around 52% of every countries population, when we unite sisterhood is so powerful. You only have to look to the past, to the incredible gains made for women by our Second Wave sisters, to see what can happen when women unite.

Who would benefit from turning us against each other?

In whose interests do you think it is, to prioritize male interests and whims, over female bodied people’s real needs, real oppression, and real concern?

I am not against you but we both know we live in a patriarchy, and though you are probably familiar with that word, you might not realise exactly what it means, what it has done to you, to me, to all of us in society, even to men.

Patriarchy had taught us all to hate women, taught us all too well.

So well, so effectively, even when we are women ourselves, patriarchy teaches us that other women, even when they fight with our best interests at heart, are the enemy, if they dare put female needs over male ones.

Do you really believe a white, middle class trans “woman” born into a male body, and all the privilege that comes with having one, is truly more oppressed than a black working class biologically female lesbian?

The liberal left tells you yes, trans women are more oppressed, the most oppressed. And you follow what they say, and turn against your sisters, sisters who are fighting for your rights, who will always fight for your rights, even though you hate us, spit in our faces and scream TERF at us over and over again.

We are fighting for you because we love you, we love all women, even the ones that piss us off, even the ones that spit and scream in our faces.

We love women because we are women and we have unlearned the lessons of patriarchy which teaches us to hate ourselves.

Loving women is not something our society encourages. That’s why it hates radical feminists so much, because we do love women, and we will fight for women’s interests, over men’s.

So you attack us, following the current liberal dogma, screaming TERF even though somewhere inside, if you really stop and think, you know something feels wrong.

Why does it feel wrong sometimes?

Think about who is telling you to turn against us?

Who tells you trans women are the most oppressed, who screams it the loudest?

Does this sentiment most often and most strongly come from male mouths, or female ones?

Has your movement ever centred ONE thing that exclusively could ONLY effect biological females?

You know, things like child brides, honour killings of Muslim women, female infanticide, abortion, poor girls who are prevented from going to school because of lack of access to sanitary products, Female Genital Mutilation, breastfeeding mothers?

Think about it.

Now ask yourself this question.

Do you really still think you’re part of a truly feminist movement?

The reason for most women’s oppression is our biology, not our gender identity.

This is not to say, some passing trans women, won’t be perceived as having female biology and suffer some, a tiny fraction of the discrimination that born women face from birth.

But even then, they have a lifetime of male socialisation, male privilege, and they still have male biology, a biology our society loves, a body we privilege in nearly every walk of life.

Are you sure your movement really cares about women with female biology?

How can you be sure when they tell you female biology doesn’t exist, that a vagina is not female, that uteruses are just a body part?

Do you believe that’s true?

Do you really believe trans women’s are women just because they say they are?

Do you really, truly believe that a female child in Pakistan could tell her “husband” she was male, and he would not force her into marriage, not force her into his bed?

If not why not?

Is it because of her biology?

Is it because you know, deep down, that saying something doesn’t necessarily make it so, particularly when it comes to ignoring the scientific fact of biology?

Could your father have given birth to you?

If not, why not?

All we are doing, us witches, us TERFS, is trying to keep the hard won sex based rights, and legal protections, our sisters secured for women back in the 70’s and 80’s.

We are doing this not because we hate trans people, because we don’t hate them, nor do we wish them any harm.

We don’t want to stop trans people dressing how they want, or even changing their bodies, if they want, though we don’t want the medical establishment to give harmful blockers like Lupron to children under the age of 16.

We definitely would be the first ones out screaming on the streets if anyone tried to take away the protections and rights that trans people currently have under the protected category of Gender Reassignment, which guarantees them access to healthcare, respect, and protection from discrimination.

We definitely think it would be healthier to dismantle the system of gender itself, which pushes harmful, limiting stereotypes on men and women, than it is to medicate healthy bodies, and cut of healthy sexual organs.

But we can’t stop grown adults doing what they want to their bodies and we don’t want to. That’s not what this is about.

What this is about are the harmful proposed Self ID laws the UK government and many other governments around the world are currently considering. We don’t agree with allowing anyone to self identify and say they are a woman just because they say so..

Because in this patriarchal society, which hates women, and resents the gains towards liberation we have made, we know what is likely to happen if you allow just anyone to say they are a woman.

We know because it’s already happening.

Women can’t say we suffer oppression because of our biology. We can’t state this simple fact or we are called TERFs. You know this is true because this is what you call us yourself.

And soon, it will be hate speech to speak this simple truth.

But will that stop the female genital mutilation, the sexual harassment that women exponentially suffer from because men see female biology and assign lesser value to it, the rapes, the lack of sanitary protection for poor women, the domestic violence, the murder, the many, many degrading pornographic images and videos of people with female biology.

Can you be sure the Self ID law won’t be abused by predators like Ian Huntley, who is now self identifying as Nicola, the name of one of his victim’s mother?

Will making female biology hate speech end all the injustice and oppression biological women and girls suffer from?

Will passing self ID guarantee that predatory men who hate women won’t use it as a chance to trample over the gains born women have made?

If so, carry on doing what you are doing.

If not, you might want to reconsider whose interests you are fighting for when you centre male interests, and place male needs over women’s, over your own.

I know you’re just trying to survive in a world that hates women, people with female biology.

I know it feels good to feel like your the special one, the cool girl, the one who isn’t hated by men.

But they only act like they don’t hate you because at the moment at least you’re useful to them. You do everything they tell you to do don’t you?

Have you tried to see what would happen when you voice a contrary opinion or try to centre your own female needs to Leftie men like Owen Jones?

I think inside you already know.

Do you really think when they won’t even let women organise against our own sex oppression as class, that Leftie men really care about you?

You are a woman after all. And not the kind liberal left guys like Owen Jones like.

You’re have the wrong biology for that I’m afraid.

The worst part is, liberal left is guys like Owen Jones don’t even see trans women as women.

They show that they see trans women as men, by centering them, and supporting them, even when trans women threaten violence to an incredibly oppressed group, biological women and girls.

Leftie men like Owen Jones show that they really see trans women as men when they let trans women tell born women how to identify, telling us we must use the term cis.

Leftie guys like Owen won’t even let born women define ourselves, let alone define anyone else.

That’s how we know they see trans women as men. But they see you as a woman. They will always see you as just a woman.

Because of your biology.

And if one day you need help and support, they won’t be there for you, because they don’t care.

But we care. And we will always be there.

If you think that by selling your sisters out, by turning away from us, or by screaming TERF at us, it will make the kind of men who hate women love you or even like you, you are sadly mistaken.

The only kind of women they will ever like or love, are the kind they really see as men.

If you are reading this, know we radical feminists will always fight for you. But we can’t guarantee we will win, because women are hated, especially women who fight for other women.

We will never give up,though we wish you would join us.

Because the simple truth is, if you and other women like you stand with us, if all women stand with us, we know we could end all this injustice, put a stop to all the oppression.

We know this because we, women are half the population, and we know this because sisterhood is powerful.

Love,

Your radfem Sister

Corbyn’s Labour – a breeding ground for misogynist and antisemitic hatred

This week saw Corbyn’s Labour underperforming in the UK local elections, a result, due at least in part to the leader’s refusal to address the antisemitic and misogynistic bigotry that simmers amongst many supporters of the British hard left today …

After eight years of a Tory government, which has seen the Grenfell disaster and Windrush scandal happen on their watch, and considering the Brexit debacle continues to rumble on, you’d expect the opposition to be enjoying a comfortable lead on the incumbent government by now.

But because of the Labour leader’s dismissal, and wilful ignorance of Jews and women, Labour paid the price at the recent polls, not gaining the ground needed to convince skeptics Corbyn can win a General Election.

What’s more, they are certain to do so again at the next General Election, as the Jewish community, and biological women wake up and smell the coffee.

Corbyn doesn’t care about women, and he doesn’t care about Jews.

Quite how Labour has any biological female or Jewish supporters left leaves me often scratching my head in confusion.

The Labour party, has traditionally always been the party for the oppressed, geared firmly towards championing more rights for women, and for fighting against all forms of racism, including antisemitism.

Today, Labour continue to claim they are the party for justice for all, but in reality, Corbyn’s Labour Party is really only concerned with justice for some.

As if that wasn’t disappointing enough, even more worryingly, often what Corbyn supporters claim to champion in the name of justice, ( like Labour’s adoption of Self ID for the transgendered even though Self ID is not yet leg), hypocritically results in the oppression of others, i.e. women, and fans the flames of misogynist bigots, which is not justice at all.

With Corbyn’s continued, stubborn refusal to acknowledge the concerns of female members of Labour, concerned about the impact the ill-thought out Self ID policy may have on them, he empowers misogynistic Left Wing males to belittle, talk over, and shut down women’s debate.

Labour has morphed into a movement that is championing something far more sinister than justice.

Corbyn also stands by while sickening, malicious, venomous and violent Jew hatred is spewed from his supporters mouths, an attitude that is commonly found among members of the British Left today, as antisemitism weaves it’s tentacles tightly throughout the body politic of Corbyn’s Labour Party.

The Hard Left wing of Labour, Corbyn’s base, is rife with anti-semetic memes, passive aggressive allegories alluding to “oily, slimey, slippery, all powerful Jews, controlling the world”, outright lies such as “ Jews are responsible for 9/11”, and venomous hatred directed towards the Jewish community.

Anti-semites such as Ken Livingstone should have no place in any right thinking humanitarian party.Livingstone’s continued presence is unacceptable for a Party who claims their reason for being is to ensure “human rights for all”.

Livingstone’s continued presence is unacceptable for a Party who claims their reason for being is to ensure “human rights for all”.
Neither should Labour enable paedophile apologist Peter Tatchell, who previously authored a forward to a book that championed sex between 9 year old boys and adults.

In Corbyn’s Labour Party, anti-semites, paedophile apologists, and misogynists are magically transformed into freedom fighters against oppression, while radical feminists who try to dismantle the gender construct by pointing out that if girls aren’t passive, and like to climb trees that doesn’t make them boys, are demonized, ridiculed, terrorised, and silenced.

Another core competence of the Corbynite Left is championing the oppression of free speech, free debate, and free thoughts, under the guise of protecting the vulnerable from hate speech.

To some, protecting the vulnerable from bigoted hate speech might seem like a noble goal, indeed, stamping out bigotry everywhere is a goal of mine, and as a previous lifelong Leftist, always has been.

But what is bigotry?

And what is hate speech according to Corbyn’s supporters?

You might think that violently threatening to punch a woman’s face in, rape her, then burn her alive, just because she happens to state the fact that women are oppressed on the basis of their sex was to use hate speech.

With Corbyn’s Left, it’s the other way around.

In Corbyn’s Labour,radical feminist women are painted as violent oppressors to trans people, and therefore any form of violence directed towards them can be justified.
When did the basis of women’s oppression become anathema to Labour?

When did biology become hatred?

The fact that women are oppressed because of their biology is a fact that can be corroborated by many instances of misery apparent to all of us who care to acknowledge them. It is apparent in the killing of baby girls in Pakistan, in the suppression of the female sex in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and numerous other Middle and Far eastern countries around the world, in the barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation that is inflicted on those with female sex parts with the aim and intention to deprive them of natural sexual pleasure, and in so many other innumerable, shocking, horrific, and sad ways.

Even in modern Britain, female bodied people are still, to this day, discriminated against on the basis of their biology.

Fat shaming is a hateful thing, whoever it is done too, but you only have to watch a larger sized biological man walking down the street, and observe how he is treated, then watch the reactions to a larger woman, to see a clear and startling difference.

What on earth is society discriminating on, if not biology?

After all, no one asked either person their gender identity before discriminating?

Gender identity is not the main basis for women’s discrimination, biology is.

In Corbyn’s warped world of Orwellian madness, a woman merely stating fact, immediately becomes an oppressor, simply because her opinion is not in step with the current, misogynistic Party policy.

Such is the rampant misogyny that runs as rife in the left as the virulent antisemitism the Corbynites enthusiastically cultivate.

Yes hate speech, according to Corbyn’s acolytes is now nothing more than mere biological fact and reality, a horrific reality that has limited so many millions of female lives, and will limit many more.

Far too frequently the basis of women’s oppression, their biology, also ends women’s lives, in a misogynistic spiral of brutal violence, rape, and sadistic torture.

We are currently all inhabiting in an incredibly sadistic society, and though there are now voices from all walks of life who are starting to speak out against this, the one area that should be the champion of the truly oppressed, the Left, is now failing, many, badly.

I don’t know what it is about Corbyn, but misogynistic males seem to flock to follow him, and the hard left of Labour is now chock full of ’em.

Is this the revenge of those our cruel, hierarchical society would dub the “beta male”? Is this not what we see with the rise of the Incel, the ultimate beta male in our society’s eyes due to his lack of prowess with women.

Incels espouse about their fantasies of killing Chads, who they see as so called Alpha males. Chads in reality are more than likely just nice, normal guys who can actually talk to women because they like them.

Chads probably don’t harbour a simmering misogynistic resentment of women, don’t have a problem with women succeeding, and so can actually talk to and experience relationships women as though women are human.

When I look at males our society would class as beta, whether through physical stature, economic stature, career success, confidence, strength, prowess with women, I see the resentment they must harbour at being unfairly labelled as less than.

It is indeed unfair, as radical feminists have been shouting for years, that there be one model of ideal man and one model of ideal woman.

That ideal is what the gender caste system demands from us all, as without the gender polarities, it would crumble.Radical feminists have been wanting society to take a good hard look at the the ridiculous gender caste system for decades, and have been getting pilloried, decried as man hating witches, or dismissed as lunatics for equally as long.

Radical feminists have been wanting society to take a good hard look at the the ridiculous gender caste system for decades, and have been getting pilloried, decried as man hating witches, or dismissed as lunatics for equally as long.

It seems there are many who are determined to make the gender caste system last for as long as they possibly can, and shockingly many of these people are in Corbyn’s Labour.

Instead of supporting radical feminists, and seeing the clear parallels between female’s oppression, and the discrimination they might suffer, lefty dude bros, Incels, and other like-minded misogynistic types show their true characters.

They turn their resentment at our bigoted society, and their feelings of entitlement to sex, into pathological hatred of women.

This, despite the obvious fact that women are not the ones who keep the shitshow that is the gender caste system going, as women do not directly benefit from it.

The measure of a person is what they do when they chips are down, I.e when they are not in top, like those we label “beta males”.

Despite the relative privilege these lefty bros still have over all women in our horribly unjust society, they seek to reassure their own insecurities and claw some feeling of superiority back, by seeking to suppress women.

Left wing misogynists gain satisfaction from women’s pain and disenfranchisement, why is why they also promote the sex industry, and defend violent porn, so they can derive sadistic pleasure from seeing females subjugated, sold, enslaved, traded, choked, beaten, tied up and raped.

This is the nature of a sadist, and having been close to a couple of sadists I recognise the trait rather well.

Too many men on the Left today are weak, insecure men who prefer to suppress, silence, and bully females than stand in solidarity and fight with them against our unfair, hierarchical society.

This is the exact type of male who seems to be attracted to Corbyn’s Left, and the same type of male who seeks to paint out radical feminists as demonic entities from hell.

Our society, ruled by an extremely rigid gender caste system, has always traditionally shunned the more sensitive man, or feminine man, in order to keep the gender caste system going.

After all, you can’t have one without the other right, females must be passive and pleasing, so males must be manly and strong right?

Except not in the perverse world of the misogynistic Corbynite male. In their world, they can somehow square being anticapitalist with promoting the sex trade, the most capitalist industry there is.

Corbynites can also square being firmly against racism, while at the same time spewing vile antisemitic bile that wouldn’t sound out of place in 1930’s Germany.

The rationale in the type of perverse, sadistic mind prevalent in the Corbynite Left today seems to be that there is no rationale.
It’s an “I can because I can” attitude, even as they hypocritically rail against others who take a similar approach, such as the Trump’s of this world, whose motto surely must be “I can so I will”.

It’s an “I can because I can” attitude, even as they hypocritically rail against others who take a similar approach, such as the Trump’s of this world, whose motto surely must be “I can so I will”.

Yet they hate Trump, not because he is unpleasant, obnoxious, coarse, and often grossly racist, but mostly because he is the exact type of male that in this society we sadly view as an Alpha type, or close to an Alpha type.

He’s not of course, as in reality, if there is an Alpha male, he would be confident, and assured enough of his own personhood to have no need to bully others, whip up racial hatred, or play dogwhistle politics.
Still the Trumpian male with his bellowy tones, braggadocio, and economic success has become the model for manliness the gender caste system relies on.

Still the Trumpian male with his bellowy tones, braggadocio, and economic success has become the model for manliness the gender caste system relies on.

Would these Lefty bros hate Trump if the only thing Trump had ever done was be misogynistic to women?

Doubtful. They proclaim themselves Marxists but when it comes to the oppression of women or Jews as a class, and Marx’s own writings on the oppression of women as a class, they conveniently forget their Marxist leanings and sound off like any good old Republican or old fashioned Tory.

Even in the Tory party, it’s getting hard to find the levels of sexism, anti Semitism, and misogyny that seem to run rife throughout the Left these days.

This hatred is fanned into flames by Corbyn’s continued disregard and dismissal, of biological women and Jews, and their needs and concerns.

Marxist my arse. More like middle class spoilt over-entitled brats sore that they have never been seen as the manliest, and taking their revenge out on females for the inch of progress women have made.

Women’s progress directly threatens Lefty bro, more than it even threatens someone like Trump, as Trump at least knows, that in the fetid hotbed that is our society, perversely he is seen as somewhere near the top.

Lefty bro though desperately seeks to climb higher to the top of the patriarchal pyramid, and it is women progressing that threatens his deep seated need to feel superior.

Though of course not every male in the Left is an insecure misogynist hell bent on blocking women’s progress, and not every man who would be viewed as the beta type is a misogynist, it would be dangerous to underestimate the embittered revenge of the type of insecure male attracted to the Left today, for they are all too present in Corbyn’s Labour Party.

Corbyn does nothing to tackle misogyny, even as he espouses his 50/50 quotas for female MPs, and promises to pardon the suffragettes.

Not does he do anything to dismantle the ugly vein of anti-semitic hatred that is snaking its way through the hard left in Britain.

For this reason, I encourage all women and Jews, as a matter of conscience, to abandon Labour, and Corbyn, for he is not acting in the interests, nor from this unpromising start, do I believe he ever will.

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.

 

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.