Christmas Day, 2012.
GataAgressiva411 to OTHER WHITE FEMINIST: Thank you for sharing this article with me. I read it, and I agree with what’s said here. As for the CT shootings, I’m restricting the amount of energy I give that incident because people of color are suffering from regular casualities such as these each and every day, in different ways. I cannot and will not give extra energy to violence as it concerns middle white America-a point which was not raised in this written piece. White male pathology and violence looks and behaves very differently than that of men of color, and the fact that it is WHITE men who are the ones gunning down women and children was not explicitly stated. Although I appreciate that Brennan pointed out how male violence against women is not considered the same as other forms of violence-true words. We must be prepared to address the nuances of all violence in all forms. It’s much more complex than “men against women”.
GataAgressiva411 to OTHER WHITE FEMINIST: P.S. I’m reading about the trans-activist attack against Cathy at Dyke March. Very troubling. [...]
WordPress has apparently caved to trans demands to censor trans-critical blogs.
The most recent casualty is mansplaintrainsplain, a brilliant blog that quoted verbatim the woman-hating words Men’s Rights and Trans Activists say to and about Women.
Apparently, it’s ok for Men’s Rights and Trans Rights Activists to say Women-hating words to Women, it’s not ok for Women to present that information with political commentary.
It’s a bad day for “free speech,” y’all.
Here’s Republican State Representative Cathrynn N. Brown of New Mexico.
The NRA and the Right to Life People love her.
And she loves them back! [...]
Americans gave up the idea-or tried to, or pretended to-that there are certain characteristics and qualities that are essentially black and essentially white a long time ago. At the very least we can say that it would be considered wildly offensive and thoroughly idiotic to articulate ideas like that now. Yet somehow we don’t think twice about wanting to be ‘like a man’ or unlike a ‘girly-girl.’ As if those ideas even mean anything. Like which man? Iggy Pop? Nathan Lane? Jesse Jackson? Jesse Helms? It is a staggeringly unsophisticated way to think about being a human being, but smart people do it all the time.
Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs, p. 108
I received an email from Equality Maryland today!
Can you find the typo?
It asked me to sign up for its Lobby Day in Annapolis in February.
Now, I like a good lobby day as well as the next person. I read on.
“While 2012 was an incredible year for Maryland’s LGBT communities and our allies our work is not done. Transgender Marylanders remain unprotected in state law from discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accomondation (sic) and credit.”
No, that’s not entirely true. [...]
I am an avid reader of your blogs (I think I sent you a FB message once saying something to the effect of “keep fighting the good fight”). I was wondering if you might write up a post some day on how lay men who are not part of this particular struggle can be allies to females. I understand that this could mean we need to shut up, respect female-only spaces, and divest ourselves from patriarchy as much as we can. I think that you might have something to say though beyond that, which I think the handful of observers like me would be interested in hearing. Keep fighting the good fight.
Men can be allies to Women. [...]
First they came for Janice Raymond
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t an academic.
Then they came for Mary Daly
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a lesbian.
Then they came for Norah Vincent
and I didn’t speak out because I didn’t even read her book.
Then they came for Lierre Keith
and I didn’t speak out because I was afraid that I’d get attacked too.
Then they came for Sheila Jeffreys
and I didn’t speak out because her honest analysis makes my queer friends uncomfortable.
Then they came for Germaine Greer
and I didn’t speak out because she seems a little full of herself.
Then they came for Diane DiMassa
and I didn’t speak out because Hothead Paisan is soooo 1990s.
Then they came for Julie Bindel
and I didn’t speak out because she seems unpleasant.
Then they came for Cathy Brennan
and I didn’t speak out because I hate that woman.
Then they came for Christine Benvenuto
and I didn’t speak out because she was married to a man.
Then they came for Issa Rae
and I didn’t speak out because I have never seen Awkward Black Girl.
Then they came for Julie Burchill
and I didn’t speak out because I don’t like that she said “shims” in a political essay.
Then they came for Gallus Mag
and I didn’t speak out because I forgot how to speak.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
- An Anonymous Woman
I don’t mind casual racism when it goes with my hipster lifestyle and political views on gender!
Dan Solomon is a ”straight, white cisgender man” from Texas who has things to say about Women like Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill who dare to (1) notice that transwomen are men and 2) have the guts to speak out about it.
Dan wants you to know that he’s got the backs of his fellow Men, err transwomen.
And he wants you to know why he takes transgender issues personally…
You might recall that last year, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force waited until the last possible moment to remember that L in NGLTF stands for Lesbians. As a result of pressure put on NGLTF by Lesbian activists, NGLTF begrudgingly allowed Lesbians to have our own caucus for actual lesbians (that is, women-born-women, not men who think they are women) – hence, the Lesbian Caucus was born.
What a difference a year makes, right? This year is going to be the year of the Lesbian resurgence. I mean, the Lesbian Caucus has a 600-woman strong Facebook group!
Here is the 152-page Creating Change Program. [...]