The Worst Kind of Betrayal: What John Stoltenberg Did To Andrea Dworkin

“Only then did radical feminists find out you spent almost a year working closely with someone who has demonstrated a political commitment to going after several women for years. This was done using anti-feminist websites, doxxing, slurs, malicious manipulations and mind fucking misogynistic obfuscations.”

Women-Only Space…..Fundamental to Feminism and All Women.

“Women-only space has always been and continues to be an important vehicle for the politicisation and radicalisation of women, enabling our voices, skills and talents in a world where, through sexist socialisation coupled with gendered oppression, women still face many difficulties being heard, valued or recognised in mixed space.”

Shack Diaries

There have been many recent attacks on women-only space and there is a real threat to its very existence.

The right to women-only space is however fundamental to feminism and to all women.

Why…..?

Women-only space has been utilised historically as a direct response to and consequence of the cultural, political and economic exclusion of women within wider society and culture.
It was also a space where women could meet and define themselves, to bond together, to feel safe, to gain strength and build confidence and in turn could become more political – from which subsequent action our generation is hugely benefiting in terms of our present gained freedoms.

There are many historical examples of women-only spaces which have had an extremely powerful effect on building autonomy for women as a class and changing the cultural view of women as individuals…..

The struggle against sexism, sexual oppression and sexual violence…

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QotD: “The endless shielding of femininity from criticism is getting really boring”

Anti-Porn Feminists

The endless shielding of femininity from criticism is getting really boring and it’s obvious that the people who keep waxing lyrical about being ~badass feminine feminists are getting desperate to maintain their delusions of idiotic fake bullshit “empowerment.” There’s an ongoing stream of posts stating that wearing makeup, shaving your legs, and liking pink dresses doesn’t mean you aren’t a true feminist. That you can be both feminine and a strong, smart, or successful woman. That being a traditionally feminine woman doesn’t mean you don’t deserve respect.

Now, all of these things are true. If you’re into being feminine, good for you, do what you want. But why do you need reassurance, in feminist spaces of all places, that it’s okay to be feminine? When you turn on the television, there are countless ads telling you that the cosmetics you use make you look young and pretty. When you watch…

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Gender Identity Laws and Improper Purpose

The Politics of Gender

Disclaimer: The purpose of this site is simply to document. This site does not encourage or condone discrimination against trans men and women. It is in no way intended to demonize trans men and trans women any more than reporting on any other types of violence demonize women or men. Presentation of research data is simply that, presentation of research data.

Despite reports from popular news media, men, including cross dressers and trans males (trans women), commonly spy on, harass and assault women and children in bathrooms and sex segregated spaces.


Men spy on women:

https://archive.is/5Oohfhttp://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/South-Miami-Heights-Teachers-Assistant-Arrested-for-Peeping-on-Female-Staffers-Police-184518961.html

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-looking-to-ID-man-caught-peeping-on-showering-college-student-278330791.html

http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/Police-Man-peeps-on-teen-girl-in-Walmart-restroom-141967313.html

http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2013/09/11/peeping-tom-tyson-park-knoxville/2796497/

http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/Crimetracker-Man-accused-of-peeping-on-woman-in-restroom-215733711.html

Men take advantage of “gender neutral” bathrooms:

http://thevarsity.ca/2015/10/05/voyeurism-threatens-whitney-hall-stirs-gender-debate/

Men dress up as women and spy on women:

http://triblive.com/x/dailycourier/news/s_254732.html#axzz3oymebWxz

http://www.mercurynews.com/crime/ci_11558044

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385889/Joel-Hardman-wore-female-rubber-mask-wig-spy-women-public-toilets.html#ixzz1Mvhf2oLs

http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/crime-law/man-wearing-bra-wig-arrested-bathroom-voyeurism-in/nLWFR/

http://archive.dailycal.org/article.php?id=110753

DA: Cross Dressing Man Secretly Videotaped Women in Macy’s Bathroom — Steve Kuzj Reports

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/man-dressed-as-a-woman-peeps-on-women-in-bathroom-at-wal-mart/2015/06/10/cd88e1d6-0f5a-11e5-a0dc-2b6f404ff5cf_story.html

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Charge-Man-disguised-as-woman-peeped-on-students-6305266.php

https://archive.is/eQaG5#selection-908.0-1318.0

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/05/24/chinese-man-dresses-up-as-woman-to-spy-in-bathrooms-has-no-idea-what-women-look-like/

https://archive.is/r2Bfq

http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2013/12/27/man_dressed_as_women_nabbed_for_allegedly_peering_under_bathroom_stall.html

https://archive.is/ATsfY

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-man-allegedly-dressed-woman-20130624-story.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/640193236/Police-arrest-man-in-womens-clothes.html?pg=all

http://perezhilton.com/cocoperez/2011-04-19-english-man-poses-as-mannequin-in-womens-restroom-to-take-pictures#.Vkyc53arSCg

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2003/11/27/Cross-dresser-arrested-in-bath-house/UPI-63871069941991/

Men dress up as women…

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Saturday Abolitionist Hangout on Prostitution UPDATED

Mancheeze

I’m having a Google hangout on Saturday at 1pm Pacific time with a couple people on prostitution. You can check out our past hangout here.

I will focus on Germany and how the govt is regretting their decision to legalize and what they’re trying to do now to control the massive problems. I will also talk about Australia’s proposals to change their laws too.

I’ll put the link here and on Twitter just before the show goes live.

Here’s the LINK  to the show. COme join us!

Also, stay tuned for the form to sign up for the Mancheeze Newsletter.

UPDATE

The show went for about 3 hours. I mainly talked about Germany’s problems since legalizing prostitution in 2002. I used a vast array of sources during the show. There is a list of links that will be available in the description box of the video. I just sent them…

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Trans* Women in My PTSD Group and Performing Femininity

“I felt that my pain was not only imitated but mocked.”

https://transcritical.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/trans-women-in-my-ptsd-group-and-performing-femininity/

Cooking up a Mental Illness and Radicalism

“You also start to see that when you take poor people out of the conditions of poverty or when you fight racism or sexism and make women feel taken seriously a lot of these “cognitive errors” will resolve once they know that someone recognizes their suffering and sees it as legitimate.”

The walk of shame?

This is very good and honest piece about the life of being prostituted.. Why should anybody expect women and girls to be able to take being used for the sexual gratification of strange men on a routine basis?

“Getting raped full fucking stop is not easy. This is not an easy life. This is not the life any woman should have to experience or live!!”

She’s off again!

“Once, a man found out that I was underage, freaked out for about 30 seconds, then got told “well, she’s all we have, so like it or lump it” and he went ahead and raped me. Age doesn’t matter. These men don’t care. Because for them it’s like “the younger the better.” ”

You are a human being and deserve every ounce of respect as much as anyone else. You were never the reason these men chose to abuse you, it has nothing to do with your flaws, and everything to do with their own. People will hear you, and they will see. For the time being, I hope you can learn to love yourself, to find and embrace your true self, that is separate from all the harm caused to you, the part of yourself that they can not touch and destroy in you, so you can persevere despite the men and women who are working against you. Solidarity & love to you sister.

They Do It Intentionally

Very beautifully written. I experienced this in my abusive relationship, but it’s actually a societal problem, and now I experience it in almost every interaction I have with men, both anti-feminist and men who wish to define feminism for us. The public oppression of females is responsible for the private abuse of women and girls. What a strong message! We must learn to live for ourselves and support other women for our dignity.

Men Ruin Everything

When they keep telling you, it’s you

and you keep saying, no, it’s you

and this goes on and on

and on and on and on and on and on

until you just can’t do it anymore

until you don’t care, just then

who it is anymore

That is when they think they win

That your defeat admits that it is about you

But actually, it was never about you

It was never about your love

or your sense of obligation

or your free heart.

It was never about your love

It was never about your creativity

it was never

about anything but a bunch of lies.

because lies work

lies mindfuck us

because we are trained to always be kind and trusting

see how that works?

they may not know what they do

but they still do it on purpose

because it works. So, sisters

the goal here, the…

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Labels and politics

“In order to liberate women as a class, we must be able to describe women as a class.”

Sarah Ditum

There’s an interesting passage on the use of labels to define political classes in trans activist Julia Serano’s book Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive – interesting, because while Serano rejects any definition of “woman” that she considers “essentialist” (i.e. that relates to human females rather than to a sense of individual identity), what she writes about the word “queer” actually tells us very clearly why we need words that describe the position accorded to groups in the social hierarchy based on politically pertinent traits held in common.

“One might ask: ‘If some people don’t identify with the word queer, why not use a different word entirely? Well for one thing there is about a twenty-year-long history of people using the word ‘queer’ in this way. And even if I were to invent a completely different word to describe this same group of people, there will always be…

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Prostitution Choice: Be Nice if We had it

“Don’t be fooled, that iota of entitlement contains the unstated reality – men believe they deserve to use our bodies. The contempt is implicit in the belief and in the act. “

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Choices rarely happen in a vacuum. The post-modern way of thinking that all things are relative and valid depending on one’s point of view troubles me greatly. Like anyone I live with contradiction and paradox in what I think and feel. But I would not leave legislation to ambivalence, more importantly I would not leave legislation to those who are impacted by it least. My experiences in fully decriminalised, legal and illegal prostitution are held up constantly as anecdotal and dismissed as nothing more. If my experiences were that of a minority, that would be fair enough, but they aren’t. My experiences are reflected in varying degrees of cruelty, torture and coercive circumstances, in the majority of currently and formerly prostituted women

Due to the preponderance of ‘sex worker rights are human rights’ chants being reflected in the media it is understandable that many people outside of the sex trade…

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NEA teams with trans activists to set school policy & secretly undermine “unsupportive” parents—even on overnight field trips

4thWaveNow

by overwhelmed

As more transgender-identifying children enter our educational institutions, school officials have scrambled to provide accommodations for them, sometimes at the expense of other students’ rights, and sometimes against their parents’ wishes. The complications introduced are legion—ranging from opposite sex pronoun usage to highly controversial bathroom and locker room access.

One such school that has been affected is Township High School District 211, located in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. School officials had granted a natal male trans-identifying student’s request to be treated as a female in all areas (including bathroom usage and sports teams) but drew the line at access to the girls’ locker rooms. An attempt was made to balance the rights of the trans-identifying student (referred to as Student A) with those of the girls, by providing a separate changing facility, but it was deemed unacceptable.

The District offered to install—and in fact did install—a…

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QotD: “The most terrible thing about pornography is that it tells male truth”

Anti-Porn Feminists

The most terrible thing about pornography is that it tells male truth. The most insidious thing about pornography is that it tells male truth as if it were universal truth. Those depictions of women in chains being tortured are supposed to represent our deepest erotic aspirations. And some of us believe it, don’t we? The most important thing about pornography is that the values in it are the common values of men. This is the crucial fact that both the male Right and the male Left, in their differing but mutually reinforcing ways, want to keep hidden from women. The male Right wants to hide the pornography, and the male Left wants to hide its meaning. Both want access to pornography so that men can be encouraged and energized by it. The Right wants secret access; the Left wants public access. But whether we see the pornography or not, the…

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QotD: “I think there’s a couple of problems or issues with ‘feminist porn’ and various reasons why it doesn’t live up to what it promises”

Anti-Porn Feminists

In the 60s, 70s and 80s the trend in the feminist movement was that it was largely anti-pornography, it was critical of pornography for various reasons…And starting in the 80s, 90s and basically since then the trend in the feminist movement has been more liberal, more accepting of pornography, sometimes even going to the extent of promoting pornography or being pro-porn. So ‘feminist porn’, as far as I’m aware, is a recent development and what it is, is that it is currently a niche within pornography where it’s directed usually by women who consider themselves feminists. It’s more oriented towards female pleasure, it typically has a female consumer in mind whereas mainstream pornography tends to have a male consumer in mind. There’s allegedly more emphasis on real pleasure, breaking down traditional gender roles, non-traditional sexuality, so more experimentation, more ‘female-friendly’ sexuality, if you will. And the reason why I put…

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QotD: “queer liberation, not incarceration”

“not all people who describe themselves as ‘queer’ are entirely uncritical of pornography and BDSM”

Anti-Porn Feminists

This is interesting (but two years old, so not exactly cutting-edge ‘news’ any more), that not all people who describe themselves as ‘queer’ are entirely uncritical of pornography and BDSM:

At least six people were arrested on Saturday night after a protest against a prison-themed Kink.com party. The protestors’ message was “queer liberation, not incarceration.”

This is a travesty–on the anniversary of the famed Stonewall Rebellion, where trans and queer people rose up against police brutality, that six people would be arrested for protesting an SF Pride-sanctioned party that celebrated state violence and prison rape.

The six included a National Lawyers’ Guild Legal Observer; several protesters were clubbed and beaten to the ground after a protest numbering several hundred marched to the Armory at 14thand Mission Streets in the Mission District, from a 10 p.m. gathering at the 16th Street BART Station

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True Colours

“In the language of liberal feminism – there is no structure or organisation of the sex trade – just individual prostituted women having a good or bad experience of sex trade.”

Rebecca Mott

This is about where liberal feminists have chosen to betrayed the prostituted class – and in that betrayal are allowing the constant male violence to engulf the prostituted.

Liberal feminism considered itself to be the fourth wave of women’s fight for equality.

It is not a radical movement, it does not fight for liberation for women – no it fight for individual wants of often privileged women.

Liberal feminism was made for white Western women who are often middle-class.

Hell, if I had experienced childhood abuse and being prostituted – I would have a perfect candidate for liberal feminism.

But there the rub – liberal feminism excludes the prostituted, excludes women of colour, excludes working-class women, excludes women outside the West, exclude past generations of feminists – heck, liberal feminism excludes the vast majority of females.

Liberal feminism follows the philosophy that the individual women can improves her life, and is…

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Blocking puberty–and the right to an identity crisis

4thWaveNow

I recently wrote about research findings that gay and lesbian youth are typically older than their heterosexual counterparts when they first act upon and realize their sexual orientation. While same-sex attracted girls, in particular, reach this milestone between 19-early 20s, the current trend is to “socially transition,” then puberty block, and finally move on to cross sex hormones at age 16.

It’s easy to see that many of these teens are being set up to short-circuit the natural discovery of their sexual orientation. But is that the only potential problem with social transition and puberty blocking—the preemptive conversion of likely gay and lesbian youth to transgender?

Not by a longshot. There are so many important things that happen at puberty which are critically important to the maturation necessary to make informed decisions about major life changes (you know–things like sterility, loss of breasts, and a permanently deepened voice) that…

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Dear Diary, I “Hate” Men Yet I Preserve Their Moral Worth

“Worse, women who want to eradicate gender-based oppression are forced to prove an allegiance to men: the same social class of people that oppresses women, before their arguments are considered. What a conundrum we women feminists are placed in.”

A Voice for Men Aligns With Trans and Pro-Exploitation Lobby Against Meghan Murphy

“Women’s spaces have been few and far between and bitterly gained. The erosion of our voices, spaces and our specific needs are considered ‘transmisogyny’ by those who haven’t lived a day of our experience.”

Mancheeze

I took some time today to view the petition to fire/no-platform Meghan Murphy. I was interested in what these people who are calling for the burning of the witch had to say. Their petition tantrum has about 900 signatures.

I’m signing because as a sex worker, I am disgusted that Rabble publishes her garbage. I refuse to even read Rabble anymore because of it.

Meghan Murphy publishes intensely transphobic and sex-worker phobic material that has no place in a feminist publication. You have to do better, Rabble.

Sex work is real work!

Everybody deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

less terfs more surf

Meghan Murphy’s effect on culture is detrimental to my well-being.

Meghan Murphy and all the other TERFs need to go… this is not what a real feminist looks like.

Meghan Murphy is an embarrassment; a anti-black, transphobic embarrassment.

I’m signing because I am a feminist…

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No-Platforming of Meghan Murphy by Fascists

“This is just another example of the twanz and pro-exploitation lobby attempting to no-platform and unemploy a radical feminist.”

Mancheeze

Counter Petition HERE. PLEASE SIGN!

Today I woke up to find a bunch of neoliberal asshats started a petition to get Meghan Murphy removed from Rabble, where she is an editor. This is just another example of the twanz and pro-exploitation lobby attempting to no-platform and unemploy a radical feminist.

Here’s their ‘argument’ with my responses

Open Letter to the Editors of Rabble.ca,

We are feminists, grassroots community groups and organizations that support intersectional feminism. We are concerned about your ongoing relationship with Meghan Murphy as one of your editors. Murphy has been publishing material that dehumanizes and disrespects women with different experiences and perspectives than hers for many years, in particular Black women, women in the sex industry and trans women. By allowing Murphy to continue as an editor at Rabble.ca you are giving a platform to her hate and we are writing to demand that you end…

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Feminism: Nope, it’s still neither for nor about men

“If our goal as feminists is not mass social change, the eradication of male power, but gradual blurring of the boundaries between what is deemed masculine and feminine, then sex inequality will never be erased.”

Karen Ingala Smith

Hooray!  Feminists have managed to make inequality between the sexes so obviously ludicrous, so obviously discriminatory, so unpalatable, that even men want in on the act. Sadly though, I think this is more an ‘own goal’ than a cause for celebration. It’s not unusual any more for a man to say that he’s a feminist, and it’s even less unusual for women to say that men can and should be involved in feminism.  But for this to have become possible, it has been necessary for a shift in the understanding of what feminism is. Feminism, women’s fight for liberation from male oppression, has become widely understood as the struggle for gender equality.  That this shift has happened as men have clamoured to be involved, is not a coincidence. Invite the oppressor to the game and the goal shifts. But the shift renders feminism meaningless.  Gender is a social construct, it…

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Who Are The Males Who Sneak Into Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival?

“They believe that females have no rights to any space or service or gathering, public or private, that excludes the presence of males, or that exists for the benefit of female fellowship, or for the protection of females from potential male predation.”

Why Richard Dawkins Is An Asshat

Dawkins is just as much of a “regressive leftist” as neoliberal feminists are. He thinks he can hide this fact by pointing the finger at feminist women, then claiming victimhood when people see through his shit. Just like other atheist men who think they’re logically superior to everyone else, he feels entitled to dictate feminism to women, even if it involves hurting other women in the process.

Mancheeze

I’ve been watching on the sidelines as Richard Dawkins tweets himself into a corner. It all started when he tweeted a cartoon uploaded by a but-I’m-not-a-Men’s Rights activist, SargonofAkkad aka Carl Benjamin, on Youtube, (I won’t link it because it’s misogynist crap) The cartoon was ridiculous and featured a young woman that men’s rights activists have attacked for at least 2 years and who they call ‘Big Red.’ She was just a young woman who was at the University of Toronto protest against Warren Farrell, who is called the ‘father’ of the Men’s rights movement.

Here’s Dawkins’ original tweet that was captured and later erased :

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This young woman was unlucky in the sense that she attended a…

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A Message From Hell

“I find the arts know our silences are full of screaming, our calmness is a desire to stop feeling and thinking, our ability to survive is grow from deep fury and remembering all our prostituted friends who never reach an exit.

In the arts, there is more space than research or what is called facts.”

Rebecca Mott

How do we make prostitution real to the non-prostituted?

How do words fit our hell, our exhaustion, our everyday terrors, our pain in all our bodies?

How do you say or write with a clear mind and speak true to that void?

I feel I write this blog exploring that, and always feeling always the essence of what it is to be prostituted is out of reach.

Words mean nothing when speaking to the heart of torture, heart of isolation, heart of knowing what it is to made sub-human.

I know I write and speak out – I know I have to repeat over and over and over words that may touch that heart of darkness.

I also know the more words I use, the more distance I make between my memories of hell and my role as an exited woman now.

I want to find some language that fits those memories…

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QotD on pornography and rape rates

Anti-Porn Feminists

One of the studies frequently cited by pornographers is a Dutch study done by Kutchinsky alleging that the number of reported sex crimes dropped after legalization of pornography. His theory was that the availability of pornography siphons off dangerous sex impulses. But when the data for his “safety valve” theory were further evaluated, it was found that he lumped together voyeurism and homosexuality (which police stopped reporting after legalization) with rapes (which actually increased in number).

Deborah Baker, a legal assistant and executive director of an anti-obscenity group, says that proving a connection between pornography and crime is very difficult. She says, “The argument that there are no established studies showing a connection between pornography and violent crime is merely a smoke screen. Those who promote this stance well know that such research will never be done. It would require a sampling of much more than a thousand males, exposed…

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