Friday Night Fun and Culture: Marianne Faithful

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The Connection Between Radical Feminism and Right Wing Christo-Fascism

Have you ever wondered if there was a connection between the Transphobia of the Radical Feminists and the right wing Christo-Fascists?

I have.

When I was in SDS/Weatherman the standard joke was you could always tell the undercover agents, they were the ones who suggested building bombs and killing cops.  Even at the Vegetarian Quakers for World Peace and Harmony meetings.

In the old days of the Communist Party USA the joke was: “How can you tellwho is the FBI/Red Squad member?” Answer: “They are the one who is completely pid up on their dues.”

I’ve grown very suspicious over the years when it comes to giving credibility to those who loudly proclaim themselves more “radical” than the rest of the people in any movement.

Particularly when the self proclaimed radicals use their cliam of purer radicalism to destroy mass movements.

Real ultra radicals don’t do that. Groups like the Earth Liberation front didn’t try to take over Earth First or Green Peace.  They just formed tightly knit cadres and did their acts of vandalism without dragging others into it.

The self proclaimed “radical feminists” show up every single time ordinary women are uniting to fight against the right wing war on women.

T to female people have a vested interest in the liberal version of feminism.  We need that equal pay.  We need the equal access to jobs, housing, credit.  Hell given our circumstances of often being severed from family and living alone without the support that comes from family and institutions we may need it more than many assigned female at birth women.

The mythology regarding transsexuals is that we shunned feminism during the 1970s, that we were all detatched from reality “fembots”.

This distorts history and ignores just how amazingly wide spread pop cultural feminism was in the early 1970s. The Feminist Revolution was being touted and talked about in magazines that you wouldn’t imagine.  Especially looking at today’s version of these magazines.

Even in the 1960s, Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique was excerpted in a wide array of magazines including McCalls and Ladies Home Journal.

Transitioning to female/woman has always meant being subjected to the same rules and restrictions assigned female at birth women are subjected to.  Plus a whole bunch of crap that non-trans people avoid due to normborn privilege.

Let’s look at the background of some of these transphobic “radical feminists”

Aside from from Robin Morgan, whose main religion seems to be opportunism many of the transphobic bigots appear deeply rooted in Catholicism or some other fanatical religion.

Germaine Greer:  Raised Catholic and attended a Convent School

Jean O’Leary:  She trashed out Sylvia Rivera and was loudly anti-transsexual.  She was a Catholic Nun.

Mary Daly: Catholic Theologian

Janice Raymond: former Catholic Nun

Two Transphobes who might not fall exactly in the category of “radical feminist” but you can’t tell from the beliefs they espouse.

Paul McHugh: Opus Dei

Alice Dreger: Former Nun

Cathy Brennan: College of the Holy Cross (A Jesuit College)

Perhaps this is why these people all seem to be reading a script written by William Donahue or Timothy Dolan.

Now I have to ask what role is the Catholic Church playing in defending women’s reproductive rights in the presenht “War on Women?”

Oh yes they are attacking them.

Cui Bono?

Who benefits if the women’s movement gets side tracked by a superfluous issue that involves less than a third of one percent of humanity.  Because transsexualism and transgenderism is a bout a three people in a thousand issue.

I know we are supposedly capable of great super powers but the way I see it half the time the TG/TS people in any given city are hard pressed to put together a bake sale.

Somehow the idea that we created the patriarchy and are the main source of women’s oppression seems on the level of absurdity one sees in the scapegoating of the Jews for all the evils in the world.

But  feminists fighting over transsexual and transgender people disrupts feminist organizations.

It is strictly a destructive tactic that allows the Catholic Church and the other Christo-Fascist patriarchal institutions to successfully wage their war on women’s reproductive rights.

The Codes of Gender (2009)

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The Olympic Games are obsessed with policing femininity

From Feministing:  http://feministing.com/2012/06/14/the-olympic-games-are-obsessed-with-policing-femininity/

By Jos
June 14, 2012

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has planted itself firmly at the intersection of gender policing and colonialism.

The Star recently published a fascinating and infuriating article by Stephanie Findlay about the policing of femininity in preparation for the Games being held this summer in London. Remember all the sturm und drang around Caster Semenya? The IAAF has continued their biological gender essentialism campaign from there.

When folks decide they need to fight for the binary, they go looking for the place where they believe they can find the Truth of Gender. The IAAF has located it in hormone levels. Athletes competing in women’s sports are now required to have testosterone levels below a certain threshold. If they have “too much” testosterone, they have to undergo some sort of hormone-related treatment in order to compete (exercise can impact testosterone levels, by the way. So basically, athletes who work really hard might have somewhat elevated testosterone. Which the IAAF says is a problem. This whole thing is beyond ridiculous). Oddly enough, we’re not hearing about similar testosterone policing in the men’s categories; here’s no talk I’m aware of about athletes having too much or too little naturally occurring testosterone to compete with men. There is policing of hormone treatment in men’s sports – hello steroids! Think about it: we’ve now got the IAAF both requiring and banning hormone treatment in the Olympics.

Gender policing has long been a part of women’s sports. Apparently, when women compete athletically it’s enough of a threat to male fantasies of physical superiority that femininity needs to be reinforced at every possible moment. Which explains why we see so many amazing female athletes getting massively femmed up and sexualized in advertising and the press.

Continue reading at:  http://feministing.com/2012/06/14/the-olympic-games-are-obsessed-with-policing-femininity/

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Transgender Reforms Announced for NYPD Patrol Guide

From The Advocate:  http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2012/06/13/transgender-reforms-announced-nypd-patrol-guide

The long awaited changes to police practices are intended to improve interactions between officers and transgender New Yorkers.

BY Julie Bolcer
June 13 2012

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and advocates announced changes to the NYPD patrol guide intended to improve the way officers interact with transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers.

The changes were announced Tuesday afternoon during the annual City Council Pride celebration at the Cooper Union in Manhattan. The event, which was emceed by Whoopi Goldberg, honored the NYPD LGBT Advisory Panel, a group of community leaders who have been working with senior police officials on the updates for two years.

According to a news release from the City Council, the changes “create a written policy for the NYPD to follow when addressing, processing, searching and housing gender non-conforming people.” The patrol guide is the procedural book issued to officers that lays out regulations for dealing with the public. The updated guide formally outlines that city law prohibits discrimination or harassment based on actual or perceived gender.

“The NYPD’s new Patrol Guide makes it clear that all people must be treated with respect,” said Speaker Christine Quinn in a statement. “I applaud Commissioner Kelly for working closely with the City Council and the LGBT community to create respectful, inclusive guidelines that are appropriate for transgender New Yorkers, and I thank the NYPD LGBT Advisory Panel for their work to make these changes.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2012/06/13/transgender-reforms-announced-nypd-patrol-guide

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Gay Pride Parade 2012 / Brazil / São Paulo

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CeCe McDonald and the Safety Paradox of Transgender Prison Inmates

From XO Jane:  http://www.xojane.com/issues/safety-paradox-transgender-inmates-prison

CeCe McDonald is currently living with the general population of a men’s prison in Minnesota. The question remains of whether she can ever really be safe as long as she’s incarcerated.

Lesley
Jun 12, 2012

The case of CeCe McDonald — the transgender woman I wrote about last month, who plead guilty to manslaughter following an incident that many believe was fully justified self-defense — continues to shed light on current legal issues affecting the lives of trans folks. This weekend Melissa Harris-Perry took the opportunity on her MSNBC show to bring more attention to the issue of CeCe’s confinement, and discussed the subject with Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

CeCe’s story is already a collection of injustices, but her plea deal was barely the beginning of what is sure to be an uphill climb for the duration of her incarcertion. US prisons are divided by binary gender, and these institutions are only required to place inmates by their sex at birth — that is, they are free to ignore the gender identity of an inmate and to privilege her genitalia regardless of how the inmate herself feels about it.

As a result, CeCe has spent her time since her sentencing last week in a men’s prison facility in St. Cloud, MN, spending most of it in “administrative segregation,” known more colloquially as solitary confinement, ostensibly for her own protection. Acoording to Keisling, McDonald has more recently joined the general men’s population.

My kneejerk reaction to this is stark horror: A California study found that transgender women prisoners housed in all-male facilities are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted. But as in most things in life, the reality is far more complicated. According to Katie Burgess of the Trans Youth Support Network, quoted in Colorlines:

Continue reading at:  http://www.xojane.com/issues/safety-paradox-transgender-inmates-prison

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