For years Amanda Marcotte’s Blog: Pandagon @ pandagon.net was at the top of my daily must read blogs. Right up there with Pam’s House Blend.
I loved that Amanda lived down in Austin and had written a couple of Third Wave Feminist books, both of which I had.
After the emotional beatings TS and TG women had taken at the hands of the 1970’s era RadFems I had pretty much written Feminism off as something I wanted to be part of. I had apathetically slid into the category of “I am not really a feminist… But…”
So many other causes out there.
Feeling purged from movements or simply feeling those movements are irrelevant when it comes to meeting any personal concerns makes dropping out easy. Why the fuck care when you have to hide who you are and pretend not to notice the abuse of people who are in the same category as yourself.
Pandagon brought me back to caring. Amanda Marcotte is one of my blogging idols.
When something shitty like this happens to her I get pissed the same way I would if someone I was personally friends with was harmed.
Amanda moved Pandagon to Raw Story much the same way Pam moved her Blog to Fire Dog Lake. Unfortunately she failed to renew ownership of the domain of her former stand alone Blog
RadFem hijackers with absolutely zero ethics stole the Domain, Pandagon.net and are now using it to spread their TG/TS hating bigotry.
“Well, I don’t think anyone’s fighting to be included in their circle jerk. I just don’t think we should do them the honor of calling them “feminists”, radical or otherwise. This isn’t a No True Scotsman thing; feminists believe in equality, and anti-trans bigotry is fundamentally anti-equality. it’s definitional, at a certain point.” Amanda Marcotte
By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, August 19, 2013 11:31 EDT
It’s been brought to my attention that the old URL for Pandagon, before it moved her to Raw Story, expired without my or Jesse Taylor’s knowledge, and has been purchased by a bunch of bigots who are using it as a platform to hate on transgender people. In case there’s any confusion—and I firmly believe that people of good faith know straightaway what Jesse and I have been targeted here and have nothing to do with this—let me state firmly, for the record: Jesse and I have nothing to do with this. I suspect what’s happened here is that a small group of obsessive anti-trans bigots—in order to “punish” me both for defending the rights of trans women to be called women and because I’ve pointed out before that transphobes claiming to be “radical feminists” are a marginal group of people who use social media and blogs to make themselves seem more relevant than they are—have hijacked the URL. That is the sort of sleazy behavior that you see with the small groups of obsessive haters that the internet is so good at cultivating, and practically an admission on the behalf of these anti-trans bigots that they have nothing better to do than harass people for disagreeing with them.
My fault here is in letting pandagon.net lapse, for which I apologize. For some reason, I don’t recall getting a notification that it lapsed. But let’s be clear: The real Pandagon is housed here on Raw Story, and anyone else using that name is a sleazy, corrupt, piece of shit.
To the people who took my old URL and are using it for your bigoted, hateful ends, I have only three words for you: GO FUCK YOURSELF.