How Many of of the Trans-Hating Bigots Passing Themselves Off as Radical Feminists are Actually Women?

I ask this question based on several reasons.

  1. I am seeing the exact same wording from the “Radical Feminists” that I am seeing from the Christo-Fascist Organizations that have words like Family and Concerned in their title.
  2. I’ve seen this before back during the right wing  Schlafly campaign against ERA, which passed itself off as a grassroots organizing effort, when it was actually a well financed campaign.
  3. ALEC and the Tea Party.
  4. The hijacking of “Susan B. Anthony” a feminist icon by the rabid anti-abortion/anti-contraception right wing religious fanatics.
  5. The hijacking of abolitionist, Frederick Douglass for the same sort of usage as well.  Ultra right wingers are turning him into someone they can use to promote an anti-African American agenda.
  6. The hijacking of “” in order to use the brand to mask “Radical Feminist” anti transsexual/transgender bigotry.
  7. It appears as though the owner of the hijacked and rebranded domain is actually a male.
  8. One of the “Radical Feminists” leading the attacks on transsexual/transgender people is a partner in a law firm that represents Wall Street, while she has been an advocate for the Payday Loan Sharking Industry.

Could “Radical Feminist” itself have been hijacked.  As a brand I thought it had pretty much died out in the 1980s after having played a major role in killing Second Wave Feminism.

Let’s face it Radical Feminism is pretty much a caricature of feminism.  It is as though some one took Rush Limbaugh’s term “Feminazi” and created a packaged movement that embodied that label.  This movement doesn’t appear to support women’s rights.  Doesn’t appear to campaign for reproductive rights.  Indeed the the much derided “Equity Feminists” seem to have much more focus on both the rights of women and gender equality than do the “Radical Feminists”.

Biology is Destiny

In the early days of Second Wave Feminism there was a button that read: “Biology is not Destiny!”  I know.  I had one.

Like many highly condensed memes, it was a catch phrase that could be unpacked in numerous ways and could be subjected to a multitude of subtextual readings.

Fast forward a bit and you have the so called “Radical Feminist” pretty much proclaiming biology is destiny with chromosomes and assignment at birth trumping all else.  this is at the core of biological essentialism.

Radical Feminists are absolute essentialists.  For them biology is destiny.  They may disguise their essentialism in blitherings about socialization but at the core their “womyn born womyn” ideology is essentialist.  Their idea of “socialization’ is about as based upon the actual process of socialization as “creation science” is based upon science.

They have a laser like aptitude for focusing on one particular definition of either the word sex or the word gender when both words have numerous dictionary approved definitions and/or readings.

The War on Women: Where are the “Radical Feminists”?

Women are currently undergoing a massive assault on their reproductive rights, they are having to fight the war against rape all over again and where are the so called “Radical Feminists”?

They are spending an inordinate amount of time attacking TS/TG people, a tiny minority group that is somehow undermining all womankind along with the foundations of society.

On the one hand TS/TG people are accused of destroying the differences between genders and on the other of being the main foundation of a binary gender structure that oppresses women.

The logical question would be, “How can TS/TG people be both the foundation and the destruction of some supposed gender binary that is itself somewhat of a social construct?”

Ahh… Janice Raymond, former Catholic nun and “Radical Feminist” put forth that basic dialectic nearly forty years ago when feminine trans-women were the supposed pillars of traditional sex roles, fembots being created to replace women who were becoming the feminist army.  While trans-women who were part of the feminist and often times lesbian feminist movements were spawns of Satan sent by the male overlords as a Fifth Column to destroy the feminist movement.

Attributing evil to a minority group and making scapegoats out of those who are relatively powerless is an old fascist trick.  Some of the other forms are racism, antisemitism, homophobia and yes misogyny.

In the mean time send messages of support to Amanda Marcotte.  She is good people and has a long history of standing against trans-hating bigotry.

Targeting Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Is an Attack on Every One of Us

From Huffington Post:


In one sense Glenn Greenwald’s being gay has nothing to do with the work he’s done as a journalist and commentator, including the revelations of government surveillance he’s helped bring to light in recent months. On the other hand, as he’s stated himself, growing up gay has given him a keen awareness of injustice, and certainly that’s true with regard to a government collecting personal information about its citizens. More than that, Glenn’s being gay seems to have been used against him in recent months. One lurid report in June about his past involvement in an LLC that had a business interest in a gay porn company seemed like a ridiculously feeble attempt to dirty him up by using homophobia as a weapon.

Now Glenn’s relationship is being drawn into the spotlight, as his partner David Miranda, a Brazilian citizen, was detained for nine hours over the weekend at London’s Heathrow airport on his way from Berlin back to Rio, where he and Glenn live together. David was detained under Britain’s Terrorism Act and had his laptop, phone and all of his data confiscated and not returned, after he was held for almost half a day with the possibility of arrest. That’s an attack on every one of us who are journalists, and frankly, every one of us who are in relationships, gay or otherwise.

David is the partner of a journalist, not a journalist himself. The British government clearly believes it’s perfectly fine to target and intimidate journalists and their families and associates — their partners, husbands, wives, children, friends, colleagues — if it’s in the interest of its surveillance partner, the United States. More than 97 percent of those detained under this law are held less than an hour, while David was held for the maximum allowable time under the law and while he was clearly no terrorist threat of any kind.

I’ve known Glenn Greenwald for several years, having had him on my radio program regularly, including recently, discussing the NSA story and media coverage of it, and I once met his partner David. As Andrew Sullivan similarly notes, I can only imagine what it would be like to have my partner (yes, I recently got married but we haven’t quite settled on “husband” yet — more on that in a future blog post) detained by a government because of work I’ve done exposing wrongdoing on the part of that government or an ally.

Glenn is right in describing it as “designed to send a message of intimidation.” Some have already sloughed that off, claiming this action was too stupid to be a blatant attempt to threaten Glenn. That’s naive or just plain disingenuous. At this point, the governments involved are desperate to shut things down and don’t seem to care how arrogant, over-reaching or unbelievable they come off. If that were not true, President Obama wouldn’t have given a press conference in which he laughably argued that he was intent on stemming the NSA abuses anyway, before Edward Snowden came on the scene, and that he really, truly loves that we are having this debate.

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She, He and Ze All Have the Right to Make Own Identity Choices

From Huffington Post:

By Leandra Preston-Sidler
UCF Forum columnist

As a Women’s Studies instructor, I spend much of my professional life reading about, thinking about and discussing gender issues. As a feminist, I also devote much of my personal life to such endeavors.

And then this came up recently in the first online discussion of my summer “Introduction to Women’s Studies” course: A student proclaimed that in this day and age “gender does not matter anymore because androgyny and transgender issues are more visible and socially acceptable than ever.”

While I hated to burst her bubble of optimism about the state of gender today, my soon-to-arrive baby girl and the load of pink clothes I already have halfway through my pregnancy were just some of the reasons I intercepted her proclamations.

Visibility and social acceptability are not mutually exclusive. I see more discussions about transgender issues than ever on social media, in popular culture, in journal articles, and, thankfully, in the textbooks I use in my courses. We integrate such important issues around gender into our work and classrooms, not only in gender-based courses, but (I like to think) across the board. However, it is flat wrong to say that gender is a non-issue or that transgender as an identity is socially acceptable by the mainstream.

Gender is a primary determinate of who we are perceived to be, whether we agree with it and whether we identify with our preconceived gender determination. Class and race, among other categories, are also powerful determinates but those intersect with gender in specific ways so gender is always an issue.

From the time we are born, our sex and correlating gender expectations drive our paths through life. This is not to say we cannot disrupt or challenge those paths, but folks will try to get us back on the “right” one with all their might – and with varying consequences if we resist.

Issues around sex and gender have been heatedly floating around my social networking circles recently. An uncomfortable divide seems to be brewing among those who see feminist assertions around gender as a challenge to transgender identities, and vice-versa. Both feminist and trans issues call into question the notion of nature versus nurture regarding gender, and rightfully so. If individuals do not, cannot or will not fit into a distinct, predefined gender category or, as in some cases, feel they are “born into the wrong body,” gender as a social construct is further complicated.

This is a much larger issue but is one worthy of addressing on at least a cursory level and part of the response I gave my student about why gender as an issue still matters.

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Klingenschmitt: If You Are Gay, “Then You Should Be Discriminated Against”

From Right Wing Watch:

On his most recent “Pray In Jesus Name” program, “Dr. Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt added his voice to the never-ending Religious Right outrage over a proposed San Antonio anti-discrimination ordinance that would supposedly ban Christians for serving in public office or in any way working for the city.

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Legendary Drag Queen José Julia Sarria Dead at 91

From The Advocate:

Sarria was one of the first openly gay candidates to run for public office, and he founded the International Court System.

BY Sunnivie Brydum
August 19 2013

Legendary gay rights activist and founder of the Imperial Court System José Julia Sarria died this morning in his home in New Mexico, reports GLAAD. Sarria was 91.

Sarria was a World War II veteran who after being discharged in 1945 became the best-known drag queen in San Francisco, according to GLAAD’s retrospective. After winning first place at a drag competition in 1965, Sarria declared himself “Empress José I, The Widow Norton,” launching what would become the International Court System of the United States, one of the longest-standing LGBT philanthropic endeavors in the country. Today, there are Imperial Court Chapters in 68 cities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

But while Sarria was most famous for his drag performances and founding role in the International Court System, the out veteran also had a penchant for political activism. In 1961, Sarria helped form one of the first gay rights organizations in the country, the League for Civil Education, which was the first gay nonprofit registered in California. That same year, Sarria announced his candidacy for San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, making him the first openly gay man to seek public office and, advocates say, raising visibility and paving the way for Harvey Milk to eventually get elected as a San Francisco supervisor in 1977.

Milk’s nephew, who today leads the Harvey Milk Foundation, spoke fondly of his late uncle’s dear friend.

“José Sarria, founder of the International Court System showed us how to turn a night into a grand occasion and a grand occasion into a means of providing support,” said Stuart Milk in a statement today. “That support led so many who did not ‘fit in’ to actually proudly stand out, together, creating a local sense of community and an international network that would raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local and major charities. He paved the way for my uncle Harvey Milk to run for public office by being the first openly gay man to put his name on the 1961 ballot and was right there to support Harvey’s first campaign in 1973. José’s extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. And the extraordinary good that he did lives on. For the International Court System he was a guardian and an inspiration. For anyone who felt like they were different he was a defender of our dreams. He taught us how to turn an idea into action, how to wear a tiara, and how to laugh, and ultimately he taught us how to lift up and nourish a marginalized community. We will forever keep José in our history books and in our hearts.”

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White House was given ‘heads-up’ over David Miranda detention in UK

From The Guardian UK:

US says it did not sanction holding Glenn Greenwald’s partner at Heathrow, but was told his name was on passenger list

, and in New York, Monday 19 August 2013

Britain was facing intense pressure on Monday to give a detailed explanation of the decision to detain the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald after the White House confirmed that it was given a “heads-up” before David Miranda was taken into custody for nine hours at Heathrow.

As the UK’s anti-terror legislation watchdog called for a radical overhaul of the laws that allowed police to confiscate Miranda’s electronic equipment, the US distanced itself from the action by saying that British authorities took the decision to detain him.

The detailed intervention by the White House will put pressure on Downing Street which declined to comment on the detention of Miranda on the grounds that it was an operational matter, adding that the Metropolitan police would decide whether its officers had acted in a proportionate manner.

The No 10 position was immediately challenged by David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, who described the detention as unusual, and said that decisions about the proportionality were not ultimately for the police.

He told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One: “The police, I’m sure, do their best. But at the end of the day there is the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which can look into the exercise of this power, there are the courts and there is my function.”

The prospect of an investigation by the IPCC is likely to have been enhanced by the disclosure that the US authorities were given advanced notice of Miranda’s detention after his name appeared on a passenger manifest. Miranda was detained at Heathrow airport on Sunday morning as he flew home from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro where he lives with his partner Greenwald.

During his trip to Berlin, Miranda visited Laura Poitras, the US film-maker who has been working with Greenwald and the Guardian. The Guardian paid for Miranda’s flights. Miranda is not a Guardian employee but often assists Greenwald in his work.

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Jimmy Carter Defends Edward Snowden, Says NSA Spying Has Compromised Nation’s Democracy

From Huffington Post:

By Posted: 07/18/2013

Former President Jimmy Carter announced support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this week, saying that his uncovering of the agency’s massive surveillance programs had proven “beneficial.”

Speaking at a closed-door event in Atlanta covered by German newspaper Der Spiegel, Carter also criticized the NSA’s domestic spying as damaging to the core of the nation’s principles.

“America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time,” Carter said, according to a translation by Inquisitr.

No American outlets covered Carter’s speech, given at an Atlantic Bridge meeting, which has reportedly led to some skepticism over Der Spiegel’s quotes. But Carter’s stance would be in line with remarks he’s made on Snowden and the issue of civil liberties in the past.

In June, while Snowden was scrambling to send out asylum requests from an airport in Russia, Carter appeared to back the former NSA contractor’s efforts to remain out of U.S. custody.

“He’s obviously violated the laws of America, for which he’s responsible, but I think the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far,” he told CNN, saying that nations were within their right to offer asylum to Snowden. “I think that the secrecy that has been surrounding this invasion of privacy has been excessive, so I think that the bringing of it to the public notice has probably been, in the long term, beneficial.”

Snowden has been hard-pressed to find support among U.S. politicians. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have declared Snowden a traitor who deserves to be prosecuted for his leaks. The White House has also been persistent in its attempts to bring him into custody. Last week, the administration criticized Russia for facilitating a meeting between Snowden and human rights activists. Snowden has since applied for temporary asylum in the nation, following complications surrounding transit to the Latin American nations that he’d been considering.

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