23 Nov

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I still remember the books in the hallway. Bookshelves everywhere. And the porn.

It shouldn’t have been there, but it was. Left lurking, and teasing. Forbidden fruits, in the grasp of my child’s hand.

I remember a vague sense of what was forbidden. But there it all was, and I was left alone at times. And I read, I read everything I could get my hands on.

There was the book about the sex slave, on a high shelf at the end of the hall. And there was the little cheap paperback about people having sex with electrodes clamped upon their nipples, on the low shelf in the middle.

Playboy Magazine was light fare, compared to the hallway. Those piled up, I collected them. I read the cartoons. Neighborhood children arrived regularly to examine them, I had no idea why.

These women in the photographs and cartoons were clearly not…

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The Body and the Lie – Queer Theory’s False Promise

18 Nov Featured Image -- 1866

Originally posted on Gender Detective - The Personal Blog of Jonah Mix:


I was eight years old the first time my manhood was called into question. Wrestling with a cousin at a family dinner, I knocked my head into an oven door and began to wail. My grandfather scolded me with the classic slogan of a boy’s childhood: “Are you going to stop crying? Are you going to stop being a girl?” I understand his frustration, looking back. I cried often as a child. I cry often now.

I don’t cry because, as some men claim, I am ‘in touch with my emotions’ or a ‘sensitive man.’ Slighted partners and forgotten friends can attest to my thoughtlessness, my relative lack of tact or understanding. My tear ducts are simply overactive. The ease with which I begin to cry is just one of the ways I’ve Failed to Be a Man. Yet there are many more ways in which I have succeeded, ways…

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Report From the Women’s Liberation Front Action at the Midwives Alliance of North America Conference

17 Nov Featured Image -- 1852

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Last year the board of directors of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) chose to amend its core competencies for midwives document to prioritize gender identity over biological sex, effectively eliminating the words “woman” and “mother” and replacing these with “pregnant individual” and “birthing parent.” In response to this change, WoLF board members Michelle Peixinho Smith and Mary Lou Singleton drafted an open letter to MANA expressing concerns about female erasure from the language of birth as well as the medical, ethical, and cultural implications of choosing to view human reproduction through the lens of gender theory rather than biology. You can read the open letter here:

Michelle and Mary Lou are both midwives and both have served on the MANA board at different times over the past 20 years. Many prominent women in the midwifery movement signed the…

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Je Suis Paris

14 Nov

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It’s political confusion to blame individual victims for what are effectively class actions. It’s also political confusion to blame individuals in an oppressed class for their actions that do damage to individuals, as agents of that oppressed class.

Blaming individuals for violence is a confused road without recognizing the class actions behind such violence. It’s okay to say that.

It’s also okay to say “This didn’t have to happen, this was completely unneccessary, and you survivors must be so hurt and angry and wrecked. And we, as a world community, are so, so sorry this happened to you. This was so wrong, no matter who you were. We should have kept this from happening, and we have failed profoundly in not doing so.”

It’s also okay to recognize that every one of us has an obligation to work towards stopping the violence. Any way you can, whatever you are up…

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Montreal Massacre Memorial, Dec 5, Vancouver

12 Nov

Originally posted on Radfem Repost:

Please share far and wide.

Join us for the Montreal Massacre Memorial on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

This year, the event will take place on December 5th, and as in previous years, we will hold it at the Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch from 10:00am – 6:00pm.

One of the event highlights is a lecture by our guest from Ireland, Rachel Moran, author of “Paid for: My journey through prostitution”. Rachel will speak about her personal experience and her fight for abolition in Ireland and worldwide.

Also worth noting:

Lectures: Legal scholar Christine Boyle on Consent, Journalist Meghan Murphy, on creating platforms for Feminist Analysis, Diane Redsky E.D. of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre in Winnipeg on Manitoba’s implementation of Canada’s new prostitution laws, Fay Blaney on Male Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Janet Merlo on her class action case…

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Baltimore OUTLoud, Retract Your Endorsement Of Child Sexual Abuse And Apologize

29 Oct

Originally posted on Radfem Repost:

What was Baltimore OUTloud editor Jim Becker thinking when he published an editorial, State Power: A Friend We Should Do Without, lamenting the criminalization of adult sexual encounters with minor children? The unsigned editorial declared, emphasis ours:

“… Also back then, a teenaged boy having sex with a man – sometimes for money, sometime not – was, at least in some working-class communities, an accepted rite of passage and something to enjoy. Now experiences like this bring harsh penalties, with the youths being seen as abused and victimized. This is a new construct arising in part from the emasculation of boys and the victimization narrative that is the central justification for state intervention.

“… Certainly, in this current age where sex abuse is seen everywhere, where all sex between a teenager and an older person is labeled pejoratively as “pedophilia,” and where sex-offender registries, civil confinement and other so-called…

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Who’s Afraid of Germaine Greer?

27 Oct


Aoife is a man, a transsexual for whatever his reasons, who writes compassionately about what women face from the transgenderism movement.

Originally posted on aoifeschatology:

–Mary Daly
“Reminder that sex is fake”
— Jenna Costigan (male transwoman)
^can you spot the difference?^

Early on in my transition, when I was living in Vancouver, I was physically assaulted whilst boarding a bus. My back had been turned, my hands occupied with digging in my purse for a ticket . . . when a solid fist struck me from the side, a peripheral sucker punch in the form of a hockey player’s slug.

He yelled “TRANNY!” and trotted away at a mild gait, unhindered by any witnesses.

This thug’s annoyance resulted from me having just declined his offer of a nugget of crack cocaine (or meth, as if I can tell …) in exchange for an alleyway blowjob. Since I was a transwoman waiting for public transit, I was clearly available to be propositioned for…

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