In defence of dragons

30 Aug

liberation is life

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With all due respect to Judy Horacek, I don’t think she has been paying attention. Knights or princes never proved themselves to young women by killing dragons, and nor have men solved problems for us – beyond those of their creation. Therefore, feminism does not consist of women now “solving our problems so men don’t have to”. And nor would young, wooed women do arse-witted things like slaying the dragons that had been keeping the men harassing them occupied.

As those of us who paid attention to these fairy-tales know – those dragons were our friends. Lilith-sent. They could be relied upon to distract our stalkers for a good ten years and, with any luck, eat them.

Let’s not be distracted by liberal feminism and its diversions of quick “equality” fixes which involve our taking on what we’ve been told are men’s roles.

We end up killing our friends.

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Virginia School board challenges transgender rule

29 Aug

This is about Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board.


“The appeal, aside from directly challenging the government’s interpretation of a 1972 law, Title IX, which outlaws sex bias in federally funded education programs, also asks the Court to overrule a 1997 decision that requires the courts to defer generally to the way that federal agencies interpret their own rules and regulations. (That is the concept of “Auer deference,” named for the decision in Auer v. Robbins).

The Fourth Circuit Court relied on that notion in deferring to the government’s interpretation of rules implementing Title IX.

Three of the current Justices have suggested that the concept be reconsidered, arguing that it gives too much power to federal agencies, at the expense of the authority of the courts.”

School board challenges transgender rule


BDSM Lessons For Trans Kids

29 Aug

“Summer is for beaches, ice cream and, now, transgender camp.

The first camp expressly for transgender kids will open in Tasmania this summer, ABC reports. The 2016 Trans Camp camp will be open to transgender kids of all ages, their families and friends. In addition to art workshops and sports activities, organizers will provide sessions on mental health, online harassment and transgender rights and courses such as “Makeup 101,” “BDSM 101” and “Paganism 101.”

First Camp for Transgender Kids to Open in Australia Next Month

Conflict Violence in Congo and Violence Against Women

28 Aug

Last Wave Feminist

Earlier I posted a link in my Facebook group to an article about violence against women in the conflict in Congo. Someone objected, quite understandably, to the graphic violence depicted in the accompanying photo. I don’t know how we can resolve the problem of subjecting ourselves and others to triggering and trauma via graphically violent photos and my thinking on this is quite conflicted. Others have objected to the photo elsewhere. For the moment I’m going to leave aside the problem of exposing women’s bodies, and in this case, black women’s bodies, to the sensationalist gaze of onlookers (but feel free to discuss it if you wish) in favour of providing you with a brief history in links related to the horrible situation of women in Congo. But be warned, it’s very difficult to know.

My first exposure to the problem of sexual and physical violence against women in Congo…

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The Transgender Beauty Pageant Where It’s Illegal To Be Gay

27 Aug

Meanwhile, in Samoa…

Homosexuality may be illegal in Samoa, but the annual transgender beauty pageant is a mainstay of the island nation’s social calendar.

Miss Fa’afafine takes its name from the Samoan word for the society’s “third gender”, which literally translates to “in the style of” (fa’a) “woman” (fafine).

People say that fa’afafines are blessings, honestly,” Ms Ulberg said.

“We have that kind of talent that we can do boys’ chores and even the girls’.
“So if there’s no boys in the family, there’s always a fafa, or there’s no girl in the family, a fa’afafine can also do a girl’s part.”

According to this article, this population runs to mental health problems and they are concerned about suicide prevention. No mention is made of whether this might be connected to outlawing homosexuality, which is only mentioned as an aside.

Post-publishing addendum: this reminds me of 19th century racist crap about “happy darkies.”

A Revolt On Mumsnet

25 Aug

Heaven On An Empty Meter

24 Aug

When you go, you stay, but it takes
Forever for you to
Show up again

Though you do, you do
It’s one of those inevitable things
Like a late spring
Or finally the monsoon
Even though you take forever

Even though I had about forgot
And suddenly, there you are
Resplendent all over the place

I look at you there, and think “huh”
Who wouldda thought
But finally you are here without
Trapping me, I have finally
Made you my own


Building A Mystery

24 Aug


Calling A Name That’s Lighter

24 Aug

Hello spaces
You will get filled with something
Sort of like plastic
Soaking up toxins
If I don’t keep you

These new unplanned places
Like tiny caves in my head
In my heart
What will I grow there?

How will I keep my breath in you
Blowing out the bad air
In with the good air
Blessing the growth
That is me.

I must remind myself
To do this, lest sorrow remind me
Of other projects.

Old sorrow, she will live
In the soil of this tremulous lacuna
Waiting for direction of rot.

My Transgender Agenda

23 Aug

My thoughts on this subject have been evolving for around five years. Here’s what I got.

First: acknowledge that not only is this likely to go before SCOTUS, but that it *should* do so, because all this unresolved conflict is inevitably going to trickle down on the very exposed children involved with all this. I agree that they are the victims, though I don’t agree with transactivists as to exactly how they are victims. Also acknowledge that the trans rights legal people are likely to win. They have the money, skills, connections, funding, and reputations, and they may well have the Court, without a major sea change in public perceptions. ACLU alone has over 500,000 members and has an annual budget of over $100 million, and 2,000 volunteer attorneys. Lambda Legal notes here, about the recent Texas court ruling, that

Five civil rights organizations who had submitted a joint amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in the lawsuit – Lambda Legal, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Texas; National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR); Transgender Law Center; and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) – issued the following statement in response to U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling:

A ruling by a single judge in one circuit cannot and does not undo the years of clear legal precedent nationwide establishing that transgender students have the right to go to school without being singled out for discrimination. This unfortunate and premature ruling may, however, confuse school districts that are simply trying to support their students, including their transgender students.

So let us make it clear to those districts: your obligations under the law have not changed, and you are still not only allowed but required to treat transgender students fairly.

The scope of this injunction has no effect on the ability of other courts or lawyers representing transgender people to continue to rely on the federal government’s interpretations of Title IX or on prior decisions that have reached similar conclusions about the scope of federal sex discrimination laws.

The court’s misguided decision targets a small, vulnerable group of young people – transgender elementary and high school students – for potential continued harassment, stigma and abuse.

Also, I think it is completely pointless and also is marginalizing to argue from the point of view that all transgenderism, transsexualism, is culturally and medically created (though I still suspect it is, the history argues for it) as long as we live in a culture that engages in so much enforced gender scripting. It makes it extremely difficult to sort out what is happening, and it’s unrealistic to expect most people to be interested in or even capable of understanding the analysis supporting this position.

So my position is to stop expecting the law to change when it’s supported by cultural values and medical practice. The weakest link is medical practice, go after that. Insist on something besides self-diagnosis of transgenderism based on gender stereotypes and a sense of being uncomfortable with one’s self. Insist that the possibility of co-morbid psychological conditions be addressed, and also that the possibility of patients’ evolving same-sex orientation be discussed, as a disproportionate number of gender dysphoric kids turn out to be gay, and not all homosexuals work out their orientation prior to adolescence. In fact, many do not, what with living in heteronormative cultures that do not freely encourage and support the idea of same-sex attraction as healthy and wholesome and generally normal and not freakish.

Insist, in other words, on a proper diagnostic process, not just treating all this like nose jobs. Treatment with testosterone, especially, is hazardous, and nobody really knows yet what extended off-label use of puberty blockers does to children.

Also fight back against this endless reducing the age of consent, which is pushed because “they’ll pass better.” These are children, not modeling clay.

Gender abolitionists get criticized for being extremists, but if we can’t all, transactivist and abolitionist alike, agree on it being wrong to misdiagnose people, and that this actually happens, and that transgender regret is a thing, and also social contagion, and that children are highly impressionable; then who is being intransigent here? Who is being extreme?




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