Women in Vancouver have created a women’s library to promote writing by women authors and “continue the legacy of women-run bookstores.” The library is run by women volunteers. Despite the fact that they announce themselves as queer-positive right on their website, with a “queer space” sign and a notice that the library is for “all self-identified women and girls,” a group of “radical queers” have launched an attack against the library.
Guerrilla Feminist Collective reports the following intimidation tactics used at the library:
“Last night we had to push through physical intimidation and lots of verbal nonsense to enter the new Vancouver Women’s Library.
Anti-feminist protesters actually showed up for once! They were welcomed inside (snowing, cold, everyone was welcome), but asked to leave when they tried to tear down feminist posters in the space and continued their physical intimidation inside. Police had to be called for fear of destruction of the space and the safety of library patrons inside. The protesters held signs and shouted at people entering the space. They poured wine over the books. They smoked inside when asked not to. They pulled the fire alarm. Some of them tried to bar then pushed women entering the space. As far as we saw, men were left alone to come and go as they pleased.
Women were shamed and blamed for calling the police, for fearing for theirs and others’ safety. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. All battered women will be familiar with these tactics. When we pointed out how we were physically barred then pushed from entering the space, and how threatening that felt, protesters wanted to know how we’d gender the person, rather than discuss the ethics of violence at hand.
Despite clearly stated goals (creation of women’s space for women’s work and dialogue), inclusion (all women), transparency of funding (self & UBC women’s centre), hard work (unpaid), and initiative (frankly brilliant caring GOODNESS of heart, seeking to create A WOMEN’S LIBRARY) the organizers were demonized, targeted, lied about, and all but burnt at the stake.
Ridiculous demands were made, such as the stepping down of founding member Emily (for having volunteered at and supporting a shelter for women fleeing male violence), creation of a board of directors (must everything be Mc-incorporated?), and the removal of certain books (fascism 101).”
The group Gays Against Gentrification (GAG) released a list of demands for the library on Facebook. I’m not sure if the people who showed up at the library are the same people who wrote this list of demands, but they certainly are using similar intimidation tactics.
The group GAG uses the slurs “TERF” and “SWERF” to intimidate and silence women who speak out about the harms of gender and the sex trade. The function of these words is to shut down conversations about women’s oppression. They can be applied to absolutely anyone who disagrees with the queer/liberal party line. Even women with direct experience in the sex trade can be called “SWERF,” despite the fact that it makes no sense that a woman could be “excluding” herself from her own analysis of the harms of the sex industry that she experienced.
GAG erroneously accuses feminists of denying health care and jobs to trans women and of trying to control the bodies of “sex workers” and enacting violence upon them. It is difficult to believe that anyone could be so far removed from reality that they actually think that feminists are the ones harming women in the sex trade rather than the johns and pimps who are actually inflicting the violence. Those people who seek to make male violence invisible and blame women instead for what men do to us can only be called MRAs.
GAG made a list of demands that includes, among other things, that the library must elect a board of directors that GAG members approve of, remove any books from the library that GAG does not approve of, and fire one of the organizers of the library who is specified by name. It’s just astounding that this group feels so entitled to women’s labor that they feel they can dictate to women how to run their own library. This is a vile display of misogyny and anti-feminism.
Their wording gets so over-the-top at times it almost looks like a parody:
“TERFs and SWERFs are complicit in violence against sex workers and trans women and it is imperative that we do not let this violence go unnoticed. The same ideology and praxis of hate is present and replicated in right-wing/alt-right/neo-nazi organizing. TERFs and SWERFs organize for the same violent policies and work in partnership with right-wing hate groups to replicate settler-colonial white-supremacist constructions of cisheteropatrarchy that outright reject, erase, and deny IBPOC sovereignty, body sovereignty, and all peoples that do not fit under euro-centric nativism.”
It would seem that GAG believes that women who lend out books written by women are literal Nazis who are enacting white supremacy and patriarchy. It’s very clear that the goal of “radical queers” is to shut down feminism by harassing women and making feminist analysis of women’s oppression impossible to share. “Radical queers” are therefore obviously an anti-feminist hate group. The idea that feminists have the material power in society to inflict violence on large groups of people is completely laughable. There is not a single radical feminist in a position of power in government or the private sector, and there are very few left in the academy. In addition, physical violence is not a tactic that any feminist groups are advocating for. If recent history tells us anything about feminist organizing, we like to knit cute hats and even in crowds of thousands of women there is no violence reported at all.
GAG provided a list of the feminist books they believe should be banned from the women’s library. Here is the list:
Fourth Wave Now blogged about this new YouTube channel called Queer Kids Stuff that markets trans ideology to young kids. Her post can be found here. Instead of commenting on 4thWave, I am writing my own post, since, as usual, I am writing an entire essay.
The goal of this YouTube series is to teach the ideology of the queer/trans movement to kids. I’ve been observing for some time now how “queer” is becoming its own subculture that has little to do with homosexuals. (For more info, click the “queer community” blog tag.) Queer/trans is a sort of cult where a haircut and an outfit are an identity, where biological sex doesn’t exist, where being “different” in superficial ways makes you cool, and people want to be “different” just for the sake of being different, and where people are misunderstood and oppressed by normal, boring people who just don’t get it. It seems a bit like middle-class bored teenagers with teenage angst forming an alternative youth culture together, except it’s being promoted by fully grown adults.
Because the queer/trans cult doesn’t believe in biological sex, they don’t believe in sexual orientation either. They think that people have a “gender,” not a sex, and that people are attracted to a “gender,” not a sex. However, biological sex does exist, and homosexuals are attracted to the same sex. I am attracted to people who are female, not people who perform femininity.
This cult has formed out of what used to be the GLBT community. Even though gay men and lesbians barely have anything to do with each other, and even though trans is a totally different thing from being gay, we are all together in a community for some reason, and the trans have totally taken over. And by “trans” I don’t mean ordinary people with dysphoria who just want to live their lives, but weird people with ideology around erasing biological sex and creating safety for people to practice their sexual fetish in public and forcing random strangers to validate their special identities. This new cult is not a safe space for lesbians and gays, and when we speak for ourselves sometimes we get kicked out of the group for oppressing the special snowflakes with our inconvenient knowledge of biological sex and our own sexual orientation.
The first video in Queer Kids Stuff is about explaining what gay means.
The host, Lindsay, explains that gay means when someone loves someone of the same gender. That’s not true. I’m not surprised Lindsay would say that though, because, as I said, the Q/T cult doesn’t believe in biological sex. Also, Lindsay posted her bio on her web site, and although she vaguely alludes to possibly being lesbian or bisexual, she doesn’t call herself by any sexual orientation label, and just calls herself “queer.” Calling yourself “queer” is a way of disappearing your sexual orientation, because “queer” has become so vague that anyone can claim it, including straight people.
Although I don’t think small children would even understand the bit about “attracted to a gender,” the video does give some child-friendly and well-presented information—that some families have two moms or two dads. That’s how I would explain it—because that’s all kids need to know and all they would understand. (The video also mentions that some families have “many moms” and “many dads.” Obviously we need to be inclusive of polyamorous couples who are in relationships with everyone in their community. *eyeroll* )
The second video explains what gender is. It starts off by saying that girls can wear short hair and a tie if they want. Then it explains that people can belong to one of three categories, boys, girls or people. That would be pretty confusing for a kid, because boys and girls are both people, and putting them in three categories like that implies that “people” is a distinct category from boys and girls.
The video goes on to explain that anyone from any of these categories can wear whatever they want. The fact that a video about gender starts off with a discussion of clothing vaguely implies that gender is about clothing. However, it never explicitly says what gender is. The closest they come to explaining what gender means is when they write the word gender above the words boy, girl, and people. This implies that gender is whether you’re a boy, a girl, or a person. Since this is only implied in writing, but never said out loud, I don’t even think small kids will pick up on this.
The teddy bear asks a really good question, which is, if girls, boys, and people can wear whatever they want, then how do you tell what gender they are? (Once again, this questions betrays the underlying assumption that gender has to do with what clothing someone is wearing.)
Any sane person at this point would say that girls have vaginas and boys have penises, and that they’re still girls or boys no matter what they’re wearing. But in transland, there is no such thing as sex! There is only this confusing, vague concept of “gender” that seems to have something to do with clothes, but not exactly, and that can be labelled as “girl” or “boy” even though the concepts of “girl” and “boy” cannot be defined. No matter how you twist yourself, you can never follow the logic.
She also explains that there are people who are transgender, which means they don’t identify with the gender that doctors tell them they are when they were born. This is not true. Doctors note the baby’s sex, but they have no power to assign a “gender.” Gender is a set of mannerisms, appearances and behaviors that are culturally connected to people’s biological sex. Doctors do not singlehandedly create the culture that babies will grow up in. It’s primarily the parents, but also the community at large, who assigns the baby a “gender” by socializing them in certain ways. Further, the way Lindsay explains this in the video would be completely incomprehensible to a small child.
The answer Lindsay gives to Teddy is that you tell what gender someone is by asking for their pronouns. Can you imagine kindergarten children asking for each other’s pronouns to see what “gender” their playmates are? This stuff is way beyond their comprehension.
The third video explains what queer is. “It’s not a thing, it’s an idea,” Lindsay says. “Queer has to do with being different, and how everyone is different from everyone else. Some people are different because they’re gay or because of their gender. You can be different in lots of ways. We are all a little different or weird or even strange and that’s a good thing. So I guess we’re all a little bit queer.” Teddy asks, “Me too?” and Lindsay answers, “Of course, teddy!”
The unicorn song she sings emphasizes that queer means different. The last line is “queer means different and being different is so much fun!”
As the video closes, she says, “Now we want to know what makes you a little bit queer.”
This is bizarre and surreal.
The word queer has a long tradition of being a pejorative for homosexual, and if you ask older gay men they often recall being called this word while being beaten for being gay. Today, queer is an umbrella term that is supposed to include lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, people who have cool haircuts, people who practice BDSM, and people who feel they are special or unique in some way.
This video turns queer into something even sillier. Now it’s simply a synonym for “different” and kids should learn this word as a positive word to describe how we’re all different. All I can say is, what the fuck?
Lindsay says we’re all a little queer, which is so weird, because we certainly aren’t all a little homosexual, in fact, about 95% of people are heterosexual, so obviously when Lindsay uses the word this way she simply means “different,” and this has nothing to do with being gay.
Could it have to do with being trans? Who knows! Anyone can claim to be trans for any reason. You don’t even have to have dysphoria. You can just have a cool haircut and outfit and choose some pronouns and an identity label and voilà—you’re trans!
There is probably a very tiny percentage of people who actually have sex dysphoria—smaller even than the number of people who are homosexual. So judging by Lindsay’s assertion that we’re “all a little queer,” it seems like queer is neither about being homosexual nor having sex dysphoria—I think it’s primarily about having a cool identity label.
She closes this video by encouraging kids to list reasons why they are queer. Huh? The kids have just learned that queer means “different,” and that you can be different in lots of ways. So in what ways are kids different, that they can come up with on their own at a young age? Maybe that their eye colours and their hair colours are different? I doubt they’d come up with anything about sexual orientation, since little kids don’t understand sexuality yet.
These videos give me a weird and creepy feeling. I’m possibly supposed to be included in the queer community because I’m a lesbian, but this is not the sort of video I would make. I don’t want kids to be indoctrinated into weird, anti-science ideology. I don’t want kids to be confused about what girls and boys are. Everyone needs to understand the difference between male and female because this is part of our understanding of human beings, and it will become very important once kids reach puberty because they need to understand how reproduction works. The erasure of biological sex erases sexual orientation entirely, which does not benefit lesbians or gays. The gender identity ideology supports allowing male people into female locker rooms and washrooms, which is not safe for females. This ideology also makes it “bigoted” and sometimes illegal to name male people as male and for female people to assert their boundaries and need for privacy. I do not support any of this and it makes me angry that this sort of ideology is being pushed in the name of “LGBT” which I am supposedly a part of.
If the “queer” community wants to remove women’s rights to safety and privacy, wants to gas-light us, violate our boundaries, and remove our right to speak about our biology, and erase sexual orientation, then the queer community is hostile toward all women and particularly toward lesbians.
The people who benefit from this sort of activism are primarily people who want their special snowflake identity validated and males who want to enter female-only spaces. I do not wish to support these causes.
Sex dysphoria is a real condition, and I don’t think that people who have sex dysphoria are benefitting from the actions of this cult. The end result of this silliness is that more people will become conservative, because the liberals have lost their goddamn minds, and there will be a backlash against lesbians and gays, because we will be blamed for this.
Conservatives have been complaining for decades that the homosexuals are trying to recruit or indoctrinate their children, and we actually weren’t! Now look at what the queer cult is doing!
Here’s what I think kids should learn about being gay. If a teacher is talking about different types of families, they should list a family with two moms or two dads as a possibility, and remain quite neutral about this. That’s it! There is absolutely no need to put on a unicorn suit and play a song on a ukulele about how being gay is fabulous and fun. This isn’t a lifestyle being marketed to people. All we want is to be able to exist without being hated, basically. Teachers also should stop the bullies who engage in homophobic bullying. It should be pretty routine to stop any sort of bullying, and that includes bullying of gay kids or kids with gay parents.
But indoctrinating kids into weird ideology? No, absolutely not!
A conference was held in London, U.K this summer called Thinking Differently. It was a place for feminists to discuss gender identity and transgenderism. There were lots of great speakers and I recommend watching the whole thing.
In this clip, Magdalen Burns talks about being kicked out of her campus LGBT group and her women’s liberation group for violating “safe space” rules by disagreeing with their dogma.
It’s interesting hearing her talk about all the reasons why she was kicked out of various groups—all of them are really stupid reasons. But the part that I found most poignant was that she knows around ten gays and lesbians who have been kicked out of their university LGBT society by people who identify as “queer” but not lesbian or gay. It looks like we have reached a point where ordinary gays and lesbians are officially kicked out of LGBT—the important people in that group now are people identifying as queer and trans. The words queer and trans are so vague that anyone could identify this way, the only real criteria is you have to adhere to the group dogma. As Magdalen says, if you’re an 18-year-old lesbian in your first year on campus you’re going to fear not being able to be around other lesbians.
Whatever the hell “queer” is, it’s pretty hostile to homosexuals.
If you want an excellent analysis of the Orlando shooting, check out Julie Bindel’s interview on Feminist Current where she names the things we should actually be talking about in this situation: primarily, MALE VIOLENCE. Also, the root causes of anti-gay bigotry, which are MISOGYNY and PATRIARCHY.
If you want the worst response possible to the Orlando shooting, check out the woman who has written an article lamenting that she doesn’t get to be one of the people who are oppressed by anti-gay mass shooters.
“When I read about Orlando, I was surrounded by straight people. Well meaning straight people, yes, allies, yes, but straight people all the same.
I was surrounded by straight people because I was at my house with my husband and my daughter. I spend a lot of time around straight people (thats what I get for marrying a cishet man), but I noticed it more today than I have any other morning. When I heard the news, I started counting down the time until I could be around queer people.”
Oh, you poor thing! You were at home with your husband and daughter when a large group of gays and lesbians were shot and killed, how awful for you!
“Being a bi woman means occupying a lot of weird liminal space. In that way we are very queer….we don’t fit well into boxes. Too gay to be straight, too straight to be gay, we are often locked out of the resources and support meant for the queer community due to biphobia and erasure while being pornified and objectified by the patriarchal male gaze of heteronormative culture. It’s no wonder that bi women are suffering from such a serious mental health crisis.”
Yes, it’s so “queer” of you to be a conventionally feminine woman married to a man. How terrible that you don’t have access to “resources” that are meant for the “queer community.” As I’ve said before, queer used to mean homosexual, but it doesn’t anymore. Now, queer means absolutely anyone who wants to claim an identity as an oppressed person. You can be a pretty, feminine woman in a heterosexual relationship and still be queer, even though at no point will you ever be treated the way homosexuals are treated.
“Being bi comes with the double edged sword of “passing.” Because I’m married to a man, and because of my high femme gender presentation, most people will assume I am straight. I do not have to worry that when I hold my spouse’s hand in public that someone will beat me. I do not worry about the state refusing to recognize my marriage. I do not worry about losing my job for being queer. I do not worry that a car driving by will roll down the window and scream slurs at me about my orientation.”
She actually knows that she does not face discrimination because of her sexual orientation, but she is still writing an article making the Orlando massacre all about her feelings. Pardon me while I roll my eyes all the way up to the ceiling.
“But the horrible thing about “passing privilege” is the closeting, the erasure. And never have I felt that so keenly as I feel it today while I mourn Orlando.”
These days the worst thing that can possibly happen to a person is being “erased.” Somehow, the fact that every shop clerk and passerby on the street doesn’t immediately know that she is bisexual is a “horrible” thing because it “erases” her. When she sees other people being actually oppressed in a way that she is not, she feels erased because she isn’t receiving that kind of oppression. Do you see what is happening here? Being a part of an oppressed class of people is now cool. It’s something people want. Instead of fighting against oppression on behalf of classes of people, Americans are now trying to get a piece of the oppression pie, because that’s what the cool kids are doing. This is deplorable.
“Thank God for the radical queer community, the people who helped me heal from some of my guilt about not being “gay enough”. They came through for me in the past, and they are coming through again, reminding me of who I am. Reminding me that I count. Reminding me that I am enough, that my emotions are valid, that my existence is resistance, that I deserve to be here.”
You needed to heal from the guilt of not being gay enough??? What the FUCK???
Forty-nine people are killed and this woman needs to give herself a pep talk about how she is here, she exists, and she counts. Well, good for you! But forty nine people are not here anymore, because they were in a gay club when an anti-gay shooter came to kill people, not at home with their straight families like you were.
It’s amazing how a mass shooting happens and people respond with “But what about ME, I’m oppressed too!” Imagine if we actually used our time and energy to fight against male violence, masculinity and patriarchy so that this sort of thing wouldn’t happen any more? But no, because doing actual hard work to change the world isn’t appealing for people who only care about their own feelings.
From CBC News:
UBC student Brooklyn Fink says why she burned the pride flag on campus
Fink, 31, is transsexual and calls the rainbow pride flag an ‘offensive’ and non-inclusive symbol
The University of B.C. student charged with mischief for allegedly burning a rainbow LGBT pride flag at the university last February says she did it to protest what she considers an “offensive” symbol.
Brooklyn Marie Fink, 31, who describes herself as transsexual, talked about the flag burning after her first court appearance in Richmond on Tuesday.
“As a media artist, I intended in burning the flag only to illustrate my displeasure at the university’s failure to come to an agreement on the fact of the flag’s offensiveness.”
And why is the Pride flag so offensive?
“Fink told CBC she does not feel included in the LGBT label — an abbreviation used to cover a range of non-gender-conforming identities, which often stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.”
I’m almost speechless that a trans person doesn’t feel included in LGBT. From what I’ve been seeing, LGBT has nothing to do with lesbians and gays any more, it’s just all about the trans now. What more do they want?
I don’t think lesbians are included in LGBT, actually. Our rights as women are constantly trampled by the sparklequeers who want us to have no boundaries and cater to men’s feelings. It seems as though this person wants to officially kick lesbians and gays out of LGBT. He can go ahead with that, as far as I’m concerned. I haven’t felt like I am a part of LGBT in a long time. They should just go ahead and start spelling it TTTT and be done with it.
In California, an organization formerly known as Gay-Straight Alliance network has changed its name to Genders & Sexualities Alliance.
“As a youth-driven organization, it is our responsibility to respond to this evolution and accurately reflect the identities of the young people we serve. With the support and guidance of GSA youth leaders, we are thrilled to announce that Gay-Straight Alliance Network has officially changed its name to Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network.
The name change has been a long time coming. We have heard from countless youth leaders who understand their genders and sexualities to be uniquely theirs and have moved beyond the labels of gay and straight, and the limits of a binary gender system. For several years, students have been naming their individual school-based clubs in a way that reflects the values and identity of its members.
We were also inspired to change our name given the evolving function of GSA clubs. For a generation, since the late 1980s, GSAs have served as safe spaces for LGBTQ youth to build awareness and community as well as prevent discrimination and harassment in schools. More recently, however, these student-led clubs have transcended their traditional role and served as important vehicles for deeper social change both on school campuses and local or statewide educational policy.
New Name, Same Vision
Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network will continue to be known and commonly referred to by our acronym GSA Network. And our focus as a next-generation LGBTQ+ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains trans, queer, and allied youth leaders remains unchanged. Our name evolution simply supports youth leaders in developing their true authentic selves with the ability to define their own identities.
Over the next few months, we will work to align our movement building strategy with the needs of trans, queer and allied students across the nation, support the development of trans youth leaders to tell their own stories in their own way, and deepen our presence in schools and communities where the rights of LGBTQ+ students are being denied, around the country and here in California. As always, we will work to ensure the rights of students of all genders and sexualities, continuing to empower this next generation of trans, queer, and allied youth that are leading and redefining the GSA movement.”
I’m not the least bit surprised by this change. Gay-straight alliances were originally created to support gay and lesbian students, but young people don’t want to identify as gay or lesbian anymore, even if they are actually homosexual. These designations are old-fashioned now, and much too “binary.” The cool thing to have now is not a sexual orientation, but a gender. In fact, sexual orientation is bigoted; anyone who has a sexual orientation is exclusionary and therefore oppressing people (especially if they are female and their orientation excludes males).
The goal of a gender and sexualities alliance is not to support gay and lesbian students, it’s to desegregate school washrooms and promote the idea that there are infinite numbers of genders that people may choose from, and that bodies need to be medically altered to reflect people’s “gender.” This does not help gays and lesbians at all, and in some cases it harms us. It reinforces sex stereotypes by claiming that anyone who is masculine is male, therefore lesbian women are encouraged to identify as male and change their bodies so that they appear male, instead of identifying as lesbian women. In addition, gender theory does not allow for lesbians to exclude males from their dating pool as long as those males “identify” as women, which is abuse toward women who are exclusively lesbian.
I predict that the ending of gay-straight alliances and the promotion of gender theory on youth will have the effect of confusing and harming gay and lesbian youth, many of whom are gender nonconforming and therefore likely to fall into the trans cult. It will also have the effect of turning young women away from feminism, which is one of the movements that lesbians need the most.