A message from Ruth Rhiannon Barrett, editor of Female Erasure: What You Need To Know About Gender Politics’ War On Women, The Female Sex And Human Rights:
Last week I was de-platformed/terminated after being hired to be the featured presenter (full concert and workshops) at Gaea Goddess Gathering in Kansas this fall. A person complained, calling me a TERF, and asked that they fire me. They did. They did even after I disclosed my work with Women’s Mysteries and natal females, so that they would know going in who I am. I also made sure that they knew that I am going to be respectful of the intention that any festival has that I’m hired to present. My work there wasn’t going to be about, nor discuss trans anything. Their Board approved me. Then it all came down yesterday when someone complained (they quoted from the Female Erasure anthology). Although the Gathering didn’t’ give me the cause of termination in writing (I have asked for this in writing since yesterday), however it is clear that I was fired for having a different point of view, and in these times of fascistic politics on both the left and the right, intolerance for thinking or believing differently is punished.
I have already read discussions about the erasure of the Goddess, that the use of “She” as “transphobic”, so this is a heads-up for all of us who have been through the erasure of the Goddess though-out history. When the female sex is already being erased though the language we can or cannot use to describe our female biology, our rites of passage, and oppression, the Goddess is next. Please be or stay awake with this. It is here already.
I have been asked, “how can I/we support you?” Contact this festival FB- Gaea Goddess Gathering, www.gaeagoddessgathering.org, email is firstname.lastname@example.org, phone is 816-602-8333. You can also contact the Gaea Retreat Center where they hold this event at 25110 235th st. McLouth, KS 66054. Let them know that this kind of treatment is unacceptable, and share with organizations/groups that you know. Please, if you wish to offer support, only use language that supports us, as we don’t need to lower ourselves to their level of crap (name calling, etc). I am including the quotes that was posted online and now removed that instigated my termination. How ironic that the very issues the people mentioned as examples of why I shouldn’t be there, are exactly why we need to be having the conversations! That person thinks that censorship rather than discussion is the right thing to do. We must continue to have the conversations about our separate spaces, the medicalization of children, and the rest. Thank you for being there. Thanks for listening.
In Her Service,
Ruth Rhiannon Barrett
I was called a TERF and they listed these lines as examples of why I should be fired.
“Concerns about sterilization and a lifetime of dependence on pharmaceuticals and with no long-term studies of the health impact, are silenced. Young lesbians and gay boys can be “normalized” by transitioning them. The possibility that homophobia is playing out in this issue seems to be too taboo to discuss.” Ruth Barrett, Female Erasure
We need more discussions not censorship or religious persecution.