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WoLF Stands Against Medical Child Abuse in South Dakota

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SOUTH DAKOTA’S VULNERABLE CHILD PROTECTION ACT PASSES COMMITTEE

January 22, 2020

WoLF Board Chair Natasha Chart and Board member Kara Dansky testified today in support of the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, introduced in the South Dakota legislature by Rep. Fred Deutsch, to prevent medical harm to children who’ve diagnosed themselves with gender identity issues.

The measure will forbid doctors to prescribe drugs that block puberty, or cross-sex hormones, or to provide cosmetic surgery to remove healthy breasts or genitals, for children under 16.

“It’s good that legislators are finally standing up to say that it’s cruel to destroy children’s sexual function for not fitting into sex stereotypes and gendered expectations,” Chart said. “The drugs for affirming a child’s self diagnosis that something is wrong with their bodies can age the endocrine system by decades, sometimes throwing them into menopause before puberty, while the harms of botched or regretted surgeries are often irreversible.”

“The worst part of watching the acceleration of child transition has been knowing that many of the kids swept up in it would otherwise have grown up to be happy with their bodies. Yet people in authority have looked the other way as doctors have helped these children harm themselves. Many are same-sex attracted, are suffering from trauma, or have developmental disorders, but the organizations claiming to look out for the interests of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth, or of young people on the autism spectrum, for instance, have all simply cheered as South Dakota doctors have joined the rush to profit from this,” said Dansky.

“Sterilizing children, or trying to cure psychiatric and social problems with the removal of sex organs, is a social trend that should have been left in the eugenics era,” Chart said, “and hopefully this malpractice can be put to rest once again.”

Today, WoLF released the report, “Eugenics: Then and Now,” a historical overview of parallels between procedures offered to pediatric gender clinic patients today, with procedures used in the eugenics era towards similar populations, also on the strength of medical claims that the removal of sexual function could treat mental health difficulties and broader social problems. (Report updated Jan. 26, 2020)

“The federal government started putting coverage restrictions on the unnecessary sterilization of minors following eugenics-inspired medical abuses in 1976,” said Chart. “It’s very strange that doctors are now ignoring the spirit of these restrictions in private practice, claiming they can fix mental health issues in children by means of chemical castration or genital surgery. Unsupported claims of this kind have led to tragedy in the past, and minors are no more capable of consenting to permanent sterilization than they were over 40 years ago.”

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Natasha Chart, WoLF Board Member

Prepared testimony of Natasha Chart, to the South Dakota legislature:

Hello, thank you for considering my testimony. I’m the board chair of the radical feminist organization, the Women’s Liberation Front, and a longtime political progressive.

We’ve been told that gender identity issues are complicated, maybe beyond our understanding.

This is misdirection.

I’m a bisexual woman on the autism spectrum. When I was young, I liked dinosaurs, archaeology, and science fiction. I hated my body as puberty started. I hated the way grown men started leering at my chest. Doctors and schools didn’t usually catch mild autism in girls then, either, it was hard.

But today, I might be told that my odd interests or social unhappiness, my nonconformity to stereotypes, might mean I’d been born in the wrong body. I was depressed and had few friends. I might have diagnosed myself as transgender, as so many do now, after seeing hundreds of transition testimonials on social media.

Today, girls like me are put on Lupron and sent into premature menopause as young as 12, maybe to get mastectomies soon after. Then they may need a hysterectomy by their early 20s, from the harms of testosterone acting on female organs.

We can all be sure that humanity hasn’t suddenly developed a new type of child that needs their sexual function removed before adulthood.

Though sadly, I’ve now seen years of press coverage of girls who sound much like I was, saying they want to be boys, and damaging their bodies to prove it. Doctors shouldn’t help kids take out their sadness and anger on the only bodies we can ever have.

Please vote yes to forbid the sterilization of these young people.

Prepared testimony of Kara Dansky, to the South Dakota legislature:

Good morning,

My name is Kara Dansky. I am an attorney and I serve on the board of the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF). I formerly worked for the ACLU’s national office as senior counsel on criminal justice law and policy, and I am a lifelong Democrat. I am speaking today on behalf of WoLF in support of House Bill 1057, and to address the unsupported assertion that the bill is unconstitutional.

The ACLU of South Dakota has proclaimed that “It is unconstitutional to single out one group of people and categorically ban all care, no matter how medically necessary.” But it is not at all obvious why this bill might be unconstitutional.

As a general matter, Americans do not have a Constitutional right to receive any particular medical procedure. For example, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Washington v. Glucksberg that physician-assisted suicide is not a fundamental liberty interest that is protected by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment.

It is clear from Supreme Court jurisprudence that mentally competent people have a constitutionally protected liberty interest in refusing unwanted medical treatment. See, for example, Cruzan v. Missouri. But in the same case, the Supreme Court noted that this right must be balanced against legitimate state interests. And, the general constitutional right to refuse treatment does not necessarily suggest that there is a corresponding right to obtain treatment.

If this bill is enacted into law, and if it is ever challenged on constitutional grounds, one question will be whether the law is protecting a legitimate state interest. In other words, does South Dakota have a legitimate interest in protecting the integrity of the bodies of minors? And the answer must be that of course it does.

Generally speaking, U.S. courts have ruled that minors have the right to consent to medical treatment under certain circumstances. But that right is not absolute; it is subject to balancing against legitimate state interests. For example, in a case called In re E.G., the Supreme Court of Illinois ruled that “mature minors” have the right to consent or refuse medical treatment, but that this right must be considered along with four state interests: preserving life, protecting the interests of third parties such as parents, preventing suicide in cases concerning the termination of life-saving care, and maintaining the ethical integrity of the medical profession. The Court did not explicitly distinguish between 16-17 year old minors and younger minors in its ruling. Whatever else one might think about putting a child on dangerous hormones and permanently altering the integrity of a child’s body, surely such a practice implicates a state’s interests in preserving life and maintaining the integrity of the medical profession, at a minimum.

The ACLU could be suggesting that the bill is in some way in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. But that is not true either, because self-identification as “transgender” is not a suspect class under existing Equal Protection jurisprudence.

In conclusion, I urge the members of this Committee to vote yes on House Bill 1057.

 

 

Neurosexism And United Action For Youth

January 8th, 2020
Madam Nomad Sez:

It is gratifying to me to discover that all of the yelling and screaming I have been doing in this town is actually having an effect. The stark reality is that Corporate Med invented and instituted a ghastly sadomasochistic medical procedure that forces a human body to appear to be the opposite sex. The men who own the corporations hired a fancy legal firm to establish their BUSINESS interests in selling medical products and services to an unwitting public. They used the existing bureaucratic structures of gay and lesbian organizations to spread their branding message.  And now we see organizations that were formed to protect gay and lesbian kids from bullying and exploitation are actually spreading the social contagion that is transgender ideology and enabling the medical abuse and exploitation of kids.

Literally everyone in Iowa City is terrified to say anything that is not completely supportive of this “social justice issue.” Absolutely no criticism of transgender ideology will be brooked by any social service agency in this city, from the rape crisis center,(which is headed by a dude who won’t say that rape is a woman’s issue and not a GENDER issue, as if men are at the same risk of sexual violence from women!) to the Women’s Resource Center to the domestic violence network to the youth advocacy centers.

So I have had to resort to guerrilla tactic, taping up my graffiti on the agencies’ doors and  windows, because they refuse to put this issue before the public at large and let us all weigh in on exposing ourselves and our kids to this new gender religion. That Our Corporate Fathers have delivered unto us. What possible reason could Big Business for confusing the public about sex? Is it so they can institute laws to erase the difference between the sexes in federal law? 

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In any case, I keep trying to get the message out that tranzing kids is eugenics. It is cruel, it is stupid and it makes me want to scream that people think this is real. So UAY went ahead, in response to my questions about poisoning and mutilating gender non-conforming kids, and had the kids who are being brainwashed into the cult write out the definitions of transgenderism and tape them up in their storefront windows:

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And of course it is the standard tranz propaganda about ladybrains and how personality traits and gender stereotypes of behavior indicate that you are really some special kind of human who has nothing in common with everyone else on the planet. This special condition has no objective physical markers that one can test for to determine that you really were born into the wrong body and therefore  must sign yourself into the gender enforcement clinic for retooling.

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So I went and looked up the “science” that is being referred to by these poor brainwashed kids.

Neurosexism: the myth that men and women have different brains

The hunt for male and female distinctions inside the skull is a lesson in bad research practice, writes Lise Eliot.

 

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The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience That Shatters The Myth Of The Female Brain Gina Rippon The Bodley Head (2019)

Early in The Gendered Brain, cognitive neuroscientist Gina Rippon describes one of the myriad brain studies heralded as ‘finally’ explaining the difference between men and women. It was a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis of 21 men and 27 women by researchers at the University of California, Irvine (R. J. Haier et alNeuroImage 25, 320–327; 2005). Tiny by today’s standards, this brief communication nonetheless went on quite a publicity tour, from newspapers and blogs to television, books and, eventually, teacher education and corporate leadership conferences.

I woke one morning in 2010 to see an especially bad extrapolation of this study on the Early Show, a programme on US television network CBS. The presenter, Harry Smith, gushed as medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton declared that men have “six-and-a-half times more grey matter” than women, whereas women have “ten times as much white matter” as men. Next came the obvious quips about men’s talent at mathematics and women’s uncanny ability to multitask. Never mind that these differences would demand that women’s heads were about 50% larger, or that the Irvine team didn’t even compare brain volumes, but investigated a correlation between IQ and measures of grey or white matter.

Neurosexism

The history of sex-difference research is rife with innumeracy, misinterpretation, publication bias, weak statistical power, inadequate controls and worse. Rippon, a leading voice against the bad neuroscience of sex differences, uncovers so many examples in this ambitious book that she uses a whack-a-mole metaphor to evoke the eternal cycle. A brain study purports to discover a difference between men and women; it is publicized as, ‘At last, the truth!’, taunting political correctness; other researchers expose some hyped extrapolation or fatal design flaw; and, with luck, the faulty claim fades away — until the next post hoc analysis produces another ‘Aha!’ moment and the cycle repeats. As Rippon shows, this hunt for brain differences “has been vigorously pursued down the ages with all the techniques that science could muster”. And it has exploded in the past three decades, since MRI research joined the fray.

Yet, as The Gendered Brain reveals, conclusive findings about sex-linked brain differences have failed to materialize. Beyond the “missing five ounces” of female brain — gloated about since the nineteenth century — modern neuroscientists have identified no decisive, category-defining differences between the brains of men and women. In women’s brains, language-processing is not spread any more evenly across the hemispheres than it is in men’s, as a small 1995 Nature study proclaimed but a large 2008 meta-analysis disproved (B. A. Shaywitz et alNature 373, 607–609 (1995) and I. E. Sommer et alBrain Res. 1206, 76–88; 2008). Brain size increases with body size, and certain features, such as the ratio of grey to white matter or the cross-sectional area of a nerve tract called the corpus callosum, scale slightly non-linearly with brain size. But these are differences in degree, not kind. As Rippon notes, they are not seen when we compare small-headed men to large-headed women, and have no relationship to differences in hobbies or take-home pay.

History of bias

Rippon’s central message is that “a gendered world will produce a gendered brain”. Her book stands with Angela Saini’s 2017 Inferior and Cordelia Fine’s 2010 Delusions of Gender in rooting out the “neurosexism” that has pervaded attempts to understand difference at the brain level. It’s a juicy history that would make for super-fun reading, if it were all truly in the past. Sadly, the moles keep surfacing. Rippon begins with an 1895 quote from social psychologist Gustave Le Bon, who used his portable cephalometer to declare that women “represent the most inferior forms of human evolution”. She ends in 2017, with Google engineer James Damore blogging to co-workers about “biological causes” for the dearth of women in tech and leadership roles.

As Rippon shows, the hunt for proof of women’s inferiority has more recently elided into the hunt for proof of male–female ‘complementarity’. So, this line goes, women are not really less intelligent than men, just ‘different’ in a way that happens to coincide with biblical teachings and the status quo of gender roles. Thus, women’s brains are said to be wired for empathy and intuition, whereas male brains are supposed to be optimized for reason and action.

This was how researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia framed a highly touted 2014 MRI study that seared into the public imagination a picture of men’s and women’s brains as diametrically opposed subway maps: the connections in women are mostly between hemispheres, and those in men within them (M. Ingalhalikar et alProc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 111, 823–828; 2014). However, the map omits the vast majority of connections that did not differ between the study’s adolescent participants; nor did it control for puberty-related maturation or, once again, for brain size, all of which reduces apparent male–female difference.

Cultural paths

So if it’s not brain hard-wiring, how do we explain the often stark differences in behaviour and interests between men and women? Here is where we get to Rippon’s thesis on the impact of a gendered world on the human brain. She builds her case in four loosely defined parts, from the sordid history of sex-difference research through modern brain-imaging methods, the emergence of social cognitive neuroscience and the surprisingly weak evidence for brain sex differences in newborns. Rippon shows how children’s “cerebral sponges” probably differentiate thanks to the starkly pink-versus-blue cultures in which they are soaked from the moment of prenatal sex reveal.

Part 4 brings us into the twenty-first century, although not to any happy ending. It focuses on women in science and technology, and how the gendered world — including the professionalization of science and a masculine stereotype of “brilliance” — has impeded their entry into, and advancement across, this high-status realm. Talented women are regarded as “workhorses”, men as “feral geniuses”, a distinction that children internalize by the age of six, according to research by Lin Bian, Sarah-Jane Leslie and Andrei Cimpian (L. Bian et alAm. Psychol. 73, 1139–1153; 2018). And all of this factors into the brain-building cycle of differential expectations, self-confidence and risk-taking that drives boys and girls down different trajectories of career and success.

Changing minds

This final focus explains the book’s subtitle, ‘The New Neuroscience that Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain’. For a volume about debunking brain difference, why narrow it to women? At first, I thought it was a stab at Louann Brizendine’s 2006 The Female Brain, skewered in these very pages (R. M. Young and E. Balaban Nature 443, 634; 2006). Or perhaps it’s to underscore how ‘the female brain’ has been sized up as a strange variant of the real thing, much as we refer to a ‘female physicist’ or ‘female surgeon’.

Whatever the subtitle, the book accomplishes its goal of debunking the concept of a gendered brain. The brain is no more gendered than the liver or kidneys or heart. Towards the end, Rippon flirts with the implications of this finding for the growing number of people transitioning or living between current binary gender categories. But for now, she concludes, most of us remain strapped in the “biosocial straitjackets” that divert a basically unisex brain down one culturally gendered pathway or another.

Death Cults and the Tranzpocalypse

Death Cults and the Tranzpocalypse

By Madam Nomad, December 26, 2019

Of course I can’t sue UIOWA. Nobody would ever take the case, just like they wouldn’t take a case on my behalf against the social service agencies that are implementing the corporate gender cult without consulting the victims who will be affected by banishing the legal definition of sex. Just like no lawyer would take a case against the medical industry for poisoning me for money or take a case (without my paying for it with my vagina, thanks, Alan Rosenfeld!) against my incestuous pedophile father. It’s all the same corporate, woman-hating, male supremacist shit cake.

I was deeply traumatized by having to repress my horror at seeing so many mutilated and poisoned young women on the UIOWA campus where I was an art student. I wrote one last email to some of the faculty to wind up my experience at that institution.

TO: tj-dedeaux-norris, monique-dicarlo@uiowa.edu, rachel-williams, s-mcguire

Final Statement

Hello,

I am writing in order to make a final statement about my experience at the School of Art and Art History at The University of Iowa. Below I have included two of the images that deeply traumatized me. The appropriate human response to encountering a person who has cut off their penis or their breasts is shock, horror, fear and disgust. I am having completely normal human reactions to being confronted with evidence that the university and the faculty enable the mutilation and poisoning of young people who have sex problems. In the years since the spring of 2017 I have watched the horrible new corporate gender cult take over this entire university. I have watched instructors enable this madness. I do understand that you are financially dependent on this patriarchal corporate institution and you have to do what you are told.
I am telling you that you are supporting corporate genocide and eugenics and the erasure of every right that women like me worked our asses off to attain. And I am disgusted with all of you. I refuse to go along with the abusive, pedophilic Queer Theory baloney. You have silenced me. Thanks a fucking bunch.
Madam Nomad
This is a photo of a painting by a young woman at SAAH who has joined the social contagion that tells her sexed bodies are imaginary.

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And this is a clay plaque made at the SAAH clay studio which depicts a young woman who has cut off her own breasts. The inscription says NOT SORRY. I seem to be the only sane person left on this planet who is capable of normal human reactions to atrocities. This made me want to vomit. What is wrong with you that you can’t feel anything. Or is it the money and the power of your sinecures that has rendered you insensible to the horror in front of your faces?
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The cluster of folks at the education factory are never going to admit they are wrong and that corporate genderist ideology is one big monstrous circle-jerk. As is it they are all too busy lying to students about what is actually happening to the biosphere and instead taking money to train them for a future they know very well does not exist.

I guess I am grateful that I can make connections and see the whole monster for what it is. I don’t understand how humans got so far out of balance and out of touch with their own bodies. It is what it is.

Death Tranz

There was a tranz-identified female standing at the door to the milk cooler at John’s Market the other afternoon. At first I didn’t clock her because she had an acquired throat bulge, but then again, I WAS subconsciously alerted to check out the bulge.

Then I saw her ahead of me at the checkout and sure enough, when she spoke I could hear the Donald Duck T-voice and as she walked out I saw her wide hips sway and the slenderness of her arms and delicate hands. She had flashed me a warning look as I walked up to the cooler and I realize now that she recognized me because I am the famous hated icon of the local mutilation cult.

I can’t do one damned thing about the death wish that these young girls and women have. They really believe they can “die” as a female and come back magically resurrected as a man. I have no difficulty seeing the connection between the self-harming social contagion that is being sold by the billionaire Tranz Masters and the scourge of my generation of women, which was self-abuse/self-annihilation through starvation. I have noticed that many of the females on testosterone with disfiguring chest surgery are way too thin. The waif I encountered at John’s had hipbones like knives and very bad skin.

One funny thing I notice about these girls is that they all wear the same uniform. They are attempting to emulate the look of the 1940’s James Dean, denim and slicked back hair and a pack of camels rolled up in their tee shirt sleeve. Because of course this is all about transcending sexual stereotypes, remember? That’s how they try to sell this religion to the kids.

And here’s little ditty I made up, to the tune of KICKS, by Paul Revere and the Raiders:

Chorus: Doncha know that Tranz just keeps
Getting harder to find
And all that Tranz
Ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind.
Before ya find out it’s too late-
Better not tempt fate!

So ya think yr gonna find yrself
A little piece of non-binary bliss?
But, it ain’t happened yet,
So, kid, just remember this:

That all the Tranz won’t give you
Any peace of mind,
And the steroid rush
Will destroy your sorry behind.
Before ya find out it’s too late-
Better not tempt
fate!

Doncha see no matter what ya do, you’ll never run away from you, and if ya keep on tryin’ you’ll have to pay the price!

Chorus

Transgenderism, Neoliberalism and Rape Culture: Brisbane talk

Transgenderism, Neoliberalism and Rape Culture: Brisbane talk

by Renee Gerlich

Below is the text of a twelve-minute talk I gave in Brisbane on October 12, 2019. The talk can be viewed here. The event was hosted by the International Women’s Day Brisbane/Meanjin committee, and the other presentations on transgenderism and rape culturelesbian erasurewomen’s reproductive rightssports and the left, can be found on their YouTube channel.

PODCAST on Soundcloud by Women’s Voices. HERE

I have been trying to speak on this issue for four years in New Zealand, and because of vicious and persistent censorship and smearing, I haven’t managed to speak openly like this yet. So thank you Anna, and everyone who is speaking, for inviting me here and making space for me.

Because many people still believe that the spread of transgender ideology represents a harmless fad, a phase, or a problem of youth culture or social media, I have chosen to talk about the wider context and conditions that have allowed this ideology to take hold. Transgenderism is a predatory and authoritarian neoliberal ideology, and one that couldn’t take hold outside of the context of rape culture. I want to make this as clear as I can in ten minutes.

The first point to make about neoliberalism is that it is basically synonymous with globalisation, and with corporatisation. It is not just a flawed economic policy. It is a corporate backlash against the political left and a tool of colonisation.

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw the rise of a strong political left, indigenous renaissance movements, workers unions, successful independence struggles that ousted colonisers, anti-war protest, and women’s rights movements.

By the 1980s, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund had a response. They adopted policies that would reverse the progress these movements made. They began to hand out financial loans to governments on the condition that they undergo what is euphemistically called “structural adjustment,” for the benefit of multinational corporations. “Structural adjustment” is a term to ponder in relation to this issue.

This structural adjustment has three basic components. Firstly, governments have had to make natural resources, lands, and public infrastructure available for purchase by foreign corporations. Secondly, they are compelled to drastically cut back public spending on health, education, welfare and social services. Lastly, regulations and legal protections that restrict corporate profiteering, like laws that protect workers from exploitation, need to be removed. This is neoliberalism: the commodification of nature, and the removal and defunding of social services, ramped up for the age of multinational corporations.

Neoliberalism, and its so-called structural adjustments, are packaged with rhetoric about freedom. The story is that a so-called “free” market in which private sector employers face minimal barriers to profiteering, fosters job and opportunity creation, and a “trickle down” effect, that gradually enables the empowerment of the self-made individual or employee, and “choice” for consumers.

In her book The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein points out that people – especially people who have been fighting centuries for freedom – don’t actually take these sorts of reforms lying down. So, alongside propaganda, disaster conditions have been crucial for imposing neoliberalism worldwide. That’s why Klein calls neoliberalism “disaster capitalism.” Structural adjustment often follows a state of emergency – a natural disaster, or a military invasion or coup.

Multinationals and profiteers in agribusiness and tourism move in and benefit. And because women are made especially vulnerable when land is sold off and degraded, subsistence lifestyles are destroyed, wages drop, and welfare and healthcare are harder to access, one of the industries that has profited most from neoliberalisation is prostitution. The global sex trade lobby is extremely strong at the moment, and of course in a neoliberal climate, it sells us the idea that prostitution is legitimate business, and that pimps are just job creators in an industry we are now supposed to call “sex work” and perceive to be empowering for women as individuals, disregarding the factors of poverty, land theft, sexism and rape.

Combine this with tourism and the internet, and you have huge industries in sex tourism, trafficking and pornography. One in ten websites are porn sites. The industry is worth more than the combined revenue of the top ten web technology companies. To encourage porn consumption, porn is also normalised through mainstream media. All of this fuels a climate of male sexual entitlement, rape and violation, objectification, body hatred, dissociation, dysphoria and anorexia.

These are the disaster conditions that transgender ideology exploits, and that enable whole populations to buy into the idea that not only can women be bought and sold like products, but womanhood itself is a commodity to which men should be entitled. Transgenderism is a neoliberal ideology that treats the natural fact of biological sex itself as something to be ploughed over and substituted with the cash crop of gender identity. It is empowering for the individual to reject biological sex and substitute it for a customised gender that expresses one’s own essential tastes, like your clothes and shoes are meant to do, and even your car, your cellphone screen protector and your toothbrush.

The mindless mantra “transwomen are women” encapsulates both the ideology and attitudes of transgenderism, and the neoliberal zeitgeist, in three words. It implies the destruction of nature, of biology, of our own bodies – including through the radical mastectomies increasingly conducted on adolescent girls, mainly lesbians. It is based on the commodification of women, and it leads to the removal of legal protections and social supports designated for women and based on sex, and using this mantra like a threat – because if you don’t accept it, you are a bigot – men are colonising women’s hard-won spaces, organisations, movements and safehouses as well as lesbian culture.

This mantra is also having the effect of consolidating the domestication of the whole political left – peace groups, unions, socialist organisations –and assimilating them with the establishment as they commit to and prioritise transgender mythology, purge feminists and independent, critical thinkers from their ranks, and build stronger ties to the liberal political parties and big money also promoting gender identity and funding the Pride Parades.

In this way, the lie that “transwomen are women” is the neoliberal answer to the myth of the resurrection within the Catholic church. It is the one crazy thing you need to accept, these days, to demonstrate that despite whatever else you believe in or work toward, you are ultimately willing to surrender your critical faculties and submit to power and groupthink.

People would never buy the ideas that “men can get pregnant,” or that a “lesbian can have a penis,” outside of the disaster conditions we feminists call rape culture – the conditions of, male sexual entitlement; a woman being raped, somewhere in the world, every second of the day; normalised porn, objectification, dysphoria, body hatred.

In a culture that honoured women, cared for children, and grounded in the natural world, the spread of transgender ideology would not occur.

Voltaire’s famous warning that “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities” is also pertinent. Despite all these large scale pop-up social movements taking place throughout the West at the moment, it is actually a dangerous and threatening climate we live in – a climate in which the absurdities of transgenderism are promoted so widely, while they cause such serious harm, and are taboo to question. Women who speak out now face ostracism and losing their livelihoods at the hands of the very same people who are currently joining mass movements that claim to fight for the planet and social justice.

Yet as Audre Lorde famously said, “your silence will not protect you.” So to women out there holding their tongues to stay safe, I say, we are living in an era of rising authoritarianism, and this ideology is one vehicle for it. You need to find your sisters. Now is the time to speak the truth where you can, in spite of those who will turn on you or who refuse to offer you solidarity – and find your sisters. We are here, we are healing and finding our voices together, and we want you among us.

The Green Flame, Podcast 12/03/19

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In this episode of The Green Flame, we focus on radical feminism. We speak with Saba Malik and Lierre Keith, with Aimee and Kara in the UK, and with Renee Gerlich in Aotearoa (New Zealand). This episode features music from Beth Quist and poetry by Dominique Christina. Special thanks to Beth Quist and Elizabeth R. for help with this episode. Radical feminism is a branch of feminism that emphasizes the historical and contemporary importance of patriarchy as a system of oppression, and works to dismantle it by advocating for reproductive rights, fighting pornography and prostitution, opposing male violence, fighting back against the oppressive system of gender, and more. Radical feminism also ties together analysis of economic class, race, and other hierarchies within society. Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/CZWbD/

This is a video of the performance of Period Poem by Dominique Christina

Thorns In Thistle’s Side

Thistle Pettersen: How I Became the Most Hated Folk Singer in Madison

  

 

Thistle Pettersen, eco-feminist and singer/songwriter, describes how she was demonised and hounded out of venues for her feminist views and activism.

On January 21st, 2017, I attended the Madison, Wisconsin Women’s March, holding a sign I’d made for the occasion. In dried out black and red markers, I’d written, “Don’t Believe the Hype!! Transactivism is Misogyny!” on a piece of cardboard I found in the dumpster that morning.

As a result, I have been ostracized in my community, forced out of my job, and banned from playing music at various venues in my city. The experience has left me shocked and bewildered, not to mention angry and hurt. How could my own friends and community attack me in such an aggressive way, or simply turn and walk in the other direction?

My Roots of Activism and Music in the City

I have lived in Madison for most of my life. I remember growing up in an environment that was thoughtful, civil, and concerned about social justice. At church, I was encouraged to think about those less fortunate than me and work to make things better in the world. I volunteered at homeless shelters as a teen, spending time with the many people in my community who modelled kindness and concern for the poor.

This childhood, surrounded by caring, liberal activists, influenced me to engage in progressive activist organizations and projects as an adult. In 1988, my focus shifted to environmental problems and the fossil fuels and resource extraction industries behind much of the environmental destruction in my state. I worked for Greenpeace as a canvasser the summer of 1990, learning a lot about letter-writing campaigns, petitions, and non-violent direct action to stop environmental destruction. For years, I participated in environmentalist groups on the University of Wisconsin campus and did progressive organizing through the Madison InfoShop, an activism-focused collective.

In 2017, I was thriving both as a musician and an activist/organizer—contributing and creating in ways I felt called to do. I performed live music and puppet shows at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, and was working with Madison Action for Mining Alternatives (MAMA), an organization I co-founded. I was also a singer/songwriter with my band Thistle & Thorns. I was energized by what I could do as a musician and community organizer. I felt acceptance and a sense of purpose, and assumed my activist friends and neighbours valued my contributions and would stick by my side.

Speaking Out on Transgender Politics

The morning of the 2017 Women’s March, I woke up knowing the moment was ripe for the message that trans activism is harmful. Myself and the other women involved in Women’s Liberation Radio News (WLRN)—a collective producing a monthly radio show—had been seeing more and more people getting fed up with trans activism. Many of us called this “peak trans”—that moment when you realize “trans rights” are not really about supporting a marginalized population, but about undermining the rights of girls and women and bullying people into accepting transgender ideology. Some people come to their “peak trans” moment after realizing gender identity legislation allows males to be in women’s prisons, locker rooms, and homeless shelters. For others it may be seeing a man win a weightlifting competition in the women’s division. Some may have had enough after learning about the case of Dana Rivers, a trans-identified man who murdered a lesbian couple and their adopted son in 2016, yet was referred to as a woman in media and police accounts, thus skewing violent crime statistics.

While a few brave women have been speaking out for years, recently, more and more people have been catching on and getting angry.

As I excitedly interacted with friends at the pussy-hat-infused Women’s March that year, I received only positive responses to my sign. Some women said, “Wow! You are brave to hold that sign, but right on! I agree with you 100 percent,” while others gave me the thumbs up and cheered.

I only held the sign for about 20 minutes, walking through the crowd once and using it as a photo op. Afterwards, I posted pictures of me with the sign on Facebook. It was these photos that caused a backlash against me, and ultimately led to my ostracization in Madison. Though this wasn’t the first time…

My first “crime” was a 2014 interview with (now retired) political science professor and lesbian feminist, Sheila Jeffreys. She talked with me about her new book, Gender Hurts: a Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism for a radio segment I produced on WORT 89.9 FM’s Access Hour. In the lead-up to that show, local trans activists labelled Jeffreys’ work (and mine, as host) “hate speech” and “trans misogyny.” They demanded I cancel my show. I refused, and, rather than cave, I felt further inspired to defend myself and Jeffreys, and to educate my activist friends.

I lost a lot of social standing in Madison after the interview aired, but lost even more after I produced a radio documentary for WORT in 2015, called, “The Sounds of Michfest 2015.” I interviewed dozens of women attending the last Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival in order to preserve the herstory of that event. I received a lot of praise from the MichFest community and lesbian listeners for the documentary, but shortly after it aired I was banned from the radio station by WORT board president Steve Ringwood, “till the board as a whole can visit the issues raised by several people.” Fortunately, the ban only lasted a month.

Transactivists Silence My Music 

In early 2016, Gretchen Wheat, a friend and prominent figure in Madison community theatre, circulated a petition at the Crystal Corner Bar to get me a regular music show. This grassroots effort led by Wheat, who was energized to continue to help me recover my reputation in our progressive community and music scene, was a powerful and effective action. Over 60 people signed in support, saying they would like to see me perform my original music at the bar once a month.

In May, the show was granted, giving me access to a wide audience of music lovers and friends. I felt like I had regained my reputation and music career — I was performing with a new band, Thistle & Thorns, and we had an album in the works. I also felt it was safe to continue with my message that trans activism and gender identity politics harm the rights and protections of girls and women outside of the venue. I kept the promise to never express my feminist views while performing at the Crystal, so did not think those who disagree with me would try to harm my regular show.

Despite my efforts to keep politics out of the bar, in February 2017, Joe Lambert, the booking agent for the bar, cancelled my show due to me holding the “transactivism is misogyny” sign at the Women’s March. In an email, he wrote, “We have been getting many complaints of your political views, including multiple reports of your loud talking, off mic, in the corner of the bar.” I had been going to the Crystal as a regular customer for years, making friends with the other regulars like Wheat, networking, and talking about many things, including all of the hullabaloo over me interviewing feminists on the community radio station. As I had implicitly agreed to not bring politics to my shows, those conversations were always off the mic.

The “many complaints” were likely coming from people signed up for this Facebook event that invited people to go to the bar to disrupt my performance.

The announcement of my show’s cancellation on the Crystal Corner Bar Facebook page was met with cheers from dozens of local patrons and activists. Activist Bill Anderson, a former keyboardist in my band Thistle & Thorns, publicly bragged that he and his posse “successfully de-platformed a local TERF.”

As a social media activist, musician, community organizer, and friend to so many in Madison, I was devastated.

I played a total of nine months with my name on the marquee, lit up at night. This was a significant thing to celebrate for my music career, and were it not for the interference of people who were not even coming to my shows, I would still be playing in my corner of the neighbourhood today.

Relentless Persecution and Smear campaigns by Trans Activists 

These harassers and bullies not only targeted my music career, but my environmental organizing and activism. Like I mentioned earlier, I co-founded and worked for five years with Madison Action for Mining Alternatives (MAMA). In February 2017, the Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice & Sustainability (WNPJS), an umbrella organization for hundreds of Wisconsin-based social justice, anti-war and environmentalist organizations including MAMA, released a statement, accusing me of “targeting trans people” and promoting “hatred of trans people.” They offered no evidence to support these claims. Dozens of Madison community members piled on with defamatory comments accusing me of being “no different than a white nationalist” and saying my actions are “inherently violent and are hurting trans people.” Some said my work for environmental causes and in the indigenous solidarity movement was worthless because “dead children can’t drink the water, Thistle” (a reference to the trans activist claim that society must affirm transitioning kids to prevent them from committing suicide).

Local “activists” bombarded the organizing committee of the very successful Pipeline Fighters’ Benefit Extravagana, which I spent months organizing in 2016-2017, to prevent my band and a song of mine from being featured that day. They demanded I step down as a performer and threatened to condemn the associated environmental organizations as supporters of “transphobia” if I failed to do so. The committee buckled, and I “voluntarily” stepped down from singing at the show.

Because WNPJS, a well-known and reputable progressive, anti-racist, anti-war, pro-immigrant and pro-environmental umbrella organization for the entire state of Wisconsin, made the decision not to support me, other major social, cultural, and political organizations, community-based businesses, and entertainment organizations followed suit. I lost my regular show at the Crystal Corner Bar after the WNPJS statement was issued, in addition to other shows I had booked around town.

Boldly Moving Forward with Community Radio

After staying away from WORT for two years, I returned to produce another show during WORT’s Access Hour, featuring interviews I did with Meghan Murphy and Julie Bindel. I had thought the tides had turned a bit, and that it was safe to engage my community in discussion about gender identity laws and the harms of pornography and prostitution in an open-minded and intellectual setting. Naively, during my public persecution, I believed there may have just been a misunderstanding about my views, and that with enough open civil dialogue and discussion, people would come to their senses and be supportive, or at least support civil dialogue around these ideas.

This single hour-long program aired in March 2018, and resulted in more defamation, slander, and libel against me than any before. The WORT board of directors released a formal written apology to the “Transgender Community” for airing my show. At the WORT public board of directors’ meeting in March 2018, Emily Mills, journalist with Our Lives Magazine, Dylan Brogan of the Isthmus magazine, and Nathan MQuillen, paid staff at WORT 89.9 FM, in addition to others, spoke disparagingly of my character, calling me “less-than-honest,” “harmful,” and a “TERF.” I was not informed that the meeting was taking place and was unaware of this defamation at the time. Mills followed up her statements at the WORT board meeting with a libelous piece that was circulated in print and online for two months accusing me of promoting “anti-transgender and anti-sex worker bigotry” and claiming I have “a storied history of lashing out at the transgender community in Madison.”

I refused to apologize or to legitimize the claims that I or the women I interviewed were “harmful” and “lashing out,” and these community members continued to smear and blackball me, and others joined in the dog pile. A regular monthly show with my band at Common Ground was suddenly cancelled after the owner received an onslaught of slanderous email. In letting me go, the owner noted that, “because our whole mission is to be as inclusive and welcoming as we can, I don’t think it will be a good fit…”

After receiving bullying complaints about me for months, I was banned from playing at the open mic at Bos Meadery. Colleen Bos, the bar’s owner, told me in an August 2018 private message, “We disagree about trans women, but that doesn’t matter. Our stage is about welcoming people to the healing power of music and that requires everyone to respond rationally when confronted with someone they don’t like…people have asked us to ban you for your outside views.” According to one employee, the bar had been receiving complaints for months that I “hate transgender people.”

I began feeling hopeful again the fall of 2018 that I could re-enter the public sphere as a musician in a neighbourhood sanctioned group, the East Side Acoustic Ensemble (ESAE) that performs at the Wil-Mar. Six months had passed since the Murphy and Bindel interview aired and a year and a half had passed since I held the sign at the Women’s March, so hadn’t their obsession with destroying my ability to play unrelated music in public waned with time?

I spoke with the director ahead of time about the gang in Madison that harrasses and defames me. He said that if I could leave politics at the door and just play music, that I was in.

For a brief time, I felt embraced and safe enough to just let go and enjoy playing music with the group. However, Wil-Mar Development Director Beatrice Hadidian soon got involved, writing to the ESAE Director, Ritt Dietz, that the “…Center does not allow Thistle the opportunity to perform at Wil-Mar…we cannot in good faith provide a stage or space for individuals who exercise bigotry, discrimination and hatred towards Trans women and Trans men in our community.” As ESAE regularly performs at the Wil-Mar, I was let go from the group.

The “evidence” Ms. Hadidian provided for my “hatred, bigotry and discrimination” was from my Facebook page. She provided no further support for this accusation. Trans activists were quick to cheer the ban and declared victory.

Comments on the post declared me a “fascist” and warned I need “a new zip code preferably in the woods away from people.” One such comment came from trans-rights activist Christine Elaine, whom I had worked with in 2013 at the Madison Infoshop and who was known as “Christopher Books” at the time. Christine is the singer of local band Dumpster Dick, a term defined by the Urban Dictionary as, “A guy who will fuck the fattest, skankiest, dirtiest chick at the bar, because as he puts it, ‘fat pussy is better than no pussy.’” The band came out with a statement explaining that their use of the term “Dumpster Dick” does not mean this.

My picture has been used, without my permission, to promote local bands, including Dumpster Dick, on the Madison Degenderettes’ Facebook page.

Despite multiple complaints to Facebook for violating their community standards, these pictures of me have not been taken down from Dumpster Dick’s Facebook page nor from the Madison Degenderettes page.

What my Women’s March Sign was Trying to Say

My “Transactivism is Misogyny” sign I held at the 2017 Women’s March was one of the main reasons WNPJS issued a defamatory statement in February 2017, which is still online, and for the relentless vitriol directed at me. So what was my sign trying to say?

Trans activism has consistently advocated for the silencing of feminist analysis and news in public media forums, for “gender-correcting” hormones and plastic surgery for healthy-bodied children, especially girls, and it pushes for changes in federal and local laws that erase the dictionary definition of the word “woman” in favour of accepting the ideology that some men are actually women.

Feminists, of course, view “gender identity” as a conflation of sex and gender that undermines feminist analysis of both, under patriarchy. “Gender” is a term used to refer to a system of stereotypes and roles for males and females that, under patriarchy, keep women subordinate to men.

Feminists advocate for this distinction between sex and gender to remain in our legal language and for sex-based protections and rights for women, as the oppressed and subordinated sex.

Our opposition to trans activism, and view that trans activism is misogynistic, is not based on “hate,” but on a long history of feminist analysis and a commitment to ensuring women’s sex-based rights.

Why is blatant and rampant misogyny sanctioned by Madison “progressive” institutions and businesses? And why does so-called “transphobia” trump misogyny in the oppression olympics? I am here — a community member, lover of music and theatre, giver of songs, and organizer for the common good. The activist blood in my veins makes me determined to recover from years of smear campaigns and sing again. You can hate weeds, but we are strong and not easily eradicated.

Bio: I am a singer/songwriter, environmental activist and founding member of  Women’s Liberation Radio News, a collective that has produced a monthly feminist news podcast since May 2016. To all the leftists, radicals, creatives, musicians, critical thinkers and non-conformists in Madison: Join me! Working and playing for the real deal is much more fun than defaming and ostracizing individuals and calling it “activism.” Learn more about my current goal of getting the ban lifted from the Wil-Mar neighborhood center at DefendFeminists.net. While you explore the site, be sure to sign the petition!

Suing UIOWA For Sex Discrimination Under Title lX

I am seriously considering suing the University of Iowa for falling down on it’s commitment to enforce Title Xl in education. I am publishing a series of emails that were written in consideration of this issue.
The first two letters were written to my instructors at UIOWA’s School of Art and Art History where I have been a non-traditional student. I wrote them in response to seeing a piece of art doen by a woman who had mutilated herself to prove some point or other about freedom and liberation from sex roles. I am a survivor of extreme sexual abuse and torture throughout my early childhood and I am being traumatized by the sudden appearance of hordes of mutilated women who are in the corporate-backed Eugenic Mutilation Cult here on campus. 
FIRST LETTER:
Hello Rachel, Jen and TJ,
I have decided it’s time for me to come out of the closet, as it were. I have been very disturbed by the takeover of Women’s Studies by Queer Theory and Gender Ideology. I was around in the 1970’s when Women’s Studies was first being organized at SUNY Buffalo. I took courses at the newly formed Women’s Studies College. I even taught a course at one of the “colleges” that were formed in response to student uprisings. The course was designed by the ex husband of my mentor. He was the head of Tolstoy College and the course I taught as an undergrad under his auspices was called “The Politic of Daily Life”. Charlie Haynie and Roena Haynie (my mentor) were part of the movement to register Black voters in the South during the 60’s. They came to SUNYAB to help set up the new colleges system.
Much life happened and eventually I came to the point of being able to sue my father for incest, with the express purpose of bring this hidden crime out into the open and stiffening laws to protect kids. Here is a link to an essay I wrote summarizing the action.
Then more life happened and I found myself in Iowa City and I learned about Queer Theory and Gender Ideology. I am not happy about what I discovered. I see that women’s spaces have been disappeared and that I am forbidden to raise an objection about this development. I did considerable research into the entire phenomenon. The thing that disturbed me most of all was the discovery that Queer Theorists such as Foucault, Butler and Califia are on board with sexually abusing children. Because Queer Theory is based in the idea that ALL social norms must be violated. But I as a mom and I know that children need boundaries and they need to be shielded from sexual vampires.
This video explains the nuts and bolts of Queer Theory and it’s connection with pedophilia. Derrick Jensen is a writer who researches and reports on the systematic murder of all life on Earth. His book  A Language Older Than Words helped me come to terms with my own abuse and how that abuse is connected to mass ecocide. He has been no-platformed because he centers the concerns of those of us with XX chromosomes and knows that sex change is a eugenic hoax.  An excellent book that reveals the artificial (capitalist) origins of this latest social contagion is The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male by that Great Old Crone Janice Raymond. I recently reread this book after a 30 year interval. You can borrow it from me if you like.
Here is a video of a talk that I gave at the Iowa City Senior Center last spring about the atrocity of transing children.  This ideology is a patriarchal artefact with the same old patriarchal intention of mutilating women and exploiting both women and children.  And as such I must protest that UIOWA is promoting the lie that sex is imaginary but sex slave hierarchy roles are Eternal Platonic Ideals.
Because pretending to be the opposite sex and buying body parts and endocrine poisons from medical corporations liberates nobody.
Here is a recent video interview of an endocrinologist discussing his experience with being pressured to prescribe poison to children.
 I am including this photo I took of a piece of art made by a young woman who is a student here at SAAH. She is announcing to the world that she is NOT SORRY that some asshole of a doctor chopped off her breasts. If your students were celebrating cutting off their ears or fingers, what would you do? Why is that nobody at this school sees that this is an horrific atrocity?This is NAZI DOCTORING. This is EUGENICS.
Well I do understand why none of you are resisting transgender ideology and why you are promoting the lies of this newest permutation of patriarchal religion. (Mutilating genitals/women is THE CORE of patriarchal religions. There is nothing feminist or liberating about any of this.)
This is an essay by a feminist who has been purged by the leftist community for stating objective facts about reality. So, I do understand why people don’t speak up. I have been public about wanting to stop this terrible human rights violation and I have to deal with hostility from the cult members every day. The mutilated girls come into the studio and stare at me and get into my physical space in order to threaten me. As if I am going to take away their drugs and force them to sew their tits back on.
Finally, I encourage you to go back to the Foremothers of the Feminist Movement and refresh your intelligence.
Respectfully, In Essential Female Integrity,
Madam Nomad
The instructors EACH waited 5 days before they acknowledged receipt of my letter and then were non-committal about the content. So I wrote another letter.
SECOND LETTER:
Hello,
Transgender ideology was invented by the capitalist medical priesthood. Young women are signing up to have themselves mutilated, poisoned and sterilized. This is what patriarchy always does to women. Women who are saying they are really men are suffering from the same syndrome that gave us ritual clitoridectomy, footbinding, and the witchcraze. IT IS THE SAME FUCKING THING. And I can’t stand it one more second. I particularly can’t stand the cowardice on the part of educated women who have studied women’s history. Transgenderism is a eugenic atrocity NOT a lovely new way for people to be free. This is what patriarchy does: it sells death and destruction as liberation. Maybe you are blind to all of the mutilated girls walking around campus, but I am not. It is a constant waking horror for me.
I spoke out to the various agencies around town that had been set up to help women overcome our sex-based oppression, RVAP and WRAC in particular, when they started implementing the programs of INCLUSION – which simply means lying about people’s sex and enabling their pathology. I can’t avail myself of programs at these agencies because I don’t want males born with penises and raised as little princes who are entitled to women’s time and energy (and SOAKED IN PORN!) to be sitting in as I talk about being fucked by my father. And GENDER is a system of sexual slavery, not a groovy little role-playing game.
And now my ability to attend classes has been compromised because this evil cult has targeted me for saying in public that it is wrong to cut up and poison and sterilize children who don’t conform to sex slave stereotypes.  I know who they are. They know who I am. They are NOT PASSING, mostly because they have all adopted the same style as part of the cult uniform.  And because I am an artist my eye is trained to see subtleties in human bodies – that, and my hyperawareness of people’s sexuality that was trained into me by all that rape. It’s a survival thing. I have to know who is packing dick.
I am sure that you know some nice people who are lying about their sex and harming themselves with corporate technologies. Nice people can also be very sick. And clueless people who can’t think for themselves can enable other people’s sickness all the while thinking they are being supportive.
I have decided that I have to bring a lawsuit against the university for violating my Title Xl rights. This university, which is supposed to teaching truth, science and critical thinking, is gaslighting everyone by promoting the lie that people can change their sex and need special protection in order to do this.  My rights as a victim of lifelong sex discrimination and serial rape and abuse by males are being massively violated.
FYI, I don’t care about grades. I came to learn the technical skills I needed in order to be able to make a graphic record of the events of my life. I have seen that Phoebe Gloeckner did a much better job of showing child sexual exploitation than I ever could. I will return your book through Sabrina.
This is the most recent activism I did that is pissing off the MUTILATI CULT members:
And this is a speech given by the warrior Natasha Chart, member of WoLF (Women’s Liberation Front) at a rally before the Supreme Court on October 8. Yup. It’s Breitbart, because the Left are all balm-palming corporate hacks who don’t give a shit about women and girls. They just want that sweet sweet Big Pharma money to keep flowing in.
One of the instructors contacted the Title Xl co-ordinator on campus, Monique DiCarlo, who then wrote me this letter. You will notice that she has reflexively signed her letter with HER PRONOUNS, which I know very well is a sign that she is in the cult that promotes the idea that sex is an identity and not a physical, objective, biological fact.

Dear Jeanne,

My name is Monique DiCarlo.  My role on campus includes reaching out to individuals who may be impacted by sexual misconduct or sex-based discrimination.  I received information from Professor Williams describing your wish to make a Title IX complaint.  I want to ensure you are linked with supportive resources and are aware of options for addressing concerns you may have.

Please let me know if you are interested in a follow-up meeting. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Monique

Monique DiCarlo, MSW
Sexual Misconduct Response & Title IX Coordinator
455  Van Allen Hall
The University of Iowa
(319) 335-6200

osmrc@uiowa.edu

Pronouns of reference: She/Her/Hers

 

And this is the letter I am drafting in response to Ms. DiCarlo.

Ms DiCarlo:
This university is promoting the lie that people can change their sex and that sex is a feeling and not an objective physical reality. My right to access female only space has been violated because there is no female-only space on this campus, every formerly female space has been transformed into “gender inclusive” space. We are also being told that there are more than two genders, which is a corporate medical invention and not true at at all. Genders are not “identities”, a sexed body is not a costume that you but from a corporate gender store. Gender is a system of slavery created by male-bodied persons in order to force female-bodies persons to perform free labor for males.
These are the moral and legal principles that underlie the battle for female integriity.
This is an analysis of a current case that seeks to establish gender identity as a category that supercedes the reality of sexed bodies. I am a member of WoLF.
Here is my complaint to the director of RVAP about being forced to share female-only with male bodies persons who are lying about what sex they are. At the time I was not a student, but I am now,
What has happened, with the help of large amounts of money from men who own gender enforcement clinics, is that a group of people who represent about .08% of the population, people who are suffering from personality disorders, sexual paraphilias (autogynephilia) and traumatic dissociation/self-harming addictions, have been elevated to the status of holy gender martyrs and their supposed needs and rights are being elevated above the rights and protections that actual women, such as myself, fought and died for.
And what about the one in three girls and young women who come  to this university as incest survivors and sexual assault victims? I see that NO ATTENTION is paid by this university to any special needs that we might have for support. – 33% vs. .08%. And in fact, we we get is corporate gobbledy-gook about “gender-based violence” which conveniently erases the fact that sexual violence is a male pattern crime overwhelmingly committed by males against females. But there is a special organization set up to cater to the needs of this tiny minority of the UIOWA student population.
And this has been accomplished because the university gets millions of dollars to set up and fund a pediatric gender clinic here on campus. I call this place The Eunuch Factory, because they are not, despite their press, changing anyone’s sex, they are removing children’s sex organs and sterilizing them with powerful (untested on kids for long term damage) cancer drugs and steroids, making gay and lesbian kids into sexless simulacrums of the opposite sex, permanently dependent on the corporate medical system.
And I am not supposed to be angry about this eugenic atrocity taking place right in front of my face. There are DOZENS of girls at the School of Art and Art History right now who are poisoning themselves with testosterone and having ghoulish greedy doctors chop off their tits. (<-This is a local girl who attends UIOWA) What if kids suddenly started chopping off their fingers or their ears? Would you all support this as evidence of wokeness and inclusion and freedom? Would you silence people like me who can clearly see this is a HORROR and an atrocity and not FREEDOM and LIBERATION?
Here are two recent photos that I took of artwork made by troubled women at SAAH. This is a cry for help, not a beautiful statement reflecting her inner being
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And this is a clay plaque that is a celebrating cutting off one’s tits.
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Ms DiCarlo:
This university is promoting the lie that people can change their sex and that sex is a feeling and not an objective physical reality. My right to access female only space has been violated because there is no female-only space on this campus, every formerly female space has been transformed into “gender inclusive” space. We are also being told that there are more than two genders, which is a corporate medical invention and not true at at all. Genders are not “identities”, a sexed body is not a costume that you but from a corporate gender store. Gender is a system of slavery created by male-bodied persons in order to force female-bodies persons to perform free labor for males.
These are the moral and legal principles that underlie the battle for female integriity.
This is an analysis of a current case that seeks to establish gender identity as a category that supercedes the reality of sexed bodies. I am a member of WoLF.
Here is my complaint to the director of RVAP about being forced to share female-only with male bodies persons who are lying about what sex they are. At the time I was not a student, but I am now,
What has happened, with the help of large amounts of money from men who own gender enforcement clinics, is that a group of people who represent about .08% of the population, people who are suffering from personality disorders, sexual paraphilias (autogynephilia) and traumatic dissociation/self-harming addictions, have been elevated to the status of holy gender martyrs and their supposed needs and rights are being elevated above the rights and protections that actual women, such as myself, fought and died for.
And what about the one in three girls and young women who come  to this university as incest survivors and sexual assault victims? I see that NO ATTENTION is paid by this university to any special needs that we might have for support. – 33% vs. .08%. And in fact, we we get is corporate gobbledy-gook about “gender-based violence” which conveniently erases the fact that sexual violence is a male pattern crime overwhelmingly committed by males against females. But there is a special organization set up to cater to the needs of this tiny minority of the UIOWA student population.
And this has been accomplished because the university gets millions of dollars to set up and fund a pediatric gender clinic here on campus. I call this place The Eunuch Factory, because they are not, despite their press, changing anyone’s sex, they are removing children’s sex organs and sterilizing them with powerful (untested on kids for long term damage) cancer drugs and steroids, making gay and lesbian kids into sexless simulacrums of the opposite sex, permanently dependent on the corporate medical system.
And I am not supposed to be angry about this eugenic atrocity taking place right in front of my face. There are DOZENS of girls at the School of Art and Art History right now who are poisoning themselves with testosterone and having ghoulish greedy doctors chop off their tits. (<-This is a local girl who attends UIOWA) What if kids suddenly started chopping off their fingers or their ears? Would you all support this as evidence of wokeness and inclusion and freedom? Would you silence people like me who can clearly see this is a HORROR and an atrocity and not FREEDOM and LIBERATION?
Here are two recent photos that I took of artwork made by troubled women at SAAH. This is a cry for help, not a beautiful statement reflecting her inner being
IMG_2524.JPG
And this is a clay plaque that is a celebrating cutting off one’s tits.
not-sorry.jpg
What’s the tort here? I am not sure. I will tell you that I feel like sensitive Germans must have felt during the second world war when they noticed their neighbors wearing yellow stars and they knew this meant they were marked for extermination. These girls will die terrible deaths at a young age from bone disorders, cancer and other problems associated with endocrine damage created by synthetic corporate steroids.
I any case I have been severely traumatized by what I have seen and experienced here on the campus and I am unable to attend classes because of it. But because billionaires are not funding a push to stop incest and the sexual abuse of children, my pain gets classified as some kind of BIGOTRY.
So there you have it. You are hurting me and you do not care and you will not listen to why I am absolutely sick with horror over what is happening to young women. And the thing of it is, if this had been a cult 50 years ago I would have signed on in order to escape the pain of being female in a culture that HATES WOMEN and treats us as if we are subhuman. Because it seems to be that the solution is not to change the sexist culture that is killing women, the solution is to poison kids and remove their sex organs and call it SOCIAL JUSTICE.
This is a link to an essay I wrote about the lawsuit I initiated against the incest perpetrator.
Sincerely,
Student
There is no shame in loving your body and being what you are. But that’s not what the University of Iowa is promoting. Here is a pic of members the sexual mutilation cult at UIOWA.
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This is a link to an essay I wrote about the lawsuit I initiated against the incest perpetrator.
Sincerely,
Student
There is no shame in loving your body and being what you are. But that’s not what the University of Iowa is promoting. Here is a pic of members the sexual mutilation cult at UIOWA.
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Iowa Kids at Risk: Arcus Medical Foundation and Iowa Safe Schools

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ACTION: Report the Homophobic Conflation of LGB with the Medical Lifestyle of Transgenderism Being Taught to Children.

 

(I am the individual who attempted to bring attention to the corporate eugenic medical abuse of gay and lesbian children that is being promoted by Iowa Safe Schools. I wrote about my experience here and here. ~ Madam Nomad)

THE ISSUE:
Nate Monson, Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools has threatened to call the authorities on a citizen who expressed concern about the harms of “gender identity” as it is taught in the Safe Schools curriculum. Monson needs to understand:
* that conflating “gender identity” with LGB is a political, profiteering coup orchestrated by the pharmaceutical industry as it interfaces with tech.
* that Iowa Safe Schools teaching that homosexuality is an attraction between people of the same gender (read: not sex) is homophobic and damaging to lesbian and gay students.
*  that teaching “gender identity” ideology promotes the normalization of a medical, drug-dependent lifestyle that interrupts a child’s natural maturation through puberty and locks them into a lifetime of medical dependency, sterilization and shortened lifespans.

Follow the money: Safe Schools received $300,000 in 2011 alone from Arcus Foundation whose LBGT funding is funneled through the founder’s medical corporation worth billions of dollars and other “philanthropists” with direct ties to big pharma, including Ford and Open Society Foundations. The medical scandal of youth gender dysphoria is just starting to come to the fore in mainstream media in the UK, and Italy. It is time for America to step up and end the harm to children caused by the homophobic conflation of LGB with the medical, drug-dependent lifestyle of transgenderism.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Tweet and repost this on social media:
You can also email and/or phone.

TARGETS:

Twitter and FB:
@monsonnate
@iowasafeschools

You can also email: (In order: exec dir; supernitendent; ass’t superintendent; 2nd ass’t superintendent, dir of curriculum; dir of Iowa dept of ed; dir of diversity; board as a group)

nate@iowasafeschools.org,Murley.Stephen@iowacityschools.org,degner.matt@iowacityschools.org,kortemeyer.amy@iowacityschools.org,schumacher.diane@iowacityschools.org,ryan.wise@iowa.gov, gray.laura@iowacityschools.org, Board@iowacityschools.org

Short email script:
I do not support the homophobic medical, drug-dependent lifestyle being taught in your schools under a progressive banner of “inclusiveness”.

Longer email script: copy “The Issue” section above.

You can also phone:
Stephen F. Murley
Superintendent Iowa City Community School District
Phone: (319) 688-1000

Ryan Wise, Director of Iowa Dept of Ed 515-281-3436

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Letter to the editor: Regarding transphobia in the Iowa City community

violetausterlitz-trans-squareThis is Violate Austerlitz’s reply to my blog post. I have made him internationally famous, but do ya think he appreciates it? Narcissists LOVE negative attention. Sorry, Violate but pretending to be the opposite sex is a pile of sexist bullshit and I would not care but your choices are not being made in a vacuum and you are promoting the idea to vulnerable gay and lesbian kids that they were born in the wrong body and must really be tranz. This makes you an evil, sociopathic FUCKER.

Letter to the editor: Regarding transphobia in the Iowa City community

 

By Violet Louisa Austerlitz

By and large, Iowa City is and has been a welcoming and supportive place to live as a transgender woman. But there are still people here who feel the need to commit acts of radical hatred based on their own ignorance. One such person is the author of madamnomad.com, who, among other things, has made a practice of attacking transgender people. This has become a campaign of harassment directed against local organizations that support us, and, lately, against individuals like myself.

Being personally and specifically attacked, misgendered and maligned in ways that are grotesque, false and hateful, is deeply disturbing. It constructs a false narrative that seeks to dehumanize not just me, but all transgender people. If someone chooses to believe that false narrative, I suppose I can’t stop them. But I refuse to let it be the only narrative that exists. My identity and my humanity belong to me, and to me alone. No one has a right to try to take them away from me, or from anybody else.

If you want to know who trans people really are, what we really want and how you can help us, know this first: We’re human beings, and our rights are human rights, and we have always been part of this world. We belong here, no matter where “here” might be. Memorize that. And then go to oneiowa.org, or transequality.org, and learn the truth of who we are and what we face. Our stories are valuable and should never be overshadowed by the voice of someone who operates purely from a place of hatred and ignorance.

And to Madam Nomad, all I can say is — bless your heart. I’m so sorry you feel that way.

Women’s Liberation Front v. United States in re: Title lX Protections For Women

From the WoLF GoFundMe page

From Feminist Current by Susan Cox

Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) is suing the U.S. federal government in order to challenge the recent dissolution of Title IX protections for women and girls in education. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects women and girls from discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal funding.) Since its legislation, Title IX has formed the bedrock of equal educational opportunity in the U.S., necessitating countless reforms to raise the level of opportunity for female persons in an attempt to match what had in the past only been afforded to males.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) recently enacted a policy redefining the legal category of “sex” in Title IX to “gender-identity.” The DOJ and DOE was empowered to make this change based on the premise that it does not constitute a substantive reinterpretation of the original legislation. Women’s Liberation Front disagrees with this premise, asserting that the change presents a radical departure from the core of the legislation’s meaning and function, writing on their fundraising campaign page:

“This [redefinition] effectively renders Title IX meaningless, as females can no longer be recognized as distinct from males. Indeed, Title IX, the legislation used to champion the very creation of female sports, is now being used to dismantle them, as male athletes demand access to female teams, dominating the competition.

The reinterpretation of ‘sex’ to include ‘gender identity’ also means that girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms must be opened up to any male who ‘identifies’ as female. Girls’ rights to personal privacy and freedom from male sexual harassment, forced exposure to male nudity, and voyeurism have been eliminated with the stroke of a pen. Schools that do not comply with the demands of any male student to access protected female spaces will now lose federal funding.”

Two days ago, Women’s Liberation Front launched a gofundme campaign to cover the legal fees for bringing this challenge to the courts. The campaign has already raised over $5,000 in donations.

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