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Living in Tranztopia

transgenderToday I went to the drugstore to pick up supplies to deal with a birthing-related condition that still plagues me 40 years later. Ah, the joys of owning a female body. I came to the counter with my inflatable donut, stool softener, benzocaine and cortisone cream and noticed the cashier behind the counter. This was a tall teenager with a big jaw, wide shoulders, narrow hips, an adam’s apple, chin length styled blonde hair, peach fuzz on his baby fat cheeks and a pair of breasts like golf balls mounted on his chest. He was puffy all over, which I recognize as a side effect of cross sex hormone treatments. Of course I knew I had to pretend everything was just fine and nothing abnormal was going on. The kid had a shy smile and was in nowise one of the “special snowflakes” who threaten to rape and burn TERFS, and I certainly do not blame kids like him for getting railroaded into hormones and surgery as a cure for not fitting into the man box or the woman cage.


I put myself in a state of mild dissociation in order not to betray my actual outrage, paid for my butt supplies and left the store. But all I could think of was that this poor kid, who was probably just a garden variety homosexual who likes ballet (or whatever gender nonconforming thing infuriated his idiot parents) is never going to be a father because the drugs the docs are shooting him up with are destroying his reproductive capacity. That is what puberty blockers and cross sex hormones DO. That is what they were designed to do.


So, basically, this kid is being exploited, experimented on by greedy medical assholes, systematically sterilized and even deprived of the ability to feel sexual feelings, because his penis is atrophying. And his life will be drastically shortened by cancer, heart attack, stroke and other deleterious effects of synthetic hormones. He has been made into a lifelong medical patient, dependent on Big Pharma for the rest of his life. I felt violated by this eugenic horror going on right in front of my eyes and I could not have been more horrified if this poor kid had been wearing a yellow star. I am writing this post as a way to relieve my trauma. Thanks, Patriarchy for all the ways you daily shock me and keep me off-balance, like the good abuser you are!


The tranzgendering of children is taking place here in Iowa City. The University of Iowa Hospital has a special clinic for treating tranzgender patients.  When I first read that this service was being offered I naively assumed that what they MEANT was that they had provided “sensitivity training’ to doctors so that could be more effective in treating the ordinary medical problems that the tranz have in common with all humans. Apparently I was wrong and what they are providing is the actual transition procedures. Capitalism and Medicine, what a nasty pair they make!

Just about every day I read some article in the local paper that talks about the rights of the transgendered and never once do these papers report on the fact that children are being harmed by this procedure.  Hence I believe that I have somehow migrated to the State of Tranztopia where everyone believes that drugging and cutting up children is part of a groovy little lifestyle choice that everyone has to approve of lest they be considered a hater.

The effects of cross sex hormones on children;

FOR BOYS

FOR GIRLS

Promoting the tranzgender ethic in young girls in Iowa City:

GIRLS ROCK

Why “Trans woman” is a very bad word

Excellent disarticulation of this term and the violence against women that it engenders.

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Trans woman (n): A man who misappropriates women. Often confused with third gender people.

“Trans woman” is a bad word, both in terms of its construction as a word, and what it does to vocabulary and reality alike.

Null Definitions

The error inherent in the term “trans woman” can actually be traced back to a different word that has developed a primary null definition, meaning that the word has come to be defined opposite to its self-referential meaning.

The word that has acquired a primary null definition is the verb “appropriate,” and its derivative noun, appropriation.

Appropriate as a verb means to correctly apportion or allocate resources. However, its most popular colloquial usage has come to mean the exact opposite.

Misappropriate is the correct term for the inappropriate seizing or allocation of resources. And Misappropriation is what happens when one takes something for…

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Tranz Trances, Session 6

This is a letter that I wrote to an organization that runs a summer daycamp for girls. This organization says that it welcomes transgenders. I don’t know if that means that they accept boys pretending to be girls or if they are promoting female self-hatred and self-harm by endorsing  the misogynistic and homophobic transgender cult which encourages children to “identify’ out of their oppression and pretend they are the opposite sex. This letter had no effect on the philosophy of the group.

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Hello,

I am writing to you because about a year ago I had a life-changing experience involving your organization. I was disturbed by information I received about your organization but I had a very strong intuition that I would not be allowed to express my concerns either to you or to the the organization I was part of that was working with the girls‘s daycamp.
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I received an email inviting members of my organization to participate in programming for the girls’ day camp. I liked the idea of a camp for girls to learn rock music. I believe in empowering girls to live their dreams. I was a Brownie leader for 6 years when my daughters were young. I am 64 years old. I am a second-wave feminist. I sued my father for incest in 1984 and helped change the laws about child sex assault in Vermont. I worked for 30 years with battered women, rape victims and incest survivors. I am supportive of gay and lesbian human rights. I lived in a housing coop here in Iowa City that was transgender-inclusive and came to know men who lived as females and females who lived as men. I had accepted that some people are uncomfortable with their bodies and their socially expected gender roles and didn’t really think about it all that much.
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A member of the group that I belonged to that was working with you was a bald,  6’2″, completely unchanged man who went by a woman’s name. I accepted that because I thought it was about being gay and it wasn’t any of my business. It was a little surreal that everyone was expected to refer to him as SHE and that I was not allowed to question this. But the moment of pain and confusion came when I received an email from my organization asking for help with Girls Rock. The email said TRANS WELCOME. This stopped me in my tracks. My immediate thought was, “How can a man who hates his body and who looks like the man he was born as and who has XY chromosomes be an appropriate role model for young girls? Isn’t the whole point to show adult women as effective leaders and teachers and role models? Isn’t it kind of messed up to be giving girls the impression that if you don’t like your body and your social role as a woman you
can just buy a new body from the medical system?
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And since I knew very well that these were questions I was absolutely forbidden to raise, I knew in that moment that I would have to quietly resign from the group.
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I withdrew and kept quiet and began to do some research about the philosophy and the ideology underlying transgenderism and what exactly was involved in transgendering children. Needless to say, I was horrified to find that there is little research into the effects of cross sex hormones or genital surgery on kids. And I also discovered that the gender reassignment industry was gearing up to do this to more and more kids. The main points that stop me in my tracks and have led me to risk contacting you with my concerns about your policies are that – number one, medically transitioning a child permanently sterilizes that child and, number two, cross sex hormones and puberty blockers are doing horrific damage to kids’ bodies.
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I don’t care what adults do to their bodies or what kind of post-modern identity silliness they ascribe to in order to justify and normalize their psychosexual quirks, but when it comes to harming kids I have to speak out.
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I think it is wrong for you to be spreading and endorsing the transgender ideology to kids. In fact it is not really possible to change one’s sex. All of her life, a girl who has been medically transitioned will have to apprise the medical authorities of the fact that every cell in her body is actually female, because presenting symptoms for diseases are different for males and females and medical treatments affect males and females differently even after transition. Celebrate gender non-conforming children – because they will probably grow up to be gay or lesbian if you don’t poison and mutilate them to fit the patriarchal gender hierarchy.
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I don’t expect any answer from you. I just want you to be exposed to this information. I expect that nothing will change and children will continue to be harmed in order to make doctors and drug companies wealthy. I am simply discharging what I consider to be my civic responsibility in the face of my knowledge of harm that is being done to
children. It’s what I have always done.
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Jeanne Allyn Smith
Links to relevant information
Harm done by puberty blockers:
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Boys:
 
Excellent data regarding the transgendering of children:
 
Crossdressing billionaire funds clinics he stands to profit from as more and more kids get sucked into being poisoned and mutilated:
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My Rights as a Member of the Female Class

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My Only Path to Power

“I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side.” – Maya Angelou

Females are an oppressed class, and males are an oppressor class. Bigotry flows from the oppressor class to the oppressed class. It is nonsense to speak of “reverse racism” flowing from black folks to white folks, and it’s equally nonsense to accuse females of “transphobia” against people born male.

It’s impossible for an individual to be an oppressor based upon the same axis by which she is oppressed. To suggest so is a great misunderstanding of class analysis and oppression. An axis has only two poles.

Females and males are not equals or peers, and females are certainly not oppressors of males, however the males may identify. If this were so, oppression would be a meaningless concept, a mere collage of unpleasant causes and effects that may or may not…

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To Change Everything

If any of this resonates with you, you may be an anarchist!

Are you perpetuating sexism? An open letter to RainbowYOUTH and InsideOUT

How it sugars off for women and the tranz down in New Zealand:

Dear RainbowYOUTH and InsideOUT, I’m writing this letter in light of the influence your organisations have and work you do with youth in New Zealand, and in our schools and surrounding commun…

Source: Are you perpetuating sexism? An open letter to RainbowYOUTH and InsideOUT

 

And the reaction she encountered for speaking up:

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THE DISSEMBLY OF EXORCISM

THE DISSEMBLY OF EXORCISM*

(From the book  Gyn/Ecology, The Metaethics of Radical Feminism by Mary Daly)

(* The word dissembly, according to Merriam-Webster, is an “obsolete” term meaning “assembly”)

0a98abc4dba9086e260d6e70daa604fbAt our Un-Conventions, Crones cackle at the crude Deceptions of the Demons who persist in trying to blend their voices into our Hearings. A-musing Amazons unravel the twisted tales of androcratic “argonauts” who allegedly sailed with Jason on a ship named Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece. Furies fume at the fact that these misnamed imposters tried to kill Amazons. Crone-ographers crack up reading that the term argonaut is used specifically to name those men “who went to California in 1849 in search of gold.” The whole gathering of Gyn/Ecologists agrees that the Processions of deceptive demons must be woven into disposable tapestries to be made visible/tangible. Once distinguishable, they will be extinguishable, and can be consumed in the Flames of our Fury. As the convocation unweaves more deceptions, the Procession of demons comes ever more glaringly into view. We recognize them, having encountered all of them numerous times in the course of our Voyage. We perceive ever more distinctly that they are ghostly personifications (masks) of the Deadly Sins of the Fathers. (*) Since we are ready for them now, we invoke them by weaving their previously hidden presences into visibility/audibility.

cretan_line_drawingWe contain our cackles as more demon wardens appear in our labyrinthine conference chamber. More than once the Chaircrone finds it imperative to call the dissembled Hags back into Dis-order, since many are tempted to tweak the noses and twist the tails of the dissembling demons. Some of the more spirited Harpies have to be hindered from clawing the invoked visitors before the latter have had ample opportunity to expose themselves. A few Furies must be restrained from setting fire to the costumes and uniforms of the ghastly guests. As the Amazonian Dissembly is hushed into readiness, the final contingent of infernal infiltrators materializes in the filled chamber. Suddenly seeing where they are, the demons react with routinized reflexes. Pompously approaching the Chaircrone in groups, they offer to address and advise the Dissembly. The calculating Crone accepts the entertaining offer of the unsuspecting spooks. Each group is allotted three moments of Crone-time.

malpracticeIt is noticeable that the Infernal Imposters wear a variety of uniforms, but that each group includes some wearing business suits and/or casual sportswear. The first group to address the convocation are the Professionals, the personifications of Deadly Pride. Some wear black robes, some red robes and ermine capes. Others wear white coats, and among these, some have masks and rubber gloves and some have adorned themselves with stethoscopes and speculums. Still others wear the gowns and hoods of academia. Their spokesperson (as he calls himself) offers various kinds of Help to the crowd of Voyagers. fotolia-gynecologist-e1416848706647Speaking for his colleagues, he offers an array of Aids for Amazons: rest-cures for the haggard ones; religion and psychotherapy for the psychic ones; hormones for the healthy ones; affirmative action for the Self-affirming ones; equal rights for the superior ones (ie, all the ones); course in re-search and re-covery of women’s history for the wise ones. When he finishes there is thunderous silence. Then some of the younger Hags begin hooting. The Chaircrone remarks that there are some owls in the eaves of the chamber and calls for Dis-order.

smite___harpy_by_suburbbum-d71fc7gThe second group to approach the Chair are the Possessors, the personifications of Avarice. Their spokesperson proposes various health insurance plans, family insurance plans, social security plans, retirement plans, life insurance plans, and afterlife insurance plans. The latter take the form of memberships in a variety of religious groups, tailored to match a variety of personalities. A Harpy snarls; a few Crones snore.

He has barely finished when he is pushed off the platform by the next group, the Aggressors. The Aggressors, the personifications of virile violence, “explain” to the crowd that the the labrys is obsolete. They offer what they describe as a modernized improvement: the “protection racket”. They proclaim that Amazons need no longer possess weapons of our own and they offer their special services. It is noticeable that some demons in this group wear police uniforms and some wear military uniforms, whereas others wear plainclothes. Before they are finished a labrys flies through the air and grazes the horns of their chief spokesperson, which had been hidden by a policeman’s hat. The Chaircrone explains that it must have dropped from the ceiling and calls for Dis-order.

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Miss Fame © Leland Bobbé

The fourth group, the Obsessors, approach the platform carrying a variety of objects which they flash before the crowd. Among their articles are footwear (tiny shoes, nylons, and spiked heels), cosmetics (such as vaginal deodorants and “Placenta” hair conditioner), jewelry (such as gold crosses on chains, “chokers” and earrings), magazines for swinging singles (including Cosmopolitan, Penthouse, and Playgirl), girdles (Free Spirit), and The Pill. It is noted that some members of this group wear T-shirts and buttons which proclaim: “I like dykes”. It is also noted that among this faction there are some who appear to be eunuchs. One is carrying a placard which reads: “I am a lesbian-feminist male-to-female transsexual. Take me in.” As they begin to file off the platform two Harpies swoop down into their midst, causing them to stumble and stagger in all directions. The Chaircrone comments that there are a few bats living in the chamber who must have been awakened by the speechmaking. She again calls for Dis-order.

The fifth demonic delegation appears more sophisticated than the preceding Processors. These are the Assimilators, the specialists in gynocidal gluttony and vampirism. They offer what they call Job Opportunities for Assertive Women. Their spokesperson describes their auxiliary organization: “Athena’s Associates”. He announces that the time has come for unselfconscious inclusion of women and minorities in business and in the professions. He advertises career-counseling conferences. While he is talking, a Black Widow who has been spinning a web just above the platform swings down and bites his throat. He collapses suddenly and is carried off by his cohorts. Next come the demonic Eliminators of Hags, whom the crowd knows to be specialists in the Deadly Sin of Envy. The audience, many of whom have suffered acutely from the vicious tactics of these demons, listen intensely and with a sense of irony, as the Eliminators make their pitch. Pretending to offer salvation for the “desperate situation” of feminism, they point out some pseudoproblems. They suggest, for example, that there is a scarcity of talented feminist writers. They point out that most feminist publications are “embarrassingly mediocre”, and that even “feminist” critics are obliged in honesty to give them bad reviews. Attempting to appear sympathetic, they suggest a more gradualist approach, which will give women “more time to prove themselves in their fields.”

spinsterCrone-ographers, acutely aware of the fantastic abundance of creativity among Crones, whose greatest works are erased by these Erasers, groan audibly. Hags begin a long steady hissing which assumes the proportions of a gale. The Eliminators cling to each other to prevent being blown off the platform. The Chaircrone announces that the chamber is too drafty and requests that the doors and windows be shut. Reluctantly, the Revolting Hags stop hissing and wait for the last delegation. The Fragmenters – experts and practitioners in the Deadly Sin of Sloth – are as arrogant and obtuse as the other members of the Infernal Fraternity. Unaware of the hostility of their hearers, they suggest that Spinning is a waste of energy. They advise the listening Spinsters to “divide and conquer”. “First,” they say, “divide into fields; divide into classes; do not lump unrelated concerns together.” Their second rule is: “Be sure not to confuse work and play: lose yourself in your work and lose yourself in recreation.” Their third axiom is: “Divide the personal from the political.” Finally, they drone: “Face the fact that this is a competitive world, in which there is a scarcity of commodities and a scarcity of ideas. Find your own niche and learn to play the game.” They suggest seeking out robots as Self-replacements.

black-widow-spiderWhile this infernal babble has been taking place, a number of Spinsters have been energetically joining the Black Widow hanging from the ceiling who had finished off the Assimilators’ spokesperson. Together they furiously spin several strong nets. As the Fragmenters begin to file off stage they walk into an enormous sticky cobweb which closes itself around them. The last words they are able to shriek are: “Stop Spinning.” Since the webs muffle their voices, however, they seem to be gasping: “Stop Sinning.” The entire Dissembly, unable to contain mirth any longer, begins to roar. Some roll in the aisles. Some fly around. Having seen the fate of the Fragmenters, the members of the other demonic delegations attempt a quick escape, but the roaring of the Revolted Hags engulfs them, stopping them dead. Instead of running, they begin to unravel. The black and red robes, the white coats, the academic gowns, the police uniforms, the business suits – all unravel rapidly. The demons try to cling to each other for support, but each is more unsolid than the next; each has Nothing to hang on to. The Un-Convention gazes in a-mazement, noticing that the unraveling costumes contain Nothing.

The Watching Witches and Hearing Hags realize that the demons will re-materialize. But no one present will ever forget this scene. We will tell it on the mountains and in the valleys. We will tell it to the Daughters of the Daughters of Crones, who will re-member our history and how the spell of the Demons is broken. In the times of storms and earthquakes we will remember the story of The Great Unraveling. THE CELEBRATION OF ECSTASY Having seen, heard, and understood the Rite of Unraveling, the Gyn/Ecologists re-gather gynergies. Furies rush forth and collect the shreds of the deadly deceivers’ costumes. We throw the threads and shreds into a heap. We toss onto the pile the combustible samples displayed by the Obsessors, such as magazines and bras. We set the pile afire with the flames of our combined Fury. Harpies fan the fire with our great wings. The fire crackles and roars. In the Background of its roaring can be heard the voice of Fore-Crone Woolf howling: “Let it blaze, Daughters! Let it blaze!” 3d49f9f719a5f15d25571afa5c4163ccIn the light of the fire Amazons gather the pieces of jewelry from the display cases of the Obsessors – the gold crosses and chains, wedding rings, S and M “chokers”, and earrings. We melt them in the great fire and mold the molten metal into a labrys. We say: “Let this be the symbol of our Amazon powers of alchemy. Let this double-edged weapon signify our invincible wildness.” Grasping it and holding it high as she Spins on her heel a Spinster cries: “Let this be the symbol of our whirling movement of creation.” Sounds of joy echo through the chamber, and reverberate through other and deeper chambers of the labyrinth. The Voyagers glimpse our Paradise that is beyond the boundaries of patriarchal paradise, the Playboys’ Playground. We hear the call of our wild. We play games to end their games. Those who have been called bitches bark; pussies purr; cows moo; old bats squeal; squirrels chatter; nags whinny; chicks chirp; cats growl; old crows screech. Foxy ladies chase clucking biddies around in circles.

downloadThe play is part of our work of unweaving and of our weaving work. It whirls us into another frame of reference. We use the visitation of demons to come more deeply into touch with our own powers/virtues. Unweaving their deceptions, we name our Truth. Defying their processions we dis-cover our Female Pride, our Sinister Wisdom. (55) Escaping their possession we find our Enspiriting Selves. Overcoming their aggression we uncover our Creative Anger and Brilliant Bravery. (56) Demystifying/demythifying their obsessions we re-member our Woman-loving Love. Refusing their assimilation we experience our Autonomy and Strength. Avoiding their elimination we find our Original Be-ing. Mending their imposed fragmentation we Spin our Original Integrity. As we feel the empowerment of our own Naming we hear more deeply our call of the wild. Raising pairs of arms into the air we expand them into shells, sails. Splashing our legs in the water we move our oars. Our beautiful, spiral-like designs are the designs/purposes of our bodies/minds. We communicate these through our force-fields, our auras, our O-Zones. We move backward over the water, toward the Background. We gain speed. Argonauts move apart and together, forming and re-forming our Amazon Argosy. In the rising and setting of our sister the sun, we seek the gold of our hearts’ desire. In the light of our sisters the moon and stars we rekindle the Fore-Crones’ fire. In its searing light we see through the fathers’ lies of genesis and demise; we burn through the snarls of the Nothing-lovers. In the beginning was not the word. In the beginning is the hearing. Spinsters spin deeper into the listening deep. We can spin only what we hear, because we hear, and as well as we hear. We can weave and unweave, knot and unknot, only because we hear, what we hear, and as well as we hear. Spinning is celebration/cerebration. Spinsters Spin all ways, always. Gyn/Ecology is UnCreation; Gyn/Ecology is Creation.
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Tranz Trances, Session 5

I actually thought I was done with this series and had said what I needed to say, but then I opened the Daily Iowan, the student rag here at the University of Iowa, and read this stunning editorial that calls for an end to Title lX protections for females in order to accommodate people who think they are the opposite sex from the one they were born as. If I had any doubt that the tranz fad is all about misogyny and the attempt to terrorize women and invade our hard won private space and generally erase us and the gains we have made in the legal sphere, then this piece of yellow journalism clears away those doubts.

The very worst part of this is that I can’t get anyone in the UI community or this paper to answer any of my questions about the tranz phenomenon. It’s like I entered the Twilight Zone and I am surrounded by the Gender Zombies. Appparently now that we are no longer distinguishable from one another and are sexually interchangeble there is no longer a problem with male privilege, male violence against women or the thousands of ways that that people who are born with “front holes” are harassed, diminished, paid less for the same work, and subject to forced pregnancy and “sex work.” Tranzing non-gender-conforming kids is a progressive idea and anyone who disagrees and wonders whether a child can give informed consent to poisonous sterilizing hormones and mutilating plastic surgery is a gay-bashing bigot who does not deserve the dignity of a reply.

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EDITORIAL: TITLE IX, RIGHTS, AND A VACANT SUPREME COURT SEAT

The Supreme Court is set to hear a potentially landmark case in the battle for LGBTQ rights. This is the second major case the Supreme Court has heard with regards to the LGBTQ community in the past two years (the first being the mandate that all U.S. states legalize same-sex marriage).

The upcoming case deals with the increasingly ubiquitous debate over public restrooms. According to NPR, the case, Gloucester County School Board v. Grimm, involves a transgender boy who was able to use the boy’s restroom as a freshman in high school until some parents complained. As a result,  the School Board adopted a policy requiring students to use the restrooms corresponding with their biological sex or a separate single-stall restroom.

In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th District agreed to see the case. Gloucester County then petitioned the court, and justices ruled (5-3) that the School Board did not have to follow the order of the lower court.

According to numerous sources, Grimm’s argument has been that Title IX (the federal law banning sex-based discrimination in schools) protects transgender people as well.

The case becomes interesting because, according to the Washington Post, Title IX may not apply to this scenario. Title IX does not make a comment on gender classification; rather, it comments on the ability of men and women to use specific facilities. Grimm’s case may, therefore, have some difficulty proving a connection to Title IX because Grimm would have to prove that as a male, he is being discriminated against (as opposed to the school debating how he defines his own gender). This is not to say that Grimm does not have a case, but that he may not be able to win on the grounds that the actions of the Gloucester County School Board violated Title IX.

Regardless of whether this case is winnable for Grimm, federal legislation like Fair Housing and Civil Rights could also be affected by the decision.

While the case will not be heard until sometime next year, the implications of this case are massive and are only magnified by the battle currently going on over the ninth Supreme Court seat. This case — taken alone — will have effects on many future cases involving transgender individuals. But given that there may be an impending flip of partisan power on the Supreme Court, the precedent set by this case will inform all future cases involving public expectations, no mater how insensitive of transgendered people.

The weight of this case, therefore, cannot go unnoticed. The actual decision may be several months away, but it is never too early for the Supreme Court to consider the long-lasting impact of its decisions. The Daily Iowan Editorial Board believes it is the Supreme Court’s duty to protect the rights of these Americans, as it finally did last year for other members of the LGBTQ Community.

Perhaps because of the vague language used in Title IX, this could not be the case that opens doors like the gay marriage decisionof last year opened doors for other members of the LGBTQ community. But it is the beginning of a more serious national discussion of openness that has been coming for some time.

That said, we hope the case to rule in favor of Grimm. But it seems this all sits in limbo of who will sit in the ninth seat on the Supreme Court and how that person chooses to interpret Title I.

 My Reply :

You say,”But it is the beginning of a more serious national discussion of openness that has been coming for some time,” but in fact this paper has never once printed any information from anyone who questions the merits and the science behind transgendering people. And whenever I personally try to engage anyone in the UI community on this topic, from RVAP  (Rape victim’s Advocacy Program) to WRAC (Women’s Resource and Action Center) to the GWSS  (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies) program I am studiously ignored. You mention that ” the precedent set by this case will inform all future cases involving public expectations, no mater how insensitive of transgendered people,” but you say nothing about how abolishing the legal difference between males and females will be far more than simply insensitive to women.

I would like you to present peer-reviewed scientific studies that prove that there is no biological or therefore, legal, difference between males and females and that the socialized gender noms that have been establsihed by patriarchy in order to enforce the second class status of females are inborn characteristics that have more validity than being born XX or XY, that is, as a male or a female with their associated sex organs.

People may be “assigned” a sex ROLE at birth and they may not like that sex ROLE, but this does not therefore mean that they have the “wrong” body. Why am I not allowed to say this?

I would also like to know what not liking your body, such that you want to mutilate yourself in order to appear to be the opposite sex, has to do with being homosexual. Are all transgender people homosexual? If they aren’t, then why are they part of the the gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual political rights cadre? I would be happy to hear what the reasoning behind this is, especially since I am a bisexual, non-gender-conforming grandma and I apparently missed something as this was becoming an issue that I am now being forced to grapple with.

Another problem with your continued advertisement of and normalization of this trend is the way that it affects children. I went along with the trans ideology until I realized that parents were taking their non-gender-conforming kids to shrinks and surgeons and subjecting them to hormone treatments (which can cause cancer and mitochondrial damage as well as sterilizing a child before they really understand what this means) and plastic surgery. That is when I had to put my foot down and speak up.

Being gender-non-conforming is fine with with me. People who don’t conform to patriarchal sex role stetreotypes should not be the targets of male violence. But trivializing and erasing the rights of an entire sex class (women) and trying to shame people like me into silence for questioning whether there is even any science behind this assertion, i.e., that somehow there is no biological difference between men and women and that a person can be born into the wtrong body and needs the ministrations of surgeons and Big Pharma to cure them of this malady, – is just more male privilege at work.

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HERO crushed in Houston as public becomes educated about the impact of “Gender Identity” on sex-segregated areas of public nudity

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Last night the “LGBT Rights” movement faced its first momentous loss following last summer’s victory in the decades-long fight for equal marriage rights, as Houston’s HERO ordinance was voted out by a stunning 62-38% margin. The ordinance had claimed to offer protection against discrimination for 15 categories: Sex, Race, Color, Ethnicity, National Origin, Age, Familial status, Marital status, Military status, Religion, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Genetic information, Gender Identity, Pregnancy, but only two of the categories: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, actually changed anything, as the rest are already covered by national and/or state law.

The sticking point for voters was a simple one: The overbroad legal status of “Gender Identity” contains no specific characteristics whatsoever. That’s right! No specific characteristics. The sole characteristic of individuals protected by the legal status of “Gender Identity” is that the individual chooses to claim that legal status, and they can…

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Gender Identity and Violence against Women and Girls

A very thoughtful consideration of language and law.

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The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) held a consultation on their draft Update of General Recommendation No. 19 on violence against women.

I have sent in a submission on the impact of gender identity on women’s and girls’ right to be free from violence and abuse, posted below.  This page will be updated with links to downloadable files once they are posted on the CEDAW page.

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Individual submission to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women for its Update of General Recommendation No. 19

Tina Minkowitz, JD

30 September 2016

This submission[1] calls attention to actual and potential negative impacts on women and girls, including their right to live free from violence and abuse, of laws and policies that prioritize gender identity over sex in classifications of persons as male or female. The Committee has promoted…

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