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Gender Fascism And The Elderly Female Artist

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BIRTH, oil on canvas, 24″x24″, by JEANNE

Yesterday there was a “networking event’ at the School of Art and Art History at UIOWA, where I am currently attending classes. I chose not to attend because of an experience I’d had the evening before. I had attended a lecture by a talented and energetic woman  who runs an art foundation that supports artists who have a vision for creating community through their art. I respected what this woman was doing and I don’t intend my remarks to disparage her personally. In fact I’m grateful that she helped clear up a problem that has been dogging my heels and interfering with my ability to set goals with respect to my art practice.

I had been fairly proactive about promoting my art and my vision, submitting artwork to various venues and even having a show at a local community center and a booth at the annual art’s festival here in town. But lately, I have been passing up opportunities that have arisen and not understanding why I seemed to be sabotaging myself. Partly, it was because I did decide to put my daily quota of creative energy into learning art in my classes, rather than creating items, like greeting cards, to sell at the farmer’s market. But, it was more than that, a kind of miasma had come over me, a reluctance to reach out and show my stuff in public.

What turned the light on for me was that the woman who came to speak about her foundation work used words like “sex positive”, “sex worker”, “deconstruction”, and “gender identity”  when describing the projects she was involved with. It made me uncomfortable and it wasn’t until the next day that I understood why, and why I decided to skip the networking event.

IMG_1168I had joined a local arts cooperative when I first landed in this city because I was eager to learn as much as I could about the processes and materials involved in art-making.   I know that we are killing the world with carbon and I wanted to make art about that and other human pain issues that seem to be being repressed and hidden by this culture. I hung in as long as I could, but eventually I was forced to confront gender fascism within the group and I had to separate myself from the group. On the positive side, I can say that this experience helped me confront the ugly truth about gender identity ideology and stop enabling this dysfunctional ideology.

But it turns out that the entire art world, art business, art community, has been infected by the virus of gender fascism and I will not be able to be a part of it unless I LIE ABOUT OBJECTIVE REALITY. Which I can’t do, because my art is based in facing the ugly truth about male superiority and gender fascism is just another patriarchal mindfuck.  I know gender identity ideology  is fascism because it’s about shutting women up and depriving them of access to resources.

I am being prevented from accessing resources and from benefiting from my labor because elderly women are invisible and have no status in this culture and because I refuse to go along with the mass delusion that prostitution is a free choice (and not the same old fucking female slavery as always) and that the sexes are interchangeable based on one’s whim;  that people, other than the tiny minority with a chromosomal mutation that causes sterility, can be both sexes, or neither, on different days.

It is sobering to know that sexism and it’s adjunct,  ageism,  is alive and well in the art world and I am being oppressed by it and by the artsy people who believe they are social justice warriors. They regard me with contempt and believe they are morally superior to me and oh so woke.

As for me, it’s back to the drawing board, where I find my Source.

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Demand Women’s Right to Female-Only Intimate Spaces in Wisconsin

Reblogged from Gender Critical Action Center

The Issue

On November 9, 2017, a Wisconsin woman – a sexual assault survivor herself – attended an event hosted by a local rape crisis center at the Majestic Theater in Madison, during which women shared their personal experiences about rape and sexual assault. When the woman went to the restroom, she was faced with make-shift paper signs – taped over the usual Men and Women signs – which read,

“GENDER NEUTRAL RESTROOM ANYONE MAY USE THIS RESTROOM REGARDLESS OF GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION.”

She turned to her state’s Equal Rights Division with a grievance on the basis of sex discrimination, but her complaint was dismissed. She is appealing that decision.

What You Can Do

Contact the Equal Rights Division, the rape crisis center, the Majestic, and local media. Tell them why so-called “gender neutral” restrooms violate the civil rights of women and girls under Wisconsin law. Demand that local media outlets cover this case, including perspectives that are critical of “gender identity” ideology (contact information below).

Email Script

To Whom It May Concern,

This letter is to the Equal Rights Division of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Rape Crisis Center of Madison, the Majestic Theater, and members of the local media.

It has come to my attention that, on November 9, 2017, a Wisconsin woman – a sexual assault survivor – attended an event hosted by a local rape crisis center at the Majestic Theater in Madison, during which women shared their personal experiences about rape and sexual assault. When the woman went to the restroom, she was faced with make-shift paper signs – taped over the usual Men and Women signs – which read,

“GENDER NEUTRAL RESTROOM ANYONE MAY USE THIS RESTROOM REGARDLESS OF GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION.”

She turned to her state’s Equal Rights Division with a grievance on the basis of sex discrimination, but her complaint was dismissed. She is appealing that decision. ERD Case No: CR201800365.

According to Wisconsin law, “no person may deny to another … the full and equal enjoyment of any public place of accommodation … because of sex, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry. WISC. STAT. §106.52(3)(a)(1). A “public place of accommodation” is defined broadly to include places of business, including restaurants and taverns. WISC. STAT. §106.52(2)(e)(1). There is no question that the Majestic constitutes a public place of accommodation. Also, Black’s Law Dictionary defines the word “sex” to mean “the distinction between male and female.” Accordingly, denying this woman the right to a female-only restroom constituted a denial of her full and equal enjoyment of a public place of accommodation under Wisconsin law.

Women fought hard for the right to women’s restrooms, and are still fighting in many parts of the world. Creating access to restrooms on the basis of “gender identity” allows males to use any restroom that they want to, in complete disregard for women’s rights to privacy.

Human beings are sexually dimorphic mammals. This statement is neither conservative nor bigoted. It is simply an assertion grounded in material reality. In light of the specifics of this case, I would also note that when a woman is raped, it is her body  that is attacked, not some internalized concept of “gender identity.”

I am calling on the Equal Rights Division to overturn the decision below and find that refusing to provide female-only restrooms violates Wisconsin’s Public Accommodations and Amusements Law Section 106.52.

I am calling on the Rape Crisis Center and the Majestic Theater to stop papering over sex-specific restroom signs with signs that invite people to use the restroom on the basis of self-declared “gender identity.”

I am calling on members of the local and statewide media to cover this issue, and to do so in a way that fairly represents the full spectrum of views on “gender identity” ideology.

Thank you and sincerely,
[YOUR NAME OR “A CONCERNED RESIDENT”]

Targets

Copy and paste this email string into an email message to send to all of the targets:

erinfo@dwd.wisconsin.gov, info@theRCC.org, info@majestic-live.comwsjcity@madison.com, isthmus@isthmus.com, amy.schwabe@jrn.com, rzizzo@gannett.com, gary.johnson@ecpc.com, dlaporte@ashlanddailypress.net

Or email each of the targets individually:

Equal Rights Division
erinfo@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Rape Crisis Center
info@theRCC.org

Majestic Theater
info@majestic-live.com

Wisconsin State Journal
Madison City Desk
wsjcity@madison.com

Isthmus
isthmus@isthmus.com

Amy Schwabe
Editor
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
amy.schwabe@jrn.com

Robert Zizzo
News Editor
Green Bay Press Gazette
rzizzo@gannett.com

Gary Johnson
Editor
Eau Clair Leader-Telegram
gary.johnson@ecpc.com

David LaPort
General Manager
Ashland Daily Press
dlaporte@ashlanddailypress.net

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