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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

Gender Dysphoria and Children: An Endocrinologist’s Evaluation of I am Jazz

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I Am Jazz contains both false information and very troubling omissions. Children who are experiencing gender dysphoria will likely be harmed by this book, as will children who do not have the condition.

Recently, a group of parents asked me to review the book I Am Jazz to determine whether, from a medical point of view, it is suitable for children to read. They also asked this for the benefit of their school district, given that the topic of childhood gender dysphoria would be discussed at their upcoming school board meeting.

I have read the book I Am Jazz and examined the book’s relationship to childhood gender dysphoria and its implications for adolescence and adulthood. I am a board-certified physician in Rocklin, California specializing in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. Broadly, endocrinology is the study of hormones and glands and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving these hormones and glands. The following essay is a detailed presentation of my findings regarding this important topic.

Introduction

Children with gender dysphoria deserve our compassion and deserve to be treated with dignity and kindness, just like all other children. Their unique condition makes integrating in the school a challenge. Particularly when dealing with bathrooms and locker rooms, it would be advantageous for schools to have a comprehensive policy to address children with gender dysphoria.

Read the rest here

Tranz Encounters of the Weird Kind

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TERF BANGS!

Today I just happened to be approaching the shuttle stop for the bus to UIOWA campus as the bus arrived. It’s been damp and cooler than normal in Iowa City and I was feeling it in my bones this morning, so I flagged the bus and hopped on. Usually I walk the two miles to the art school because a brisk walk early in the morning is the best thing for advanced arthritis. I practice mindfulness walking,  being aware of my body in space and deepening my sense perceptions of the world around me. We have all been trained to tune out the natural world, but as an artist I must continually work to deepen my sense perceptions of the living world.

So, I parked my butt in a seat near the door and tried not to look too conspicuous as the only old person on a bus filled with students. At the next stop a person with long hair and no discernible facial hair boarded the bus. They sat in the seat nearest the door and immediately began to talk very loudly about their appearance. Getting into details about mascara at 8 in the morning with a bus driver.  This was not a beauty queen, it was a rather nerdy looking person in a jacket and jeans.

I am a survivor of horrific sexual abuse that began in infancy at the hands of my violent pedophile father. The way I survived was by developing hyper-acute sensitivity to non-verbal cues, emotional timbre, tones of voice. I had to know when danger was brewing. These days I have to keep my level of hyper-alertness  at a critical level because men are pretending to be women and I HAVE to know when I am in a vulnerable situation with a person who was born with a penis and socialized into male privilege.

Ordinarily when I encounter men who are pretending to be women I can just look the other way,  and do what is necessary to avoid any interaction, so that my negative reaction won’t be noticed and out me as gender-critical. But this morning, the trans-identified male on the bus was violating my personal space. He was flirting shamelessly with the bus driver. I could feel the waves of anxiety pouring off of him as he chattered on and my stomach started to turn. I could hear the strain in his voice and he struggled to maintain the appropriate level of babytalk femininity that he thought would let him pass as female. But the facade kept breaking and I heard the testosterone bass breaking through.

I started trembling because of a gut feeling that I was in the presence of an unstable person who was telling a huge lie about objective reality and thinking he was getting away with it. In the past I have had no problem with gender nonconforming people, with men who dress in stereotypical female garb, because I thought it was about being gay and being gay is fine. Now that I have studied the phenomenon of autogynephilia, however, I understand that these men are deliberately violating social norms in order to elicit a shock reaction from others. This causes a feeling of sexual stimulation for these men. It can become an out of control addiction for some men. But we are never supposed to talk about this because to do so violates the rights of the gender nonconforming.

I marveled at how the bus driver went along with this performance. Because it is totally about performance. After a couple of stops I got up and moved to the back of the bus where I wouldn’t have to hear that man’s voice seesawing in and out of falsetto and basso profundo. I did some deep breathing and it came to me that this is what men believe being a woman really is all about. Our entire existence is seen as a performance for men’s benefit. All women are capable of is paying minute attention to every aspect of our appearance and behavior, to be certain we are pleasing men – according the the tranz doctrine. We are empty masks painted on the sky, no soul within that mask. I can’t think of a more alienated state to aspire to. Imagine thinking that what you really are is a fake mask. That’s what an “identity” is.

I wonder if the bus driver and people around these sad individuals who enable their behavior would be as accepting and tolerant of transgenderism if they understood that it really is a psycho-sexual disorder on the same scale as anorexia. It is a distorted image of the self and a denial of the body in exactly the same way as anorexia, with as dire consequences for physical health, since cross sex hormones are just poison and removing healthy body parts is – and should be treated as – criminally insane behavior. That goes for the greedy “doctors” who do this to children. We are taking names. You WILL be held to account for this.

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What about ME(N)?

2017_01_12-Adam Robinson-tschoon-001This is a letter that I have written to the director, Adam Robinson, of The Rape Victims Advocacy Center at UIOWA in reaction to a recent conference sponsored by RVAP entitled What About Me(n)?

Dear Adam,

I am a 64 year old mother of two daughters and I have one grandchild. In 1985 I sued my father for the 12 years of his sexual assaults during my childhood. I lost that lawsuit because of the statute of limitations which said I only had 3 years from the time I reached age 18 to sue him in civil court for damages. So I went to the Vermont legislature and asked them to change the laws about child sexual abuse. Finally, in 2003 the Vermont State Legislature changed the statute of limitations to 40 years. I have been working in the field of domestic violence for 40 years as a victim advocate.

In 2013 I moved to Iowa City and lived for a year with my daughter in the River City Housing Collective. There were men and women living in that community who chose to “identify” as the opposite sex. Before every business meeting we were required to go around and introduce ourselves and state our “preferred pronouns.” I was fine with this and didn’t see any problem with it. I considered myself a tolerant and progressive person.

But then I joined a local arts group. There was a very male, completely unaltered man in the group who called himself by a woman’s name and who everyone referred to as “she.” I went along with this and said nothing because I didn’t want to be considered intolerant. But then I received an email from the group asking for help with an art project for a girls’ summer camp. The email said, “Trans Welcome.” This stopped me in my tracks. I thought this was odd because the message that would be given to the girls is that bodies do not matter, only the self-image you decide you want to have. If a girl does not enjoy being a member of the gender that has less power, doesn’t like her female body and it’s needs and vulnerabilities, then all she has to do is to decide to become a man and go get herself sterilized by (untested for long term consequences on children) puberty blockers and male hormones and have radical surgeries to change her body so that it appears to be male.

sad-depressed-little-girl-sitting-near-wall-grunge-34480298When I was a girl there was nothing I wanted more than to become a boy and escape my father’s sexual assaults. I am still “gender dysphoric” at age 64 because of the unfair treatment I have endured all of my life for the crime of being born with a vulva, clitoris, ovaries, uterus and breasts. But I am not delusional and I know that changing my appearance will not change my chromosomes or my socialization into being a rape target and toilet cleaner. You need to understand that gender identity ideology does nothing to change the power dynamic that keeps women in chains. I was not paid less all my life because of my feminine identity. I was paid less because I have a woman’s body, – I AM a woman’s body, I am not separate from my body.  I was not raped and battered and harassed by people who identify as male. I was raped by males with male bodies and XY chromosomes who were socialized into misogyny and male entitlement.

I decided to attend a group at RVAP in 2014 for survivors of sexual abuse. It was a group for women. I found it helpful…until I received an email that informed me that I would have to accept males who identify as female in the group. No-one asked me if this was acceptable. No-one was interested in my feelings or my experience or my research about the harm that transgender ideology is doing to children. i was being forced to accept that a person who was born with a penis and was socialized into male privilege is really a woman if he says he is. It was a very rapey move on the part of RVAP to shove this directive down my throat.

Now the City Council of Iowa City is poised to enshrine the female erasing policy that is gender identity ideology into law. And so I have to speak out before all of the rights of women that I have worked to establish over the past 40 years are brushed aside in favor of privileged, entitled males with a psychosexual disorder.

You have made a grave mistake by positing personality traits and people’s imaginary identities over the bodies of actual living, breathing, bleeding, birthing, breastfeeding, rape-targeted, underpaid, women. I am writing to you now because of the language you used in the recent What About Me(n) conference. You are pushing a religious belief when you say that this was about those who “identify” as male. There is no magical transubstantiation that takes place when a person decides to present him or herself as the opposite sex. It is an idea in someone’s mind that has zero basis in physical reality. I have not been oppressed by male ‘identities.” Male identities did not rape my female identity. Stop this patriarchal mindfucking. Stop denying the reality of women’s bodies and women’s experience.

madamnomad.com/2018/02/27/the-violent-misogyny-of-the-gender-debate/
https://madamnomad.com/2017/08/04/living-in-tranztopia/
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“The money is flowing” to “suck people in:” Vaginoplasty & the case of Jazz Jennings
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160623/streeterville/billionaire-jennifer-pritzker-helps-fund-clinic-for-trans-kids-at-lurie
http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/20/rich-white-men-institutionalizing-transgender-ideology/
http://www.femaleerasure.com/

The Violent Misogyny of the Gender Debate

From The Spectator:

“Journalists and politicians talk a lot about freedom of speech, and rightly so, because the ability to express thoughts and opinions without fear or restraint is the foundation of democracy. We must be free to question, free to doubt, or we are not free at all.

But for journalists and politicians, ‘freedom of speech’ can feel a bit of an abstract concept, a debating point not a matter of personal safety. We talk about curbs on free speech as things that make it harder for us to do what we do – write and talk. We rarely think about them in terms of physical fear.

So a couple of weeks ago, when I wrote here about the way fear is chilling the debate about Britain’s laws on sex and gender, I really meant the fear of reputational damage. I referred to the fear that MPs and journalists feel that if they question moves to allow people to decide their own legally-recognised gender they will be accused of transphobia and bigotry.

That fear is real, and troubling, but there are worse things to be afraid of. Fear that you will lose your job and your livelihood. Fear of physical attack.

And that is what some people in this debate feel here. They fear that if they are seen to speak out and question the trend to change the law to allow ‘self-identification’, they will come to harm. Real harm.

Some of those people are meeting tonight in London, to discuss those changes in the law and their concern about them. I can’t tell you precisely where because the location of the meeting is being kept secret. The people organising and attending the meeting are scared of what might happen if some of the people who disagree with them turn up.

The people organising the meeting call themselves A Woman’s Place UK. They say the proposed changes in the law raise questions that are not just practical but existential. They worry that if a man can become a woman just by saying so, with no external check or verification, then the very term ‘woman’ becomes meaningless, and a group of people with no meaningful name or identity will in time lose all standing in law and society. For them, womanhood is a matter of objective biological fact, one that subjective feelings cannot change. Most, if not all, of them call themselves feminists.

Some of the people who disagree with them use a different name: TERFs. It technically stands for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist but if you follow online ‘debate’ you’ll see it’s become a term in its own right, and an abusive one. Follow the utterances of the most committed advocates of trans rights and you’ll find frequent references to violence against Terfs: punch Terfs, kill Terfs.

There are lesser threats too, to use more subtle means to inflict harm. Social pressure is used to threaten the employment of those considered Terfs: read this Mumsnet thread for a disturbing litany of what happens to women who ask questions about the self-identity agenda in the workplace, especially in academia and the public sector. In politics, women who question the self-ID agenda have faced censure and expulsion in Labour, the Greens and, yes, the Women’s Equality Party.

It is hard not to conclude that such things are at least partly the result of a concerted attempt to stigmatise and demonise women who attempt to raise concerns about a policy that they feel poses risks to their safety and even their fundamental existence.

To be clear at that point, I note that the following two statements can both be true, at the same time. Neither fact justifies the other. First, some transgender people suffer unacceptable physical, mental and social abuse that causes them real and unacceptable harm. Second, some women who question the move towards self-defined gender feel real and unacceptable fear of physical harm at the hands of some people who advocate that change in the law.

Perhaps you think a Woman’s Place UK are over-reacting, or talking up the threat for political purposes. If so, I suggest you search online for ‘punch terfs’. Or follow a case of alleged assault currently awaiting trial. Or review the history of the group’s Edinburgh meeting, where one of the protesting groups has demanded that the venue that had the temerity to host a bunch of women talking about feminist theory hand the proceeds of the event over to a group that says punching Terfs is a moral duty akin to fighting Nazis.

Against which background, I suggest that it is depressingly understandable that some of the women involved in tonight’s meeting feel genuinely threatened, and threatened over the simple act of attending a political meeting.

And for all that this might upset or even offend some people, biology does matter here. Biological males are, on average, larger and stronger and more aggressive than biological females. Biological males commit more acts of violence — and more serious acts of violence – than biological females.

For these sadly rational reasons, among others, women are more likely to feel afraid of men than men are of women. Hence the existence of those spaces and places that law and convention reserve for women: changing rooms, refuges, hospital and prison wards.

Would the safety of those spaces be compromised if any man could gain the legal right to enter them simply by saying the words ‘I am a woman’? That is one of the questions the women who meet tonight are asking — keenly aware that some of the people who might take up that legal right are currently issuing threats against them.

I don’t know the answer but I think the question is a valid one and deserves a considered answer from anyone who proposes to change the law to allow such a situation. But it appears that some of those people don’t want to answer the question. They don’t even want it to be asked.

So the story of tonight’s Women’s Place meeting is this: a group of people who were raised male and in some cases retain full male anatomy are perpetuating a narrative that harm – including physical violence — can and should be inflicted on women who question the things those people say are true.

This debate about gender and sex and identity may seem terribly modern, a product of our times, but really, this is a story as old as they come: women who do not know their place are threatened and punished. Britain in 2018 is still a country where women who speak out risk a smack in the mouth.”

Journalists and politicians talk a lot about freedom of speech, and rightly so, because the ability to express thoughts and opinions without fear or restraint is the…
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The birds and mice will hear you: On transactivism and the characteristics of totalitarian rule

“Whether in support of Christian, Muslim, communist or “free market” regimes, totalitarianism has some universal characteristics. For a start, it always relies on the suspension of disbelief: on romantic ideals that don’t stand to reason. Whether it is “honour”, God’s plan, patriotism or the American dream – some faith-based and sentimental ideal always props up patriarchs, making them allergic to critical reason and driven to stamp it out. Non-conformists and dissenters are dehumanised through stereotyping, interrogation, a climate of self-censorship, routine punishment and scapegoating. It’s this factphobic clash of romance and sadism that Orwell named “doublethink” in Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Romanticism, doublethink, and the punishment of dissent are of course not the only hallmarks of totalitarian regimes. The glorification of violence is another, as well as the fetishisation of women, and medical experimentation that involves a kind of grotesque gynecology and conversion therapy for homosexuals. Fear and romanticism also combine to produce a manufactured “consent”. For instance, exorcists profited from women who considered themselves bewitched, in a climate of confession and indulgences, during the medieval witch burnings. Today, only 33% of girls in Somalia are reported to be supportive of the abolition of female genital mutilation under sharia law. This demonstrates the power of terror combined with romanticised concepts like “honour”.

It is a symptom of arrogance and white blindness that we in the so-called “developed” West have managed to condense all aspects of totalitarianism into one package – transactivism – while, for all the access to information in the world, failing to recognise the warning signs of histories repeating. We really do believe that we in white society are beyond the influence of “culture” that otherwise so affects people “over there”. Yet here we have an ideology based on romantic fundamentalism that glorifies violence, fetishises and brutalises women (with “TERF” functioning as the new “witch”); promotes censorship and medical experimentation, and loves a scapegoat – and liberals lobby to embed this ideology in law and policy.”

Read the entire article at The birds and mice will hear you: On transactivism and the characteristics of totalitarian rule

Tranz Trances, Session 7

pissed-off-grandmaI actually believed I was done with the Tranz trances essay series, but lo and behold, gender ideology has taken over the Iowa Council and that is just too significant for this Grandma to ignore. I have included the article from the Daily Iowan below the following rant.

One reason I was backing away from the gender issue is because I understand very clearly that the ocean is dying. The acidification caused by absorption of carbon is making the ocean incapable of supporting life.  No plankton, no O2, no life on earth. In fact 90% of the ocean’s life has been destroyed so far. We have maybe 10 years as a species before we go extinct. So with that lens, the frantic race to re-enshrine males and male privilege under the rubric of “gender-identity laws” seems like a pointless issue to fret over.

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TERF BANGS!

But, what the hell, I am still alive for now and fighting back against sexism and the idiocy of gender identity ideology gets my old blood flowing.

The primary reason why I am so riled up is that what the Iowa City Council has done is to pass a law that will have a profound effect on women and our efforts to free ourselves from slavery under the universal system of male supremacy, male dominance, male privilege – and it’s enforcement arm, the ever-present threat of male violence. They have gone ahead and passed this law without it ever being brought before the general public for us to explore all of the ramifications of such a drastic change in the status of women.

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As I look at the many–barreled effort to bombard the public into to accepting this issue as a rectification of the oppression of a tiny minority of people with a confused idea about the difference between behaving according to a patriarchally enforced gender stereotype and the living breathing reality of the sexed body, I can’t help but see that this issue has been massively astroturfed by corporate medical interests with synthetic hormones and cosmetic surgeries to sell to the sheeple.

I would like to ask the esteemed members of the council these questions:

  • Why exactly they believe that sexed bodies are irrelevant and that a man is a woman if he says so?
  • Where’s the beef? What, exactly, is a non-binary gender identity? The docs say it’s a brain disease – psychiatric disorders are considered diseases of the brain. If so, why aren’t you protecting the rights of people with other psychiatric diagnoses and passing special laws to protect them?
  • Why is no-one asking about how this might affect women in vulnerable situations and how this equalizes the power imbalance between males and females?
  • Why is it ok that nobody asked me whether I was comfortable with being forced to include a man (who was socialized his entire life into the fine points of his male privilege, who suddenly decides he wants to pantomime women’s oppression) into my women’s rape and incest support group?
  • Why do I, a rape and incest survivor, find that I now must INCREASE my already toxic levels of hypervigilance to scan every individual who enters a vulnerable space with me to see if he has an adam’s apple, thin hips, big shoulders and hands…whatever gender role performance he believes he is presenting?

24173763_10155855259559844_1028321982151185142_oThe point is that we, as a people together might decide that sex is irrelevant and that women are now free from rape culture through the magic of gender identification, but anyone who raises even the slightest objection to being steamrolled by genderist ideology is branded a bigot and silenced, doxxed and no-platformed.

Hey, I do get it. No man ASKS to be endowed with male privilege. And after all male privilege is not a genetically determined biological state, (tho the 50 elite families would have us believe that privilege is written in the genes) it is purely a matter of cultural indoctrination. But a curious thing happens to a boy who grow up being submitted to and coddled by all the females in his life. He gets to like and expect it. And by the magic of gender identity politics, all he has to do is make up a new gender for himself and declare that he no longer benefits from being male. This is very seductive. Imagine being able to opt in and out of sexual oppression just by the power of imagination and a liberal dose of theater.

crush rapeIn a way, genderist ideology is kind of like the MacDonald’s of social justice and women’s liberation. You just tool up to the medical gender dealer and buy yerself some chemicals and a little cosmetic surgery and VOILA, no more injustice. And then there is the power of being able to control the conversation about rape culture and women’s oppression and even get laws passed to support your narcissistic and lazy bullshit. So much easier than actually working in the real world to end male privilege and change sexist laws.

The city expands gender definitions to non-binary individuals.

By Maria Kuiper

maria-kuiper@uiowa.edu

On Tuesday night, the Iowa City City Council voted 7-0 to update the city ordinances concerning gender identity and human rights. The City Council agreed to amend Title 2, “Human Rights,” Chapter 1, “Definitions.”

Currently, the ordinance defines gender identity as “a person’s various individual attributes, actual or perceived, in behavior, practice or appearance, as they are understood to be masculine and/or feminine.”

The new amendment will remove these terms to make it inclusive for nonbinary expression. Nonbinary expression means individuals who believe that they do not fall under male/female identities.

According to the American Psychological Association, it is difficult to estimate the number of individuals who identify as nonbinary because of limited research. However, it estimates that nonbinary individuals make up 25 to 35 percent of the populations that identify as transgender.

The ordinance defines these terms in order to protect community members of Iowa City against discrimination and to be consistent with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states that the United States outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.

The Iowa City Human Rights Commission was established to spread information, educate the community on discrimination and human rights, provide necessary enforcement, and to protect individuals from discrimination.  

City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes said she believed the ordinance needed to be updated.

“Our current gender-identity definition talks in binary terms,” Dilkes said. “This change recognizes that gender identity is not binary and should include any number of identity expressions.”

City Councilor Kingsley Botchway said he was excited about the change.

“As a progressive city, our policy should speak to [and] continue the conversation on gender identity,” he said.

City Councilor Mazahir Salih agreed with Botchway.

“I am really glad our city is looking to define these terms,” she said. “This way we can make our city inclusive for everyone.”

This is not the first step Iowa City has taken toward gender inclusiveness.

As previously reported by The Daily Iowan, as of 2016, University of Iowa  students had the option to self-report a variety of gender identities, such as he, him, his, she, her, hers, they, them, theirs, ze, hir, hirs, and ze, zir, zirs on the MyUI system.

In 2013, the UI also became the first public university in the country to allow students to identify as transgender on admissions applications.

In a 2017 message from UI President Bruce Harreld, he said the university “will not tolerate anything but a safe and inclusive campus for people of all backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or country of origin.”

Several states in the U.S. are making strides in becoming more inclusive toward nonbinary individuals. D.C., Oregon, and California offer nonbinary people the option to put X on their driver’s licenses in place of male or female, and other states have introduced legislation for this and for changes on birth certificates.

Triggered By The Tranz

24068819_10155855264799844_4081140009308796329_oI think it would be good for me to try to explain why it is that I find the Tranz issue so compelling, to the extent that I am engaging in guerrilla art acts and writing essays and letters to editors and to women’s organizations that are centering genderist ideology in their programming.

I talk about some of early impressions about gender-bending that I acquired from popular novels and movies in my first essay, Tranz Trances, Session 1  here on this blog.  I lived in a housing coop here in Iowa City that centered tranz ideology;  where we were required to state our preferred pronouns at the beginning of every business meeting. There were tranz individuals living there and I really did not think it was a harmful thing to choose to live this way.

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THIS IS SHE

But then I joined lefty art group and came in close contact with women and men who said they were the other sex, some were taking cross sex hormones, but others were not. There was one man in the group who had a female name. He was a tall, muscular, balding, blonde man in his twenties. There was unspoken social pressure that was exerted on everyone to refer to this man as “she.” I felt weird about this and went to some length to find ways to avoid having to use any pronoun. One day I was working with one of the founding members, a talented woman whom I otherwise admire, (I’ll call her “Kay”) and I felt very creepy when she referred to him as she and I knew that I was not allowed to question this in any way lest I be considered an ignorant bigot.

Now that I have done considerable research into this phenomenon I know that what “Kay” did to me is known as gaslighting.  She was fucking with my perception of physical reality in order to further her own political agenda. This incident, along with another related incident,  was what started my peak tranz moment and which massively triggered me to the point where I was compelled to speak out and take action.

I had a moment of clarity some months ago about how what “Kay” did to me was reminiscent of what my mother did to me, viv-a-vis my being sexually assaulted by my father. Recently I woke up from a dream that made the link even more explicit.  In the dream “Kay” invited me to be part of the group again and outlined projects I might like to work on.  I decided I needed to confront her about why I had left the group, but I kept chickening out. We were at a student center and one student had a sign with a half-man/half-woman image on the door to their room. I pressed on regardless with her about how it is really not possible to change your sex, let’s get rid of patriarchal gender roles, etc.  She seemed to be listening…and then I woke up.

And my first thought upon waking was that what “Kay” did to me, i.e., calling a man SHE because it was seen as the groovy new politically correct thing to do, was part and parcel of RAPE CULTURE and it’s valuation of men’s lies over women’s lived reality. And, yes, this is what happened to me as a child of a violent pedophile. He was supported and enabled by this male supremacist culture and I was silenced and vilified.

The dream was a wish-fulfillment of mine, and did not give me any hope of a resolution with this woman or with the community that has adopted tranz ideology as its transcendent value. But it did help me understand why I am so “triggered” by tranz ideology.

What the man who says he is a woman has done/is doing is not some benign action. It is not positive or brave or groovy, however trendy it may seem to be and despite having been adopted as the central thesis of the (former) Gay Liberation Movement.

Tranzing is rape culture. It is sick men with a clothing fetish and alienated self-hating women engaging in the thrill of social violation. Tranz ideology is a patriarchal poison that gives the appearance of being about liberating people from sexual bondage, but is really a psychological warfare against women, the body and the natural world. The man at the art center was violating my psychological integrity.  It was a power move on his part, a giant fuck you to me and my aging, broken down, childbearing body.

And “Kay” and the other women at the art center are colluding with psychopaths and participating in the gaslighting.  “Kay” was  protecting and enabling  this abuser to the extent that I was ostracized from the group. This is what my mother did to me when she protected my abuser and blamed me for his abuse. This is what patriarchal women do to other women to make them obey the rules that men make. “Kay” may as well be one of the women who holds down girls to scrape off their genitals or bind their feet. It’s the exact same process for the same reason, When I wrote to this group to tell them how I had been hurt and why I had some problems with tranz ideology in regard to sterilizing gender nonconforming children I was ignored.

Now that I’ve had this clarifying dream I can start to let go of my rage over this. I have been battling male supremacist violence in all it’s many chimeric forms for 65 years and I FAILED to make a dent in it. Male supremacy has led to the destruction of the entire biosphere and I am unable to stop it. My only consolation is the fact that I did speak up and I did fight back.

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Tranz Awareness At The Iowa City Library

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This is the transcript of correspondence between myself and the director of the Iowa City Public Library,  Mx. Susan Craig. I noticed a display of literature in a prominent position at the library and wondered whether it was a good idea to advertise medical procedures to children who might not understand the risks associated with medical sexual re-assignment treatments. There is of course no gender critical literature at the ICPL, no Mary Daly,  No Janice Raymond,  nothing. Her invitation to set up my own display was hollow because of the lack of gender critical voices being represented at the library.  It’s as if Second Wave feminism has been deleted from history, which coincidentally, is what patriarchy does to all women’s voices and all of women’s history

From: Smith, Jeanne A
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:50 PM
To: Susan Craig <susan-craig@icpl.org>
Subject: Trans Awareness

Hello Susan Craig,

I don’t know if you are the appropriate person to be directing this missive to, but i need to speak up about something i have a strong concern about.  I came into the library today and saw the display on Trans Awareness Week. Last year I also noticed the display and wrote to ICPL via your Facebook page. In the intervening year I have done considerable research into the Trans phenomenon and I am even more concerned about your uncritical promotion of this trend. Yes, fine, free speech and dissemination of information about cultures is a good thing, but there is a very dark side to Transgenderism that you are not presenting and unfortunately, this could cause permanent harm to impressionable young people.

So, keep the display but also present the other side of the issue. You need to give information about who is funding this initiative and the dangers to human bodies, especially the bodies of children, of puberty blockers and cross sex hormones.

This is a movement that is promoting the sterilization and mutilation of gender non-conforming children. What other mental condition in children calls for chemical sterilization and the destruction of genital tissue such that the child is unable to experience sexual pleasure? If you don’t care about women having privacy to rinse out their bloody panties without individuals who who were socialized into the male sex role before they started taking estrogen, or about former men taking away spots from women on women’s sports teams, or about rapists who say they are trans in order to be transferred to women’s prisons…then at least consider that sterilizing children and destroying their bodies with synthetic hormones needs at least a mention in your celebratory display.

Here are relevant links to some of the information that I have been researching:

Cross sex hormones cause bone decay, cancer, heart disease and genital atrophy. Adults have a right to do this to themselves. Children are too young to give consent for this.

 

https://khn.org/news/women-fear-drug-they-used-to-halt-puberty-led-to-health-problems/

Women Fear Drug They Used To Halt Puberty Led To Health …

khn.org

For years, Sharissa Derricott, 30, had no idea why her body seemed to be failing. At 21, a surgeon replaced her deteriorated jaw joint. She’s been diagnosed with …

Why can’t we talk about MALE PRIVILEGE?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugCCq75w1dY

Pressure to Transition

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I describe some of the social forces that lead me to transition FtM and why we need to talk about lesbians being pressured to transition.. Transcript: crashc…

 

https://4thwavenow.com/2017/04/03/the-money-is-flowing-to-suck-people-in-vaginoplasty-the-case-of-jazz-jennings/

“The money is flowing” to “suck people in:” Vaginoplasty …

4thwavenow.com

Social media has been abuzz the last few days with the release of a trailer advertising the upcoming third season of “I Am Jazz.” It’s only a two-minute clip …

 

What is the agenda of this cross-dressing billionaire? I can assure you that he will profit from this investment in corporate medical technology.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/06/24/lurie-hospital-gender-identity-clinic-gets-500k-from-pritzker/

Lurie Hospital Gender Identity Clinic Gets $500K From …

chicago.cbslocal.com

The gender and sex development program at Lurie Children’s Hospital has just received a $500,000 grant from Jennifer Pritzker, a Chicago philanthropist who …

Why is this man promoting transgenderism?

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/11/george-soros-the-money-behind-the-transgender-move/

Finally, here is a short essay I wrote about an experience I had recently in Iowa City;

madamnomad.com/2017/08/04/living-in-tranztopia/

And my credentials as a person who does not take crap from the patriarchy:

https://madamnomad.com/2015/05/06/child-rape-and-the-law-1985-to-2013/

Child Rape And The Law, 1985 to 2013 | Madam Nomad

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Previously, Vermont law required prosecution of certain crimes of sexual violence against a child to happen by the time the victim turns 24, or within ten years of …

Sincerely,

Jeanne Allyn Smith

Attachments area

Preview YouTube video Pressure to Transition

 

And….Here is the reply I received from Mx. Craig:

Ms Smith,

I have talked to the staff about this display.  It is planned to coincide with Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance which is observed internationally on November 20, “as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.”    The display is in keeping with Library and City values of equity and inclusion.

We do not accept responsibility for ensuring that all points of view are represented in a display.  If you would like to share your perspective you are able to book a display space to share your information on this topic.  Here is a link to the Library’s display policy:

https://www.icpl.org/sites/default/files/policies/805-displays.pdf

Susan Craig

Library Director

319-356-5241

www.icpl.org

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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.

Girls Rock

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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:
Girls:
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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