Unspeakable Women event at Cheltenham, 11 March 2017

Unspeakable Women: Julie Bindel; Sarah Ditum; Maryam Namazie. Critical Sisters’ ground-breaking launch event will bring together the insights and experience of three brilliant and proudly outspoken women. A panel discussion will be followed by a workshop with a focus on feminism and free speech. Saturday, March 11th at Cheltenham; click for details.

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Things I wish my therapist had said while I was pursuing medical transition

There is a huge, fast-growing community of gender transition desisters, resisters and detransitioners. Their voices are quiet because of vicious attacks by their former trans support groups, and because they’re traumatised. The process often brings incredible self-insight and perspective. In four powerful artworks, young detransitioner Cari expresses what lay behind her dysphoria. We review the social forces that focus a person’s identity on their ‘gender’.

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Money

Surely, he said, displaying a concern for trans people I’d never seen him display for women, a transwoman asking for a place in a women’s refuge is a DV victim in need? Trans people deserve support, but here’s the thing: women’s services aren’t coping with demand as it is. They lack money, power and influence. But many figures in the transgender movement are enormously wealthy. Any one of them could fund services for trans professionals to help trans people!

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Who owns a woman’s body? It feels like the wrong body!

Just thinking about this transgender ideology, this insistence that a woman is someone who ‘feels’ like a woman and it’s nothing to do with bodies or biology. I just wanted to point out that most women HATE their bodies. Trans women seem very, very confused about what the reality of women’s lives are like. They don’t have the monopoly on feeling like you’re ‘in the wrong body’; every single woman I know has a really complicated relationship with her body.

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Pro-Trans activists try to shut down Working Class Movement Library

[Link] An excellent analysis of the push back against Julie Bindel’s planned talk at the Working Class Movement Library. Those who oppose the event are targeting the library’s funding stream, an act that can only be described as moral and cultural bankruptcy. If you wish to make a financial donation of support, you can do so via their website

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LGBT History Month & the Working Class Movement Library

To the Trustees of the Working Class Movement Library: Thank you for standing up against the online mob for the right of a working class lesbian activist to be heard. It is clear that, conscious or otherwise, lesbophobia, ageism and sexism simmer beneath the demands to silence Julie Bindel, a prominent campaigner for the rights of women and girls. Fighting individualistic identity politics is crucial to class struggle and analysis. As feminists we stand with you.

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Defending abusers helps no-one

Alan Carr doubtless feels he’s being loyal to old friend Justin Lee Collins, who was convicted of domestic abuse. Very often the abuser, the person using violence or emotional abuse to batter their partner, uses friends as part of his armoury. They provide a convenient smokescreen behind which to hide the abuser’s true nature. Women’s Aid reports 2 women a week are murdered by their partners in the UK. Police receive a domestic abuse call every 30 seconds.

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Mermaids TG are either lying or hopelessly unprofessional – TELI16 and distressed teens

Created by parents struggling to help their gender-questioning children, Mermaids Transgender was a support group. Now it’s a registered charity, receiving large grants and consulted by the UK Government, the NHS and others. And is still a group of blinkered evangelists. Despite their elevated status, Mermaids have shown themselves incapable of handling facts or seeing wider contexts. Our distressed young people need support, not sterilisation. We explain.

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