Women’s Liberation Front v. United States: WoLF sues to restore Title IX rights for women and girls

From the WoLF GoFundMe page
From the WoLF GoFundMe page

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

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

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

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

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

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Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • Miep O’Brien

    Does the Woman’s Liberation Front have its own legal identity? I.e., is it filed with the State of California as a nonprofit organization? And if not, how does filing a lawsuit work? Doesn’t a legal entity have to file a lawsuit, as in: an individual, a limited partnership, a corporation?

    • midwifemama

      WoLF is a 501c3 now.

  • Hannah

    I really don’t understand why we can’t be separate, protected classes so that everyone’s interests are taken care of?

  • Miep O’Brien

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to start a PAC?

    • Pod0riji7

      No, obviously.

  • Mac

    Word! Biological males are already starting to steal opportunities from womyn. Bio males will get all the things that were supposed to advance our equal rights. The patriarchy has adapted. “Sex is not gender” the TransActivists say but never really mean.

  • Sara Marie

    This is BIG! And thank you, Susan Cox and FC for sharing this news. The backlash against the womyn standing strong for the rights of females is going to be the usual tidal wave, I fear. Us women who can’t be in the public eye can at least support them emotionally, as needed, and also provide services including bodyguarding while feminist womyn appear/speak publicly, shelter should they have to flee, and whatever else we can think of.

    75, 000 seems like a lot to come up with, though I know for legal representation on this kind of scale, it is small time. We’re making great progress so far. Too bad it always ends up coming back to womyn, the world’s poor, to finance our own activism. If men were willing to chip in, the gofundme could be completed in no time. Men, you’ve all benefited from patriarchy in ways big and small. Womyn from all over the globe are pitching in however much they can. Giving us $$$ for this lawsuit, and other feminist campaigns, is one way you can work towards less injustice towards girls and womyn–you know, plain ol’ females.

  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    For things to change, men will have to abuse this law to a point where the public sits up and pays attention. Unfortunately women and girls will have to pay the price.

  • CarrieAnne

    I hope this lawsuit is successful. It’s ridiculous how many people now ignore biological sex as an opinion instead of an established, unchanging fact. Even more scary, I know a number of handmaidens who’ve bought into the “Some women have penises!” and “Transwomen ARE women, period!” Kool-Aid. Obnoxiously shouting slogans over and over doesn’t make them true.

  • SPLIN

    “Women’s Liberation Front vs. The United States”

    Yes. YES. YES! and WIN !!!!

    “In 1964, women and girls gained protections through the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of sex in education, sports, and employment. These rights were recently lost when the Obama Administration issued several rulings that the word sex in the Civil Rights Act actually means gender identity. Women in the US have lost all sex-based protections other than the right to vote.”

    Read, like and share! WOLF: https://www.facebook.com/womensliberationfront/

  • SkyLark Phillips

    This is Title IX,

    “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
    Both Title IX and Title VII say sex not “gender identity”. Second wave feminists gave us Title IX, and women did this for our daughters. Historically, Title IX clearly meant sex as in biological sex. Either biological sex exists, or it does not. How can “sex” mean both biological sex and “gender identity” at the same time, and what happens when these two conflicting definitions of sex collide? The Obama administration has conflated sex with gender identity to such an extent that it defies all common sense and logic. There is, and has never been, a precise definition of gender identity other than personal self-identification. I fully support WOLF, and I pray they are successful for the sake of all girls and women.

  • northernTNT

    petition ? Mary Lou ? I don’t understand ?

  • midwifemama

    This is Mary Lou. WoLF is a 501c3. The GoFundMe page is under my name, but all funds go immediately into the WoLF bank account which has its own federal tax ID number. GoFundMe requires a public face of a campaign, so I volunteered. It’s sometimes terrifying and I would appreciate protective vibes if you have any to spare. We will release financial records quarterly. No WoLF members are making any money on this (we are actually all giving money and time to the effort). We have hired an experienced federal litigator who has the skills, knowledge and resources to see this through. All funds are expected to go to legal expenses. More details on the suit will be released very soon. Feel free to hold off on donating if you want more info before contributing. Feel free to refrain from donating altogether. We have tons of enthusiastic support so far and we expect more once all of the details are released. In sisterhood, let’s win this thing. XX, Mary Lou

  • midwifemama

    Our lawsuit was filed today!

  • anne

    Thank you for the tip. Blocked.

    • namesareirrelevant

      I forgot that you can block abusive, highly enraged MRA wank muppets. I’ll block him too.

  • CeeTee55

    Woman = XX chromosome complement. Wrong chromosomes, wrong anatomy, not a woman! Use the mens’s room.