Why is Facebook banning lesbians for using the word ‘dyke’?

Facebook is banning lesbians for using the word “dyke,” but continues not to take action against misogyny.

Lesbians are getting banned from Facebook in droves for posts that include the word “dyke.”

On Friday, in the days leading up to the annual Pride marches that take place in many North American cities, reports that lesbians were being banned from Facebook began to surface.

Co-founder of MichFest, the famed annual women’s music festival that was held every August from 1976 to 2015, Lisa Vogel, noted the irony of Facebook’s rainbow “reaction,” paired with their apparent targeting of lesbians.

Over the weekend, more and more women reported being banned — either for posting the word “dyke” in some form, or for simply posting about the bans.

https://twitter.com/katelouisegould/status/879367999257489409

While it initially appeared as though a group of people may have been targeting lesbians via the reporting tool, searching Facebook for posts including the word “dyke” to report them en masse, women have been banned after posting on their non-public profiles as well. One woman, Deidre Pearson, explains that despite having only a few hundred friends, a private profile, and posting at 2 a.m., she was banned for complaining about the ban.

https://twitter.com/ehungerford/status/878344587181342720

So, while the rash of bans over the weekend appeared to be targeted and connected to Pride, it’s not a new phenomenon. At Slate, Trish Bendix reported that Facebook removed a popular New York-based group called “Dyke Bar Takeover,” claiming the use of dyke in their name constituted “hate speech.” Even the term “lesbian” itself is not permitted on Facebook, as part of a username. Lisa A. Mallett and Liz Waterhouse report that posts arguing that lesbians are female have been removed by Facebook, as well.

The great irony in all of this is that Facebook refuses to take action against groups and individuals who post and share pornography or who engage in hate speech against feminists. I have personally reported dozens upon dozens of threats and hate speech directed at myself, other women, and posted on the Feminist Current Facebook page. The posts reported have included words like “cunt,” “whore,” and “bitch.” Many have paired the anti-feminist slur, “TERF,” with death threats. Not a single one of these incidents has ever qualified for any form of action, according to Facebook. Not once has Facebook removed the post in question or banned the user.

A small sample of posts that have not “gone against one of [Facebook’s] Community Standards”:

I am not alone in this. Many women report having experienced abuse or threats that Facebook has ignored, and having reported content including revenge porn, child exploitation, and other forms of sexual violence that did not go against the company’s “community standards.”

When asked about this lack of action on misogyny and male violence on their platform, Facebook will often claim dealing with the amount of flagged content is too challenging to get it right — employees must make decisions so quickly that errors are common. The company has also told users that reporting posts is the only way to deal with abusive content, that “every single report of abuse is read and acted upon by a human being,” and that Facebook does not scan for and remove content. Yet they managed to ban dozens of female users within a matter of days — most of whom are not public figures, do not necessarily have enormous followings, who clearly aren’t being reported through nefarious means, but are in fact being sought out by the company itself.

While indeed the task of dealing with abusive content on Facebook would be an incredible challenge, the company appears to have made a conscious choice not to flag misogynist words, and to target feminist speech instead.

If Facebook has the time and means to seek out and ban lesbians who have not even been reported by other users, surely the company can deal with the misogynists who attack, slur, threaten, and abuse women on the site.

Enough already.

 

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • Facebook aka Dickbook.

  • I’ve seen so much sexism, and yet I still find this confusing: how hard can it be for these guys at facebook to figure it out????? How can they justify this degree of sexism??? Are they just not listening to women, and only listening to trans women? That’s the only explanation that makes sense to me: that they genuinely have no idea what women are dealing with because their brains turn off as soon as a woman speaks. Middle class men are supposed to at least pretend to be fair – it’s in the middle class morality rulebook – but they’re not even doing that.

    • Hanakai

      Facebook is totally bro culture. They never even think about what reality is for women.

      Facebook was started by Zuckerberg and other undergraduate males, it was a Hot or Not type of site and used photos compiled from student records, placing two photos next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the “hotter” person”.

      It really is Dickbook and I do not understand why women use it. There are many other ways to have real actual contact and connection with people.

    • Just Passing Through

      “Are they just not listening to women, and only listening to trans women?” Yes and Yes.

  • lk

    So death threats, whore, cunt, bitch and videos that show violence against women stay up forever on facebook…But dyke immediately results in a ban?!

    That makes no sense.

    “Every single report of abuse is read and acted upon by a human being,”…I would be curious to know what percent of facebook moderators are female.

    I also don’t believe that FB cannot hire enough people to deal with abuse on their website…the last I read the company is worth over 100 billion dollars. I think facebook doesnt think threats against women are really that big of a deal and that’s why they let it go…and I wish they would stop using “free speech” as a way to justify everything people put on their site.

  • Alienigena

    Isn’t ‘go drink bleach’, like saying ‘go commit suicide’, is that acceptable on Facebook? I don’t know. I refuse to participate in the popularity contest that is Facebook, a platform whose impact on society resembles the dystopian present that the show Community depicts when an app called Meow Meow Beans takes over the Greendale campus.

  • A few years ago an online feminist started an action highlighting abusive images and encouraging women to report this violence against women on Facebook. I won’t mention her name for fear of her getting targeted again. I can’t remember how many disgusting violent sexual images I looked at and reported, along with many other women. Every single time Facebook decided these abusive images “didn’t violate community standards.” Every.Single.Time. The only result of this was that the woman herself got banned from Facebook for awhile. If it were just a matter of quickly making decisions, some of the abusive images would have gotten banned–by mistake if nothing else. Facebook encourages the harassment of women, especially feminists and lesbians. It cannot be incompetence.

  • Lucia Lola

    Facebook is a joke.

  • Yisheng Qingwa

    Women need to abandon Facebook en masse.

  • Sabine

    Facebook is a corrupt cesspit run by white men making billions through advertising. It felt massively liberating to close my account. FB has a very sinister agenda when it comes to profoundly manipulating and influencing society. Life does not end when one deletes one’s FB account. People just need to boycott. It’s not going to get any better….

    • catlogic

      I hear you. I had an account for all of two weeks, years ago, at the behest of friends. It only took that long for those scumbags to data-mine me (I had included NO personal information on my profile) – they emailed my boss, who doesn’t even use social media, suggesting he join too, because of three people he knew: me, a dude in another office of the company, and someone who worked with us so long ago I’d never even heard of him.

      Never regretted leaving that site. And that’s before I knew how truly foul Zuckerberg and his minions are.

  • DeColonise

    Unbelievable really.
    But then again Facebook is a corporation and hence a private platform so they have the right to ensure any kind of regulations and rules they like really.
    But with that said, yes, this is a huge disappointment.

    Even though this might not just be targeted harassment by trans activists and their allies, they do seem to like to cater to corporate authority.
    I find it scary how many people of today seem to appeal to these corporations as some kind of sign that justice is being made when they ban a user from posting on their private platforms.

  • foamreality

    Damn right. terfisaslur.com has a vast list of shockingly vile, threatening tweets targeted at women. What exactly does it take to count as breaching community standards if not this kind of stuff and the ones quoted by above? They would rather watch women suffer threats than risk being portrayed as transphobic – its political criminality.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Feminism is a movement toward the liberation of all women. There is no such thing as a feminist movement that is only for ‘some women.’ The whole point of feminism is that we see patriarchy as a form of class oppression — women being the class of people who are oppressed.

    Feminism is *not* an ‘inclusive’ movement — that notion was invented by the male-centered, anti-feminist third wave, which, despite what the mainstream seems to believe, was a backlash against feminism, not another ‘wave.’

    • Just Passing Through

      These transactivist fucknuggets just love spit-barking the acronym TERF! at us don’t they? Terf is most definitely a slur…. anyone who doesn’t know that by now is just being obtuse.

  • Sabine

    It’s the only way. Complaining about how horrendous FB is but continuing to use it because life is unthinkable without it is achieving nothing. I don’t care if I sound all “conspiracy” here but all social media is used like a weapon on the masses and it was designed with that in mind, so posting outraged comments about FB on FB changes absolutely nothing. It’s a dark, rotten, nasty creation and it loathes women.

  • Sabine

    “So if you do not like the word, work on making your feminism inclusive”

    Of males? Nope. Feminism is inclusive only of females.

  • Kris

    I’ve never seen “TERF” being used within calm or reasoned discourse and not paired with violent rhetoric or used as a means of shutting down the conversation. Examples?

    If you want to argue that it’s merely a description and not a slur, what is it’s purpose for those that use it? Who is meant to be using this quick & handy acronym tool and in what context? What is having this new term available for use accomplishing?

    It’s certainly not meant to be an enlightening term for radical feminists to finally understand your arguments. It’s used by liberal feminists to label /distinguish outsiders and dissenters from their side. If it’s not a slur, at best, you have to concede it was intended to be synonymous with the word “bigot”.

    And you can’t understand why radical feminists would have a hard time being labeled as bigots? Or why a movement advocating for females would have a problem with group of people that includes males inventing a term to describe their group? A term that is often YELLED AT THEM? Who uses perfectly neutral , merely descriptive, terms to yell at another person? TERF is not simply “a descriptive word”.

  • Hekate Jayne

    I can’t understand why any woman would choose to use Facebook.

    Is it that important to stay “in touch” with people? And to use it because “everyone is on it”?

    I manage to keep up with friends and family without it. And even if I couldn’t, I am still not going to support yet more males that hate women. Period.

    • Meghan Murphy

      I use it to engage with other feminists, as a means to follow current events, to share information and writing. I keep up with my family and friends in person. If you’re in media, it’s necessary…

  • lk

    Feminism does not need to include transwomen because transwomen are biologically male.

    Transwomen and women have radically different concerns like pregnancy, abortion, birth control, periods and menopause.

    Transwomen are free to start their own movement, but feminism is under no obligation to make our movement about the needs and concerns of men.

  • Hekate Jayne

    Did you not read this article?

    There’s a fb post that says “drink bleach, terf scum”. Scroll up, dude. It’s right there. It’s one example of many.

    So, that’s not an insult? When I am called a terf, it’s never just the word, terf. It’s usually terf, followed by rape or death threats. Trans love to say that they hope that we die in a fire. I hear that one a lot after being called a terf.

    Are you drunk or just stupid? You have stupid flying out of your mouth like it’s making you money.

    And here’s something. If you want to be included, threats and intimidation don’t work, anyway. Want to come to a party? Threatening to kill the host is a guarantee that you will be excluded. Why would we ever want to help males that not only constantly tell us to shut up, but threaten us?

    It’s so odd. For trans males to be all “you will let us be naked in your locker rooms! You help us! Your concerns are bigotry and we hope you die in a fire and drink bleach, terf scum! Why won’t you help us ladydudes????”

    Learn some fucking manners. Jesus.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Don’t get me wrong, I certainly think Facebook is anti-woman (and, of course, a capitalist enterprise first and foremost). But I do find it quite useful, nonetheless, for my purposes. That said, I know plenty of women who manage to do amazing feminist work without/outside social media. Most of them, in fact.

  • Alisa Marie

    Tony, TERF may have been well-intended at first, but it definitely continues to be used as a slur as many of these women described below and is no longer appropriate. As with many things in this world, it got taken over by people who wish harm toward others.

    With that said, I am shocked at some of the other comments. First of all, transgender women cannot “choose” to be women. Science now has now proven this. http://tinyurl.com/yahofj82
    I’ve observed those who have experienced transition begin to understand and fight for feminist issues more quickly with increased intensity than many other women. In transitioning, one sees both sides of male privilege, whether it is lost or gained. Perhaps biological factors weren’t available, but mentally and emotionally, MtF transgender individuals are women, and they didn’t ask for it any more than biologically born women. We are also entering a world with the breaking down of the gender binary and need to acknowledge that in feminism because those involved are still subject to the mysogenistic, patriarchal system.
    We’ve already lost 13 MtF transgender women this year to violence. They didn’t die because they were male. If we aren’t fighting for them as well, then yes, we are part of the problem.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Re: the 13 trans-identified males murdered — I assume you are talking about the US? There have been none in Canada… As for the question of ‘why’, I believe all those individuals were of colour, so it is likely racism is a factor here. I am also under the impression that many of the trans-identified males who are killed in the US are in the sex trade, and killed by johns.

      While certainly these deaths are horrible and the result of marginalization, I’m not sure ‘they didn’t die because they were male’ quite explains it. Homophobic violence is quite real… Violent, sadistic men fetishize transgender males (hence all the ‘chicks with dicks’ porn) AND punish other men who don’t properly ‘perform’ masculinity.

      Meanwhile, there are thousands of women murdered by men every year, and that conversation has been completely minimalized/drowned out/erased by transgender discourse. I am told almost daily that transwomen experience more marginalization and violence than females (which is simply not even close to true) as a means to silence feminists who speak out against male violence against women.

      If you Google ‘murdered women of colour,’ for pages upon pages, the only results that come up are to do with transwomen. Like, literally, violence against women is being erased in this conversation. Why?

    • Hekate Jayne

      You said:
      “We’ve already lost 13 MtF transgender women this year to violence. They didn’t die because they were male.”

      Do you know how many women that were killed by males so far this year?

      I do. But why don’t you do a Google. It’s way more than 13.

      And those 13 trans were killed by males. So, you want feminists to fix that?

      You do know that women have been on the receiving end of male violence for centuries. How are we supposed to get them to stop killing trans when we can’t get them to stop raping, beating and killing us?

      Doesn’t seem strange to you to be telling feminists that we need to stop male violence against trans? Has any feminist anywhere ever killed a trans?

      And now, we have the additional issue of dudes in dresses lurking in bathrooms and taking pics of us using the facilities. In my area, we have had 2 in the past 2 weeks, and that’s just what’s been on my local news.

      Also, since you insist that trans are women, can you tell me how many have died in childbirth? Or got pregnant from rape? Or were sold as child brides to be used as breeding stock? Or had their clitoris cut out for religious reasons? Or were denied an education for being female?

      And what do you mean when you say that trans are “mentally and emotionally women”? Because I was born female and the only people that insist that women are emotionally or mentally different are misogynists.

      So, how am I emotionally and mentally a woman? I really am looking forward to you defining me like that. Really.

    • Jeanne Deaux

      TERF was never well-intentioned. It came from men thinking they should be catered to by feminism. Transgender women are not actually women. They are men who don’t understand what being a woman is and that there’s some mental or emotional way to be a woman.

    • Zuzanna Smith

      How many women did we lose this year, hon? Or is the death of boring old females due to male violence unimportant to you? MtT were murdered by homophobic males, why aren’t trans activists and trans”women” going after males who kill them and calling them a slur like the one they gave to women who don’t kill them?

      “but mentally and emotionally, MtF transgender individuals are women”, really, really? How is one mentally and emotionally a woman, please be specific as I don’t want anyone to think I am a dude if I don’t get my emotions across just right.

      • Hekate Jayne

        I am waiting for an answer to how I an “mentally and emotionally a woman”, too.

        I don’t think that we will be getting an answer, though.

      • Alienigena

        Well according to estimates 3 women per day are murdered by a current or former partner. 3 x 365 = 1095 deaths in total. And this does not include the number of women made homeless by violent men, the number of women injured by domestic violence.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/domestic-violence-statistics_n_5959776

        There are even studies now that are looking at the number of women who become brain injured due to assaults committed by their partners. Guess how long it is before some A list actor makes a film about brain injury in women in violent relationships, like the film made about football players. I’d say when pigs fly.

        https://www.nwhn.org/domestic-abuse-brain-injury-women/

        http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/many-brain-injuries-caused-by-domestic-violence-go-untreated-experts-1.3039697

        • Hanakai

          You are also not counting the many women murdered not by a partner or former partner, but by your general male misogynist. Like an 18-year-old girl in Pennsylvania was shot through the brain and killed by a male driver who did not like that she was trying to merge not the freeway. Like the Chinese student abducted in broad daylight and murdered by a male graduate student who had gotten his ideas from male websites about how to kidnap women. Like the many women in prostitution who are murdered by johns and serial killers.

          Ugh.

          • Alienigena

            Yes, I saw that story about the girl killed by a male driver on the news yesterday and was shocked but also not. Because driving to me is not a prosocial activity in any way, it is an activity that often borders on the psychopathic (without conscience). I don’t know what happens to people when they get in a car but they seem unable to tolerate any inconvenience or challenge. They don’t seem to understand that their roadways are not their personal property, they are shared.

    • Hanakai

      No, those born as males are not and will never be women — not physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually or in any other way. And no, gender binary is NOT breaking down —- gender binary is biological and scientific reality —
      nature made humans and other mammals dimorphic, male and female.

      In the USA, most MtF transdelusionals who suffered violence were in the business of selling sex. Those in prostitution are particularly vulnerable to male violence — indeed, in the USA prostitution is the most dangerous occupation of all and a prostitute is 51 times more likely to be killed than someone in the next most dangerous occupation, that of liquor store clerk. So-called transgender people who are not engaged in prostitution suffer no more violence than the general population. It is occupational choices and not the choice to pretend to be female that is at the base of the violence against MtFs. And furthermore, the violence to MtFs comes not from women or radical feminists, but from — who else?? —- other males.

      And even further, women suffer far more violence at the hands of MtFs than MtFs suffer at anyone’s hands. So-called transgender women are really men in disguise and they commit as much, or more violence against women than do non-trans males. In the news today, a MtF was just convicted of murdering three women. So-called transgender women, aka delusional males, are as misogynistic, violence and murderous toward women as any other group of males.

      June 30, 2017: “SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – A jury in Spokane has convicted a 65-year-old transgender woman of three counts of first-degree murder.
      Donna Perry will be sentenced on July 24 in Spokane County Superior Court. Perry used to be known as Douglas Perry before undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2000.

      Perry was convicted Thursday in the killings of 26-year-old Yolanda Sapp, 34-year-old Nickie Lowe, and 38-year-old Kathy Brisbois. The three worked as prostitutes in Spokane and were all shot during a four-month span in 1990. The cases were unsolved until 2012, when Perry was convicted in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Her DNA was entered into a national database and linked to the victims. Prosecutors contended Perry changed her gender to avoid suspicion.”

      • Hekate Jayne

        Perry also claims that his “maleness” caused him to kill prostitutes. Because the prostitutes, being actual females, could reproduce and he couldn’t. He says that he isn’t a threat to women anymore because he’s now a lady, and we all know that ladies are just sugar and spice.

        I’m waiting to hear if he will be housed in a jail for women.

        • Hanakai

          That is a good question about where he will be sent. I will see what I can find out.

          He will be in a prison, which is where those convicted of a felony are sent. A jail is where people are held before trial or often after conviction of a misdemeanor.

          • Hekate Jayne

            I know that he was previously kept in a cell with a woman. She ended up testifying about what he told her while they were cell mates.

            It seems like all of this trannie stuff is unconstitutional (sorry, I don’t know what country you are in). I think it’s the 14th amendment that says that rights can’t be given at the expense of someone else’s rights. That’s exactly what is happening with these males.

            I also wonder if the ERA had passed, if a lot of things would be different now. But we couldn’t even get our country to treat women as full humans. So.

    • Alienigena

      It is attitudes like yours, that simple disagreement (including that which is unexpressed in any format) is the same as physical violence, that are driving me to ignore anything to do with LGBTQ … I have no interest in giving oxygen to a movement that seems dedicated to erasing the rights of biological females and does not even honour the contributions of the biological females (lesbians) in their midst to their movement and tells them that they should have sex with biological males or they are being transphobic. I cannot countenance supporting what seems to be insanity. Up is down, right is left … You can yammer all you like against binaries … the biological sex binary is the only one I am OK with as it is literally inescapable. A lot of women who visit this site have struggled with feminine stereotypes and how they limit the life experience of many women and girls. So asking them to buy into your delusion that gender is natural is not going to happen. As far as I can determine MtTs reinforce gender binaries through most of their behaviours.

    • will

      “I’ve observed those who have experienced transition begin to understand and fight for feminist issues more quickly with increased intensity than many other women. In transitioning, one sees both sides of male privilege, whether it is lost or gained. ”

      Ah yes, men performing womanhood are MUCH better at it than actual women, aren’t they? You are so soaked in pomo-patriarchy you have lost all grounding. Please snap out of it.

  • Meghan Murphy

    It is veeeery performative, which can be very annoying, I agree. People will often put forth the impression of themselves they want to put forth, that isn’t often very honest or sincere.

    I personally love looking at pictures of dogs, but I feel you.

  • Meghan Murphy

    I think you might be misunderstanding… Trans identified males will never be women because they are male… That isn’t a judgement call or anything, it’s just a fact. Feminism fights for women’s liberation from patriarchy, so while of course we don’t support male violence against anyone, our focus is on women and the male violence inflicted on them.

    So we aren’t really ‘casting’ anyone out, because men were never and never will be centered in feminism to begin with.

  • Jeanne Deaux

    Yes, yes, you’re better than everyone here. Thanks.

    • will

      ^^WTF?^^

  • Jeanne Deaux

    The term “gender matches what they were assigned at birth” makes no fucking sense. Gender is an ideological system imposing specific appearance, behavior, and preference requirements upon a person based on their sex. And no one assigns you a sex. They merely identify what they can already see you have, same way we identify a grizzly bear by its shape and color. Sometimes that ID is incorrect because the person so identified has a physical condition where their genitalia did not develop correctly. Most of the time that is not the case. Certainly the vast vast majority of people “identifying as trans” are not intersex or anything like it.

    There is no such thing as a trans woman. There are men who think they are women because they like makeup and high heels and shopping. It is sexist bullshit and you enable it.

    NO kind of feminism enables it, however. ANYONE stating that they are a woman because of their personality or preferences is buying into sexist bullshit which is THE OPPOSITE of feminism.

    And no, you can’t “present as a female” either. You are either female or you are not. If you’re not female, you’re either male or intersex. Organisms born with ovaries are female. Organisms born with testes are male. This is not difficult. If you were born with ovaries, you’re female, no matter what people think you look like.

    I shouldn’t have to explain any of this to a full-grown adult. Transgenderism is just a way for males to disrupt feminism. It literally serves no other purpose. Feminism has been saying guys can wear dresses since the 70s if not earlier. Antifeminist transgenderism says that if you want to wear a dress you can’t possibly be a guy. You tell me which is the more tolerant position, the one that lets a guy wear whatever, or the one that says he has to take drugs and get surgery?

  • Jeanne Deaux

    You cannot choose to be a specific material state. No one MAKES themselves be female. This isn’t even a relevant argument. MTFs are excluded from feminism because THEY ARE NOT FEMALE. ARE NOT. You can’t identify as something you ARE NOT.

    I think “transmen” [sic] belong in feminism because… THEY ARE FEMALE. In fact they NEED feminism because for some reason they think their lack of femininity means they’ve lost their Female Card. They need support to understand otherwise. I get that many of them will disagree with me on that, and hey, it’s a free country. Supposedly.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Dogs are, lets be honest, probably the best and most beautiful living things, tho.

    • catlogic

      It’s a dead heat with cats. 🙂

    • Alienigena

      I would vote for otters (a group of animals that incorporates some fun into every day) and lemurs (ring-tailed in particular) a group in which females are often larger than males, and I like the natural jauntiness of the lemur’s walk. I am a swimmer (I like water), just the idea of floating on your back eating seafood (sea urchins) has some appeal.

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

      River otters also make snow slides. If I was a wild animal I would definitely like to be an otter.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF6ijhSrbBQ

  • will

    “Does the act of murder transmogrify the male sex to female?”

    Probably. Like when a man rapes another man, the rape victim has been rendered “female and degraded” by the rape. Sort of like that.

  • Alienigena

    Do you even know what feminism is? The suffragettes were concerned with the reproductive health of biological females and tried to provide them with birth control and information about sexual health. Feminism has always been about how females’ biology has used against them, to control them and oppress them. You really need to get a clue.

    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/birth-control-and-the-rights-of-women-post-suffrage-feminism-in-the-early-twentieth-century-by-clare-debenham/2013950.article

    http://progressiveeraandwomesmreform.weebly.com/the-birth-control-movement.html

    By the way if you are a loud and proud American. Maybe you shouldn’t be. The USA has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/05/12/528098789/u-s-has-the-worst-rate-of-maternal-deaths-in-the-developed-world

  • Melanie

    To make statements such as ‘the gender that matches what they were assigned at birth’ is not a feminist statement. It’s the exact opposite of feminism. Which I suspect is precisely why transgender ideology has become so widely accepted, so quickly, with so little scientific evidence. The most telling thing is that transgender activists and their male allies such as yourself are intently fixated on the mere opinions of women, but pay very little attention to the actual perpetrators of violence against transgender people, ie. other men. There’s no degrading, insulting acronym for them. There’s no “punch a violent male’ t-shirts, ‘choke a man’ signs or ‘die male scum’ buttons for sale on Etsy. It’s very obvious what’s going on here. It’s not feminism.

  • Meghan Murphy

    What, exactly, do you think radical feminism (feminism) is, Jennifer?

  • Morag999

    “If someone claims radical feminism and yet excludes trans people, yup, that’s a TERF. It doesn’t mean anything other than someone who follows that philosophy, whether you think that’s a good thing or not (which it’s definitely not).”

    Feminism doesn’t exclude “people.” Feminism is for, and includes, all girls and women. Females.

    So, what you’re saying is that calling a man a man is a “philosophy” that some women “follow.” And that calling a man a man is not only a “philosophy” but a bad thing that bad women (i.e., “TERFs”) do because they’re so bad.

    I do wonder what was going through your mind when you wrote that. I wonder what kind of behind-the-scenes thoughts led you to call the basic facts of mammalian biology a “philosophy.” Have you ever actually stopped yourself and worked backwards to examine and identify the thoughts and premises that informed your declaration that material reality, and those who take note of it, is “definitely not” a good thing but a bad philosophy?

    I mean, such declarations don’t come out of nowhere. They come from somewhere, from thoughts that you must regard as facts. So what are they?

    Serious question.

  • radwonka

    “If someone claims radical feminism and yet excludes trans people, yup, that’s a TERF.”

    stupid, radical feminism never supported gender/trans ideology. Radicalism in itself is against metaphysical identities.

  • Sue

    I shared this post and it was removed by Facebook. WTF??