What’s Current: Hypatia issues apology and retraction after backlash against ‘transracialism’ article

Hypatia — a feminist philosophy journal — retracts article about “transracialism” and issues an apology after backlash.


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  • cday881@gmail.com

    Does Hypatia lack the courage of Hypatia?

    • Morag999

      Apparently, Hypatia’s courage bank is in the negative.

  • Anita Perry

    If people can change their sex, then why can’t they change their race? This is a legitimate question. What does this mean, “Perhaps most fundamentally, to compare ethically the lived experience of trans people (from a distinctly external perspective) primarily to a single example of a white person claiming to have adopted a black identity creates an equivalency that fails to recognize the history of racial appropriation, while also associating trans people with racial appropriation. ” Why is racial appropriation considered ethically wrong and in bad taste when wealthy white males shamelessly appropriate the lived experiences of half the human population? They know nothing of appropriation, and they insult the female sex. Caitlyn Jenner, a wealthy white Republican heterosexual male, father of six children by three different wives said, “The hardest part of being a woman is figuring out what to wear.” The actual struggles of poor women globally could just vanish if they devised a quicker more efficient way of deciding what to wear. Female genital mutilation, rape, decades of sex selective abortion resulting in 163 million missing girls from India and China, child brides, poverty, etc. all boils down to deciding what to wear. If this isn’t base, vulgar appropriation of the lived experiences of women world wide, then the word “appropriation” is meaningless. Do these “feminists” think that Jenner would be worth 100 million today if he were really a female? Lipstick, makeup, plastic surgery, and pretty designer clothes don’t make a woman anymore than white people putting on black face makes a person of color. I don’t know any woman who actually believes that the hardest part of being a woman is figuring out what to wear. Even women who have a boat load of money to buy expensive clothes don’t think like this. Apply this statement to people of color and see how it sounds. The hardest part of being black is figuring out what to wear. Forget that whole slavery and Jim Crow thing, it’s the expensive Nike shoes and cool clothes. “Blackness” is defined by hairstyle and clothes. I apologize to all people of color. At any rate, appropriated the centuries of horrid sexism, violence against women, female genital mutilation, and lives of half the human population, particularly poor women, is just as bad as appropriating the lives and history of people of color. Women sense this, and no amount of politically correct nonsense is going to change our minds. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1630983340495455&set=pcb.1630983630495426&type=3&theater

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  • Meghan Murphy

    I haven’t gotten all the way through the series, but I am under the impression it’s not anti-porn… The first episode looks at ‘feminist porn,’ though it doesn’t do of very good job of selling it as any different from regular porn, aside from the fact it’s woman-made, imo.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Exactly. Caving to this kind of bullying doesn’t ever placate the bullies.

    • Kathleen Lowrey

      Some people I like and respect have signed the letter. It’s baffling. Feminist journals calling for us to no-platform ourselves and apologizing when we didn’t already do so, pre-emptively. We ought already to have been quieter and sorrier than we humbly declare ourselves to be now… wait what was feminism all about again?

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  • Novo

    I don’t think there has been anything like this type of witch hunt against the politician in New Hampshire who was a literal MRA. Nothing even comparable, they just roll their eyes at that kind of thing but they get furious when a woman says anything that could be interpreted as critical of the trans orthodoxy.

    It’s..interesting that the liberal ‘feminist’ Twitter horde decided to go after a random feminist academic and not an MRA politician who actually does openly promote violence against women. If they get their way Rebecca T will have her career destroyed but the MRA will still have his job as a politician..

  • Tired feminist

    You’re appropriating my identity. I am the one who identifies as Supreme Owner of Truth here.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Gender/queer studies has erased actual feminist analysis in favour of postmodernism… Nothing is real and reality is now determined by the individual. To acknowledge material reality has become oppressive and ‘violent’ in an of itself, and the actual sources of oppression/systems of oppression as well as literal violence is ignored, as it is now those who NAME the problem/systems of oppression who are the problem. Fun, eh?

    • Mitchell Zimmerman

      I am tilted toward this understanding. But in the spirit of open mindedness, while I could speculate about why someone thought “male genitalia” was a bad way to refer to something, I thought perhaps someone who had that view could explain it to me.