What’s Current: Police raid offices of women’s groups in Poland after protests

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  • One day after Polish women staged marches to protest the country’s restrictive abortion law, police raid the offices of women’s rights groups, seizing computers and shutting down their operations. ” In a statement, the Women’s Rights Centre said: “We are afraid that this is just a pretext or warning signal to not engage in activities not in line with the ruling party.”
  • The financial firm that installed the “Fearless Girl” in front of the Wall Street bull paid out a settlement for underpaying minority and female employees.
  • Buzzfeed exposes the way liberal men colluded with white nationalist/misogynist Milo Yiannopoulos.
  • Girls who are ashamed of their bodies are more likely to skip meals and avoid socializing, a problem that is exacerbated by social media sites like Instagram that provide a steady stream of unattainable beauty ideals.
  • Claire Heuchan: “When feminists who have spent decades challenging sexism, racism, and homophobia are viewed as a risk to the wellbeing of students, something has gone very wrong indeed.”
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Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • fxduffy

    “… it was brave of Bellos to propose to address this schism between queer and feminist principles when so many seasoned activists shy away from this issue.”

    Isn’t the silence from feminists, liberals, and progressives nearly as much to blame for the de-platforming of trans-critical voices as that of the noisy, obnoxious, and violent trans cliques? Well, maybe not nearly, but the critic’s isolation is particularly striking, even to the point of believing that we are the ones, despite the threats, despite the pounding ignorance amassed against us, who have lost our way. The lack of support can be as stupifying, I think, as the current pathological political climate in the U.S.

    (I’m not a letter-to-the-editor person, but I have submitted at least 100 over the decades without a single rejection. So, I was disturbed when the local paper (65,000 population) refused to print my response to their pro transgender editorial. They were willing to print stories about local women withdrawing from the YWCA because of men in the dressing rooms, but any kind of reasoned presentation of the framework of their anger was intolerable to the all liberal male editorial board. Another form of de-platforming)

    • Kathleen Lowrey

      fxduffy — I’ve had a similar experience. I sent an op-ed to my local newspaper in response to a “how to be an ally to trans people” op-ed. They didn’t even reject it; they just never acknowledged it. I wouldn’t think anything of it if the three previous op-ed pieces I’d sent to the paper in the past 5 years hadn’t been accepted and published, but they all were; it’s not like I am a known crank who sends in op-eds all the time about my latest tinfoil hat conspiracy nor am I complete newbie at writing op-eds. It really made me wonder about how the apparent liberal consensus around trans issues (you’re either totally pro trans because it is just like gay and lesbian liberation and you as a groovy person get it OR you are a religious reactionary; no other position exists) has been constructed.

  • Hekate Jayne

    About the buzzfeed thing.

    So, a male editor is working on a publication for women. And THAT is what he does.

    I just cannot fathom any woman that is ok with ANY MALE being involved in women’s liberation. We don’t know which ones we can trust, so we should trust NONE of them. When will we learn.

  • Hekate Jayne

    Cruelty is a word that is being wholly defined by trannies. The same as other words that they wholly own and define, like violence. And woman.

    I am pretty sure that this is a case of dudes saying “butbutbut I am a ladie! As is obvious from my tutu and lipstick! If you do not agree with me, it is violence! And cruel! And your meaness is causing us death!”

    And I am also pretty sure that she didn’t provide evidence, because the evidence would be tranny nonsense about us killing them by refusing to say that they are women.

    Just my thoughts. For what it is worth.

  • Morag999

    Good question.

    I’m glad, of course, and grateful that she wrote this article (it really does take guts), but, like you, I wondered exactly the same when I read that sentence you quoted.

    Did she feel she HAD to say that lest the audience accuse her of being biased? Or did an editor insist that, for the sake of “balance,” she had say something critical about the radical feminist response to trans nonsense and aggression?

    You know, there must always, it seems, be two equal “sides” to a conflict, and a few bad actors on each side — even if that’s honestly not the case, that’s what an audience wants and expects to hear …

  • soyouretheone

    And another big surprise: Las Vegas shooter made regular use of prostitutes and violently mistreated them… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4959970/Vegas-prostitute-says-Stephen-Paddock-enjoyed-violent-sex.html

    • FierceMild

      I was waiting for that or domestic violence to surface. So predictable. So venal.

      • Wren

        I’m sure they’ll find a way to downplay the connection between men’s violent nature and the inherent violence in the prostitution industry. I mean, aren’t most johns just lonely little guys who want some loving?? They can’t all be simmering psychopaths, can they??

  • catlogic

    Well, it’s unbearable cruelty to tell men they are not women, and to refuse to have sex with them, isn’t it?

  • fxduffy

    Heuchan’s choice of words “overstepped the mark by directing cruelty towards trans people” has a onlooker tone, as if the words in question are taken in by an “objective journalist.” As in neutral or attempting to please “both sides.” Which seems a bit out of place
    in an otherwise consistent piece.

    But what she’s actually referring to, I think(who knows), can only be understood in the context of oppressive verbal and physical abuse in which it is expressed. It’s called standing up for oneself, or for all those under the thumb of that specific assault waged ad nauseam by a socially powerful group called MEN. I actually think such language is not only called for, but is the most effective expression of resistance.