What’s Current: Over 300 women plan to resign from the Labour Party on May Day

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Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party.
  • More than 300 women are set to resign from the Labour Party on May 1 due to a decision to allow men to apply to all-women shortlists.
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  • Charlie Rose, the target of multiple allegations of sexual abuse by female colleagues, wants to return to the airwaves with a series focused on men whose careers have been damaged by #MeToo allegations.
  • Caitlin Moran asked women what they did when they found themselves “involuntarily celibate,” and none of the responses involved mass murder.
  • A petition is requesting that the San Francisco Public Library remove an exhibition of baseball bats and axes wielded as weapons in street demonstrations by trans-identified males and intended to intimidate lesbians and feminists.
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Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • Omzig Online

    Pssst! Hey trans-activists! Listen up.

    Here’s a tip for the pros: When you find yourselves marching through the streets wearing masks and bloody shirts while wielding baseball bats and axes….YOU ARE THE BAD GUYS!

    Go home, you fascist fucks.

  • Jani

    Yeah, this “inclusive” thing, like so many words have been co-opted by the very power structures that people were questioning. “Empowerment” is all about “a woman’s right to choose” between pink lipstick or red lipstick. I don’t know which way to vote these days, and that to me is genuinely disempowering.

  • Jani

    Party membership is actually signing up and paying a small annual subscription. It’s a way of supporting “your” party at grassroots levels. There are lower subscription rates for unemployed people, over 60s, and so on, so it can be only a few pounds a year. Some party members play an active volunteer role, going out leafleting and helping out during election capaigns, but not all members are volunteers in this way. Members have a vote within the party, from who gets selected to stand in a local election to who gets to be party leader, so members do have some power within their party and anyone in theory can become a member, although there are codes of conduct — for example, members should not use racist or sexist language in meetings.

    If enough women were to resign their membership of the Labour Party, it may force the party executive to rethink their shortlist policy, considering that they purport to support equality for women. Whether it’s going to be enough to effective remains to be seen. It’s becoming more apparent that the impact of the forthcoming legislative changes to the Gender Recognition Act has not been properly considered, and women (the biologically female kind) have concerns about the loss of protected spaces, as I’m sure you’re aware. Women are seeking an Impact Statement of the forthcoming GRA changes under the current Equalities legislation, as it applies to women. So the membership resignations are intended to either “force” the Labour Party to work towards pressurising the government into producing an Impact Statement – Labour are not the majority party in government at the moment- otherwise women will quit the party altogether. Hope this explains the UK set up to you.

  • Jani

    There are genuinely transsexual people who have always lived peacefully and were no threat to anyone. I have always believed they are entitled to the same human rights and freedoms as the rest of us. However, these people are not the violent “trans activists” we are seeing now. These TAs are sinister and hateful. They have hijacked a minority movement and all sorts have turned up to support them. They are fuelling hate crime against women. It’s like a dystopian nightmare. Men in dresses and lipstick advocating violence against women, and justifying it by aligning themselves to a minority group. Of course they don’t represent the genuinely transsexual people, they certainly don’t represent women even if they purport to be women — which they’re not. Like I said, a dystopian nightmare. It’s the stuff of science fiction except it’s real.

  • Jani

    I can’t believe a public library could ever put hate crime on display like this. Those shirts are advocating violence against women. Gail Dines warned of this — that a generation raised on violent pornography will one day be in positions of power and authority, sitting on juries, working in law enforcement and no doubt in public libraries and just about everywhere else too. She said “when violence is sexualised, it becomes invisible”. We’re beginning to see this played out in the real world now.

  • Tobysgirl

    It’s like joining the Communist Party USA of yore, except it’s probably easier to get into the Labour Party. With the CPUSA you had to apply. My father was a member, but my mother was too radical to be accepted.

  • Tobysgirl

    Thanks for the link. I heard the jokes about Conway and Sanders (Saunders?) on TV and you couldn’t hear them properly. I love that she pointed out the bleeding obvious, that these are the people responsible for the rise of Trump and who now like to pretend how superior they are to their creation.

  • OldPolarBear

    Everything old is new again, or maybe it never really went away. McCarthyism 2.0 is in full flower, as the fabulous Caitlin Johnstone points out here (I realize that people have perfectly valid issues with Corbyn, but this is ridiculous).

    Speaking of British right-wingers and CIA, etc., does Blum ever mention Roald Dahl in that book? That might sound like an odd question, and not sure why I thought of this especially, but he was much more than just a writer of whimsical, surrealist children’s books. He was involved in MI6, or whatever it was back before WWII. They posted him to the USA, where he did a lot of very creepy activity propagandizing to get us into the war way before we did. They had him basically skulking around, finding out everything he could about what FDR thought and said, and reporting back to His Majesty’s Government.

    I’ve seen the short form of Blum’s interventions list, and it is a valuable resource. I should check out the book.

    • Tobysgirl

      The book focuses on post-WWII U.S. military and CIA interventions, with just a short bit about activity prior to 1945 (including U.S. soldiers invading Russia after the Revolution). The book is very dense, but easy to pick up and put down (I’m always reading at least three books at one time).

  • OldPolarBear

    I went into the San Francisco Public Library’s Facebook page and there is quite a bit of pushback in comments sections against the exhibit. I had also heard that they were deleting, blocking, etc. and that people had even gotten 24-hour FB bans and suchlike. It looked like the critical comments were staying up though. One person named Deb G Thompson is really bringing it. She shared this meme, which I think is great:

    • lk

      TERF-Told everyone real facts.

      OMG, I love that sooo much. I want to put this on a shirt!!!

      I’m really trying to wrap my mind around why a library would approve this kind of display…I have been going to libraries since I was a kid and I have NEVER seen anything like this at any of them.

      And the comments on the facebook page are great!

      Here is one that is just nonsense: “You do now TERF’s are a hate group right? The exhibit is similar to the whole “Punch a Nazi” movement. It’s about being free to live the life *you* choose.”

      Punch a Nazi. Punch a TERF. Right, because there is literally no difference between a Nazi and a woman who acknowledges biological reality.

      And one I love that is underneath a post the library shared about national poetry month:
      “I want to bash a TERF
      And see her blood flow free
      Hit her with my bat, she lies on the earth
      Because she doesn’t agree with ME!”

      There you go. You can put that in your baseball poetry event AND the exhibition about beating up women with axes.

  • lk

    Words that liberal feminism have ruined for me: inclusive, tolerance, choice, empowerment, open minded.

    We need to include violent men in everything. We need to tolerate them invading our spaces. We need to be so openminded that we believe that biological facts are secondary to self-identification.

    At this point, I don’t know what it will take for people to see transideology for the sexist and dangerous ideology that it is.

  • rosearan

    ‘More than 300 women are set to resign from the Labour Party on May 1 due to a decision to allow men to apply to all-women shortlists.’

    This is not true. There has been noLabour Party ‘decision’ on this – even though this miswording has been repeated ad nauseum throughout the UK media. The Labour Party National Executive Council has been in a consultation process on the transgender issue for several months and plans to make an official policy update announcement IN JUNE regarding All-women Shortlists (AWS). (See https://twitter.com/mayday4women )

    The 10 women members leading the resignation campaign are acting in response to a letter from Labour Party General Secretary, Jennie Formby, replying to their request for an update on the consultation process. The letter simply states current LP policy on AWS, which has been in place for years.

    The women would be well aware of this … so it seems odd that they have chosen to create this mass resignation stunt now, 2 days before nationwide Local Council elections, despite knowing that the official NEC consultation process is not yet completed. I’m sure many of the supposed 300 women who are resigning have genuine motives, but I suspect they are being used in the latest anti-Corbyn smear campaign, brought to you by the usual suspects – the Blairite wing of the Labour Party and the UK right-wing media.

    • Kathleen Lowrey

      Fascinating. Thank you for the inside scoop!

  • Tobysgirl

    It sounds to me like a cable show.

  • Meghan Murphy

    I kind of relate to this, sadly… Too many women tell me they are ‘feminist,’ have no clue what it means, and think it’s about their self-objectifying instagram selfies and feeling empowered by watching porn…

  • lk

    “I can’t believe that anyone will really produce that”

    Really? I think there are a lot of men with money in Hollywood who would LOVE to produce something like this.