What’s Current: Trans-identified CLP Women’s Officer plans party to celebrate women leaving UK Labour

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Lily Madigan, a Labour Women’s Officer, plans party to celebrate women leaving UK Labour.
  • Constituency Labour Party Women’s Officer for Rochester and Strood, Lily Madigan, a trans-identified male, plans to host a party to celebrate women leaving the Labour Party in protest of Labour’s policy allowing men to self-identify their way onto all women candidate shortlists.
  • The Canadian commission on missing and murdered Indigenous women has issued an apology to victims’ families for delays in reimbursing the costs of counseling for those who shared their stories.
  • Female garment workers likely to bear the brunt of job losses as the garment industry automates their work.
  • The Brooklyn-based rapper, Fabolous, was supported in court by his partner Emily B, where he appeared due to charges relating to an incident where he hit her repeatedly, knocking out two of her front teeth.
  • The UK Green Party has suspended Olivia Palmer, who stood for candidacy with the party in 2015 and 2017, over her comments on the Channel 4 program, Genderquake. Palmer was accused of heckling a trans-identified male participant, Munroe Bergdorf. In a statement, Palmer says:

“I don’t believe that a biological male can ever be a woman. My trans friends are aware of my opinion on this and not all of them agree with me. However, they do not consider me to be transphobic. Transphobia is not a rejection of the idea of ‘innate gender’ anymore than Islamophobia or Antisemitism is the denial of the existence of God. It is an absolute insult to my friends who have experienced transphobia or homophobia in the form of beating, spitting, and abuse to dilute the word ‘transphobia’ to mean ‘disagreeing.'”

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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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  • I know people find the threat of automation and losing their jobs difficult, so I just want to mention that I think the job of the future is permaculture agriculture, and I think running a small mixed environmentally sustainable farm would really suit a lot of women. I’m slowly steering myself in that direction.

  • Rich Garcia

    @disqus_hQaRKJQD4A:disqus “I mean do women and Blacks claim a phobia designation to buttress minority status or claim sympathy, or to guilt trip their opponents in a personal way? No, they don’t. They understand their opposition to be power-based, or politically based.”

    Sorry if I quote-pick and “mansplain”. But I wouldn’t lump “women” and “black” in the same category, given the recent developments surrounding men like Bill Cosby and R. Kelly, who have no problem sexually abusing black and non-black females alike. And I’m often the first one to harp about race. You’ll find plenty of trans-identified black male misogynists (like LaVerne Cox) pushing the “Gender is what you feel” agenda into the mainstream.

  • acommentator

    There has never been a time when it was not clear that there were problems in capitalism. The question is always, what realistic solution would be better? What system can better harness people’s desire to better themselves in order to supply goods and services to billions of people?

  • Tobysgirl

    Wren, I tried netting, too, and stopped right away for the same reason. Now I put up scare-eye balloons and string flash tape (available from Johnny’s Selected Seeds) and while it’s not perfect it protects most of the blueberries. We have 44 acres, 30+ in tree growth, 5.5 acres fenced pasture, and gardens that will sit idle this year while we do some painting (still have rhubarb, asparagus, blueberries, raspberries, apples, and we always plant garlic).

  • Tobysgirl

    Trying to reply to accomentator and can’t, so here goes. People have been trying for centuries to create more humane economic systems and they have consistently been murdered, brutalized, bought off, etc, etc. My first question would be, What does it mean to better oneself? In the U.S., this means a bigger house, bigger cars, more appliances, and I personally don’t call that better. Humans are apparently always ready to sell themselves and their children and resources for something shiny and new (our Czech exchange student was shocked that the U.S. was not bright and shiny like in the movies), and I don’t see that attribute changing any time soon.

  • Wren

    I have similar thinking.
    I used to have an elderberry but it grew soooo strangely and was completely out of control. It became too big for my yard! Also, I was super hesitant about using the seeds because of the toxins (I don’t trust my cooking skills enough!). But yeah, elderberry can grow out of control if you don’t prune it after the second season or so.

  • FierceMild

    I live in the Polyface foodshed and someone’s treat myself to there food. It really is thy much better!

  • kfwkfw

    Sigh…I think you’re right. Fucking idiots.

  • TwinMamaManly

    Of course they do, they’re privileged, entitled, white boys. The entire world has been on their side so far.

  • Tobysgirl

    We live between Waterville and Belfast; I need an email address to be able to post online. Let me set something up, then I’ll post it here.

  • Tobysgirl

    I know what you mean. When our choices are between two war criminals, it can seem refreshing to have a candidate who does not kowtow to the military machine. However, at my age (64) I can no longer take candidates seriously who do not comprehend basic women’s issues. They can say all the good stuff they want to about economics, militarism, neoliberalism, but when they appear to be incapable of realizing women’s humanity, women’s basic needs, I begin to doubt their sincerity. I think the surest way to destroy any movement, any ideology, is for women to be left out of the equation.

  • Tobysgirl

    First of all, in mentioning your father’s business, you are mentioning pure capitalism. I cannot imagine that you are naïve enough to think international businesses are functioning as pure capitalism. They control our governments, they make rules that benefit themselves (and often harm small businesses), they are killing our planet. Second, there are other functioning models, such as collectives, which are much more common in Europe. Some very good businesses here in the U.S. are employee-owned, though I am not aware of how democratically run they are. When you see what has been thrown at countries that have attempted other models — even slightly modified capitalism — you might then be able to imagine other systems that would work. But not if they are undermined by assassinations, coups, murderous dictators, and all the other tricks indulged in by the U.S. and its allies (even down to putting soap in dried milk meant for children in East Germany).

    • acommentator

      “I cannot imagine that you are naïve enough to think international businesses are functioning as pure capitalism. ”

      No indeed. But addressing the abuses of big business does not involve doing away with capitalism. If anything, what we need is more capitalism (competition).

      Tobacco companies in the U.S. is an extreme example. Tobacco is cheap to grow, and no one can claim not to know it is unhealthy. A new company could hugely undercut the existing companies that have to pay millions to the states. So the states set minimum prices and put up barriers to entry in order to prevent competition. That is not capitalism.

  • Tobysgirl
  • Bleeps3

    Mixed economy. Properly regulated markets + proper reigning in of the wealthy + enough socialism for quality of life and to knock out a good portion of crime. We are coming to a time when there will likely be at least half the population without a job, due to automation, AI, robots, etc. Those with enough money and noteriety will continue to start companies, but again, to buy things, people need money. We will have to either do tech/robotic/AI-fueled socialism with guaranteed incomes, or face even more widespread war of various stripes. It will probably be both. Capitalists can’t supersede democracy, and they can’t corrupt both the governing and economic systems and have society continue to function, let alone the markets.

    When we look at the countries with the highest ratio of socialism to capitalism, they’re the safest, best quality of life, etc. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, full on communism or fascist-plutocratic vampire capitalism.

  • Meghan Murphy

    That’s because capitalism created shit (processed) food full of stuff that is extremely unhealthy.

  • Rich Garcia

    No offense, but women aren’t any more biophilic or any less corrupt than men are. Women’s biggest problem is that they live under a Patriarchy where men have been allowed to dominate over them.

    The only women allowed to govern over me are the women I share a cultural and ethnic kinship with, women who relate to me on a personal level, because I’m accountable to them. I don’t trust any other group of women to assert their authority over me, as far as my experiences with racism and classism are concerned.

  • Tobysgirl

    I’m not really worried about overweight poor people — I find that to be just one more way to bash poor people over the head. Poor people eat carbs because they are cheap — it is not true that it is just as inexpensive to eat healthily. The only person who would ever claim that is blissfully bourgeois. We eat superbly in our household and it is quite expensive to eat local, organic, and fresh because the food is not SUBSIDIZED by the American taxpayer who is subsidizing agribusiness.
    I believe it is the right of every human to have access to nutritious food but that means a society committed to the health of its citizens. Our system does not want healthy citizens, it doesn’t even want citizens, it wants unhealthy consumers because they make lots of money for agribusiness and the medical-industrial complex, and they won’t get up in arms about living in an undemocratic oligarchy.
    I suggest you start doing some serious reading of organic literature such as the Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. It is completely possible to feed the human population quality food but in the “undeveloped” world it means prioritizing women farmers and not pursuing trade agreements that push American factory food on poor consumers. In this country it means the end of subsidies for agribusiness and the cost of food being reality-based, with subsidies for consumers to purchase quality food.
    I think you should stop writing about issues you don’t seem to know much about.

    • Meghan Murphy

      It’s very true that is is very expensive to eat healthy food. Carbs are cheap, sugar is cheap, processed food is cheap. It’s awful that this is what’s offered to the poor and working class. It should be illegal to sell most of the food available in American grocery stores and fast food restaurants to people. It’s full of so much horrible, toxic crap.

      • Tobysgirl

        There is a movement called Health at Every Size and one of their emphases is the right of all people to high-quality food. That said, I learned to stop judging people for buying low-quality food — sometimes people just need calories to get through the day. It is good to remember that many people go hungry even in our very wealthy countries, which is a reflection of our societal values. See Paul Campos, The Obesity Myth, for the new trend in bashing poor people (especially people of color) for their eating habits. If you’re a good liberal, you don’t call them names anymore, but it’s fine to feel self-righteous if you see ONE eating doughnuts [sarcasm].

        • Meghan Murphy

          Well, and people assume that food is food… They don’t assume that they are being sold ‘food’ that is going to make them sick.

          • Tobysgirl

            I don’t think when you’re poor you think much about tomorrow. It’s all about getting through today. And food is one of the few pleasures available to people without resources and opportunity. I think it was Fran Lebowitz whose response to Bloomberg’s indignation about poor people drinking large sodas was: “How about your ‘indulgence’ in owning 11 homes?”

  • Tinfoil the Hat

    You’ve bored me to tears with your mansplanations. ‘Bye!

  • Kiwipally

    I missed a word, it should read “but the *latter* are special men”. I agree with you that the MITs know they are male, that is what I implied in my comment.

    I know the history.