TERF Wars

I suspect that some of my readers must be wondering by now why I haven't responded with my thoughts on the recent outbreak in the transgender/TERF hostilities.

In case yoIu have been completely unaware of the issue, TERF stands for "trans exclusive radical feminists," although I've always thought they were more reactionary than radical. I should note that they don't like the term, viewing it as an insult, even though it was invented by other feminists...feminists who wanted to distance themselves from the TERFs.

Although the hostility has been simmering for quite awhile, the most recent outbreak can be traced to the publishing of an article in The New Yorker by Michelle Goldberg, entitled What is a Woman?, which presented a very one-sided treatment of the dispute.

To quote a TERF, from the beginning of the rift in 1973:

I will not call a male “she”; thirty-two years of suffering in this androcentric society, and of surviving, have earned me the title “woman”; one walk down the street by a male transvestite, five minutes of his being hassled (which he may enjoy), and then he dares, he dares to think he understands our pain? No, in our mothers’ names and in our own, we must not call him sister.

--Robin Morgan

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Follow Friday for 15 August, 2014: Ferguson Edition

A weekly mostly random sampling of resources shared on twitter on various topics. This week: #Ferguson:


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The Breakfast Club: 8-15-2014

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This Day in History


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VotSquare paper.li for Thursday, 14 August 2014

A Lead Story: A mother’s grief: From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown, By Jonathon Capehart at WaPo

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The Breakfast Club (Home By the Sea)

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Will Malaysia Cause the Truth to Come Out about Flight MH17?

Remember the downing of the Malaysia Boeing 777 jet MH17 over Ukraine? I can understand those that don't, alot of shit has happened since July 17th.

It was obvious from the start that it wasn't the separatists that shot it down. All you had to do was listen to Obama and Kerry and reverse their lies, not to mention the entire ruling class/state media. .

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The Breakfast Club 8-13-2014

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Gender Prison: Apparently we deserve the murders we get

Dantijer Dominick Powell, 19, of SanBernadino, CA had a hearing yesterday in the case of the murder of transwoman Fontana resident Domonique Newburn in 2013.

Powell has been held without bail since his arrest in Springfield, MO in February and extradition to California. Newburn, an actress who appeared in the web reality series Hollywood Houseboys about four gay friends trying to make it in the entertainment business, also had her car and other items stolen. Her Black Mercedes Benz was found abandoned at Perris Hill Park.

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There’s a possibility Powell and Newburn were involved in a relationship of some sort. 

--Police Spokesman Doug Imhof, at the time of the killing

Police also said they were looking in the possibility that Newburn was involved in the sex trade...I guess in an attempt to paint the murder as justified.

Lots of transgendered people turn to the sex trades during their transition. Sometimes it’s the only job they can get.

--transwoman, Tara Wallace, 26, at the vigil outside Newburn's apartment in the days after the murder

Jamie Nicole Cotton, 26, of Highland, is charged as an accessory in the murder for helping Powell flee prosecution.

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