The hypocrites at the Guardian are at it again with their anti-libertarian, nanny-state, prudish concern for interfering in other people’s private lives and pleasure … no wait … the only time that it’s very very bad to put restraints on activities that have public health consequences is when the activity is men entertaining themselves to the rape and torture of women and children. Otherwise, legislate away !
The Daily Fail for all it’s problems, still has some decent journalists
I’m hoping they keep running with this as it is a shameful disgrace(more institutional abuse) and needs much more attention. These kids are being treated worse than prisoners.
Men (and the men who run all our institutions) do not like #metoo and similar campiagns because it lifts the lid on stuff they would much rather stayed out of sight, out of mind.
Institutional silencing along with the wider public “shaming” and discrediting of victims are methods they use to make sure their power isn’t challenged too much, that we don’t drag the whole problem of male abuse out into the sunlight. That would not do.
One attempt to silence was dragged into the public eye this week when the Telegraph (UK) ran a piece saying they had been gagged – by a court upholding a Non Disclosure Agreement – and then an MP (Peter Hain) used his parliamentary privilege to let the cat out of the bag anyway. Note how this is entirely up to the old boys club to decide who may or may not be heard.
Another one to mention – the woman concerned has asked Peter Hain whether an MP might raise her case. She is one victim of many – the NHS have a long and nasty track record of silencing victims and whistleblowers – this instance is a nurse with 30+ years experience who is about to lose her licence after the NHS failed to support her and are trying to gag the results of the investigation into her abuse. It would be nice if an MP took this up.
It would be nice if we could stop the silencing of victims and the cover-ups by the rich and powerful.
“It made me feel alive. Being around so many strong, amazing, and powerful women made me feel like a new part of me came alive.”
This was a really uplifting piece, which makes a nice change from most of what I catalogue ie the relentless abuse that women are subject to and thugs in general.
Underlines the vital need for women’s spaces, women’s gatherings and women speaking to each other about our experiences.
I have written before on the parallels between the demonisation of “TERFs” and similar untermensch, such as those who are Jewish, and specifically the attitude of the far left in the UK towards those they label “zionists”, as an excuse to indulge their antisemitism and how similar it is to the pomo authoritarian lefty hatred of women and the excuses they come up with to indulge that.
Yesterday we saw an attack in the USA, a culture where the president himself is fomenting hate and violence, and up pops a white supremacist with a gun and murders people in their synagogue (this is another common pattern, find a peaceful gathering of the “enemy”, places of worship and learning, and let rip)
Still there are segments of the British left, including HOL Peers who cannot bring themselves to condemn without the usual “but Israel” apologism for the murders. Again, yet another red flag. Why Israel and only Israel ? Every government needs criticism, but never should we justify the slaughter of citizens or those with family ties to a country on these (or any other) grounds.
“The people who level these accusations against women know how frightened women are of seeing our careers destroyed, our friendships endangered, our reputations in the mud. The most effective way to counter these unfair and untrue accusations being leveled against women is by pointing out how the word transphobia has, unfortunately, ceased to be a concept necessary to challenge the oppression faced by vulnerable people who want to live happy and healthy lives without violence and discrimination.
Instead, it has been turned into a Trojan horse for misogyny and the most toxic masculinity. One out of the many tools that patriarchy can deploy against you next, if you don’t watch your mouth. Or if you’re not careful of what you write.”
“We do not police whether men are allowed to exercise their human right to free speech based on every single position they hold on every political issue. It would be gargantuan to even have to remember which man holds which view. If academia invited and disinvited male speakers depending on how acceptable totalitarian and aggressive activists find their every position, there would be no events held on campuses at all!”
“At a crucial time when feminist are uncovering the widespread abuse women and girls endure and calling out predatory male behaviour, the Irish government is recognising males who act out femininity as actual women.”
“Stonewall is a symbol of the victory of lobbying over direct action, top-down law change over grassroots movements, individualism over collective struggle. This is a shift that has happened across all aspects of politics and society, alongside the decline of trade unionism and the growth of economic inequality and insecurity.
Far from being a liberatory project, the idea that a person’s internal gender identity determines their sex is absolutely in line with this general atomising tendency in the western world. The only thing which counts is a person’s autonomous and isolated sense of themselves as a man, woman or non-binary person. There is no recognition of gender as a social relation between each individual and all others in society.”
This is in America, but the same whiny woman-hating attitude that we see everywhere.
“[these men] seek out women-only events and groups in order to threaten and blackmail them for financial gain.”
[you are a] “a transphobic Nazi who should get raped”
Said to a woman who works for human rights across the globe and defends women-only spaces for survivors of sexual assault and other women who need single-sex space.
Unfortunately, nowadays this level of hateful speech is not that out of the ordinary. Prof Freedman herself describes the hostile atmosphere she experiences while on campus, another philosopher (Kathleen Stock) has been subject to similar, including pictures of women hanging from a noose being stuck on her office door.
This is a gross level of abuse (a case to be made for criminal assault as well as a bias crime) and while the two Universities concerned above seem to be giving some support to their staff – where is the outcry ? Where is the support from colleagues and students to say that this is totally unacceptable ? There should be nationwide outrage at this.
(ETA I think she is a professor of law rather than philosophy)