More links

https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2018/47/Frances-Ryan-UN-report-UK-sexist-welfare-system

https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2016/47/frances-ryan-on-austerity-as-a-feminist-issue

https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/a-comment-about-our-child-sexual-exploitation-campaign/

https://lavenderblume.wordpress.com

a repost of an oldie but a goodie:

https://sisteroutrider.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/lesbian-connection/

http://archive.is/I8DAh

and another wp blog being redacted by the trans censors

http://archive.is/pkB5I

More links

Hate Crime UK

This is an interesting news release from North Yorks Police, detailing 30 cases where people had offences uplifted to hate crimes

https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/thirty-hate-crimes-uplifted-in-court-in-the-last-18-months-thanks-to-north-yorkshire-police-and-the-cps/

http://archive.is/fbhn4

To start, let’s have a reminder of the garbage that passes for hate crime legislation in the UK:

From https://www.cps.gov.uk/hate-crime

http://archive.is/eGdn0

“The term ‘hate crime’ can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity. These aspects of a person’s identity are known as ‘protected characteristics'”.

Note that biological sex is conspicuously absent, despite being a protected characteristic under the equality act. (They do claim to address it under VAWG legislation, but that’s a whole other story

https://www.cps.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/publications/cps-vawg-report-2018.pdf)

Anyway here’s the most recent CPS Hate Crime Report

Click to access cps-hate-crime-report-2018.pdf

which has a slightly different wording to the definition

“any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by a hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”

Same basic gist, and same flaws.

The fundamental one being that this approach fails to address what it is that we are actually objecting to, why “hate crime” is worse than other crime, who is being harmed, and how and what is a meaningful way to distinguish “hate” from other crimes ? There is no sound basis for the current CPS definition, neither empirical nor theoretical, leaving it worse than useless.

We see this in practice as the legislation is rarely (if ever ?) used to deal with the terrorising of disenfranchised or genuinely vulnerable communities or demographics (which would a much better starting point) but mostly for name calling by drunks, drug addicts and other people with poor impulse control.

Almost all the cases listed by North Yorks Police (first link at the top) can be categorised as this, and yet an entire industry, public campaigns etc has been built round the idea – time and ££££ desperately needed elsewhere – only for it to be used when some drunk is carted off to hospital by police officers and he objects using crude slurs.

The nationwide data (from the main cps report) does not go into as much detail but here are some from the other end of the country. Similar themes. Drunks, police, and security officers disproportionately represented.

https://www.cps.gov.uk/south-east/news/tougher-prison-sentences-hate-crime-perpetrators-kent-surrey-and-sussex

What is achieved by all this ? Good hate crime laws have their place, but it is a limited place and they need to be crafted with real needs in mind, eg most anti-disabilty crime is quite specifically targetted and against a genuinely vulnerable population.

The current set-up however is mostly a lot of box-ticking, back-patting and virtue-signalling by the CPS and police. It works for them and it works for the serially litigious, who abuse the law even as it stands, leaving us with the familiar situation where the piggies are more than happy to go after women who hurt men’s feelings while deeming rape and death threats, rape, assault, kidnappings, stalking, beatings, threats to employment as not even being crimes at all when women are the victims.

Hate Crime UK

The missing list

I’m meaning to put together a list of radfem, gc and women’s activism blogs. Here’s a few for starters:

https://www.feministcurrent.com/category/articles/

https://filia.org.uk/news/

https://notazerosumgame.blogspot.com/

https://liverpoolresisters.wordpress.com/

https://makemorenoisemanc.wixsite.com/mysite

Home

https://janeclarejones.com/

https://sisteroutrider.wordpress.com/

https://reneejg.net/author/reneejg/

And here’s how things were 8 years ago (most now unavailable for one reason or another)

The missing list

The missing list

Fascism, myth and the trans cult

An interview with a Yale philosopher.

https://www.vox.com/2018/9/19/17847110/how-fascism-works-donald-trump-jason-stanley

This part of the exchange in particular is interesting and directly applicable to the techniques we see being used by the TRAs and the way they seek to destroy debate and fair democratic process:

Q Why is the destruction of truth, as a shared ideal, so critical to the fascist project?

A It’s important because truth is the heart of liberal democracy. The two ideals of liberal democracy are liberty and equality. If your belief system is shot through with lies, you’re not free … So freedom requires truth, and so to smash freedom you must smash truth.

Q [Arendt says] …fascists are never content to merely lie; they must transform their lie into a new reality, and they must persuade people to believe in the unreality they’ve created. And if you get people to do that, you can convince them to do anything.

A I think that’s right. Part of what fascist politics does is get people to disassociate from reality. You get them to sign on to this fantasy version of reality …

Of course the very important Yale philosophers and other such men will not join the dots regarding these sort of techniques when used against women. For them it only counts when it is men vs men, we disappear and are not heard. Even though we see the patterns and put our words down, we are ignored.

https://endthewoo.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/fascism-vs-the-transcult-the-idealised-past-vs-the-idealised-future-for-the-chosen-ones/

https://www.reddit.com /r/cance11ed/comments/7hptsd/dec_2017_censorship_control_authoritarianism/

https://www.reddit.com /r/GenderCritical/comments/73povx/quote_from_satre_on_antisemitism_relevant_to/dnsk6mm/?context=3

https://www.reddit.com /r/anarcha/comments/6t234j/not_trans_activism_transfascism_and_queer/dlhsb5o/

Fascism, myth and the trans cult

“Violence against women is often against our voices and our stories”

Quotes from Rebecca Solnit, A short history of silence essay from The Mother of All Questions.

“Liberation is always in part a storytelling process:breaking stories, breaking silences, making new stories.

A free person tells her own story

A valued person lives in a society in which her story has a place.

Violence against women is often against our voices and our stories. It is a refusal of our voices, and of what a voice means: the right to self-determination, to participation, to consent or dissent; to live and participate, to interpret and narrate.”

“Having a voice is crucial. It’s not all there is to human rights, but it’s central to them, and so you can consider the history of women’s rights and lack of rights as a history of silence and breaking silence”

“Violence against women is often against our voices and our stories”

Another blast from the past, carnival of radical feminists, on attacks and silencing

https://womensspace.wordpress.com/2007/09/04/we-will-not-slumber-until-every-woman-wakes-the-fifth-carnival-of-radical-feminists/

unfortunately many links are now dead, but it is an interesting overview and reminder that that online radfems were the first in line for targetting by the MRAs of all stripes at least as far back as this (2007)

http://archive.is/SuSBl

Another blast from the past, carnival of radical feminists, on attacks and silencing