Lots of stuff in there, two immediate thoughts:
1) “We have received nothing by way of substantive critique which deals directly with those objections”
absolutely, even down to the most basics – and a question I have never seen the TRAs address: why is it so important to segregate by “gender” (or “identity”) rather than sex ? Particularly where the physical sexed body is a fundamental part of the situation.
and (slight tangent but not entirely)
2) “whiteness” another concept that is so overused, and used so much out of context that it has mostly lost any useful meaning, and in comparison to sex it doesn’t map that well.
Having whatever colour of skin, in and of itself, is not oppressive. Race supremacy is an oppressive ideology, but there is no mechanism for exploitation on colour unless artificially created.
This is quite unlike physical sex where physically stronger and more brutal male persons impregnate the female ones: a hard mechanistic reality regardless of construct.
But “whiteness” has gone the same way as “privilege”, used by the libfemqueers and others who have a vested interest in scoring points without addressing real power, violence, deprivation etc.
It is always much more useful – when analysing rights and social relations – to look at actual resources and actual power. (In the news again example: Rotherham, Rochdale et al – who has the power there ? The oppression olympics, right-on, point scoring approach does not work in this situation at all)
Another article from The Times, who are publishing some of the few journos who are actually doing their job on the transcult
“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.
I would like to see more feminists back on wp blogging about this stuff. Twitter is all very well but the longer pieces and discussion are needed too.