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Did you need to see an example of extreme gender ideological bias in the Canadian News Media? Check out “Rights aren’t a Competition” over at CTV news.  Yikes.  Anyways, here is my letter to the producers and CTV news regarding the atrocity that is that article.

 

“To the producers of the “Rise of Anti-Trans Hate”.

Were any professional journalists involved in writing this piece? What I see represented in this article is a biased interpretation of the struggle for female rights, boundaries, and safety in Canada.

Journalism should be about presenting issues for public consumption that allow people to see the complexity and nuance of said issue and then make an informed decision. The opposing side – Women aka adult human females – are not given a voice, nor is their position charitably disclosed.

(from the article)

Adrienne Smith, a trans non-binary social justice lawyer in Vancouver, said there is no threat to women’s groups by including trans, two-spirit, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.”

You know who might have an opinion about this? – Women. The Vancouver Women’s Rape Relief Shelter (https://rapereliefshelter.bc.ca/) might be a place to start, as they are on the front-line of this conflict of rights having been defunded by the city of Vancouver (at the behest of similar transgender ideologues) because they do not allow MEN into a women’s rape shelter.

Of course there are ‘no threats’ to women and women’s groups if you don’t look. If doing proper journalism one might have the expectation of doing the smallest of amount of due diligence in getting the other side of the story.

“The ideas aren’t necessarily new, but the difference is, I think a lot of TERFs […]”

Did you know that Terf is slur used to shame and silence women attempt to defend their rights, boundaries, and safety? Again, this article makes no attempt to charitably examine the position of the women defending their sex based rights as defined in the Canadian Charter of rights.

One Canadian group claims that accepting trans people in “sex-segregated” spaces would be dangerous. For TERFs, this means not allowing trans people to use bathrooms and change rooms that align with their gender, not allowing them to access shelters based on their gender for unfounded fear that they will prey on women and girls using these spaces. “

You mean unfounded fears like males, while in female prisons, sexually assaulting female prisoners?

“CA — Kitchener, Ontario. On August 19, 2020, Heather Mason, former Canadian federal prisoner and advocate for women in prison, posted on Facebook that a trans prisoner called Sam had been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at Grand Valley Institute (GVI) for Women.” –

Now rapists are pretending to be women to go to women’s jail. Rapists are inside our women’s jail raping our women. Men are using this loophole to access already vulnerable women who have no voice or platform to speak from. Our government is setting up women to be sexually assaulted by these male rapists…Men are raping women inside our prisons right now. I know this. Allowing these goof men inside our prison for women concerns me. But you are all concerned that these men’s feelings are being hurt when we all say they are not a real woman. We are not the same.”

Transgender Inmate Charged with Sexual Assault at a Women’s Prison

So, I think reasonable people would agree that “unfounded fears[s]” is a factually incorrect statement, one that should not be in the public record, as it serves the function of erasing female concerns about their rights and safety in Canadian society.

The article deserves a full Fisking because how unprofessional it is. The blatant disregard for reporting the most basic of relevant facts, the omnipresent gender ideological prism, and the utter lack of charitable treatment for the women (and women’s groups) holding positions contrary to gender ideology.

A correction, a retraction, or a rebuttal piece is required at this point in time to apologize for and correct the dire example of the journalism on display.”

Just in the market for a newspaper subscription when I looked at the two papers available in my hometown.

Yeah. I look forward to the radically different points of view available from these subsidiaries of the same news corporation…

This is an example of what happens when a society loses its base set of common values.  Healthcare professionals are leaving or being chased out of small rural communities because they are espousing the evidenced based protocols (wearing a mask) that are based on the best available medical knowledge during a pandemic.

Living in Canada we are not immune to segments of society that have been inoculated against evidence based medicine – witness the anti-mask rallies being held in my home province.  But, as in most cases, the United States is well ahead of us in terms of committing to stupid actions based on political ideology rather than empirical fact.   (Although we’ve gone off the rails with bullshit laws and pending laws like bill C-16 and bill C-6 {8} ), those are another post)

 

The virus infecting thousands of Americans a day is also attacking the country’s social fabric. The coronavirus has exposed a weakness in many rural communities, where divisive pandemic politics are alienating some of their most critical residents — health care workers.

“The values of hard work, the value of community, taking care of your neighbor, that’s what small towns shout from the rooftops, this is what we’re good at. We are salt of the earth people who care about each other,” Darnauer says. “And here I am saying, then wear a mask because that protects your precious neighbor.”

But Darnauer’s medical advice and moral admonition were met with contempt from some of her friends, neighbors and patients. People who had routinely buttonholed her for quick medical advice at church and kids’ ballgames were suddenly treating her as the enemy and regarding her professional opinion as suspect and offensive.

[…]

“Hard things should bring us together,” Darnauer says. “And instead, this hard thing has driven a wedge between us.”

That wedge is splitting off health care workers from communities that desperately need them.

More than a quarter of all the public health administrators in Kansas quit, retired or got fired this year, according to Vicki Collie-Akers, an associate professor of population health at the University of Kansas. Some of them got death threats. Some had to hire armed guards.

“These are leaders in their community,” Collie-Akers says. “And they are leaving broken.” Collie-Akers notes these professionals also leaving at a terrible time. The pandemic is still raging. Vaccines still need to get from cities to small towns and into people’s arms; public health officers are as important as ever.

[…]

“In community after community, after community, all I hear about is workforce, workforce, workforce losing clinical staff, trying to attract clinical staff into these communities. It is taking up the full time of our members right now,” Morgan says.

Closing rural hospitals, Morgan says, cuts health care to places where residents tend to be older, sicker and poorer than average.

[…]

Merrett says towns that let pandemic politics drive medical professionals away are choosing what he calls “toxic individualism” over the common good”

 

People seem to be willing to die for their beliefs, even when they do not correspond to reality.  The pandemic has brought to the forefront the necessity of a set of shared common values for a society to function properly, as we can see the evidence of what a fractured combative society entails.

Go to unherd for the full article.  It is brilliant.

 

“This also might explain some of the utter gender gobbledegook we run about how HRT has taught someone to cry and all categories are porous. Whatever.

As a feminist, I have limited interest in all this, in the holes in which other people do or do not wish to put their bits. Sorry it’s rather dull. I am with Foucault in that I don’t believe sexuality is the essential soul or truth of an individual. My concern with this issue is only to do with the rights of women and the welfare of children.

So much of the discussion is about trans women, but the unhappiness of teenage girls must concern us. We have known since 2017 — earlier in fact — that there has been a huge uptick in female teenagers wanting to transition. Presenting to the Tavistock with self harm, eating disorders or suicidal ideation, these girls may end up on puberty-blocking hormones and then go on to have surgery. And for some of them that indeed may be the right thing to do. For others though, it clearly isn’t and to question that is not anything phobic, it is to care.

Why, as feminists, can we not talk about this epidemic of young women who cannot bear their bodies and the thought of what is happening to them: breasts, periods, unwanted sexual attention, the works? Why can you not be a young butch lesbian these days?

In an ideal world, feelings of masculinity or femininity could be achieved without surgery or hormones that may cause infertility. We are far from such a world and I respect the decisions of adults who go through this long, difficult process in often impossible circumstances. Brave, brave people.

My argument to my newspaper, though, has always been if we don’t have this discussion then the Right will, and indeed that has been the case. The Spectator and the Times have covered stories we haven’t, and I have had to write what I wanted to in the Telegraph. Investigative journalism means going into no-go areas. Why can’t we? The liberal Left looks not virtuous but naïve.

Less sexy subjects such as the appalling low rate for rape convictions, the Covid pandemic causing women to lose jobs and be forced back into the home, the complete lack of childcare… all of these things fall by the wayside when the main discussions of feminism appear to be by men telling us men can just say they’re women and if we say otherwise we deserve all the rape threats we get.

There is no actual interrogation of gender and I say this as someone who has written about and studied this subject for decades. There is a simply a belief system.”

I forewarn you, if you are about to start the DS9 series, you will have to persevere through the first season, as the cast and writing crew had not found their sea legs yet. But after season one (arguably) the show really started to cement in the story arcs that culminate with this darkly pivotal moment in the Star Trek Universe.

The Federation ostensibly in the Star Trek universe are the good guys – they are us – and that motif is quite evident in the other series that populate the canon. DS9, once it gets going, shifts the moral compass and makes everything more complicated and ethically entangled. It is much more engrossing dramatic experience as this clip illustrates. It is this muddy ethical field that makes DS9, if you can only watch one Star Trek series, the one to watch.

Look at the bullshit that goes on in Gotham. Have you ever…ever seen a gratuitous ass shot of the male caped crusader? Yah. Me neither.

Patriarchy :(

Our vacuous right wing in Canada screeching about non-glowing coverage of their team.

 

A non corporate news source is one of the hallmarks of a democratic society.  We should be giving more money to the CBC not less in the age of corporate media and fake news.

Somedays it seems like our fringe won’t be happy until all news is Fox news, telling them how awesome it is that they are poor, but selling out the country to the rich is a supremely patriotic act.  Job well done.

 

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