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  Medium took the article down, but I’ve reproduced it here to demonstrate the misogyny and violence that is inherent in transactivism.  This article drips with virulent hate toward women daring to defend their boundaries and spaces.

Read the oh so progressive transactivists and their goals.

Transphobic Fear-Mongering Under The Guise of Rape Relief in Vancouver

Apr 12 · 8 min read

How can we end this aggressive transphobic propaganda campaign once and for all?

Some awesome activists informing Vancouver residents that Vancouver Rape Relief is a hate group in 2012. Source.
The Vancouver Rape Relief Shelter (VRR), an infamous crisis counseling place run by TERF’s who discriminate against trans women and sex workers, has been permanently stripped of over $30,000 in public funding from the city of Vancouver! This is excellent news. They were first corrected for their failure to serve women in 2019 and the new vote reinforces that admonition. That is money that can go to organizations that actually help women instead of preaching hate.
But now what?
Some say it is best to leave VRR alone and let them wither. Unfortunately, that’s not really an option. VRR has managed to pull donations from America and other countries, especially from the alt-right. You can see how the Nazis are rallying behind VRR to keep it afloat with propaganda pieces in the National Review and the Post Millennial, both well-known fascist outlets. (Content warning: those links contain stomach-churning TERF lies.) Simply leaving them alone won’t make them go away.
But, say the same people, isn’t VRR unable to do anything? Again, that is sadly wrong. If they were contained and isolated it would be one thing. But VRR has stated publicly their insidious intent to continue to spread venom and lies about trans women and sex workers. In August 2019, their spokeswoman, Hilla Kerner, stated forcefully: “We are not fucking going anywhere!”
VRR’s goal is to take vulnerable women and brainwash them with anti-trans propaganda.
By their own numbers, VRR sees 1200 women a year. These women have been abused and are therefore in a highly vulnerable mental state. (Something I know quite well personally.) In February 2020, they wrote to their supporters: “We are not going anywhere, and neither is our Public Education and Community Outreach Programs.” VRR’s goal is to take these vulnerable women and brainwash them with anti-trans propaganda and convince them to become fear-mongering TERF’s. This makes them more than just an isolated pocket of hostility: it means they are an active threat to Vancouver’s entire trans community.
Suing VRR has not worked. Eliminating public funds from VRR has not worked. They were even granted an incredible grace period by Vancouver in 2019: an entire year of introspection. VRR’s leadership was told to think about their choices, think about whether they wanted to support women or spread enmity. Choosing inclusion would have cost VRR absolutely nothing and gained them everything.
They even had precedent for seeing what a shift could earn them: WAVAW had reversed course on sex workers and pledged full inclusion and was met with widespread admiration and praise. There was direct evidence that allowing all women into shelters caused no harm to anyone while increasing the sense of community for all.
But even with a year to think about their wrongs and apologize to the women they mercilessly abandoned, even with other shelters proving that their safety concerns were unfounded, they chose prejudice. VRR’s leadership is as committed to despising women as David Duke and Richard Spencer are to anti-Semitism.

When dealing with committed cryptofascists, irredeemably committed to their anti-humanity, the only course of action is to escalate further. To do anything less would be allowing hate to win — and love trumps hate. What are some strategies activists can and should employ against VRR?
The first is to continue cutting their public funding. The loss of city funding denies them over $30,000. But the province of British Columbia supplies them with an estimated $600,000. Their total budget is $1.1 million, so that represents over half. Elect officials who will rally to cut that off, contingent on them changing their ways. Their stubbornness could be born of the small loss the city funding represents. If over half their budget is on the line, maybe that will finally bring them to the 21st century.
A gradual strategy that may succeed is infiltration and replacement. VRR works as a collective and accepts volunteers from all over. Replacement has been attempted before, but unsuccessfully. VRR have illegally banned trans women from aiding women as far back as 1995. Kimberly Nixon bravely fought to make the organization more inclusive but they bitterly clung to their provincial views all the way to Canada’s Supreme Court that unjustly validated their phobia.
However, while VRR actively bars trans women, it will welcome cis women. Cis women allies can therefore step up and help change the group internally. VRR’s collective is by some reports only 27 members strong. If 30 allies were to trickle in, they could wield democratic control of the organization and could right the wrongs of the current leadership. This would be an amazing bloodless coup.

Heroic trans activist Morgane Oger has defeated VRR twice before the Vancouver City Council.
Another option was recently made viable thanks to the legal work of Morgane Oger, who has led the charge against VRR since 2013. In 2019, she won a decision against Christian radical Bill Whatcott. The court specifically ruled that Whatcott mocking her for being a trans woman and stating that she was not a woman violated her human rights. That meant she was allowed to sue him and won a judgment against him for $55,000.
The leadership of VRR has repeated rhetoric mirroring that of Whatcott on many different fronts (proving the link between TERF’s and white supremacists). Whatcott used fliers; VRR posts to social media, podcasts, and other locations. Since you cannot deny that trans women are women, VRR’s denial violates the “dignity, feelings and self-respect” of every single trans woman they deny access to, both in services and as volunteers.
In theory, this means that trans women could go in to volunteer and to use the VRR. They could record the exchange with the VRR leaders where they will be — predictably — told they aren’t “real women” and therefore not allowed at VRR. Then, they can sue both the VRR and those individuals for violating their human rights just as Whatcott violated Oger’s. The legal precedent would give the tribunal a strong reason to rule against VRR en masse. With enough lawsuits, you could seize ownership of the facilities and throw the current collective out on their ears.
The lawsuit method is a lot messier than the gentle takeover method, and has several downsides. It siphons funds that could be spent on helping women into the hands of lawyers. Protracted legal battles could help them rally even more support from their alt-right backers. It will take longer than taking it over from the inside, as it can take courts 2 or more years to render critical rulings. Still, it may be easier to find dozens of trans women willing to step up for this legal battle than 30 or more reliable cis women allies.

A photo of supporters of VRR who live in Vancouver.
Finally, there’s direct action targeted narrowly at the leaders. To do this we need more information. There are 27 volunteers in all, with 10 of them being the leaders who push transphobia. Most (but maybe not all) of those 27 bear the responsibility for discrimination. We know the identity of their spokeswoman, Hilla Kerner. Karla Gjini is another leader of the VRR. Revealing their names, faces, and other information would allow activists to appropriately engage with them.

Karla Gjini (left) trying to defend her transphobic views to the Vancouver City Council.
History shows that when singled out, many bigots will renege on their hateful ideas and begin to reform. And if they don’t, then Vancouver can expel them from their community. Nazis have no right to a peaceful existence or steady employment. They have declared their support of fascism and have therefore declared their intent to directly harm the trans community of Vancouver, Canada, and beyond. They threaten the safety and dignity of others and therefore deserve none themselves until they choose to be human once more.
The donor list for the VRR is another piece of vital information. Who are their major funders? What companies and organizations funnel them money? Some companies may think they’re supporting an actual women’s shelter. Making them aware that they’re giving money to a Neo-Nazi style indoctrination camp will hopefully disabuse them of that notion. Their tweets invite posts from TERF’s around the world that expose their hate. The people behind those accounts should be reminded that the world is always watching.
The usual caveats to this approach apply. Be careful of misidentifying people. Attacking bystanders just makes the VRR look sympathetic. Don’t do anything you can’t handle the consequences of. We can’t all be like the heroic woman who came close to delivering a blow for justice on TERF Julie Bindle. Do what you can manage.
Note that none of the above tactics have to be sequential. Some or all of them can be enacted concurrently. For example, infiltration plus direct action to get Nazi scum off the streets is a great combination. Public funding cuts need to continue as long as they get any state funding at all.
Want something to do right now while trapped indoors? VRR’s Wikipedia page only barely mentions how their funding has been stripped for being a hate group. In fact, no mention of them being a hate group can be found there. Please consider updating that page with all the relevant information and patrolling it so the TERF’s can’t hide their shame.
The VRR’s storefront address is 1424 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5L 5G2. Their commercial number is 604–872–8212 and official email is info@rapereliefshelter.bc.ca. You can also use a form on their website to send them your opinion. Their Twitter account is @VanRapeRelief and their Facebook page is @VancouverRapeRelief, both of which can be reported for rampant transphobic content. We should always remember that deplatforming works. Canceling them from communication platforms makes it harder for them to spread their propaganda.
You can support the people currently working on the frontlines of the fight. Join the Trans Alliance Society based in Vancouver that helped strike VRR’s funding through intelligent and passionate appeals. There’s the Coalition Against Trans Antagonism (CATA) that recently relaunched on Facebook and needs more likes on their page. That’s quick and simple activism you can do wherever you are.
In August of 2019, VRR was allegedly vandalized by activists, including a dead rat nailed to their door. No culprit was ever found, so there is no evidence it wasn’t self-inflicted to score sympathy points. However, we should heed Morgane Oger’s request not to vandalize VRR’s buildings. The facilities and physical space of VRR is not the problem. It’s the people who direct the use.
We need to find a way to take over that space and end its use for hate, not destroy the resources themselves. That eliminates the positive future use those locations could have. VRR, for all its faults, is a historical site: it’s the oldest of its kind in Canada. That makes it all the more tragic when it leaves a legacy of discrimination over positive activism.
The women of Vancouver will not be safe until the den of TERF vipers is wiped out from their midst. Once VRR has been reformed into an intersectional feminist women’s shelter, that city will be a safer place for all.

Laura Izaguirre
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I write on topics of social justice and anti-fascism. Queer latinx. She/Her. ATX. #Resist

Dr. Jane Clare Jones has a insightful analysis: on the brutal misogyny in this Medium piece.

 

 

There is nothing progressive about threatening and abusing women, and that is what Transactivism is, as demonstrated here.

Hey folks, the woke internet is doing it’s best to deplatform and silence critical analysis and criticism of gender ideology.  Here’s the thing, if your ideology wasn’t shit to start with, it could withstand critique and still be coherent.  It isn’t, thus the censorship.

The following article was removed from publication on Medium. We present it unedited for readers to make up their own minds.

There’s a lot of chat around about pronouns right now. Specifically, ‘preferred’ pronouns. By which is usually meant, the pronouns a person would prefer other people to use when they are the subject being discussed by those people.

This is how I want you to talk about me’.

Almost without exception, the people who request, or demand, others talk about them using specific pronouns, are asking for pronouns associated with the opposite sex to their own.

A simple politeness. A courtesy.

I’ve heard many people tell me they don’t mind doing this, as a courtesy, although it takes some effort to keep up the mental gymnastics of perceiving one sex, but consistently using pronouns for the other. That’s a personal choice, and I respect the reasons why some people make it.

I’ve also heard many people declaring that anyone who won’t comply (usually directed at a woman) is obnoxious, mean, hostile, and unpleasant. ‘Misgendering’ is hate speech. They say.

But I refuse to use female pronouns for anyone male.
Because pronouns are like Rohypnol.

One of the biggest obstacles to halting the stampede over women’s rights is pronoun and preferred name ‘courtesy’. People severely underestimate the psychological impact to themselves, and to others, of compliance.

Pronouns are like Rohypnol to your brain’s defences.

You doubt this absurd claim I just made, obviously. You have the fortitude of mind to be uninfluenced by such trivia, and I have got this wrong. I understand. Bear with.

And try this quick experiment.

The cost of USING preferred pronouns yourself:

The Stroop Effect

Have you heard of the STROOP TEST?

It’s a well known “name that colour” psychological phenomenon. A quick and simple experiment where you have to say the colour of the words written in front of you. Simple as that. Except the speed and accuracy of your answers is heavily impacted by any incongruence between the colour you see, and the actual word itself.

Try it HERE, if you like fun interactive tests. It takes less than a minute to complete. Compare the difference in your times between part one and part two of the experiment.

You’ll find you have to consciously fight the conflict of input to your brain each and every time. And it leaves you confused, distracted, slower, frustrated and fatigued.

Forcing our brains to ignore the evidence of our eyes, to ignore a conflict between what we see and know to be true, and what we are expected to say, affects us.

USING preferred pronouns does the same. It alters your attention, your speed of processing, your automaticity. You may find it makes you anxious. You pay less heed to what you want to say, and more to what is expected of you. It slows you down, confuses you, makes you less reactive.
That’s not a good thing.

The cost of HEARING or READING preferred pronouns from others:

Experiment 2.

For a week, re-translate all the transgender articles and comments you find, back to sex-based pronouns, nouns and original names. Rewrite them back to the blunt truth and then read them again. Doing this exercise solely in your mind will do just fine, but editing on a screen is better.

Convert female pronouns back to male; use surnames instead of first names, and convert terms like transwoman back to just ‘man’.

Better yet, if you know the original name of the subject, use it, be it David, or Rhys, or Ashton, or Jonathan.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, yes? It shouldn’t matter. No-one else will be hurt or affected by this private experiment. It’s entirely between you, and your own resilient mind.

(Try not to get banned from anywhere during this experiment)

Read your translated version again.

If those small acts of preferred pronoun compliance are truly meaningless concessions, (although, see above banning potential for contradictory evidence of import) given as a courtesy to others at no cost to you or to other women, then this private exercise will change nothing, cost nothing, affect no-one. You’ll walk away thinking, yep, as I thought, fuss about nothing.

After all, nothing *should* change, should it, simply with the alteration of pronouns and names? You already know the actual sex of the subject you’re reading about. Pronouns, male or female, add no incremental information. How can they in any way alter your perception, or influence you when you already know all the facts? They’re an irrelevance, the easiest concession to make. Not worth consideration, inconsequential. Right?

Cognitively, you should be immune to the effects of such linguistic cross-dressing. Pronouns are irrelevant, so you concede them easily, because they have no power to influence you, since you already see clearly. Yes?

[And you can confess here, it’s OK. You may already think that the minority of women who refuse to comply with pronouns are just awkward buggers, who can’t think strategically, don’t know when to let it go, probably are extremists. Do themselves no favours, damage their own ‘cause’, even. Unreasonable.]

But try the experiment. Translate pronouns and references back to male. Insert ‘dead-names’ or use surnames. (No-one will know but you) Read it a second time. And be honest with yourself.

Do you feel differently, on reading it this way?
Do you react differently?
How’s your anxiety?
Are you angrier?
Do you feel more scared?
Is your sense of injustice alerted?
What level have your natural defences armed to?

You may discover that, despite yourself, you have a viscerally different reaction to what is before your eyes.

Same story, same players, same core knowledge.

Different pronouns, different reaction.

Pronouns are like Rohypnol.

They dull your defences. They change your inhibitions. They’re meant to. You’ve had a lifetime’s experience learning to be alert to ‘him’ and relax to ‘her’. For good reason. This instinctive response keeps you safe. It’s not even a conscious thing. It’s like your hairs standing on end. Your subconscious brain is helping you not get eaten by the sabre tooth tiger that your eyes haven’t noticed yet.

Oscar probably didn’t intend the instinctive female response his words provoked

Incongruent pronouns also make your brain work much harder; not just when you are using them, but when you are receiving them as information. You are working constantly to keep that story straight in your head. Male or female? Which one, again? Concentrate harder. Ignore your instincts, ignore your reaction.

And that’s just you. You’re already aware of all the pertinent information, already alert, you know the score, no flies on you.

And you’re still affected emotionally and instinctively by incongruent pronouns, nouns, and names. Despite your efforts to be immune. You’re not immune to this effect. You can know perfectly the actual sex of a male person, and yet you will still react differently if someone calls them she instead of he.

So what then, is the impact on everyone who isn’t even aware yet, hasn’t fully comprehended yet what’s going on?

Pronouns are Rohypnol. They change our perception, lower our defences, make us react differently, alter the reality in front of us.

They’re meant to.
They numb us.
They confuse us.
They remove our instinctive safety responses.

They work.

If you do this experiment you may still decide to accept or use female pronouns for male people, perhaps a little wiser, but cognisant of their influence on you and others. That’s a choice you may make. At least now you understand that you may be voluntarily suppressing your own natural response. Your eyes are more open.

Maybe you’ll continue to mentally translate ‘preferred’ pronouns and names in your head back to reality, every time, as I do. We give ourselves the best chance to understand the reality of the situation before us. It becomes easier with practice. I want my instincts as intact as possible.

Maybe you shrug. You can live with this little phenomenon. Or it didn’t work for you, you don’t see it.

But please. Don’t judge so harshly those of us who refuse to submit, refuse to comply with preferred pronouns. There are good reasons why we might be doing that, for our own sakes, and for the sakes of others.

Pronouns are Rohypnol.

I want to be alert. I want others to be alert. I want people to see the real picture, and I want those instinctive reactions that we feel when something is wrong, to be un-blunted, un-dulled by this cheap but effective psychological trick. I feel like I owe this to myself, and I absolutely owe it to other women.

And more than anything, I owe this to girls. I don’t want to play even the tiniest part in grooming them to disregard their natural protective instincts. Those instincts are there for a reason. To keep them safe. They need those instincts intact, and sharp.

And that’s why I won’t use preferred pronouns.

Using Rohypnol on others isn’t a courtesy.

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