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Hey folks, I’m just here watching the NDP continue to betray women and their hard fought for rights in society.  Janis Irwin, of course is at the forefront of deciding that we should be including men in female sports, spaces, and services?  Why?  Because these men have special gender feelings that tell them that are women.

The Alberta NDP cannot define what a woman is, and now is actively campaigning against female safety in Alberta.  Broad claims, but let’s look at the specifics.

Wow!  You see here, Janis doesn’t actually link to what she has labelled transphobic and hateful.  Let’s move on to what she is referring to – a message to Linda Blade from Brian Jean a Leadership candidate for the UCP.

 

Read judiciously.  Take some time and see what is being said in the message.

So do you see the absolute TRANSPHOBIC HATRED there.  The notion that biological sex is real and that it is important in sports (and to be frank, every-fucking-where else) to maintain fairness and safety.

Make careful notes here folks as this is the exact bullshit routine every faux-progressive shitter performs when faced with any sort of criticism or inquiry about their position.  There are no counterpoints, there are no rebuttals, and no arguments just wild baseless accusations.  This just happens to be an member of the legislative assembly here in Alberta and sadly the fact free hyperbole is par for the course.

It’s a farcical disgrace.

More to the point there is a person with political power that uses this sort of hyperbolic rhetoric to advance a platform and ideology that actively harms women and their rights in society.

Scary stuff.  It is unsurprising that the Alberta NDP is losing female support as they support the erosion of female rights and safety in society.

Talk to your political representatives and find out if they support this attack on female boundaries in society and be wary if they cannot define what a woman is.

 

Go to Linda Blade’s website or The Canadian Women’s Sex Based Rights website to get more information on the important subject at hand.

 

 

Perverted men do perverted things.  And just because they happen to mutter the gender-magic phrase “I identify as woman” does not change the fact that they remain men.  Not ever.  Male pattern violence and criminality persist regardless of any sort of gender identity declaration.

“A trans-identified male has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after forcing his 7-year-old daughter to participate in the creation of child sexual abuse material.

Marina Volz, born Matthew, was arrested in 2019 after the New Jersey Department of Child Protection became aware he was creating pornography in a home where a child resided.

The girl’s mother lived in Oregon while the abuses were taking place. Volz and Ashley Romero, another trans-identified male, had taken the girl from her mother and transported her to New Jersey for the purposes of forcing her into the child sexual exploitation material industry.”

Matthew and three other perverts then proceeded to repeatedly molest the seven year old child, and of course, film it.

Female concerns over their boundaries and the safeguarding of children have long been overlooked in the bull headed drive for ‘trans acceptance’.  If the price of ‘trans acceptance’ is the deterioration of female boundaries and safeguarding practices then ‘trans acceptance’ can go straight to hell – do not pass go, do not even think of fucking collecting two-hundred dollars.

“The child is currently living with relatives, and Volz has surrendered all parental rights.

During the trial, prosecutors told the Judge the little girl had been subjected to “a vortex of darkness” after being removed from her real mother’s care.

While avoiding providing full details of the extent of the little girl’s ordeal, Judge Peter Tober noted she had been subjected to torture-like conditions, mentioning neck collars, a cage in the basement, and sex toys.”

This is what the breaking down of boundaries leads to – the rampant exploitation of children and women for the benefit of ‘gender-queer’ men.  It ain’t right, and will never be right with me or anyone else who values female safety and boundaries in society.

This last little bit is the shit-icing on the turd-cake.

“In media coverage of the horrific case, Volz and Romero were referred to as ‘women’ and addressed by ‘she/her’ pronouns. Volz was also identified as the girl’s “mother” in one local news report.”

The media – you know the people who are supposed to report the facts to us – decided to call these deviant abusive males “she”.

Piss right off woke media.  Piss-off forever.  Its this situation *right here* that women and feminists have been sounding the alarm bells over.   If we cannot accurately describe the bullshit that is happening, how is anyone going to be able to fix it?  Without knowing about the transgender magical-bullshite listening to a newscast one might be properly horrified that a woman (adult human female) could sexually abuse their daughter and fucking record the abuse to make money selling the video of said abuse to other pedophiles on the internet.

Women, generally , don’t do this shit to their children.  Men do.

We, the public, should know the truth about the dark situations like those mentioned above without the rank obfuscation of gender ideology getting in the way of facts.

Source: Reduxx.

Call your political representatives, find out if they can define what a woman is. If they cannot, consider moving your vote to someone who can.

   Canadians need to be exposed to the end product of inducting the concept of gender identity into Charter and laws.  The end result is that we have incarcerated male rapists in female prisons.  It is the ultimate expression of placing the feelings of males above the *safety* of females in our society.
   This is not about ‘being kind’ or being inclusive.  This is ignoring the reality we all share for some kind of gender fucking fantasy land where what people say about themselves MUST be accepted by everyone around them.  Our internal perception of ourselves is precisely that – it is ours – and there should be no expectations of others to abide with said perception.
  Our laws must deal with the world as it is, not the world as individuals want to perceive it if we value the notion of a just and fair Canadian society (that also happens to be safe for females).
CA — Ottawa, Ontario. Women Are Human recently disclosed Anngela Valentino’s Parole Board of Canada (PBC) decision, which confirmed female prisoners’ reports of Valentino assaulting and/or threatening them while incarcerated at Grand Valley Institution for Women (GVI). Women Are Human has additionally obtained the July 2020 PBC decision for a different male prisoner, Steve Mehlenbacher, which also confirms a female prisoner’s report that Mehlenbacher repeatedly sexually assaulted her. Mehlenbacher’s sexual assaults were first reported by Women Are Human in August 2020, after Heather Mason sounded the alarm on social media. Mason is a former Canadian federal prisoner at GVI and is now an advocate for women in prison. At that time, Women Are Human reached out to Mason and another former prisoner, who detailed multiple instances of Mehlenbacher’s predatory and abusive behaviour, and who were thus completely unsurprised that Mehlenbacher had been charged with sexual assault. Continue reading Parole Decision Confirms Another Male Prisoner Was Violent Towards Incarcerated Women | Women Are Human. Read more at: https://www.womenarehuman.com/parole-decision-confirms-another-male-prisoner-was-violent-towards-incarcerated-women/

 

Thank you justdad7 for writing such urgently necessary thoughts.

 

This is the context we need to make any progress with the gender religious, as most seem to be under the notion that the rights they claim happen to be ‘apex rights’ – in other words gender identity should be given first priority when judging a situation.

They, in fact, are not.  And we need to start framing issues of gender identity in the proper context of all the human rights we have in Canada and acknowledge that friction and conflicts do exist and must be discussed.

Sex an Sexual orientation are no less important in society, but the current blitz by the gender religious would have us overlook this key contextual aspect of the debate.

No longer.  Like the rest of the adults in society Gender Identity proponents are going to have to learn to compromise and accept that not all their assertions are holy writ and must be accepted in their base form.

 

There has been much controversy over lately at Science Based Medicine as they seem to have been institutionally captured by gender ideology and turning away from the foundations SBM was founded on.  When gender woo-magic takes precedent of science based facts the lambasting by those who keep their scientific integrity intact is inevitable, hence this letter by Emeritus Editor Kimball Atwood to Steve Novella about his decent into gender-woo.

 

Thank you for Jessie Singal for posting the letter.

 

 

Hi Steve,

Harriet has told me that you stated that her article “dragged SBM into a raging controversy.” She feels, and I agree, that it was your retracting that article and replacing it by very bad articles written by advocates of “gender affirmation” that dragged SBM into a raging controversy. I’ve attempted to explain why previously, but here I’ll mention a couple of the most obvious reasons.

You claimed that Harriet’s article was below SBM’s minimal standard for “high quality scientific evidence and reasoning to inform medical issues.” Yet you replaced it with articles stating things such as the following:

  • “Biology is a binary and differences of sex development (DSDs) are vanishingly rare”. False. DSDs are as common as 1 in 5,000 births, and increase to 1 in 200 or 1 in 300 if you include hypospadias and cryptorchidism. Biology is very, very well known to be a spectrum.

[Lovell attributes the sentence in quotes to Shrier; I’ve been unable to find it in her book]

Do you, Steve, think that sex is a spectrum? Yes, I know Lovell wrote “biology is a spectrum,” but that is an incoherent claim. Her implication is that sex is a spectrum. If that were true, it would upend all that we know about sex in mammals and many other life forms, including sexual dimorphism, reproduction, and selection. Do you think that Lovell’s statement constitutes “high quality scientific evidence and reasoning”? OMG, apparently you do. What’s happened to you?

Do you think that hypospadias and cryptorchism are DSDs? They are not, and to suggest that they are does not meet SBM’s minimal standard for reasoning about medical issues.

The citation is to a paper that discusses real DSDs, not cryptorchism or hypospadias, and makes no claims about a “spectrum.” It supports the very statement that Lovell claims to be false (even though Shrier seems never to have made that statement). Where was the editor here?

According to Eckert,

  • Throughout her book, Shrier refers to her subjects as “biological girls,” a term that conflates sex with gender and mischaracterizes Shrier’s subjects. The reason is that a person’s sex refers to the identity assigned by doctors, parents, and medical professionals at birth, most often based on external anatomy (genitals).

Do you, Steve, think that Shrier’s subjects were not biological girls? Do you think that this characterization conflates sex with gender? Do you think that sex is an “identity assigned by doctors,” rather than a fact noted by everyone in the delivery room in almost every case? Do you think that “human” is also an identity assigned by doctors? How does such an absurd passage meet SBM’s minimal standard for scientific evidence and reasoning? Do you really think that “this is good scientific practice—not political correctness”? How can you be so naive?

Finally, I’ll remind you of a previous objection that you haven’t answered, which refutes the crux of Lovell’s claim about “gender affirmation” for biological girls “lead(ing) to improved psychological outcomes”:

“Lastly, as clearly noted in the American Academy of Pediatrics statement, complete with many citations of their own, we use affirmation, pubertal suppression, and hormone therapy in youth because it leads to improved psychological outcomes. The literature is abundant and clear on this topic.”

The “abundant” link is not to several studies or a review of several studies, as the adjective implies, but to a single study that is irrelevant to Shrier’s thesis because it looks at a group of pre-pubescent, transgender children (age 3-12) undergoing only social transition, not at adolescent girls. It’s also not a good study because it controls its cohort with a cohort of non-transgender children, rather than with the appropriate control group (transgender children not undergoing social transition).

The “clear” link is to a paper that does not reveal whether its subjects were gender dysphoric (GD) in childhood or not, but whose abstract states:

Implications for impact: This study suggests that gender-affirming hormones are a helpful medical intervention for transgender youth. Gender-affirming hormones were found to be associated with decreases in suicidality and improvements in general well-being.”

That is all most SBM readers will read, if they even bother to click on the link. But in the discussion (behind a paywall; I got it on ResearchGate) we see this:

“Hypothesis 3 (i.e., those assigned female at birth will experience greater improvements in general well-being and larger decreases in suicidality) was not supported.” (My italics; parenthetical phrase in the original)

Need I mention (again) that this is the only outcome of the study that is relevant to Shrier’s book? Where was the editor here?

Speaking of editors, it appears that there have been none at SBM other than the original five. Of those, two ruled to retract Harriet’s review, two (Harriet and I) would have kept it, and one is dead. I knew Wally well enough to feel confident that he would have voted to keep the review, and that he would have been shocked, probably to the point of resigning, when you published the embarrassments by Lovell and Eckert and when you banned Andy Lewis from commenting.

No, it was not Harriet who dragged SBM into a raging controversy. It was you and David, because of some very poor choices, made worse by your doubling down after every reasonable objection by Jesse Singal, Andy Lewis, Michael Shermer, Jerry Coyne, Abigail Shrier, me, and several others.

Sincerely Yours,
Kimball

 

Something went wrong between the 2nd and 3rd wave of female political action.  The class based analysis so firmly rooted in the second wave seemed to have been gradually pushed to the margins and replaced with a the conception of intersectionality that in its initial phase could have gone hand in hand with the more traditional feminist analysis.  Intersectionality is the idea that people can experience different layers of discrimination simultaneously based on their race, sex, and class served to furtherfill out traditional radical feminist theory and increase the sensitivity toward women with diverse race and cultural backgrounds.

So far so good?  Right?

Well it would be all good if we just incorporated this utilitarian and useful 3rd wave innovation.  The notions of ‘identity’ and ’empowerment’ were also gifts from the third wave and where some of the analysis began to go off the rails.

From the notion of ’empowerment’ we get most of the dead branch known as Liberal Feminism that is about doing actions in society, that if they feel good and make you feel good, they are in fact empowering acts.  This leads to the idea that activities like pole dancing and stripping can be ‘feminist’ acts because they are empowering the individual woman with agency (?) and power within society.

Many feminists would pause here because like most features of society, patriarchy operates on the macro as well as the micro level.  To return to our previous example, the occupations of both pole dancing and stripping may indeed provide empowerment on the level of the individual, but on a boarder social analysis both serve the male gaze and continue to reinforce the commodification and objectification of the female body.  So perhaps we can see where some friction exists between these two theoretical feminist standpoints.

The notion of identity is also useful in certain contexts because it allows discrimination and oppression that exist within society to be categorized and analyzed with greater precision.  Identity is a tonic against the sometimes homogenizing nature of theoretical work and allows theory and praxis better able to respond to the needs of women from diverse backgrounds.

Identity has now metastasized.  In certain ideological circles it rests above nearly all other theoretical concerns.  More importantly the notion of identity has been severed from the social, material reality we all share.  What we think about ourselves now has a certain reified air that precludes any sort of questioning or critical examination.

For instance, it is now popular to ‘come out’ as non-binary.  Being non-binary is a vague notion that an individuals personal expression isn’t tied to their sex  – so a male person can have a ‘boy-day’ or  ‘girl-day’ depending on their mood.  You gentle reader, would not be alone in concluding that people claiming be non-binary may just be fulfilling the need to feel edgy and special in society.  It’s nice to stand out I suppose, but adopting male or female stereotypes and demanding that others play along with your wacky pronouns and related charade seems like a rather cumbersome and ultimately anti-social way to go about achieving that goal.  Furthermore, since no person embodies all of the stereotypes of their sex but rather a mixture of the two, we are all, in fact, non-binary (just with less narcissism that those boldly ‘coming out’).

Another particularly problematic aspect that has arisen is the notion of self identification and that one’s personal declaration of gender somehow overrides the societal norms and expectations we all follow.  The most common point of friction is when men, because they have gender feelings, decide that they are women and should therefore have access to female spaces, services, and sports.  The problem is that self id does not change the male socialization, nor the male patterns of behaviour that require all inhabitants of the class of men to be excluded from female only spaces.

Transgender ideology is deeply misogynistic.  Women who disagree with gender ideology and men in their spaces are ostracized, threatened, and called bigots because they have the temerity to raise concern with the erosion of their boundaries and sex based rights within society.  Transgender ideology is also an impediment to the safeguarding of women and children as again, male gender-feelings are given precedence over female safety in society.  The conflict will not resolve until the men involved in the transgender movement respect female boundaries and the female ‘no’.

Being gender diverse is fine, but one must respect the material realities of sex and sex based oppression that exist within our society.

 

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