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A bubbling river of rage

Apr 11th, 2024 3:13 am | By

Honestly, of all the times for a power outage to force me to take a day off, did it really have to be the day when everyone was talking about the Cass review? How can I possibly catch up?

I can’t, so I’ll just go with what I find amusing or absurd or both.

Like a pronouns fool getting told she’s a pronouns fool.

“I’m not a single woman though, I’m a very … Read the rest

Excuse unscheduled absence

Apr 10th, 2024 8:54 pm | By

Sorry! The power went out. Blammo at 5:45 a.m. It’s now 8:45 p.m. – the power blinked back on about 5 minutes ago. Whew. It was getting grim – the light fading, no ability to warm up food, freezing cold. I went out for a little walk, to have something to do and to see if I could sense any progress. There were a lot of City Light trucks lined up and several guys in a hole in the sidewalk – more guys than you would think would fit. I did a broad loop and on the homeward stretch there were four people playing fiddle music on a porch – playing it really well. Cheered me up a good deal. … Read the rest

Man deplores hateful conduct

Apr 9th, 2024 4:44 pm | By

Ahhhhhhhhh that makes all the difference.

That’s fine then. That’s how it works. He doesn’t use the term “nigger” on all Black people, just the ones who do something he dislikes. That’s absolutely fine, and very fair and helpful and above all progressive.

What does Desmond in San Francisco say to women who say something he dislikes?


The glorious future looks brighter with every day, wouldn’t you agree?… Read the rest

Speaking of “deliberate provocations”

Apr 9th, 2024 4:27 pm | By

Scottish DARVO:

A senior SNP politician has accused JK Rowling of wasting police time and attacking Scottish “societal values” by testing new hate crime laws.

Rowling is wasting police time? I’d say it’s the SNP lawmakers who are wasting police time.

Karen Adam, who is convener of Holyrood’s equalities committee, launched a thinly veiled attack on the Harry Potter author in a defence of Humza Yousaf’s controversial legislation, which she hailed as an “incredible example of our commitment to justice”.

It’s incredible all right, but not as an example of any kind of commitment to justice.

On the first day that the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act came into force, Rowling deliberately “misgendered” a series

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Apr 9th, 2024 11:02 am | By

More on Tickle v Giggle:

The case is the first time alleged gender identity discrimination has been heard by the federal court and goes to the heart of how gender identity – and being a woman – is interpreted.

I can remember when being a woman – the brute fact part of it – didn’t require interpretation. A tree is a tree, a bird is a bird, a woman is a woman. What follows from that is infinitely discussable, but the mere word, not so much.

On Tuesday, federal court justice Robert Bromwich heard Tickle has lived as woman since 2017, has a birth certificate stating that her gender is female, had gender affirmation surgery and “feels in her

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News for the gullible

Apr 9th, 2024 9:02 am | By

Making it look a little too easy there, Sport. People are bound to get suspicious.

Random person says “I was beaten up” and shares random photo. Is the photo of the person who claims to have been beaten up? I see no reason to think so. I see no reason to believe what random person says, either. I don’t even believe random person is in Coventry! When I get skeptical I don’t mess around.

And then the instant follow-up with “Here’s where to send me money” doesn’t make it more believable. It provides a motive, you see – a motive beyond mere attention-seeking. If people are gullible, why not slap random photos of bruised faces up on Twitter and … Read the rest

Climate change and human rights

Apr 9th, 2024 8:07 am | By

Climate change is a human rights issue (as well as an issue under other headings).

A group of older Swiss women have won the first ever climate case victory in the European Court of Human Rights. The women, mostly in their 70s, said that their age and gender made them particularly vulnerable to the effects of heatwaves linked to climate change. The court said Switzerland’s efforts to meet its emission reduction targets had been woefully inadequate.

The ruling is binding and can trickle down to influence the law in 46 countries in Europe including the UK.

The Court ruled that Switzerland had “failed to comply with its duties under the Convention concerning climate change” and that it had violated

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Argument is not magic

Apr 9th, 2024 4:27 am | By

Can it get any more maddeningly idiotic?

Females-only app that banned trans woman says it was creating a ‘safe space’

Lawyers for trans woman Roxanne Tickle have argued she is a woman and was discriminated against when she was banned from using a female-only app.

Then lawyers for trans woman Roxanne Tickle are talking deranged nonsense. Women are women; trans women are men. That’s what “trans” means. It means fake, pretend, fantasy, delusion. A person’s sex is not something that can be switched via argument or declaration or assertion or claim or announcement.

There are two separate problems here and in all these conflicts. One is the desirability or otherwise of pretending that people are the other sex, and forcing … Read the rest


Apr 8th, 2024 4:48 pm | By

The Guardian reports via the Associated Press:

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, which oversees smaller US colleges, announced a policy Monday that essentially bans transgender athletes from women’s sports.

The NAIA’s council of presidents approved the policy in a 20-0 vote on Monday, according to CBS Sports. The NAIA, which oversees about 83,000 athletes at schools across the US, is believed to be the first college sports organization to take such a step.

According to the transgender participation policy, all athletes may participate in NAIA-sponsored male sports. In contrast, only athletes whose biological sex is female and have not begun hormone therapy will be allowed participate in women’s sports. A student who has begun hormone therapy may participate

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Women are not allowed to turn up to talk

Apr 8th, 2024 11:11 am | By

The Scottish Feminist Network speaks up:

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Kettled and encircled

Apr 8th, 2024 11:02 am | By

From The Scottish Daily Express:

Police chiefs are facing an angry backlash over their handling of a women’s free speech rally on Saturday, which saw feminists and trans protesters clash, it can be revealed. Up to 1000 gender critical women and trans activists faced off in Edinburgh during outspoken women’s rights campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen’s Let Women Speak rally, the first major test of Scotland’s controversial new hate crime laws.

To put it more bluntly, feminist women held a free speech rally and trans “activists” did their best to drown it out.

While Ms Keen publicly thanked Police Scotland “for keeping women safe at the event”, many among her supporters were left angry and frustrated. Several complained about being “corralled”

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Things just happen

Apr 8th, 2024 10:16 am | By
Things just happen

Agent-free passive voice and periphrasis dialed up to 1000:

H/t Sackbut… Read the rest

It just so happens

Apr 8th, 2024 9:50 am | By

We’re not going to get any eclipse fun here in Seattle, because it’s all clouds up there. Nothing will change. It won’t even get darker.

But while we’re on the subject – this is a puzzle that doesn’t get discussed enough – how utterly bizarre is it that from here on this planet, the moon, which is practically next door, and the sun, which is way the fuck out there, ARE THE SAME SIZE???

I mean what are the odds? Eh? You wouldn’t place a bet on them. And yet there it is: from here, the moon can neatly block the sun such that only the corona is visible.

It’s downright creepy, is what it is.… Read the rest

Searching for the roots

Apr 8th, 2024 8:46 am | By

Someone called Wren Sanders wrote a deferential piece on Judith Butler. Before we read it let’s find out who Wren Sanders is.

Wren Sanders (she/they) is an award-winning journalist and the editor of Them’s Community Section. Since joining the site in 2019, she has explored subjects such as Arca’s divine mutations, the case against LGBTQ+ military inclusion, and the power of trans monstrosity. As an editor, she is drawn to stories of resilience and insurgent joy, critiques of contemporary culture and politics, and visions of more livable worlds.

Is insurgent joy like trans joy, or is it a different kind of joy altogether? How do they both relate to intersectional joy? I’ll put research on … Read the rest

The conflict

Apr 7th, 2024 5:29 pm | By

Kara Dansky a few weeks ago:

I have been thinking about the potential conflict between laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” in places of public accommodation and criminal laws that prohibit voyeurism and indecent exposure at least since 2021, when a man named Darren Merager decided to parade his naked body (complete with erection) around the women’s section of Wi Spa, a Korean-style nude spa in Los Angeles.

You remember that incident, I’m sure.

video of a woman named Cubana Angel complaining about the incident went viral. In the video, she is seen asking staff: 

I just want to be clear with you: It’s okay … for a man to go into the women’s

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Your narrow view of what a woman is

Apr 7th, 2024 9:50 am | By

The argument from they exist:


Likewise, frimblz exist and frimblz are frimblz. Why, because frimblz exist, that’s why.

You can’t argue with that.… Read the rest

A woman laughed

Apr 7th, 2024 9:28 am | By
A woman laughed

Willz is now reporting people to the police for laughing.

The cells are going to fill to the brim before you can say “knife.”… Read the rest

Guest post: In earthquakes, they are more squishy than everyone else

Apr 7th, 2024 9:13 am | By

Originally a comment by Your Name’s not Bruce? on Shelf life.

Trans women like Patiha are among the most affected by extreme weather linked to climate change, as well as suffering disproportionately when disasters strike.

“Women, the elderly, and people with disabilities are mentioned, but there is no provision for sexual and gender minorities,” Darmawan said.

Perhaps TiMs are more absorbent, or prone to melting than mere mortals in the face of climate change. They are, by their own admission, “the most vulnerable and marginalized” ever, of everyone. Their misery and poverty is ever so much worse than anyone else’s. They are uniquely disadvantaged and targeted amongst all humans, and most endangered species. Why shouldn’t they also be preferrentially … Read the rest

How dare they prosecute rioters?

Apr 7th, 2024 6:23 am | By

What was the US justice system thinking?

Every night since August 2022, a small crowd has gathered outside the Washington DC Central Jail, through frigid winter nights and under spring rain, to protest against the US justice system.

The protesters outside the red-brick buildings of the facility pray, discuss the news, and broadcast telephone calls with prisoners inside the jail, where hundreds of accused or convicted rioters have been held in the three years since the 6 January 2021 storming of the Capitol.

What are the protesters protesting? Is the thinking here that violent assaults on the federal government should be legal?

In recent months, as Donald Trump has gripped the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, the protesters have taken heart

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Guest post: Suddenly they all found that they could prevent it

Apr 6th, 2024 2:22 pm | By

Originally a comment by Athel Cornish-Bowden on Local misogyny.

Kaspar Zeta-Skeet said there was an “assumption” among some teenagers he taught “that women are things just to be observed”

I fear that that is indeed a common assumption of boys, made much worse by social media.

In France, we are experiencing a particularly nasty series of violent attacks on teenagers by other teenagers — three in three days, not all girls. The first concerned a young girl of 13 in Montpellier. She had been bullied for around 18 months, especially by a somewhat older girl who considered that she wasn’t a proper Muslim because she wore normal clothes and joined in regular school activities. This older girl, or one … Read the rest