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A moment of antifeminist backlash

Jul 7th, 2022 11:33 am | By

Starts well:

We’re in a moment of antifeminist backlash, and, increasingly, that backlash seems aimed at silencing women, or punishing the women who won’t shut up. It’s a perilous time for women’s speech – or at least, it’s a perilous time for women who speak out against sexism. Over the course of this spring and summer, threats to feminist activists and abuse survivors have multiplied and become more serious, with women who speak out against men’s violence or in favor of women’s rights increasingly targeted by abusers, vigilantes, antifeminist activists and lawmakers, and the courts.

And people who consider themselves trans-rights activists.

Defamation suits are becoming a routine tool of retaliation and revenge for men accused of sexual and

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Toilet epistemology

Jul 7th, 2022 10:53 am | By

Wait a second though.

If you look at the full photo of our hero you can see that he’s both huge and angry-looking. It’s nice that he’s confident in his own mind that everyone was safe, but what I want to know is, how in hell does he think he can know that everyone else could know that? In particular, how does he think he can know women could know that?

I asked him that question and then read replies and saw that so did everyone else.

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To audit both looks like carefulness

Jul 7th, 2022 10:05 am | By

Pure coincidence. Completely random. The Post:

Democrats and Republicans in Congress on Thursday expressed alarm that the IRS under President Donald Trump may have targeted two of his political enemies with tax audits, joining in rare unity to call for an investigation into the matter.

The requests came a day after reports that the IRS initiated detailed reviews into the tax records of James B. Comey, the former FBI director, and Andrew McCabe, a deputy who later took over the agency. The two officials at the time had been primary targets of Trump’s ire after they probed the president in connection with his 2016 campaign, leading Comey to raise the possibility this week that the newly revealed audits amounted

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Eccentric to change governments

Jul 7th, 2022 8:08 am | By

Boris Johnson has given in at last.

Scandal-ridden British Prime Minister Boris Johnson capitulated to mounting pressure to step down Thursday, announcing his decision after days of high-profile government resignations and calls from fellow Conservative Party members to quit.

If only we could have said the same of scandal-ridden Donald Trump.

“In the past few weeks, I have been trying to convince my colleagues it would be eccentric to change governments when we have achieved so much,” he said in his speech outside No. 10 Downing St. amid loud booing from the crowd nearby. “I regret not to be successful in those arguments and, of course, it’s painful not to be able to see through those projects myself.”


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Jul 7th, 2022 7:35 am | By

Perfect photo.

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A simple message

Jul 6th, 2022 4:51 pm | By

Pink News rejoices that more people are spitting venom at radical feminist women.

New Queer as Folk is a big ‘fuck you’ to transphobes and a beautiful story of trans love, stars say

Aw iddn that sweet.

Queer as Folk stars Jesse James Keitel and CG have a simple message to people who don’t think trans people should exist: “Fuck you.”

Except of course that’s not what we think. It’s not about existing, it’s about claims about what one is. It’s about self-description. It’s about the new and worthless doctrine that people can change their sex, and not only that but they can do it just by saying the words. Existence isn’t the same as self-description. Exist away, exist your … Read the rest

Quality control

Jul 6th, 2022 11:03 am | By

The ACLU is really tanking.

They seem to have a very stupid very rude very belligerent person working for them and making them look bad on Twitter.

Oh the irony – the lie is on the other foot. Pamela Paul (her op-ed is clearly the target here) didn’t say that. She said “woman” has become verboten, meaning in general, and then she quoted a comment on the Roe decision by … Read the rest

Looking on in dismay

Jul 6th, 2022 8:49 am | By

It’s not ideal that six people can doom the world to runaway planet heating.

The supreme court’s ruling that the US government could not use its existing powers to phase out coal-fired power generation without “clear congressional authorization” quickly ricocheted around the world among those now accustomed to looking on in dismay at America’s seemingly endless stumbles in addressing global heating.

The decision “flies in the face of established science and will set back the US’s commitment to keep global temperature below 1.5C”, said Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh, in reference to the internationally agreed goal to limit global heating before it becomes truly catastrophic, manifesting in more severe heatwaves,

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Fairly mild examples

Jul 6th, 2022 8:28 am | By

The Guardian on today’s ruling:

A researcher who lost her job at a thinktank after tweeting that transgender women could not change their biological sex has won her claim that she was unfairly discriminated against because of her gender-critical beliefs.

Maya Forstater suffered direct discrimination when the Centre for Global Development (CGD), where she was a visiting fellow, did not renew her contract or fellowship, an employment tribunal found on Wednesday.

I think some local government policies are going to be in conflict with this ruling: the ones that state flat-out You May Not Say Thats on trans issues. There was a town council that came out with one just yesterday, I think; I’ve already forgotten which town it … Read the rest

Truth and free speech

Jul 6th, 2022 4:06 am | By

Maya’s statement to the press:

6th July 2022: Maya Forstater, who took a claim for belief discrimination against her former employer, the Center for Global Development, has been vindicated by a ruling that she was unlawfully discriminated against by her former employer on the basis of her protected belief.

This follows a ruling at an Employment Tribunal in June 2021 when Ms Forstater successfully established a binding legal precedent that gender-critical beliefs were in principle protected by the Equality Act. Following that appeal, her case continued at the Employment Tribunal, to determine whether she was unlawfully discriminated against by her former employer on the basis of her protected belief.

And the answer is yes, she was.

“My case matters

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Jul 6th, 2022 3:27 am | By

Hey hey hey breaking news – Maya has won her tribunal!

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Guest post: Conservatives have better Theory of Mind

Jul 5th, 2022 4:48 pm | By

Originally a Facebook post by an anonymous thoughts-haver.

Something about the way Matthew 6:5-6 (the bit about going into your closet to pray) is being shared around in the wake of the school prayer ruling has been bothering me, and I finally kind of figured out what it is. First, though, a disclaimer: I am an atheist who has read the whole bible more than once. I took some comparative religion classes in college, but I have never been a Christian and anything I say is coming from a theoretical understanding, not practical.

So, here’s a thing. The term “prayer” does not mean one simple thing. It doesn’t mean the same thing in all contexts, and it doesn’t mean … Read the rest

You can’t include everything

Jul 5th, 2022 11:08 am | By

Make your language more inclusive, or you’re a bad person.

The trouble with that is, language can’t be “inclusive.” If it’s inclusive it will stop meaning anything, and then it will be useless. We need language. It does so much work for us. Imagine being suddenly transported to a tiny distant country where you don’t know the language and the people there don’t know yours – … Read the rest

Don’t let them erase you!

Jul 5th, 2022 9:02 am | By

The outrage engine is overheating.

It’s possible that people are getting tired of hearing quite so much from “transgender people and their allies.”

“A few small healthcare cases”??? Give me a break.

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Goebbels, Stalin, and Roy Cohn

Jul 5th, 2022 8:34 am | By

The Willoughby dude is as usual doing his best to punish and exclude women.

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Remove the T

Jul 5th, 2022 8:21 am | By

Owen Jones talks of a “reversal on LGBTQ rights,” but of course what he means is mostly the T bit, which doesn’t belong with the LGB bit in the first place. As usual this ploy enables a lot of dishonest framing.

Even more terrifying is Texas’s banning of gender-affirming healthcare for young trans people, with their parents now legally defined as child abusers if they seek it.

But of course it’s not “healthcare.” Switch the frame and it’s mutilation and/or dangerous and damaging use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. It’s not healthcare as commonly understood at all. “Gender-affirming” is not a medical term – it’s a political one. No one can change sex, and “affirming” gender is just … Read the rest

Being very clear

Jul 4th, 2022 4:59 pm | By

I know, it’s just Twitter, but really the argument is so powerful I have to share it.

See what I mean?

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Jul 4th, 2022 12:45 pm | By

Now THERE is a message!

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More new evidence by the day

Jul 4th, 2022 11:14 am | By

It wasn’t just about her testimony, it was about the possibility that her testimony would draw more. That’s happening.

Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger has said that bombshell testimony given by Cassidy Hutchinson to the January 6 hearings last week has inspired more witnesses to come forward and the committee is getting more new evidence by the day.

“There will be way more information and stay tuned,” Kinzinger told CNN’s State of the Union co-anchor Dana Bash. “Every day, we get new people that come forward and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t think maybe this piece of a story that I knew was important, but now I do see how this plays in here.’”

In a separate interview,

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In just a few short weeks

Jul 4th, 2022 10:59 am | By

What if the pregnant rape victim is ten years old? Any concern for her?

The case of a 10-year-old child rape victim in Ohio who was six weeks pregnant, ineligible for an abortion in her own state, and forced to travel to Indiana for the procedure has spotlighted the shocking impact of the US supreme court ruling on abortion.

Dr Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, said she had received a call from a colleague doctor in Ohio who treats child abuse victims and asked for help. Indiana’s lawmakers have not yet banned or restricted abortion, but they are likely to do so when a special session of the state assembly convenes later this month.

Abortion providers like Bernard say

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