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Totally normal

Sep 17th, 2022 3:20 pm | By

School prepares for backlash over high school teacher who claims to be trans. I think the teacher is just taking the mickey.

The Halton District School Board is “standing behind” an “accepted” transgender teacher who has gone viral in social media video posts.

In addition, HDSB Chair Margo Shuttleworth tells the Toronto Sun that staff are looking at “going through creating a safety plan” to ensure the Oakville Trafalgar High School teacher’s security as they prepare for potential protests when the school opens for classes Monday.

Gone viral why? Potential protests why?

https://twitter.com/helensaxby11/status/1571058712609169409

Trans? Or mockery? It looks more like mockery to me. Anyway I wouldn’t want to be in a high school class taught by that teacher.

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Just another category

Sep 17th, 2022 11:23 am | By

Which one really has the stupid argument here?

The “like” there isn’t “like,” because of the meaning of the word “trans.” OJ is pretending that all adjectives are just additions, but that’s a really stupid thing to pretend.

For instance: pretend; artificial; fake; counterfeit; fantasy; mock; sham.

That’s the thing about the adjective “trans”: that’s what it means. That’s its only meaning.

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Guest post: Trying to hide the striking asymmetry

Sep 17th, 2022 10:50 am | By

Originally a comment by Your Name’s not Bruce? on Near-total control.

In the press article, my experience of abuse by GCs and their far-right allies is not represented (and I did describe this; some of it was also read out to me). I assume this is also the case for other trans inclusive feminists who were interviewed, as the account is one-sided.

Pardon me if I fail to believe you. First, I have grave doubts about your ability to distinguish “abuse” from “criticism.” It’s a natural response to the transperbolic claim that “misgendering” is “actual violence,” and that your critics are hell-bent on trans genocide. Please. Second, the whole “far-right allies” thing is an immediate indication that yours is … Read the rest



Content creator

Sep 17th, 2022 9:59 am | By

First of all, what is Forbes Power Women’s Summit? I’d never heard of it so I had to look it up. (It’s tricky trying to figure out the grammar. Is it a summit for power women? If so, what are power women? Is it a women’s summit organized by Forbes Power? If so, what is Forbes power? Is there a third option?) Google explains all:

In 2013, Moira [Forbes] launched the annual Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City, which brings together 250 female leaders to discuss and solve the world’s most intractable issues.

I don’t know or care who Moira Forbes may be, but at least we know where we are. It’s some kind of corporate jamboree for women. … Read the rest



A bright afternoon

Sep 17th, 2022 6:41 am | By

It’s physical.

But. It seems the aggression failed.

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Updates

Sep 17th, 2022 6:27 am | By

More on the Leeds march:

That was 5 minutes before the march was due to start. Nothing since. I expect they’re way too busy working to uncancel the march to do any updating. Please tell us again how vulnerable trans women are.

Wait here’s something.

https://twitter.com/LesleySemmens/status/1571127065105289217

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Leeds

Sep 17th, 2022 6:18 am | By

Alarming development.

That’s now. The march should be in progress. But

People are seeking confirmation.… Read the rest



Near-total control

Sep 16th, 2022 5:25 pm | By

A hot topic for today: a piece by Laura Favaro in the Times Higher about the tyranny of gender idenniny.

Warnings that the field was risky for an early career researcher to investigate came from scholars on all sides – from “gender-critical” feminists, who described being vilified and ostracised for stating that sex is binary and immutable, to those who saw that position as callous bigotry, or, moreover, “a genocidal project” (including journal editors thus endorsing censorship).

Some people warned of vilification and ostracism, others vilified and ostracized.

More than two years ago, I set out to find whether the warnings about entering this domain were justified, or, as others suggest, spurious claims made by those keen to spark

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Remain in your lodges

Sep 16th, 2022 4:40 pm | By

Marina Hyde notes the UK has toppled into absurdity:

In the wake of the Queen’s death, these moments of hopelessly unintentional, tenuously sane hilarity have surely been produced by the behaviour of any number of our commercial brands. Them and Nicholas Witchell, anyway. It’s been like a competition to see which retailer can act the most preposterously, the most self-regardingly, and with the most complete commitment to the twee.

Could it be Morrisons, announcing that it had turned down the volume of its till beeps “out of respect”? Could it be pawnshop chain Cash Converters formally announcing its self-seclusion from social media? Or could it be – and this one’s the correct answer – Center Parcs decreeing that holidaymakers

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OJ and the cis lesbians

Sep 16th, 2022 11:01 am | By

Consistency from one hour to the next; does OJ have it?

https://twitter.com/BraddockBessie/status/1570436616052944896

OJ tries to conceal his inconsistency (or should we call it pathological lying? if he can accuse us of pathological lying we can return the favor, yeah?) by not saying “the lesbians who were kicked out of Pride for stating that lesbians don’t like penises” but rather “anti-trans activists invaded a Pride march.” That’s not a very honest or forthright move, especially for a journalist, especially for a journalist who has just called a bunch of people “pathological liars.”

How can lesbians be said to be “invading” a Pride march? Why does OJ think he gets to tell lesbians they’re “invading” Pride? What is a “cis lesbian”? Why … Read the rest



Cruzing

Sep 16th, 2022 10:07 am | By

Does Ted Cruz really think people are THAT stupid?

Now try 4.2 million, he says, to the 15,000 people who live on an island that is 87 square miles. Ted Cruz is a senator from a state that is 268,597 square miles with a population of 28 million.

Texas is bigger than France; Martha’s Vineyard is a third the size of Chicago.

Why would Ted Cruz try to illustrate the burden of immigration on Texas by comparing it to a tiny island with a tiny population?

Also:

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A lot of alone time to reflect on their identity

Sep 16th, 2022 8:51 am | By

Hello and welcome to Pseuds’ Corner. Our guest today is a self-obsessed young person who would like to explain to us how special xir is.

Carla Hernando, 26, never quite felt like they fit into a particular gender. Then, when Covid-19 took hold in March 2020, they got a lot of alone time to reflect on their identity. The journey continued during Pride Month that June, when Hernando found both an article and a documentary on non-binary gender identities, by Time Out Barcelona, further opening their mind to possibilities beyond the gender binary of ‘woman’ or ‘man’.

I hope they also read up on non-human identities, to open their mind to possibilities beyond the human-chimpanzee binary.

“[Spain] is way

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Gack

Sep 15th, 2022 4:49 pm | By

Oh yes, what could possibly go wrong?

https://twitter.com/GACNovaScotia/status/1570073618477989891

More and more and MORE “gender affirming care” – more castrations, more hysterectomies, more mastectomies, more puberty blockers, more cross-gender hormones, and more and more and MORE. It’s all so pink and festive and fun.

Reduce those barriers! In fact actively encourage people to wreck their bodies for the sake of a mass delusion! What have you got to lose?… Read the rest



Just don’t say it

Sep 15th, 2022 3:48 pm | By

Oh good GRIEF.

The same way it impinges on his happiness, Owen, to KEEP IT A SECRET THAT HE IS GAY.… Read the rest



Kelly in Crazytown

Sep 15th, 2022 11:58 am | By

On a different (yet oddly similar in some ways) subject, John Kelly knew Trump is a psycho.

Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff secretly bought a book in which 27 mental health professionals warned that the president was psychologically unfit for the job, then used it as a guide in his attempts to cope with Trump’s irrational behavior.

News of John Kelly’s surreptitious purchase comes in a new book from Peter Baker of the New York Times and Susan Glasser of the New Yorker. The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021, will be published next week. The Guardian obtained a copy.

[Kelly’s] struggles to impose order on Trump and his underlings and his virulent falling

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This is a life and death discussion

Sep 15th, 2022 11:37 am | By

Onward again.

[As always I tweak the transcript to expand abbreviations and supply missing words and punctuation and so on, as it’s done at speed without technical aids.]

MG: moving on to LGBA attitude to Mermaids. Page 232 

MG: You deny trying to deprive Mermaids of funding or attack on their fund raising efforts.

KH: yes.

MG: You appreciate my client takes a different view. Turn back to vol 2.2. This time at 1136 and what LGBTA says here, tweet dated May 5 2020 ‘profound homophobia at heart of GI’ that’s straight attack, undermine Mermaids.

KM: straight attempt to say all these groups are displaying profound homophobia.
MG: it’s gender propaganda?
KH: [reads] statement full of feeling. Feeling behind is

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All right to continue

Sep 15th, 2022 10:13 am | By

Onward.

We restart.

EJ: please sit. Kate Harris are you all right to continue?

KH: yes

MG: I apologise if I said something upsetting. I’ll put the question in brief way for a yes/no. You’d accept others use words such as SE differently to you. Or lesbian for that matter. 

I don’t know what the E in SE is an abbreviation for; it’s not in the list of abbreviations at the top. Expression doesn’t make any sense and I don’t know what else it could be. I don’t know why it’s not SO for sexual orientation. Anyway, the important thing is Kate Harris’s response.

KH: my good friend Allison Bailey said the word lesbian is taken. The word is

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The centrality of differences between men and women

Sep 15th, 2022 9:00 am | By

Powerful stuff at the tribunal this morning.

EJ: good morning AR. Peace has descended and we hope no further interruption. Good Morning everyone. Carry on where we left off Michael Gibbon KC lawyer for Mermaids.

MG: morning. Just remind where we got to. We were talking about looking at that doc, particular words and phrases, reference to sexual orientation, adversity to gay and bisexuality people, later discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. No mention of GC view? 

Kate Harris [of LGBA]: that’s correct. IS will know our app to the Charity Commission took a year. No criticism. Comes between lawyers and CC, the difference between us and other is the emphasis on the centrality of differences between men and

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In practice

Sep 15th, 2022 7:46 am | By

What’s wrong with this claim?

How does one be a woman “philosophically”? I suppose he means ontologically. How does one be a woman “in practice”? I suppose he means by doing all the playacting things – wearing skirts, simpering, tilting the head, bellowing “IT’S MA’AM!!” But of course playacting isn’t how one can be a thing. It’s how one can pretend to be a thing, and it can maybe for some thoughtful people be a path to understanding how others feel. Pretending to … Read the rest



Harm

Sep 14th, 2022 3:46 pm | By

The DoJ objects.

Donald Trump’s lawyers are causing “irreparable harm” to the government and public by delaying the investigation into his hoarding of highly classified documents at his Florida mansion, the US Department of Justice said.

Trump and his lawyers of course couldn’t possibly care less. Causing harm is Trump’s raison d’être.

The claim came in a strongly worded court filing urging a district judge, Aileen Cannon, to reconsider her ruling last week granting Trump’s request for an independent “special master” in the case.

Any bets? No, nobody is going to throw their money away on that one.… Read the rest