Response to the Open Letter: It’s spelled Sisterhood not Cisterhood.

This is an open letter which clarifies what I have been saying about elite cultures and activists co-opting and threatening trans rights so they can assert their own ignorance and class privilege.

1- My sister doesn’t stalk, abuse, try to stop women speaking, isnt offended by hearing about female biology and doesn’t make everything about her. She doesn’t believe people should be forced to associate with her, she doesn’t require the subordination of people around her and she doesn’t hit people, or threaten to. Sisterhood and solidarity can’t be forced with violence. That creates an entirely different dynamic those of us who have survived abuse understand. You do not get solidarity and sisterhood by threatening and demanding obedience.

2-Trans rights are only sustainable if they align with other safeguarding and equality frameworks, at hte point in time where someone demands their rights impact THOSE frameworks a whole bunch of other vulnerable stakeholders and laws come into the mix. This process SHOULD have been a minor ironing of wrinkles between frameworks bceuase most trans women do not want safeguarding for children diluted or women forced to subordinate, or trauma victims abused on their behalf. Only abusive males want this. To demand trans women are the ONLY stakeholders in this conversation and to try and shape it with abuse, intimidation and attempts to subordinate, is catastrophic for trans rights.

3-”That our gender and therefore our roles in society are determined by biology is a sexist idea that we have spent our lives rejecting.” You must have been quite privileged in the last eight years as austerity paggered women in the family courts, the dwp, and through local authority cuts. This statement is APPALLING and it actually reads thus: ‘We are so privileged we have NEVER experienced the inequality that shapes women’s lives, austerity didn’t touch us or our children, didn’t make us vulnerable to abuse and didn’t generate poverty which harmed us and we would lie all the women for whom this is the case to shut up or we will allow them to be hit’.

 

These are the posh activists who want trans rights thrown in the bin. Tey want to be able to assert authority over people and want the right to violence against women and they want us to congratulate them on being as thick as pigshit cos in their privileged little world their Mummy and Daddy have been congratulating them on this for their whole lives.

Ladies and gentleman I give you the modern left. Oh and by the way I am not a cis anything because some posh kids got a degree in mansplaining.

 

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Tensions exposed: Crossover and change, or reflex driving cycles to the end?

I am watching season 2 of the Handmaid’s Tale. Under his eye. Am reading the resignation statement of a child psychotherapist.

 

It’s not just one. Heather Brunskell-Evans has been publicly abused, threatened, because the understanding of child development, child protection, and contested medical treatment that says no child should be told their body is wrong and should be fixed to match a picture in their head is heresy. Kathleen Stock has gathered anonymised responses from academics frightened of repercussions if they question this harmful ideology and Labour have leaked documents concerning legal action under the Equality Act to activists who target and stalk women. Women’s Equality Party will sack you without a second thought if you dare say a child should not be told their body is wrong, Labour have aided Liam Madagain in targeting women, even as he openly states he is a schizophrenic who can only feel safe if women are erased. The Green Party has Aimee Challoner is using Green Party resources to seek out women who will not obey and target them by trying to get their twitter accounts shut. Woman’s Place meetings are not safe for children even though this is a safeguarding debate they are central to. It’s not the universities where Kathleen Stock works that you find the multi-dimensional understanding of inequality at stake, its the third rate universities that train people to deliver policy not the first rates one  where they train policy makers to be wilfully blind. Its those universities where it will cost your job to question this harmful ideology.

This is happening. Now. The tension exposed is not trans vs anti-trans, although it looks like it. This is the shape of an ideology spun from the bullshit disciplines in academic institutions where the main business model is providing theoretical economics and what should be done with the poor. This is the next stage of the reflex to avoid addressing this. With an army of willing elite activists, terrified of having no function in a world where there is no need of an intermediary. Respect my pronouns they demand, as they engage in violence, abuse, intimidation, doxxing and threats to demand people are subordinated to their will, so the identity they developed and the entitlement they developed can be protected. Elite women like Laurie Penny want what cannot be bought, the authenticity of a pretend marginalised identity, so they don’t have to face their role in perpetuating inequality and they have the right to sanction abuse of anyone they choose, cos they are marginalised. Shaun Faye demonstrates his feelings about women, by fetishising trafficked girls and trying to appear as one in a grotty attic conversion and everything isin flux. Respect my pronouns they screech and with this phrase they are suddenly marginalised and may abuse at will. The marginalised are oppressing them by not obeying. The protection of identity at stake here is not trans women, its elite institutions, academic disciplines and political parties desperately trying to hold on to a status quo that has gone. Because to admit they know this is suicide. The reflex that drove austerity is still in play. It’s not malice, with malice there is something to work with. It’s protection of identity and its hitting at the things you cannot conceptualise. Same women in the firing line each time.

The multi dimensional understanding of inequality and how power relations shape systems is in the most marginalised of systems, the ones which protect and are shaped by the evolving rule of law. Child protection, domestic abuse. This is the crisis which pulls us to synthesis as the knowledge which existed in these marginalised systems tries to push against the institutions who have been wilfully blind. But these institutions have power. This professional bodies, this is academic disciplines, this is political parties and they have based their survival on the ability to subordinate women and make them saythings which are not true. It’s an assertion of power is the abilityto make someone say something that isn’t true, but also an admission of weakness. To be dependent on exernal validation and to have employed force to get that validation one must have the power to do so. To make notjust youridentity but an institution dependent on validation of a false identity is to give those expected to do the validating an extraordinary amount of power. This is the crisis that COULD provide acknowledgement of the systems around children and violence, and certainly it is occurring in the midst of other crisis which forcet that examination. But power relations are exposed and anyone who has ever had a violent ex partner knows what that means, and that the most dangerous point is when you leave.

The more women say no, the more pressure is applied. Threats, assaults, degrading dehumanising language, professional repercussions for challenging an orthodoxy which is clearly magical thinking. Sexually abusing lesbians is now LGBT. We find unlikely allies in the Spectator as the Guardian continues to sell this conflation of paraphilia and normal sexuality and identity, and the demands that children are dragged in and safeguarding systems undermined doesn’t matter there because its  aclass of people who dont know what those systems do or why this is wrong.

The argument was alreadywon because the rule of law is the centre position and we already won this, the question is whether these cultures can and will take the rights earned in the last seventy years away. This is about power. Whether they can. The Christian Right are circling, but as yet nowhere near as dangerous as the left. Twitter accounts are torpedoed, the explicit need to erase women reminds us of Ray Blanchard’s statement that autogynephiles’ anger toward women results from envy of women and resentment at not being accepted by women as one of them. It is not misogyny in the normal sense. Furthermore, their sense of entitlement comes from narcissism, not systemic patriarchy. The entitlement of trans activists may come from a place of mental disorder, the entitlement of those wielding these activists like a cudgel, does not.

Anyone who has dealt with trans rights activists knows this is true. Enjoy your erasure said Shaun Faye, confident that the system is behind him. I wonder if it is? I wonder how this plays out? Respect my pronouns, or Under His Eye? This has reached tipping point in Canada as Morgane Oger demonstrates male pattern abusive behaviour consistent with narcissism but using the power of his office, it’s reached tipping point in the US where Jazz Jennings provides a grotesque morality tale, and women are waking up here. It’s thrilling to see so many women from across national borders stand up. Power relations are exposed and crisis will now decide the rest. Woman are saying no, are standing up and saying no, and the sight of women across national borders uniting is thrilling but then, that could give false confidence.

Social contagion is time limited, a bubble can pop much quicker than it was inflated and the impact on young people is causing concern at the British institutions who are still holding onto their evidence base to work and not bowing down to violent activists. The question is how these violent activists got so much power in the first place. This is not just here its across Europe, its the US and its Canada and Australia.

Open violent misogyny is now ok, sexually abusing lesbians, and noone has to hide that ‘being a woman is now about harming women, any means needed to silence a woman is necessary. This is not a debate about what if dangerous people access spaces of safety from male violence, because activists have shown what they will do to these spaces and have demanded that women’s freedom of assembly is ended. Women’s right to self determination, define their own sexuality, and to assemble freely is on the table even if noone will acknowledge it is there.

This is not trans vs women, this is elite institutions resisting adaptation, and viewing this cudgel as a handy one to maintain blindness to the context which changed around synthetic modelling. We are that context. How does this end? Is this a storm in a teacup r a sign of thingsto come? The reflex to strip back at capacities to care and the things policy makers cannot conceptualise was never about malice, the Tories just did what reflex told them to do. Reflexes are born of identity and drive cycles and this is born of a group identity and that group is not trans women. Miranda Yardley’s been targeted relentlessly. ‘I identify as’ the last gasp of a neo liberal consensus that is already dead. The seeds of fascism it seems do find fertile ground in these periods. Are we at the point where this knowledge can cross cover or are we at the point where we see what means will be used to prevent reflection on reflexes to the bitter end, or crossover? Under his eye?

#IstandwithMirandaYardley

#IstandwithMirandaYardley because while I was blindly trying to be inclusive at a cost of my own rights and those of my daughter, she was screaming that this was a mistake. #IstandwithMirandaYardley because standing up for my rights and those of my daughter has cost her dearly. And these are not rights she needs but she did so anyway.

#IstandwithMirandaYardley because she has been fearless and I call Miranda Yardley ‘she’ because even though she has told me repeatedly that she doesn’t expect that in my head she will always be a she. She is biologically male, and yet she is a she. She stands to gain NOTHING from losing everything to stand up for my rights and she still did so.

#IstandwithMirandaYardley and say thank you Miranda for waking us up. You will never know the debt we owe you. They hate you because we can win, they hate you because you have the acceptance of women and they hateyou because you have what they can never have, solidarity with women.

#IstandwithMirandaYardley cos she is brave, and she doesn’t care that she gets relentless shit and she takes that shit for my rights even though she gains nothing and possibly loses out in the backlash she knows as well as I do, is coming. And when that backlash comes, #IstandwithMirandaYardley and will fight for her rights as hard as she fought for mine. And my daughters. And my granddaughters.

Dear Shaun Faye,

I wanted to write you a short note directly. I don’t know how it happened, how after a private education and an Oxford education that place you among one of the most privileged men in the world, you failed so badly at life. I am grateful to you and the demonstration you are providing right now might be the most useful thing you ever do, so I would like you to continue. I thought I’d explain somethings to you. You know you said your identity was a free floating constellation that could only feel valid if it centred on women and subordinated them, that’s a disorder. It’s bad enough that your friends used gendered austerity(actually we have to use sex now), that decimated the lives of women for their careers. We know that in your circles you have little understanding of basic norms around abusive behaviour, I know that the level of entitlement that defines you and your peers means you are not aware of the complexity of the debate you are in. I know you never realised that your need identify as a woman to legitimise your need to abuse women had placed you in the centre of a debate about the alignment of safeguarding, equality and gender recognition frameworks. I know your narcissism means you didn’t realise this was a complex debate concerning major systems, austerity, and many vulnerable stakeholders. Your grotesque parody of womanhood the one you use to claim that you, as one of the most privileged men on the planet, are now the most marginalised of women is demonstrating something important.

When you have your picture taken in an attic conversion wearing the clothes that are usually forced onto girls who are trafficked, we know what you are referencing. I know what you are referencing because I have had to walk into those places and get girls out and i have had to sit in the hospital rooms and police stations, cleaning up the consequences of child trafficking. Your parody of those girls is grotesque and shows your performance of ‘womanhood’ is about how much you hate women and nothing more. The abuse and harm of young girls you fetishise in your grotesque parody tells everyone who you are, and in the months that have to pass before review of gender recognition frameworks are reviewed, we need you to continue in your grotesque parody. We need you to demonstrate how hyper privileged men view women, how they view identifying as a woman as a way to harm women in a way that was outlawed in the twentieth century and we need you to show you fetishise harm and abuse of working class teenage girls, and that you view THIS as something that would validate you. Your performance of misogyny is essential. It is also essential you continue to shout loudly. Because of your identity disorder, because you have no capacity to perceive other people outside their role as threat to your identity or validation you do the most extraordinary thing. A Mumsnet poster described it as watching a horny budgie pecking at his own reflection, and that is what you do. When you shout TERF and make accusations of TERFS, what you are actually doing is admitting your own motivations and actions. Its so reliable. Its uncanny. We need yoy to continue to demonstrate what privileged men will do, the lengths they will go to harm women, using the trans identity. Women like me will always stand for trans rights, long after you have found another way to express your self loathing, but right now in order ofr that to happen we need you to demonstrate the dangers of ill thought out legislation that doesnt fit with current safeguarding and equality act provisions. You only need to do it for a few months and then the moment will have passed ad in your grotesque parody, your fetishisation of the trafficking and harm done to working class girls you promition of harm to children and women, you will have done the world’s women the first favour you have ever done anyone.

You will finally have achieved something worthwhile. It may almost make being reduced to stalking mumsnet and trying to get fish finger manufacturers on your side to prove how fabulous you are, less humiliating.

‘Katelyn’ Burns

So this was written by an author called ‘Katelyn’ Burns. An article to punish her under 10 year old child for their attachment to their mother and their failure to validate her identity, in a public humiliation any mother would know was inconceivably cruel. Only a narcissist could possibly do this to a child, and a mother certainly couldn’t.

Because Katelyn cannot see beyond ‘her’ own identity, and doesn’t understand that ANY rational human being able to empathise and parent would be horrified by that, she now stalks my account. Her narcissistic rage makes her as dangerous to members of the public as she is to the child discussed in that article, I am now on the receiving end of it and she is engaged in soliiciting targeted reporting of my account. She is demonstrating narcissistic abuse of me, as someone who read the article(and did not include her id when discussing it for the sake of kindness) to refute me describing the narcissistic abuse of a child that shaped that article. Narcs are like that.  They think if they erase threats to their identity they become more secure. This is the problem with publishing and validating someone like ‘Katelyn’, you are generating risk and you don’t know who for.

@romper

What was true in 2010 and is now apparent

It was apparent when looking at the pattern of austerity that it was going to target those perceived as least politically visible. Safeguarding, vulnerable people, women, ethnic minorities, and it was clear as day to those of us the state had trained to keep an eye on the rule of law what would happen. Turns out that Oxford University, Cambridge and the London School of Economics had never ever bothered to learn what these institutions did, but they had never had to. The institutions of our welfare state evolved separately to the academic disciplines which would fill the policy making culture who shaped these institutions. I looked at austerity knowing that the law had been clear that women had to leave domestic abuse to meet responsibilities to their kids, that we now understood the risks created of child abuse and domestic abuse by austerity, and ‘we’ didn’t. This class didn’t. Kathleen Stock gathered some anonymised responses to her article about the clear lack of analysis of the claims of transgender ideology, supported by elite queer studies and gender studies academic, and the inability to even mention gender as a system that shapes institutions and inequality. I am reminded of Elizabeth Anderson’s paper about the role that philosophy plays in recreating gendered power relations throuh market, social policy institutions and its staggering to see it so bare faced.

We are at synthesis point and it has taken eight years but on this particular questionwe have crossover. Elite institutions, academic institutions, political parties, and dead news organisations like the Guardian are to be forced to recognise the limitations of their knowledge. That they are a mediating class who emerged and disconnected themselves from those they obtained their validity from. The left are done, and the crisis that does this is way beyond tipping point.

The question is what is next. Because the right are circling like vultures and this is growing. Quickly. This isnt just about austerity, this is about reflexes driving elite cultures that they do not wish to recognise, and the edifices they have built to protect themselves from knowing what drives their reflexes. Their inability to reflect. It could conceivably take out the Guardian, and the bounceback could impact many of our major academic institutions. The great economists of the world are looking for a multi-dimensional understanding of inequality that they can#t get at, and the overarching narratives of Galbraith, Atkinson and Piketty support that they can’t see outside to the institutions where that understanding is contained. Women. Because under this is an admission that ALL these elite institutions have been so blind to the context changing around them, lived above the rule of law for so long, that they have undermined it and the countries it stabilises.

It feels small right now. When I read this post in future I will be staggered that it did. Woman’s Place is comingn to Todmorden, which is kind of serendipitous. Lets see how this plays out. The sad fact is that none of the people I encountered in 2010 knew the rule of law applied to them, me, and wanted me disenfranchised as quickly as possible to recreate class relations they didnt realise had change. Eight years of shit to find that out? It doesn’t seem fair. Of course they thought they could undermine 70 years of the rule of law lashing out to deal with a financial crisis. Why wouldn’t they? THis is the crisis that corrects that understanding. Here’s hoping for good.

 

Petition: Shaun Faye. Wet yourself funny.

So Shaun Faye’s peers like Laurie Penny think his disturbed behaviour is normal, because in those circles…well…it is. I think Shaun is finding out others don’t view his disturbed behaviour as normal. Anywhere here is a petition after one of the morons in their social circle sorted it so that Shaun could host a panel debate with Amnesty(who we know blow) because in Laurie’s circle a disturbed misogynist, who demonstrates the ‘accusations are admissions’ pattern and accuses doctors of peadophilia, while expressing disturbing views on child sex, is a human rights campaigner.

 

This petition is probably not validating Shaun’s ‘Shon’ identity right now. Oh well.

Crisis in a mediating class.

East Coast Mainline contract terminated

So we are in this process of synthesis where crisis come together and its revealed that we are seeing the tension between the belief system shaping institutions and the forces shaping them. We see what systems do. Grayling has had to terminate the East Coats mainline contract which has been abundantly clear was on the horizon for ages.  Carillion si going, Capita looks shaky, Universal Credit is still falling apart.

Self id debate is part of this. Its about elite social closure. Through speaking at Oxford University and attending the LSE it is abundantly clear that at an elite level we are just not teaching people how things work and they dont know and we have an entire policy making culture who do not know of the existence the rule of law, safeguarding systems, they dont know what systems do, they don’t know they function. They only know bullshit economics which is falling apart, and disciplines arguing what should be done with the poor while institutional crisis expose how systems works and what they do. Crisis correct our misunderstandings. Gender studies and queer studies are the disciplines for posh kids who want into this world but can’t do anything else.

We are getting somewhere near the heart of this crisis as Brexit looms and the dynamics being revealed are extraordinary.

@WelshGasDoc. Is he telling porkies?

THis is the guidance for NHS Anaesthetists, on safeguarding, capacity and ethics. It’s not new, it’s not unfamiliar to anyone who works in not just the NHS, but all the systems connected around these duties. These are complex questions of capacity, consent, abuse and risk management. Anaesthetists, probably more than any other speciality have to be aware of this because of the vulnerability of patients who are unconscious. These are frameworks with many vulnerable stakeholders, deal specifically with children, trauma victims, people with learning disabilities, capacity. Not new. The Royal College of Anaesthetists gives a webpage with resources including access to research, information which has grown over time, about risks and risk management. And yet @welshgasdoc is currently pretend on twitter that he doesn’t know this.

Misogyny and social media. Its a powerful drug.

How women got the services and protections we got and why they are going nowhere.

So I wanted to explain something that isn’t actually understood. I know it’s not understood because I went looking for it. I wanted to explain the process by which services dealing with abuse and violence emerged, because they were never given to us and they can’t be taken away. And understanding that process helps you understand why this TRA nonsense is time limited.

So what changed in 1945 was the relationship between citizen and state, systems like our education system, the nhs and our cash transfer system were established, and because they joined together, we started to see between the cracks, the things we hadn’t understood before. Our child protection system has evolved througha process of crisis. ONLY crisis. NEVER intent. It wasnt given to us. Our domestic abuse services were the consequence of women organising and facing off the violent men who threatened these services, something you can still see in the secrecy in which they operate today. The thing is there is a care economy, the family is in the centre of it, women are in the centre of it. Its our labour. And what developed was political responsibility for it. A link between these systems and political responsibility and this happened in the form of laws. Laws about you could treat your children, laws about domestic abuse. And every time politicians strip back these systems, because the risk they manage doesnt go away, the labour they deal with is constant and can never be abdicated, erosion of these systems results in crisis related to abuse and neglect and they become scandals. During those scandals, public consciousness is twinged and through the search for scalps and absolution the systems develop. This has been fought by policy makers always.

You can impose laws that remove sex based protections, you can nullify the systems which protect us from the ever present male violence, and for a while the noise will make it appear you succeeded. Then crisis begin. The lawsuits. The female prisoners abused, the mental health patients, the women who die, the children who are harmed and then all of a sudden there is a scandal and everyone wants scalps and absolution and those duties are reinforced. You cant do much about an institution on a day to day basis, we have systems which learn from crisis here, and they are the link between politicians and the things they dont want to see, but every so often you have a major crisis like the one we are in and services that developed piecemeal have to be reviewed. Like the Child Abuse Enquiry, or the failure of Universal Credit, and this is the situation austerity has generated. We eroded the institution but could not erode the responsibility and we just generated instability.

The reason there is little chance that TRAs will not succeed long term is this: they are trading on a lie. The lie that the risk these systems manage goes away, the lie that we dont have to acknowledge what these systems do and all that happens is crisis. Lawsuits from kids who were sterilised, lawsuits from prisoners, deaths of children. The problem is our political machinery this time caused this. THey didnt want to recognise the systems I am discussing and so they unleashed this.

The problem with this is the scale of it, and the scale of it is what will determine the backlash,. The more people agreed with something, the more scalps and absolution they want to avoid addressing that during crisis. They want someone to blame. And all of a sudden, like a magic eye picture, everyone can see what was warned about and noone can understand why we fell for such blatant lies. The public turn on those who told those lies. Then, it wont be the high profile scalps who fall, it will be the cheerleaders, the notable activists, the dying media organisations who banked all on women obeying. This is time limited, its noisy, its very very unpleasant and upsetting but it is past tipping point and now we have TRAs openly stating this is about access to places of safety, about women denying male violence, about lesbians being forced to do cock and women being denied the right to meet to discuss existing legislation. As Adrian Harrop is finding out, social media can create an impression, generate over confidence, but reality always bites. The question is how long it takes reality to bite here, because I’m knackered and so is everyone else. But through this process we will see how the bottom for political responsibility for safeguarding, equality legislation, the care economy and the family evolve and at the very least this is interesting and the outcome is assured.