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Gender Critical Feminism
Feminism is the movement to liberate women from patriarchy. We stand up for the rights of women to control our own bodies as individuals and to control women-only spaces as a class.
Women are adult human females. We do not believe that men can become women by 'feeling' like women or 'identifying' as women. We condemn the erasure of females and female-only spaces, the silencing of critical thinking, the cancelling of feminists and critics, the denial of biological reality and of sex-based oppression. We oppose the 'cotton ceiling' and the pressure on lesbians to have sex with men. Women are oppressed to exploit their biological sex characteristics, and women have a right to a movement that is about their own liberation from that oppression. We resist the redefinition of both "women" and "feminism" to make them serve men.
"Women do not decide at some point in adulthood that they would like other people to understand them to be women, because being a woman is not an ‘identity.’ Women’s experience does not resemble that of men who adopt the ‘gender identity’ of being female or being women in any respect. The idea of ‘gender identity’ disappears biology and all the experiences that those with female biology have of being reared in a caste system based on sex." –Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts
"The key thing to understand about trans rights activism is that, unlike gay rights activism, it is not just a movement seeking to ensure that trans people are not discriminated against. It is, rather, a movement committed to a fundamental reconceptualization of the very idea of what makes someone a man or a woman. In theory, this equally affects both men and women, but in practice, almost all the social pressure is coming from trans women towards the idea of ‘woman’ and the rights of women." –Jane Clare Jones
I think that the loathing of the female puberty and menstruation has always been something many teen girls try to escape, so that anorexia is partly linked to that and so is trying to dress in baggy clothing to avoid suddenly becoming the sexual prey of men of all ages. That is very hard at the age of, say, twelve, when the girl can still be a child inside her head.
But I also think that this might be worse today with the way teen boys watch porn on their phones and when the idea of women as sexual beings is more objectified than it probably ever has been and when porn has created the idea that women and girls will want to be slapped or choked or treated with violence. Hard to handle this even as an adult, and I really feel that we are letting girls badly down.
Elsewhere I read threads about children's clothing. Clothing meant for girls is pink and has glitter and unicorns and 'be kind' over and over on it, while clothing meant for boys has dinosaurs or cars or 'trouble' written all over it. Yet it's girls and women who are already expected to be kind and to have no boundaries, while boys get their boundaries reinforced and respected.
And then we get this 'be kind' shit from those who want women to hand all our rights over. It's all linked, though I make the connections somewhat stronger here than they might be in the real world.
Yes to all of this! One of the big shockers is being encouraged left and right to be sexy and tend to your appearance--you're thinking of cute boys, but adult men come after you--often ones who just a year before treated you (appropriately) like a kid. I was creeped on by a friend's dad when I was 16 and again by a boyfriend's dad when I was 17. I've been told I am intimidating, so I can't imagine how much more often this happens to girls and women who are not.
key take aways:
"There is something that all these phenomena have in common. As the historian of psychiatry Andrew Scull wrote recently, there were 12,296 lobotomies conducted in the United States in the 18 months up to July 1951, but although a majority of the patients in the wards were male, “nearly 60 per cent of the psychosurgery had been performed on women”.
The same was broadly true of electroshock therapy. During the period of the great multiple personality fad, up to nine times as many women as men were diagnosed with the condition. And now this striking and sudden imbalance in diagnoses of gender dysphoria.
Puberty for girls is not like puberty for boys,As a sceptical Tavistock therapist reminded Janice, “most anorexics are natal females who reject their femininity and are repulsed by their secondary sex characteristics”. It’s not entirely surprising. I’ve seen one estimate that nearly 140,000 girls in the UK miss school each year because of a lack of access to sanitary products. Parents of girls I talk to have, in recent times, seen this temporary physical self-loathing sometimes turn into a desire not to become a woman at all."
This is also why I'm sometimes really surprised and also aggravated by all the handmaidens who so readily accept and "support" gender transition in kids, especially female children. And more than accepting, but also facilitating and fast tracking them into medicalization!!
Like weren't you a girl and teenager at one point in time? Did you never experience discomfort or hating puberty, feeling out of control that your body was changing, feeling uncomfortable in your body, hating your body and appearance, feel dismayed and disturbed about being increasingly sexualized and objectified, the increased sexual harassment, feeling dehumanized because everyone is judging you based on your appearance, and having your actions and appearance increasingly policed by society and everyone around you.
I have several "boy mom" friends who are "what's the big deal?" about the non-binary fad... Part of me is like wow, must be nice to not have any GIRLS and have to worry about their mental health... another part of me is like, seriously? You don't remember yourself what it was like at that age? I feel betrayed by some of what I considered the most badass, strong women in my life.
And, of course, this is the exact reason that no professionals seem to give a shit. It's only girls. Whatever.
Really good comparisons! Wish he had also mentioned the assisted writing scam of the '90s, when a whole arm of the psychiatric profession sprung up that insisted it was possible for severely brain-damaged people to express themselves by having an assistant hold their hand with a pen in it. Even video after video showing the brain-damaged person staring off into the distance while the assistant looked intently at the paper and moved their hand wouldn't convince people this was pseudoscience. There are still people today who believe in assisted writing, the Anna Stubblefield case being a late outlier (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/magazine/the-strange-case-of-anna-stubblefield.html?_r=0). But in the '90s, it was scorched earth. These people would not hear any critique of what they were doing.
This got my brain going along analogous lines. How did these other panics play out? When did we decide only dangerous quacks prescribe shock treatment and lobotomy? When did the tide turn against recovered memories and belief in widespread ritual abuse? Unfortunately, in every case, it took people risking their reputations to speak out.
Also, there's a reason, as Aaronovitch writes, that it's always girls. There's a real problem underpinning most of these manias that most people do not want to face head on, and that is misogyny and internalized misogyny (less so with the assisted writing thing, but it's notable most of the proponents of this idea and the assistants themselves seem to have been women). Some women in the comments chipped the surface of this a bit, which was very satisfying to see. The comments, in general, were a breath of fresh air.
Here's an archive link, since the NYT is picky about what articles it allows non subscribers to read:
And one of the biggest "children know their gender when they are toddlers" proponents was a key figure in the satanic sex abuse fraud.
I wish this fact was more widely known, this person seems like a monster.
Wait who is this person?
I think they're referring to Diane Ehrensaft.
I want to know too.
Yes, Diane Ehrensaft. I can never remember her last name. This is the woman who says a toddler girl pulling barrettes out of her hair is telling you she is a boy, and a toddler boy unsnapping his onsie is telling you he is a girl. Because an 18 month old with almost know language knows open fabric around you legs = skirt = female and barrettes = girl = female.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't she also the therapist of (perhaps) cult leader Teal Swan???
Per this article:
Dr Barbara Snow was Swann's therapist, and she "...is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, an organization that has openly promoted Satanic Panic conspiracy theories for decades.'
Nothing came up in Google, but I wouldn't be surprised.
Most of the comments are sensible, but man, there are some stupid ones there. I'm 90% sure these assholes going on about how sex and sexuality are a "spectrum" and "aren't black and white" are just trying to smugly make themselves seem "enlightened".
Can we get an archived link? We can never read The Times articles without being subscribers