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The article below from the Telegraph appears to be from an Oxfam training document called Learning About Trans Rights and Inclusion

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/06/09/oxfam-training-guide-blames-privileged-white-women-root-causes/

An Oxfam staff training document says “privileged white women” are supporting the root causes of sexual violence by wanting "bad men" imprisoned.

In the wake of sex scandals that have rocked the charity, Oxfam has produced guidance which states that: “Mainstream feminism centres on privileged white women and demands that ‘bad men’ be fired or imprisoned”.

Accompanied by a cartoon of a crying white woman, it adds that this “legitimises criminal punishment, harming black and other marginalised people”.

It advises staff to read a controversial book which concludes: “Mainstream feminism is supporting, not undoing, the root causes of sexual violence.”

Oxfam said that the training was voluntary, and the views are not presented as its own but designed to help staff understand the issues.

However, the charity was warned on Wednesday night that the document, compiled by its LGBT network and seen by The Telegraph, could breach equality laws as it suggests reporting rape is "contemptible".

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The four-week “learning journey” recommends that staff read Me Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism, a book by Alison Phipps, a professor of gender studies at the University of Sussex.

Summarising the book’s central premise, the Oxfam document says white feminists need to ask themselves whether they are causing harm when they fight sexual violence.

It then links to Prof Phipps’s Twitter account and a thread which summarises the main themes of the book, including: “White feminist tears deploy white woundedness, and the sympathy it generates, to hide the harms we perpetuate through white supremacy.”

Naomi Cunningham, a discrimination and employment law barrister, says the document may breach the Equality Act, which bans harassment in the workplace on the basis of sex.

“The message seems to be that a woman who reports a rape or sexual assault to the police and presses charges is a contemptible ‘white feminist’,” said Ms Cunningham. “I think any woman could make an arguable case that this has created or contributed to ‘an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment’, which is how the Equality Act defines harassment.”

Learning About Trans Rights and Inclusion was drawn up in 2020, whilst Oxfam was still reeling from sexual exploitation scandals in Haiti and Chad.

The charity suffered further blows in April this year, when a female aid worker quit alleging that there was a “toxic culture” and her sexual harassment complaint had been ignored, and it faced separate allegations of sexual misconduct in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The training manual was written after the charity’s LGBT+ network wrote to the leadership team demanding that they publicly support trans people and suggested that any debate about rights was part of a “patriarchal and white supremacist narrative” used by the far right.

The letter called for specific resources to be made available, adding: “To argue that trans-inclusivity would undermine the vital work we do for women and girls is not only transphobic, but also perpetuates the white saviour complex that assumes that we know best for the people we work with."

It says that it is “transphobic” to question whether men who identify as women could pose a threat to women and the fact that debates around identity continue among staff is exposing queer employees to “harm”.

The strategic leadership team responded saying that there “is no place in Oxfam for transphobia”.

The document produced in the wake of the complaint tells staff that protecting single-sex spaces for women has “contributed to transphobia and undermining of trans rights”.

It says the charity stands “firmly against” any attempt to exclude trans women, adding in an “important context note”: “Oxfam stands actively against any implication that the realization of trans rights and inclusion poses a threat to creating a safe environment for all.”

Oxfam said on Wednesday night that it “works to tackle discrimination and inequality whether that is on the basis of race, sex, gender identity or sexuality. Our commitment to gender equality includes trans people.

“We believe everyone has the right to freedom of gender identity and expression and will do everything we can to ensure those rights are respected and upheld within our organisation and through our work,” a spokesman said.

“Oxfam treats all allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse extremely seriously and actively encourage people to report wherever they have a concern. How to report is covered thoroughly in our staff training provision.”

Much of what feminism has won now seems up for grabs With the rape conviction rate at an all-time low, I would have hoped that a charity concerned with inequality and oppression would make combatting sexual violence a priority, writes Julie Bindel. Particularly one whose own history in this area is dubious at best.

In the UK, of the tiny minority of rapes that are actually reported to police, only 1.4 per cent are charged by the Crown Prosecution Service.

However, looking at the document that forms part of Oxfam’s training programme, Learning about Trans Rights & Inclusion, you would think that sexual violence was an imagined problem, dreamed up by racist or fragile white women.

Feminists have fought for sexual assault to be taken seriously. The low conviction rate is evidence that this battle is being lost. If we are now to further dismiss women’s experiences as simply "tears" what hope do we have for this endemic problem to ever be taken seriously?

Calling women who have been traumatised by male sexual violence or campaign against it "privileged" because they are white is staggeringly offensive. To further claim that white women give more power to the police by reporting their rapists loses sight of the fact that if sexual predators did not face serious consequences, they remain a danger to all women.

Does Phipps imagine that when "white, privileged" women demand that sexual harassers be removed from a workplace that they do not care if these men go on to rape impoverished black women?

As workplaces are increasingly captured by harmful identity politics it seems a stand is being taken against women; a war being declared against feminism.

Many of the battles we have fought as feminists appear to be up for grabs. We campaigned for, and set up, women’s refuges, rape crisis centres and other specialist services where women could feel safe from male abusers.

Feminists have fought tooth and nail to improve the response from the criminal justice system to rape, sexual assault, stalking and domestic abuse. All of these achievements are now under threat, as extreme trans activists and their so-called allies label women-only facilities – or us who campaign for them – as "transphobic" and "bigoted".

While these groups pose as progressives, I hear time and again from young women both in universities and in workplaces, desperate for the type of feminism that protects women from male violence. Instead of feeling that they can debate their concerns freely, they feel shouted down or trolled on social media with such venom that most are silenced out of fear for their safety or losing their jobs.

"Feminism is for everyone" is one of the statements presented to Oxfam staff. But is it? As far as I am concerned, Oxfam is peddling not feminism in its training, or rather indoctrination programme, but anti-feminism.

All women are vulnerable to rape and other forms of male violence and feminists fight hard to ending this while also recognising the many differences between us.

In suggesting white women are "racist" or harm black and marginalised people when they speak out about rape is nothing more than a warning for them to shut up.

Julie Bindel is an English radical feminist writer and co-founder of the law-reform group Justice for Women

The article below from the Telegraph appears to be from an Oxfam training document called Learning About Trans Rights and Inclusion https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/06/09/oxfam-training-guide-blames-privileged-white-women-root-causes/ An Oxfam staff training document says “privileged white women” are supporting the root causes of sexual violence by wanting "bad men" imprisoned. In the wake of sex scandals that have rocked the charity, Oxfam has produced guidance which states that: “Mainstream feminism centres on privileged white women and demands that ‘bad men’ be fired or imprisoned”. Accompanied by a cartoon of a crying white woman, it adds that this “legitimises criminal punishment, harming black and other marginalised people”. It advises staff to read a controversial book which concludes: “Mainstream feminism is supporting, not undoing, the root causes of sexual violence.” Oxfam said that the training was voluntary, and the views are not presented as its own but designed to help staff understand the issues. However, the charity was warned on Wednesday night that the document, compiled by its LGBT network and seen by The Telegraph, could breach equality laws as it suggests reporting rape is "contemptible". ADVERTISING The four-week “learning journey” recommends that staff read Me Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism, a book by Alison Phipps, a professor of gender studies at the University of Sussex. Summarising the book’s central premise, the Oxfam document says white feminists need to ask themselves whether they are causing harm when they fight sexual violence. It then links to Prof Phipps’s Twitter account and a thread which summarises the main themes of the book, including: “White feminist tears deploy white woundedness, and the sympathy it generates, to hide the harms we perpetuate through white supremacy.” Naomi Cunningham, a discrimination and employment law barrister, says the document may breach the Equality Act, which bans harassment in the workplace on the basis of sex. “The message seems to be that a woman who reports a rape or sexual assault to the police and presses charges is a contemptible ‘white feminist’,” said Ms Cunningham. “I think any woman could make an arguable case that this has created or contributed to ‘an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment’, which is how the Equality Act defines harassment.” Learning About Trans Rights and Inclusion was drawn up in 2020, whilst Oxfam was still reeling from sexual exploitation scandals in Haiti and Chad. The charity suffered further blows in April this year, when a female aid worker quit alleging that there was a “toxic culture” and her sexual harassment complaint had been ignored, and it faced separate allegations of sexual misconduct in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The training manual was written after the charity’s LGBT+ network wrote to the leadership team demanding that they publicly support trans people and suggested that any debate about rights was part of a “patriarchal and white supremacist narrative” used by the far right. The letter called for specific resources to be made available, adding: “To argue that trans-inclusivity would undermine the vital work we do for women and girls is not only transphobic, but also perpetuates the white saviour complex that assumes that we know best for the people we work with." It says that it is “transphobic” to question whether men who identify as women could pose a threat to women and the fact that debates around identity continue among staff is exposing queer employees to “harm”. The strategic leadership team responded saying that there “is no place in Oxfam for transphobia”. The document produced in the wake of the complaint tells staff that protecting single-sex spaces for women has “contributed to transphobia and undermining of trans rights”. It says the charity stands “firmly against” any attempt to exclude trans women, adding in an “important context note”: “Oxfam stands actively against any implication that the realization of trans rights and inclusion poses a threat to creating a safe environment for all.” Oxfam said on Wednesday night that it “works to tackle discrimination and inequality whether that is on the basis of race, sex, gender identity or sexuality. Our commitment to gender equality includes trans people. “We believe everyone has the right to freedom of gender identity and expression and will do everything we can to ensure those rights are respected and upheld within our organisation and through our work,” a spokesman said. “Oxfam treats all allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse extremely seriously and actively encourage people to report wherever they have a concern. How to report is covered thoroughly in our staff training provision.” Much of what feminism has won now seems up for grabs With the rape conviction rate at an all-time low, I would have hoped that a charity concerned with inequality and oppression would make combatting sexual violence a priority, writes Julie Bindel. Particularly one whose own history in this area is dubious at best. In the UK, of the tiny minority of rapes that are actually reported to police, only 1.4 per cent are charged by the Crown Prosecution Service. However, looking at the document that forms part of Oxfam’s training programme, Learning about Trans Rights & Inclusion, you would think that sexual violence was an imagined problem, dreamed up by racist or fragile white women. Feminists have fought for sexual assault to be taken seriously. The low conviction rate is evidence that this battle is being lost. If we are now to further dismiss women’s experiences as simply "tears" what hope do we have for this endemic problem to ever be taken seriously? Calling women who have been traumatised by male sexual violence or campaign against it "privileged" because they are white is staggeringly offensive. To further claim that white women give more power to the police by reporting their rapists loses sight of the fact that if sexual predators did not face serious consequences, they remain a danger to all women. Does Phipps imagine that when "white, privileged" women demand that sexual harassers be removed from a workplace that they do not care if these men go on to rape impoverished black women? As workplaces are increasingly captured by harmful identity politics it seems a stand is being taken against women; a war being declared against feminism. Many of the battles we have fought as feminists appear to be up for grabs. We campaigned for, and set up, women’s refuges, rape crisis centres and other specialist services where women could feel safe from male abusers. Feminists have fought tooth and nail to improve the response from the criminal justice system to rape, sexual assault, stalking and domestic abuse. All of these achievements are now under threat, as extreme trans activists and their so-called allies label women-only facilities – or us who campaign for them – as "transphobic" and "bigoted". While these groups pose as progressives, I hear time and again from young women both in universities and in workplaces, desperate for the type of feminism that protects women from male violence. Instead of feeling that they can debate their concerns freely, they feel shouted down or trolled on social media with such venom that most are silenced out of fear for their safety or losing their jobs. "Feminism is for everyone" is one of the statements presented to Oxfam staff. But is it? As far as I am concerned, Oxfam is peddling not feminism in its training, or rather indoctrination programme, but anti-feminism. All women are vulnerable to rape and other forms of male violence and feminists fight hard to ending this while also recognising the many differences between us. In suggesting white women are "racist" or harm black and marginalised people when they speak out about rape is nothing more than a warning for them to shut up. Julie Bindel is an English radical feminist writer and co-founder of the law-reform group Justice for Women

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[–] womenopausal [speaking as mod] witch babe 3 points (+6|-3) - sticky

Just a note for next time - this kind of content belongs in o/WomensLiberation - o/GenderCritical is for discussions of gender and gender ideology.

[–] NotCis 97 points (+97|-0) Edited

Nope, nope, nope. Women do not cause or contribute to sexual violence against themselves. I do not owe it to men, whether they are men of color or white, to protect them from their own shitty violent actions against women. I will never hesitate to report a man for violence out of concern for his own welfare. To do so would be fundamentally anti-feminist.

ETA: And let's not pretend for even one second that it's best for women of color to let rapist men of color go unreported.

[–] levitation 52 points (+52|-0)

I really don't understand what they expect us to do. Never complain about sexual assault? Stay silent when we're raped? Women ALREADY do that and giving it a fresh coat of woke paint doesn't make it a good thing.

[–] NotCis 20 points (+20|-0)

Right? Tell me how that's a "progressive" message.

[–] Lolo 13 points (+13|-0)

Yep, we tried pretending SA doesn't happen for about 5000 years, it didn't solve anything surprisingly

[–] Carthimundia 7 points (+7|-0)

I don't know what more they want. In the Uk, just one percent of reported rapes are CHARGED (not even convicted, just charged.) It's pretty much decriminalised.

[+] [Deleted] 16 points (+18|-2)
[–] pennygadget 13 points (+13|-0)

ETA: And let's not pretend for even one second that it's best for women of color to let rapist men of color go unreported.

THIS!

These idiots really think they're doing the Black community a favor by allowing their worst people to terrorize women with impunity

Accompanied by a cartoon of a crying white woman, it adds that this “legitimises criminal punishment, harming black and other marginalised people”.

The majority of men on earth are not white. Are they trying to pretend that only white men commit violent crimes against women? (Quick flash to images of gangs of Indian men raping women on busses, for example.)

This is just their latest tactic. They took over LGB. They'd like to take over BLM. They want to take over everything. They took Amnesty International, ACLU, even National Geographic!

"How dare white women complain about violence committed by men of color! How dare white women complain about violence committed by TIM? How dare white women complain about violence against women!!!"

Yeah, because white women are marginalizing rapists (poor widdle wapists!) and women of color (the overwhelming majority of women on earth) are never victims of male violence. /s

[–] NotCis 48 points (+48|-0)

I know! Why are they SO sympathetic to rapists? Always giving them the benefit of the doubt while giving women the middle finger.

[–] RisingUp 44 points (+44|-0)

Why are they SO sympathetic to rapists?

this is an easy one.

[–] kunt-vonnegut 15 points (+15|-0)

I wouldn't be surprised if this sick organization hired Aimee Challenor at this point...

[–] levitation 30 points (+30|-0)

I can't help but feel that it's because white women are the demographic of women most likely to hold power and/or wealth due to racial and class privilege. They want to shame us into not using it to defend ourselves and other women.

[–] bellatrixbells 32 points (+32|-0)

We're also scapegoats for white men. They treated us like shit as they did black men (black women they treated even worse) and now they're trying to put the blame of racism on us, trying to act like they're trying to solve it and we're trying to maintain it just to keep our "privilege".

[–] Lumos 23 points (+24|-1)

They already have taken over BLM, one of the founders is married to a TIM.

There’s this too, hopefully that fake history doesn’t become mainstream.

https://ovarit.com/o/GenderCritical/33304/a-friend-told-me-the-trans-community-sparked-the-civil-rights-movement

[–] Magik_Lipstick 12 points (+12|-0)

I think one is married to a TIF and another to a female enby. No TIMs are in the mix unless I'm mistaken. Your point still stands though.

[–] Kevina 9 points (+9|-0)

Well they've been saying for years now that they gave lgb ppl their rights too. If you're going to be that audacious why stop there?

[–] remquarqk 66 points (+66|-0)

This exemplifies the TRA end goal imo. When sex is fully erased from the law, misogyny will no longer exist in their eyes. To think they are actually looking out for black people, especially black women, is absurd. They aren't, they're just using race and identity politics to prop up the TRA agenda (where white men are still at the top.)

[–] Ash94 10 points (+10|-0) Edited

This. It's so obvious that TIMs want to create a coalition with black and other non-white women. Philosophy Tube tried and it failed epically. If it weren't for the handmaidens, these men wouldn't have a pot to piss in.

[–] ArmyofMe 54 points (+54|-0)

Men who abuse women dont always discriminate. A man who rapes a white woman easily can also do that to a black or brown women. It isn’t white women vs WOC, it’s women against men.

[–] LadyGlum 28 points (+28|-0)

This is exactly why they want to divide us. They want to tell women of color that radical feminism is only for white Karens so they'll stay away instead of us joining forces to uplift all women and tear down what's holding us back.

[–] Hyacinth 21 points (+21|-0) Edited

I'm biracial and I've been called a bourgeois white feminist many times online 😂

I'm not from the states but AA women are really in tune hopefully they clock that their coming for them next.

Like the media elect do not speak for them, I'm gonna head over to lipstick alley and see what their saying, its unlikely they will swallow the idea that the black male on male homicide rate (including transwomen) has anything to do with the struggles of black women.

[–] Amareldys 10 points (+10|-0)

Most rape is between people of the same race. It's pretty safe to assume someone who rapes someone of another race has already or will rape someone of their own race. I'm sure there are outliers, but...

[–] Stealthygal 45 points (+46|-1)

WTF Oxfam? Also I am afraid that there is an increasingly loud movement telling all white women that their experiences not only don't matter, they mustn't even be spoken of because to do so is violent.

White women's pain is defined as violent. A white woman's rape is violence against the rapist. It seems.

[–] proudcatlady 7 points (+7|-0)

I’m about to become the most violent person on planet earth in that case

Weren’t their staff involved in some child sexual exploitation/prostitution ring? Oxfam can do one.

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[–] pennygadget 6 points (+6|-0)

Yes. Which is why it should surprise no one that their official stance on rape is that women & girls should just let it go because the rapist might have had a bad childhood or whatever

Yes and the whistleblowers were treated badly and said that their concern have not been fully investigated. They are trying to shame white women for calling out white men for raping black women and girls.

It is classic DARVO. It is not possible to think of a worse example of white supremacy than what those men working for Oxfam did. Raping children who they were paid to help.

A lot of the successes in feminism have been achieved by more privileged women. They are trying to stop women from using the privilege to stand up for women who are more vulnerable than them.

[–] suupersami 37 points (+37|-0)

So this is another attempt to blame women for their own victimization? Absolutely despicable. This seems like another attempt by TRAs to capitalize on the rights movements of marginalized peoples in order to "strike a blow" to women.

[–] pennygadget 6 points (+6|-0)

So this is another attempt to blame women for their own victimization? Absolutely despicable. This seems like another attempt by TRAs to capitalize on the rights movements of marginalized peoples in order to "strike a blow" to women.

It's the woke version of "You tempted him by wearing that short skirt"

[–] IronicWolf 36 points (+36|-0)

Phipps is an utterly contemptible human being dripping in hatred for other women.

For Oxfam with its child raping employees to complain that being against sexual violence is ‘white feminism’ is so twisted.

[–] BluecatSarah 3 points (+3|-0)

Has anyone actually read her book? Because I wonder if the LGBTQ+ gang have misinterpreted her as badly as they do de Beauvoir.

[–] bluestocking 32 points (+32|-0)

Interesting choice on the part of Oxfam, given the multiple sexual exploitation scandals they've had over the years.

Oxfam: UK halts funding over new sexual exploitation claims - April 7 2021 https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56670162

Oxfam Haiti allegations: How the scandal unfolded - February 28 2018 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43112200

But, no, it was actually white women who were causing these men to exploit and rape these women!

[–] DaughtersOfLilith 32 points (+32|-0)

An Oxfam staff training document says “privileged white women” are supporting the root causes of sexual violence by wanting "bad men" imprisoned.

If you hear that faint screaming sound from wherever you are, it's probably me.

[–] LadyGlum 20 points (+20|-0)

As we all know, men only rape women because they know they might be reported and imprisoned! If there was no prison, men wouldn't want to rape. Elementary.

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