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I knew Andrea for about ten years, almost ten years by the time she died. In 2004, I had the honor to interview her for a piece in The Guardian. She was coming over to the UK, and she was primarily coming to find a publisher for Heartbreak, and it’s fantastic that this book is out today, because, I mean, John will verify this, and her friends, that to her it was extremely important. This was the book that she wanted to write. And, you know, she said that she wrote it within about four months, it just tripped off the typewriter, or the PC that I think she started to use in the last couple of years. I had read the book just before I interviewed her, and it was a phone interview because I was in Europe and she was in the States, and one story that had really struck me was the story about Allan Ginsberg. Have any of you heard about how she admired Allan Ginsberg when she was a lass, when she was young, when she was an aspiring writer, and she thought this beatnik, whatever he was, was just the god who walked the earth, and she looked up to him. She eventually met him, and she thought him strange, but okay, and through a series of events, they ended up sharing a godson. And so by this time, Andrea herself was a very famous published writer and a very famous feminist, and of course she wrote, as in Woman Hating, as Sheila shared with us today, about violence towards women, about sexual abuse of women and children. And Ginsberg had a problem with this. Now why did he have a problem with this? Because he was a child sexual abuser. Because he was a member, I think it was of the North American Man-Boy Love Association, which is what is known as a pedophile organization, and his particular liking was for 12-year-old boys.

Now this was a bar mitzvah. Now who are at bar mitzvahs? 12- and 13-year-old boys and girls. And so this particular day that Andrea got up and decided she would behave herself, was their godson’s bar mitzvah, and she knew Ginsberg was going to be there, and that very day legislation had just been clarified about child pornography being illegal. Now she was delighted. She knew Ginsberg wouldn’t be, so she tried to avoid him. And there’s a photograph, isn’t there John, of her standing with his arm around her—you know those awful photos at weddings and things, where you’re going [laughter]—and he’s there, and he kept following her around saying what’s your problem, what’s your problem, is it because of the legislation, this is why you won’t talk to me, you’re a nazi, you’re an idiot, etc. And she said, yes, of course, I have a problem with it, because I’m a feminist, and I don’t think that children should be abused and raped, which you obviously do. And he said, “Well, I’ve never met anyone with your views who’s intelligent,” and she said, “Well, you havent been out much, have you?” [laughter]

And I was recounting this to her on the phone, and she said, [husky American accent] “Oh Julie, you’ve gotta put that in the piece.” And I said, “I promise you I’ll put it in the piece.” And we then remembered in 1997 or something, when somebody from one of the British broadsheets had interviewed her, and she had told the Ginsberg story, but he was tragically still alive, so the lawyers run scared and took the piece out about Ginsberg being a child abuser. So I said, “It’s okay, he is dead, isn’t he?” [husky American accent] “Yes, he’s very dead.” So I put this in my interview with her. And then when it came out, guess what? They had taken it out. And they had something really weird in there, like, so Andrea went up to Ginsberg and she said, “I think you’re horrible,” and he said, “Well why, is it because of the legislation?” And I then said, “Well, yes, because you’re foul.” [laughter] And he said, “Listen to me, the Right want to put me in prison,” and she said, “Well, actually I’ve got a bit more imagination than that, I want you dead.”

The true story is that Ginsberg was a child abuser, a child rapist, and Andrea has so eloquently written about it in Heartbreak, and it really would I’m sure, wherever Andrea is, thrill her if you could buy it and enjoy all of it, not just that section.

anti-pineapple:

zubat:

If you’re in public and you can’t figure out a stranger’s gender, follow these steps:

  • Don’t worry about it.

Yeah that might be cool for men, but for women, figuring out a stranger’s sex (not gender) is figuring out whether or not they’re a threat to our lives.

Anonymous asked: You shouldn't deny someones gender just because they've done terrible things. Thats working directly against trans equality because it denies that trans people are capable of what cis people are capable of.

appropriately-inappropriate:

daisydeadhead:

appropriately-inappropriate:

Alright then. Let’s put it this way:

Luis Morales raped, mutilated, murdered and desecrated the corpse of a little thirteen year old girl. He then mocked her mother while on trial. He did that as a man. He was sentenced, tried and convicted, and has spent twenty+ years in jail.

How concrete does the evidence have to be for a man to get 20+ years for murdering a little black girl? Hell, people’ll shot them in cold blood and walked away, so for the courts to give a fuck, there must have been incontrovertible evidence.

So, now we have a man with a male body (because he certainly wasn’t dysphoric enough to not rape her with it), who after prison marrying some serial killer and wanting to play wifey, has requested a sex change and a transfer to a female prison.

I’ll bite.

We have a trans woman who brutally raped, mutilated, murdered and desecrated the body of a little girl, and then had the gall to toy with her mother. THAT’S a trans woman.

THAT is something trans women, those poor, oppressed trans women, are capable of. Killing, and raping, and desecrating little girls, just like every other male who did it.

If you want me to point out the obvious, that the trans community offers a warm and welcoming embrace to men who rape, assault and murder women, then that’s absolutely a-ok with me.

Is that equal enough for you?

I have a simple question:  Why hormones for one group and not another?

Menopausal/post-menopausal cis women in prison don’t get hormones.  Why should trans women in prison get them?  

Wait, seriously? Post-menopausal women don’t get hormone replacement? Doesn’t that increase the risk of deleterious health effects, though?

I didn’t know that!

It Was Easier to Give in Than Keep Running

ibelieveyouitsnotyourfault:

By Anonymous

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In first grade, a boy named John— a notorious troublemaker—systematically chased every girl in our class during recess trying to kiss her on the lips. Most gave in eventually. It was easier to give in than keep running. When it was my turn, I…

rainport asked: hey, can i ask what your thoughts are about guys identifying as feminists? because it makes me uncomfortable as hell

lesbolution:

feminism is and always has been a movement by women, for women. men already have ownership of the majority of activist spaces (not to mention the entire damn planet), they don’t need to take up space within feminism too.

they end up talking over women and hijacking the whole movement for their own purposes. (see: sex positive liberal feminism)

men can be allies to feminism, and the best way for them to do that is to listen to women and help break down misogyny amongst their male peers and take feminism to the spaces that women can’t access.

http://dragonsupremacy.tumblr.com/post/94904488724/froelich-dw-so-if-a-person-is-bitten-by-a

froelich:

dw:

so if a person is bitten by a dog and hates dogs for the rest of their life everyone understands but if a woman is abused by a man and fears men from then on all the sudden it’s #NotAllMen central

it’s important to men that traumatized women be restored to full sexual…

maximumbuttitude:

stunningpicture:

In very rare circumstances it is possible to see a full 360 degree rainbow from an airplane

target locked. firing lesbian ray

maximumbuttitude:

stunningpicture:

In very rare circumstances it is possible to see a full 360 degree rainbow from an airplane

target locked. firing lesbian ray

good comment from a shitty article

plansfornigel:

Lucy Mangan: if we get bogged down in the Terf war we’ll never achieve anything

AbiPearson
09 August 2014 10:59am

The thing is, this actually matters, it isn’t just a bunch of radical feminists being mean for the sake of it.

(It’s the same with the split amongst feminists…

http://evilfeminist.tumblr.com/post/94363294233/dont-love-your-enemy-love-your-sisters-we-are

DON’T LOVE YOUR ENEMY, LOVE YOUR SISTERS

(We are a group of activists who are revisiting the statement by Leeds Revolutionary Feminist Group (“Love Your Enemy”,1979) about political lesbianism. Building on our sisters’ work, we’ve addressed the challenges we face today as radical lesbian…

“To clarify the dilemma women have about sexual enthusiasm for men, it is helpful to contrast it with men’s situation. It is unlikely in the extreme that men will have experienced actual sexual violence from women or its threat. Men do not live in cultures where the degradation and brutalisation of men at the hands of women is the stuff of pornography, entertainment and advertising. Men do not live with the consciousness that they are being hunted by women who would take sexual delight in dismembering them simply on account of their gender. They do not live in a society in which their degradation through sex is the dominant theme of the culture. They do not have to approach women sexually in fear or with distressing images or associations with their own oppression. The images they are likely to carry with them are those of women degraded and brutalised by men. In fact they are likely to have practised sexual arousal with such images, extensively, through pornography and fantasy. It is not surprising, then, that sexologists have identified women’s ‘inhibition’ as the main sexual problem of this century. They have identified as healthy sexual feelings those which the male ruling class experiences and have chosen to avoid recognising the political reasons why women might feel differently.”

Sheila Jeffreys, Anticlimax (via aster-disaster)