There's a TERF War Brewing: The battle between sanity and safety, and the weaponizing of transgender ideology

There's a TERF War Brewing: The battle between sanity and safety, and the weaponizing of transgender ideology

by Jonathon Kneeland

 

"Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you" - Christopher Hitchens

 

For those of you who don't know, a TERF is a "Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist." What this means, or is supposed to mean, is that if you are a female and do not accept the idea that a man can be a woman, in the true sense of the word, that you are an exclusionary radical. The term was apparently coined by the transgender movement and was designed to be used as a slur. This fight is becoming increasingly hostile - including violence - and I think that it's about time that public awareness of it increased. This is my purpose here and hopefully, dear reader, you will help in this.   

 

In order to take a position on this topic, you don't need to be a feminist or agree with feminists on everything, or accept the ideology of radical feminists (whatever "radical" is supposed to mean in this case). To take a position on this topic, you need only take a position on tyranny, mob-enforced political-correctness, violence against women, and the indoctrination of children into radical political movements. These are the things that we are actually talking about here, and it just happens to be "radical feminists" who have caused this issue to bubble up in the way that it has. In fact, had it not been for some very stubborn and principled feminists, we might have all simply been bowled over and silenced by a radical, aggressive, and utopian minded political movement that uses transgenderism as a weapon. It's fair to say that this movement was having its way with our society until it ran into this highly inconvenient obstacle. I say inconvenient because the Left has to do some very bizarre mental gymnastics in order to appear to be for both sides simultaneously.   

 

What has been happening with the transgender movement, from what I can gather, is that a vocal portion of it wants to assert, forcefully, that a man who wears women's clothing is actually a woman if they simply state that it's the case. Other people within the transgender movement have distanced themselves from this radical and anti-science position and have publically stated that they simply want to be left alone and live their lives without being bothered or harassed and that, in return, they themselves wish not to bother or harass anyone else. This is very reasonable and is an excellent fit into a fair and just society where people are free to choose their own path without infringing too heavily on the rights of others.

 

Infringing on the rights of others is what causes this dispute to get very real and very serious. I am not a feminist and I don't speak for feminists. They are quite capable of speaking for themselves, as we can see. I also distrust self-proclaimed male feminists and find them to be cringe-making because they are either pathetic or they are con-artists. I don't completely understand many feminist positions and I disagree with them on many things that I do understand. I think the gender pay-gap is a myth. I don't think the world is full of misogynists. I don't agree that every woman can do every job that a man can do. I could go on here but none of it matters because, on this single topic, I agree and understand their position, and it's one that's important and serious.

 

There is no question that some women have had an extremely rough time at the hands of men. If you don't accept this fact then you aren't capable of having a serious part in this conversation. If you do accept this fact, then you must also conclude that these women, those close to them, or those who feel that this danger exists for them as well, have a natural right to choose to avoid men or to function independently of men when it's reasonable to do so. For example, a woman might wish to go to a gym free of men or use a public restroom that is free of men - especially when you consider the long list of rapes and assaults that have taken place against women, by men in women's clothes, in women's washrooms. A woman might choose to belong to any number of female only organizations or groups. To deny women this right, based on politically-correct ideology, is in my opinion, tyranny. I think that it's reasonable to conclude that the act of unnecessarily forcing women to accept the idea that men have the right, simply because they put on women's clothes, to invade areas where they are not wanted, is to betray a tyrannical and totalitarian impulse. This is what I call weaponized trans.

 

I use the term weaponized trans because transgender aggression is becoming more and more common and I think that it's important that people are able to quickly point it out and label it. I must be very careful here to make a distinction between people who are transgendered for genuine reasons and simply want to live their lives in peace, and those who seem to be acting out as transgendered for the sole purpose of causing as much damage as possible in the world. I know that this genre exists because I have been studying it increasingly lately. I spend quite a bit of time on Twitter and I use the platform to observe various political positions and movements and how people within those movements or ideologies behave. Sometimes I'll start an argument with someone on Twitter, not to win or to convince, but simply to observe behaviour as it relates to a specific ideology. The transgender movement, like most movements, is full of variations, distinctions and nuances. I want to be very careful to not make the assertion that transgendered people in general fall into my category of weaponized trans-activists. I don't believe that this is the case and, to be clear, I have absolutely no objection to transgendered people in general. To be transgendered is a personal decision and requires the approval of no one. My arguments here are against those who wish to impose their will on others by using their ideology as a weapon.

 

How this will is imposed is both an interesting and disturbing topic. Weaponized transgender ideologies utilize four different types of ammunition against those who refuse to go along. It's worth discussing all four tactics.       

 

State Backed Financial Ruin Followed by Prison

State-backed coercion has now cemented itself throughout Western countries. Kangaroo courts (sometimes called human-rights tribunals) have been set up to help enforce and spread radical transgender ideologies and to provide serious ammunition to aspiring and otherwise useless dictators. In Canada, each province has at least one such organization. Federally, under Trudeau's Liberal Party, Bill C-16 was passed. This bill paved the way for absolute power to be projected by resentful misanthropes. Lawyers have stated that it is now possible for you to end up in prison for refusing to subscribe to radical transgender ideology. Apparently, if you refuse to use invented and difficult to remember gender pronouns, you can be taken before a human-rights tribunal. This will cost you a lot. If you are found guilty - which you will be - you will receive a penalty and/or be ordered to bow to radical transgender ideology in the future. If you refuse to pay the penalty or comply with an order, you will be in contempt and you will then end up in court. If you still refuse, you could be sent to prison. The message here from activists is clear: do what I say, or else. Doesn't this seem a bit like bullying?

 

I cannot mention bullying without mentioning Morgane Oger, Vice President of the British Columbia New Democratic Party. Oger has recently stated that she plans to run for the position of Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia. I follow Oger on Twitter and I have witnessed things that confirm what many are already painfully aware of: Bill C-16 was a terrible idea and is now being used as a weapon to bully and intimidate. Oger has threatened to file human-rights complaints against people who have publically stated what they believe to be the correct interpretation of human biology. In one case, a women at a women's march held a sign that said "Transwomen are men. Truth is not hate. Don’t believe the hype — trans ideology is misogyny and homophobic. Woman is not a ‘feeling,’ a costume, or a performance of a stereotype. Woman is a biological reality. There is no ethical or moral reason to lie to soothe the male ego... Do not cis-gender me. Stop the stereotypes. I am neither conforming nor non-conforming. My preferred prefix is neither cis nor trans. I am a female. Resist Orwellian Newspeak.”  

 

Oger responded by posting the following on Facebook:

“Apparently not everyone at the Vancouver Women’s March was equally enlightened about why trans women are women… A concerned citizen passed this photo on to me. This is hate speech. Anyone know who this person is? I’d like to speak to her.

… That person in the photo is free to have beliefs and to express those beliefs without breaking the law. I feel that she has overstepped. What this person has done is take things to the next step, like publishing it in a newspaper or distributing it in mailouts. I believe that what she has done is prohibited in BC. She is invited to contact me for a chat or email my office at morgane@morganeoger.ca.”

 “Who is a woman in Canada and British Columbia is not based on their plumbing but on our gender identity. Women are women because we say we are. Attributes usually associated with women are protected for all women, whether they possess them or not, like plumbing or biological function. We have six months for somebody to file a complaint against this woman on the basis of gender identity. But to do this, who she is needs to be known. If somebody knows who she is please email me the information at morgane@morganeoger.ca”

 

What we have above is extremely important to consider if you value a free society and one that's free of tyranny. Morgane Oger is in a position of authority and has access to state-power. Oger publicly stated that a private citizen's scientific understanding of biology is incorrect according to Orger's interpretation of transgender ideology. We then have a call to public harassment and intimidation and an invitation to report to Oger for re-education. This is followed by more requests and threats of public exposure and threats of action through the BC Human Rights Tribunal. This is extremely serious and the BC NDP has yet to respond to an open letter regarding the incident that was signed by more than two hundred people. Oger went on to threaten "My legal team is confident..." Oger and her ilk have made their position very clear: you accept my unscientific interpretation of biology, or I'll ruin your life. If you thought that the careful and cool sanity of the State might come to your rescue, you would be wrong. They'll side with Oger. The thought of Morgane Oger becoming Mayor of Vancouver is a frightening one.

 

Actual Violence with Threats of Much More to Come

I have a difficult time imagining myself physically attacking someone because they don't share my opinion on a particular topic. Apparently, some people do not have any difficulty imagining this and some are quite capable of carrying it out. In addition to the sixty one year-old feminist who was violently attacked in the UK by a man in women's clothing - because she disagreed that a man in a dress is actually female - there are now countless transgendered activists openly calling for violence, torture, and murder against any female who resists the command to immediately abandon a scientific view of human biology.

 

Here is a tiny example of how the threat of violent transgenderism is weaponized and used against those who wish to think for themselves and not be coerced into accepting ideologies that they disagree with. It's worth spending a few minutes examining these images and then asking yourself how you got suckered into accepting the idea that the "trans-community" was some tiny vulnerable group, cringing and huddling in a corner and asking for extra protection.  

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I don't know about you, but nothing in the above pictures leads me to the conclusion that this is a "vulnerable community".  

 

You're Fired!

If you have a family to support and or a mortgage to pay, or even if you don't have these responsibilities but simply like being employed, you might be unhappy to learn how much power a militant trans-activist has over you. If they don't like you for any reason, or consider that your worldview is not consistent with their radical political agenda, they can very easily have you lose your job, unless you immediately comply with their every whim.

 

Gender pronouns are growing endlessly in number and there are many more than it is possible to remember. Also, human-rights law now dictates that gender is fluid and can change at any moment. This creates obvious problems. Combine this with the many workplace harassment policies that state that it is not the intentions of the accused that matter in harassment claims, but the feelings or perceptions of the complainant, and we obviously have a recipe for confusion and intimidation.

 

Teachers have been fired and police have been disciplined for failing to address activists by the pronouns that they were wishing to be addressed by. Some of this "misgendering" was accidental and some of was principled moral objection. Barry Neufeld, a school trustee in British Columbia, Canada, is now being threatened with both the loss of his employment and an expensive human-rights complaint because he suggested that it might not be a good idea to deliberately confuse young children about their gender identity. It's worth pointing out that the man spearheading the attack on Neufeld is head of the B.C. Teacher's Union and appears, based on his Twitter history, to be sympathetic to communism as it relates to private housing and also to the redistribution of people's personal earnings. Those opinions are separated only by the incessant peddling of radical gender ideology aimed at children. So, if you're wondering how deep this attitude runs and how much power it enjoys in the workplace, you'll be depressed to learn that a single yet principled individual has very little chance of standing up to it and succeeding.

 

Psychological Warfare 

One of the activities that totalitarian regimes engage in is above and beyond what is required to simply have complete control over the citizen. Often, this comes in the form of the completely broken and crushed citizen, empty of personality or individual character, not only having to obey every whim of the dictator, but as an added touch of evil, being forced to say that they like it this way and that they love their master. This scenario is a depraved tyranny and has been the theme behind many disturbing novels that were based on brutal totalitarian regimes.

 

What are we to make of the fact that a sixty one year-old assault victim in the UK was instructed, by the court, to address her male attacker by the pronoun "she"? The woman, Maria Maclachlan, was attacked while attending a feminist's event that was to precede a trans-activist event at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park. She was knocked to the ground, punched in the face, and had her camera smashed by a group of men dressed as women. She later posted the following on Facebook:   "I am 60 years old and tonight I got beaten up and had my camera smashed by a bunch of kids young enough to be my grandchildren."

 

During the assault trial that followed the attack, Ms. Maclachlan was instructed by the judge to address her attacker by the pronoun of his choosing. It's as if the State is complicit in giving the attacker one final stab at the victim. About six months before this happened, I casually sent out a tweet saying that, in Canada, if a man wearing a dress kicked your grandma down, you would, by law, have to call him "she" if he demanded. I was not really serious when I wrote that and I didn't think that such a scenario would ever present itself. I was wrong and that time has come. What we have here is one step worse than that. We have here a situation where an individual is physically attacked because she belongs to a group that does not accept an ideology that fails to stand up to scientific scrutiny. The State then directs her to accept and repeat the ideology as her own and to do so by verbally displaying her submission to her attacker. I find this scenario to be hideous and evil and worth fighting against.

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The command to abandon a scientific view in favour of an ideological one is not rational; therefore, an individual with sound mental faculties and a decent moral compass will likely be required to undergo violence, prison,  social or financial ruin, or at least threats of these things, in order to be brought into compliance with the proposed ideology. This is what we are seeing currently. If you do not, as a citizen, stand up to this, you might very well be next. It might be a different issue or a different lie that you are supposed to agree to, and you might find that there is no one there to come to your aid.

 

I am very surprised to find myself agreeing with radical feminists on anything. But then, I've been on a personal mission to abandon all of my own ideologies and to search only for the truth and go wherever it takes me. The radical feminists are correct on this point and so I must agree with them on it. If those of us who generally disagree with radical feminists sit quietly by while they are steamrolled by a gigantic lie that's backed by force and violence, then we are complicit through cowardice, apathy, or collusion. If you're okay with that then go ahead. I'm not okay with it. In the long term, cowardice, apathy, and collusion are all suicidal when you use them as tools to avoid telling the truth while others are falling victim to bad ideologies. Don't be a part of it, and don't forget to vote. And if you see a radical feminist, smile and nod, even if you disagree with 99 per cent of what they put forward. 

 

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