[Sat 28th Oct 2017] London Anarchist Bookfair (London)

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Kate Sharpley, May 30, 2017.

London Anarchist Bookfair
Start Date: Sat 28th Oct 2017 10:00 AM
End Date: Sat 28th Oct 2017 07:00 PM
Time Zone: Europe/London +01:00 BST

Park View School
West Green Road,
London N15 3QR

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  1. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam Arm the mentally ill

    I really don’t think the activsts in question have any insight into their behaviour. No awareness of how it alienates those who might otherwise support them.

    Peak trans indeed
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  2. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty IdProle

    They’re daft calling Helen Steel fascist but to label them as such is also incorrect.
  3. smokedout

    smokedout criminal

    Perhaps a distinction should start to be drawn between people who have concerns, questions, or anxieties about issues relating to transgenderism and 'terfs' who really believe trans-women do not have the right to exist. This is an organised and sometimes violent movement that has hounded transwomen ever since they began to emerge in feminist spaces. And whilst this is only really a small number of radical feminists they are well represented in the media, often have well read blogs and have been able to cause real damage to trans people.

    Perhaps the most insiduous aspect of this is that many myths, created by terfs, have slipped into normal discourse including on here at times. Studies which claimed to show transwomen retain male patterns of criminality but in reality show no such thing are repeatedly cited. Reactionary doctors who believe in reparation therapy are lauded as experts. Select committee reports and defunct bills are presented as new laws. If a transperson commits a violent crime this is used to attack all transpeople. Crackpot pseudo-scientific theories on trangenderism are presented as facts. That terfs (by which I mean those with the most extreme views) seem not to care that the studies they spout don't show what they say they do, or that statistics don't back up their fear mongering suggests that this is an ideological campaign, which is not interested in the truth, which believes transpeople have no right to exist at best and should be relentlessly attacked at worst. And this of course is what many of them openly believe, but realising this belief is unpopular they have created a wall of misinformation in an attempt to draw other feminists to their position. And it works. So when the first group I mentioned, of questioning/concerned people, repeat what transpeople know to be misinformation then they are assumed to be part of the second group, or why would they be repeating what is often little more than a slur? And then a big row breaks out that should probably never have happened.

    A way round this might to start challenging that misinformation, for people to carefully check scary stories they might have read about transpeople for accuracy, but also a rejection and condemnation by all those who support the right of transgender people to exist of the small number of trans exclusionary radical feminists who seem to operate as little more than an obsessive hate group.

    Anyway probably a bit of a derail, but just a thought.
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  4. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam Arm the mentally ill

    What do you mean by: ‘believe that trans-women do not have the right to exist’ smokedout ?
  5. smokedout

    smokedout criminal

    They believe transwomen are delusional, rapists in disguise, sexual fetishists, male oppressors attempting to colonise womenhood or mentally ill and should be treated as such, not given any rights or treatment.
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  6. gamerunknown

    gamerunknown Well-Known Member

    Well, hopefully you won't bump into many liberals at the Anarchist Bookfair.

    Someone quoted 3 women killed per week in the US in a twitter debate (due to domestic violence I suppose) and I found that trans individuals make up 1% of the population with 26 murders so far this year. Assuming no more trans murders this year (one can hope!), that's 156 women killed in a population of 161m, a rate of 0.0001 a year, while 26 in a population of 3.23m would be 0.0008 a year, if my math's not off. Anyway, no, you're not directly responsible for the murder of trans women, any more than the perfectly regular people concerned with forced busing were responsible for lynch mobs. But the problem is one of structural violence and at the moment, trans people, particularly trans women, especially trans women who are sex workers, are at the forefront of it. I, personally, am not doing much to combat that. I've been to the sex worker memorial day twice, other than that the only actual political thing I've been involved in recently has been leafleting a factory demanding higher wages (with the AWW). Don't think it detracts from the broader anarchist argument. I also think it's perfectly reasonable to request spaces where there are no adults with penises, but we'll see I suppose.

    Somehow I doubt it, these statistics are pretty well tabulated.
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  7. shygirl

    shygirl Well-Known Member

    Sorry, which 'terfs' have ever said that trans-women shouldn't exist or should be relentlessly attacked. Stop peddling these lies. It's one thing to disagree with these views but it's quite another to mis-represent them.
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  8. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam Arm the mentally ill

    That’s not really believing they don’t have a right to exist though is it?

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  9. smokedout

    smokedout criminal

    Perhaps you should read some of these quotes from The Transexual Empire, probably one of the most influential books amongst this group:

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  10. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam Arm the mentally ill

    Which again isn’t the same as saying transwomen don’t have the right to exist, or that they are all rapists (in the literal, legal sense)
  11. smokedout

    smokedout criminal

    Well no, not in the literal legal sense, but in the sense that they use the term rapist, alongside an ongoing campaign which attempts to distort facts and statistics to show that transwomen accessing woman only spaces are probably secretly rapey men.
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  12. imposs1904

    imposs1904 Thread Killa'

    hilarious :confused:
  13. redsquirrel

    redsquirrel This Machine Kills Progressives

    The second tweet down pretty much sums up my views. I think a lot of the claims in that leaflet are, at best, overstated, at worst, false and transphobic. But the blanket dismissal, and sometimes physical confrontation, of anyone who doesn't agree 100% with your position is both stupid and shit.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017
  14. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    The author of that quote is literally saying that trans people have no moral right to exist.
  15. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    It's difficult to be totally clear what the quote says, as it's a single sentence taken completely out of context. For contrast, the author Janice Raymond says on a page of her website called Fictions and Facts about The Transexual Empire that What this means is that I want to eliminate the medical and social systems that support transsexualism and the reasons why in a gender-defined society, persons find it necessary to change their bodies - which is quite different to saying that transexuals have no right to exist or should have no rights.

    It's a bit rich cautioning people against selectively quoting and twisting data for ideological purposes then doing exactly that a post or two later.
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  16. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    all quotes are by definition selective
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  17. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    It's a roundabout way of saying exactly the same thing, only couched in less obvious terms.
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  18. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    no it isn't.
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  19. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown caput mortuum

    This is worth a read, good thread.

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  20. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Sassy McFlashy

    Thanks for linking to that. A good read indeed. I have been thinking a lot about why I don't have the same level/sense of suspicion. I'm not sure what the answer is... That leaflet was awful in approach...scaremongering and suspicion promoting. A massive turn off and I am not surprised that people feel defensive as a response to that kind of narrative.


    I think the twitter thread linked to above is worth your time.
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  21. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Fucking well is. According to the argument in question trans people are literally the product of a medical social arrangement put in place by the patriarchy to further suppress women's emancipation. So it follows that a moral call to dismantle that system is a moral call to eliminate transsexualism.
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  22. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.

    There is no context that could make 'all transsexuals are rapists' an OK thing to say.
  23. smokedout

    smokedout criminal

    That's not selective quoting, the quote is what the book said, this is what she said on her website over 30 years later when she realised, as I discussed, that this kind of thing isn't palatable anymore and a new strategy is needed. And note eliminate the medical and social systems, not eliminate gender, but do it now, under patriarchy, dismantle any support or rights for transpeople. Raymond has also been blamed for plating a large part in elimating what little funding there was for trans healthcare in the US (and later lying about her role in that).
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  24. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.

    Just a general point: being a celebrity activist doesn't necessarily mean you're not also a dickhead. It certainly doesn't mean your opinions should be taken more seriously than anyone else's.
  25. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam Arm the mentally ill

    Does your ‘general point’ have any relevance to the thread?
  26. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty IdProle

    For some reason he doesn’t want to name said activist but I assume he means Helen Steel.
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  27. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    Supportive of her on the spycops thread - sneering at her as a celebrity activist on this one.
  28. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model every man and every woman is a star

    i've known hs for more than 25 years and it's a fucking shit way to describe her to say she's a celebrity activist. don't be a twat, sf.
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  29. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.

    If Helen Steel had been taking videos and sending them to the police (I have no idea if this actually happened) then that's a bad thing to do no matter who she is or what she's done in the past. Conversely if she's been attacked, lied about or otherwise mistreated than that would still be a bad thing regardless of who she was.

    Why say 'how dare they do this to (insert name here)' when 'how dare they do this to anyone' is enough?
  30. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty IdProle

    So you’re basing your sneer on something that you don’t even know happened or not?

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