“No blacks.” “No Jews.” “No women.” “No trans women.”

Recently I was told by a cisgender woman I was a misogynist, and refused to accept I was a feminist simply because I was standing up for the rights of trans women and for them to be treated equally amongst all other women.

This cisgender woman did not accept trans women as women. I doubt she even accepted them as human.

There have been numerous times in history when some in society have excluded people on the basis of their skin colour, their gender, or their religious or cultural identity, and gone on to treat them as inferior or less worthy.

Every time those oppressing a minority have done so it’s because they’re scared of losing their privilege and sense of entitlement.

Those cisgender women who feel so entitled that they cannot find it within themselves to accept trans women as women are no different to those who said “No blacks”, “No women” or “No Jews”.

The Club of Women is not so full that there isn’t room in it for trans women to find a safe space.

Any cisgender woman who wants to exclude and vilify trans women ought take a look at history and think about what exactly it is they’re fighting for, because it’s usually just privilege and a sense of entitlement.

Never surrender. Never give up the fight.

Emmeline Pankhurst

David Hart at The Slowly Boiled Frog should apologise to women

There is no excuse for using language that is designed to degrade and harm women.

David Hart runs The Slowly Boiled Frog blog, “A chronicle of the pursuit for LGBT equality and gun sanity”.

In his August 2 2018 article “Blowhard Bill Donohue: Thou shall not defy me” he writes (my emphasis added):

As for calling Ivanka a c**t she deserves the opprobrium because Daddy is a dick and she is an enabler. Maybe if her husband, do-nothing Jared, does some jail time courtesy of Mr. Mueller, she will gain insight into honesty. It’s a tough one because daddy tells on average about seven lies per day.

The gendered word c-sparkle is used to degrade women on the basis of their gender, even when it’s used as a slur against men or by women.  Ultimately women are the victim of its use.

I used to use this word as a slur and have since learnt that it hurts women.  I have apologised for my behaviour and no longer use this word or anything else that harms women.

Any use of the c-sparkle word is unacceptable, but moreso when it’s used by a person campaigning for equality for LGBTIQ people.

So David, I know you mean well, but if you’re going to hurt women in the process of standing up against bigotry, then I can’t support your activism and won’t read your site any more.  To that end I have unsubscribed from your blog.

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I will resume reading your blog when you reflect on this matter and realise it’s not ok to use a slur that harms women.

To all the women I’ve ever degraded just because they’re female… I’m sorry.

At times in the past I’ve made comments about women that were degrading and harmful. This is my apology.