Radfem 2013, on ideologies and repeating history.


Here we go again folks, it’s that time of year again. Early indications are arising of Radfem 2013 gathering. That means time for yet another repitition of history, yet more insults slung back and forth, and in the end what will it achieve? absolutely sod all.

Oh I tell a lie, the result will be migraines all round, sound appealing? Funny it doesn’t appeal to me either, as a result I have a proposal. Simply leave it be, all the trans community will do by attempting to block this event is to look like bullies, and make this philosophy seem edgy and radical once more, rather than challenging it via legitimate debate and facts.

The real way to stop discrimination against the trans community by a small portion of the radical feminist community is by reasonable debate and discussion, on neutral ground. By being allies in common issues rather than constantly at one anothers throats over one issue. When attacked challenge it but otherwise just leave things be and if asked to back off do it, the person may have a legitimate reason for asking.  Trans exclusionary events while offensive, and misgendering to trans people cannot be stopped from taking place. I do not see why we should try. Grant them distance when requested and place your bets on how long this event continues, I’m betting not so long. Please folks don’t block Radfem2013 . There are plenty of good people willing to speak for us, some even within radical feminism itself and when in safe neutral territory we can debate freely to our hearts content. Maybe one day people will reconsider this anachronistic policy, but we have no need to demand entry. It’s like slamming our collective heads repeatedly against a wall and makes us look like assholes. I can’t tell y’all what to do, but please, think about it okay?

7 Comments

  1. February 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I wish you every success, not only with your gathering, but in your personal lives too. Denxxx

  2. February 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    thankies, I look forward to our all inclusive event too, this is a better approach in my opinion than blocking, reasoned debate and a seperate event.

    • February 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      when a venue is set in stone and arranged I’ll post the details here.

  3. Lilith Morris said,

    April 22, 2013 at 6:40 am

    So, that worked out well. Trans activists now seen as allied with MRAs celebrating the closing down of radical feminist female-only spaces. I think it will turn out to be as big a mistake for trans activism as the alliance of the christian right and radical feminism over porn legislation was for feminism.

  4. Lilith Morris said,

    April 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    So, that didn’t work out so well (Radfem2013 blocked from using London Irish Centre by pincer movement of MRAs and transactivists). What do you think is the way forward now?

    • April 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      personally I did everything I could to oppose such actions. Amusing to see the assumption that trans activists would ever stoop so low as to work with MRA’s. I will personally make no effort to block the event and I will push that nobody else does either. Sadly every group has a lunatic fringe.

      • Lilith Morris said,

        May 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        It’s not an assumption, it’s stated quite openly (though perhaps not honestly) by some activists on tumblr/twitter. When something starts having a real life impact, you have to question whether it’s still just a lunatic fringe.


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