This whole thing feels like Gamergate pt.2
In 2013-15 feminists would get rape and death threats and threats of doxxing from alt-right gamers. Now feminists get rape, death, and doxxing threats from trans rights activists. What's the difference? The misogyny is the same. The vitriolic intolerance for basic feminist talking points is the same. Women are always getting targeted by different groups but the sentiment of woman hate is the same. I am tired of it.
I resigned from the Green Party, of which I had been a member for about 10 years, and stood in 5 local elections.
I was horrified that any debate on trans issues was not even allowed. The Stonewall orthodoxy was sacrosanct - I've never known as issue quite like it. Ordinary members who dare to even raise the issue are labelled transphobes - which is second only to racist in terms in the hierarchy of undesirable slurs.
And as frustrating is the amount of air space being given to trans issues which affects less than 1% of the population - unlike women issues who make up 51% of the population! We've got a climate and ecological emergency going on here and you're worried about what sodding pronoun you're called!
Climate action is do-or-die. But women's rights, material reality, children's health, gay rights are too important to me
Extinction Rebellion posted a transwomen are women post. Hundreds of angry replies ensued, pointing out that anti-science positions like that are akin to climate denialism, etc.. XR removed the post, and then retweeted it sans the comments. I was disillusioned with XR for other reasons, but the fact that some wielding power, within XR, are gleefully throwing women under the bus, put me over the edge. I think some XR leaders, some factions disagree, but the TRA extremists are in ascension. Climate action is do-or-die. But women's rights, material reality, children's health, gay rights are too important to me. I cannot be part of such a regressive organization.
always been to the left of the left broadly speaking but I believe in material reality and free speech so I can no longer vote Green
I've always been to the left of the left broadly speaking but I believe in material reality and free speech so I can no longer vote Green and stopped my regular donations to Extinction Rebellion due to the crazy cultish woke politics of the local group and them tweeting about terfs
A lifelong socialist and believer in equity, I am a live and let live ally to the trans community, but the push to eliminate the hard fought rights of women for an ideology built on queer theory sand has me lost politically as I can't be part of what is essentially a cult.
Women I know, all feel the same
I have been a labour supporter for 30 years... ever since I can vote in fact. However, all that has changed this year. Identity politics has revealed to me the deeply misogynistic undertones throughout the party. No party who are so keen to refer to women 'as a feeling', who fail to recognise the hard won sex based rights of women or are prepared to throw strong, feminist women under a bus has no place for me. No idea where I'll turn but as the greens and liberals are just as bad, they're out too. I suspect my voting days are over. My lesbian partner feels the same. My lesbian friends all feel the same. Women I know, all feel the same.
the dismissal of scientific TRUTH that has been known for millennia is what scares me most, it can only lead to chaos
I'm working class, 50 years old and have voted Labour all my life. I've thought about voting The Green Party because of their environmental policies. It has been distressing and infuriating to see how ideologically captured 'progressive' (the irony) parties have become; ignoring women's and lesbians rights, voices, dignity and safety concerns as well as the safeguarding of children (that has horrified me) The vicious and misogynistic activism that has targeted any women who dissent or raise concerns (usually with compassion & a request for a reasonable discussion in an attempt to protect women's and trans rights) and how it has not been condemned by Labour or The Green Party is frightening. I am now politically homeless - how could I ever vote for a party that doesn't recognise objective reality? In some ways the dismissal of scientific TRUTH that has been known for millennia is what scares me most, it can only lead to chaos. I am so proud of all the women and men who are dedicating their lives to fighting this madness. Thank you - I know that many of you have suffered professionally and personally. I am in awe of your bravery and dedication.
I cancelled my direct debit for membership of the Labour Party after people on Twitter flagged anti-women statements on their website; after I'd got sick of waiting for someone to defend Rosie Duffield; and when I realised that they'd signed up to the mantra that "transwomen are women"
How do they expect people to believe their physical, ecological, and economic arguments if their view of sex/gender is not based on evidence?
I'm in my early twenties and feel I have nowhere to go with politics. I want to be involved in politics and I have tried with some groups. I find it distressing that they claim to be helping the most vulnerable, and then advise volunteers to support policies that are actively damaging towards abused women.
I desperately want to be involved in environmental groups on the left to deal with the capitalism crisis and the climate crisis but most of what is around locally is actively anti women, and I do not want to have to pretend that men are women. How do they expect people to believe their physical, ecological, and economic arguments if their view of sex/gender is not based on evidence?
As a sexual assault survivor and a young woman on the left I feel so isolated. It feels like most friends who are at all political have swallowed gender ideology up - I want to keep those friends I have, they supported me through that assault. I can't organise with other young women on the basis of sex without being harassed and threatened or the fear of it. When talking about sexism in any way I feel pressured to include transwomen.
I try to keep volunteering with things that are not explicitly political or somewhat Momentum-esque but it's really exhausting - I want to improve the lot of women in the UK and everywhere else but the left are often denying that women exist as a sex class. They are happy to talk about women in poor countries as female but in rich countries I am supposed ignore that having XX chromosomes leads XY to treat us badly.
the concept of female biology being something taboo and offensive serves the patriarchy
I feel so disillusioned as an American feminist. It seems more and more hopeless that we can pull together a large social movement or cultural shift to make progress in fighting misogyny and women's sex-based oppression. Dividing and silencing women while making us complicit in our own exploitation under the guise of "progressiveness" and "empowerment" serves the patriarchy. Strengthening the concept of female biology being something taboo and offensive serves the patriarchy. And yet the left has bought into it, hook line and sinker.
I'm a feminist, but I don't participate in "feminist movements" anymore. I'm bisexual, but I don't participate in "the LGBT community" anymore. I'm a liberal, but I don't participate in "the left" anymore. Living in a super liberal area with super liberal friends used to feel amazing to me, but it's increasingly feeling more uncomfortable as it becomes "woke" to suppress and erase women.
I kind of wish I'd never woken up to this. I used to be a liberal feminist (or "choice feminist") who bought into gender ideology completely. It was easier to be in line with the popular beliefs in my circles, instead of putting up a front and saying things I don't believe while hiding my true beliefs in order to keep from being seen as a bigot and ostracized. And it was a lot less painful not to understand how truly hopeless things are for women, how deep into the core of society our oppression goes, and how it's getting worse for us by the day.