House of TERFs?

From The Hill:

For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.

Anonymous users operating from an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House were banned from editing the site for a month late on Wednesday.

The action came after a series of edits people using the IP address made to pages on the user-generated encyclopedia about transgender people that many on the site considered offensive.

The final straw came on Wednesday afternoon, when someone from the House edited the page for the Netflix hit show “Orange is the New Black” to change the characterization of an actor from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.”

Earlier this week, the account had been used to edit pages for “tranny” — a derogatory term for transgender people — as well as the annual festival Camp Trans and transphobia, the opposition to people who are trans.

“An obvious transphobe is using this IP to edit the article on transphobia,” a Wikipedia user wrote earlier this month, urging administrators to block the account.

Now I actually do want to know: Do any members of Congress employ any TERFs?

Someone using the House IP address defended the edits as an attempt to provide fairness on the subject, and said the moves were “official business” endorsed by a member of Congress.

“There’s nothing illegal about editing Wikipedia to promote official business that has been explicitly authourized [sic] by the Representative,” someone working in the House wrote in a dispute this week over some of the changes.

Hmmmm…

A pathetically bad attempt to use the ‘speech or debate’ clause to immunize terrorism against a website.

That sounds as off the mark as a claim that Maryland state sex discrimination law covered trans people even in the absence of the 2014 law which removed the special right of Maryland non-trans gays and lesbians to discriminate against trans people.

And…, And…, And…The Headline?

The body of the story is inclusive…

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..so why the Epperly-esque title?

Where Ignorance Isn’t a Hobby, Its a Profession

That, of course, would be Houston’s Republican-shilling ‘mainstream’ newspaper, the Chronk:

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The Chronk has a feature up right now about schools in the Houston area that were named after people.

Fluff, for sure, but nothing outlandish…

until you get to the listing for Hobby Elementary School.

Yes, both it and Hobby Airport were named after the William P. Hobby who served as Texas governor.

Yes, that’s a photo of him.

And, yes, that William P. Hobby served as lieutenant governor before becoming governor (following the impeachment and conviction of James “Pa” Ferguson.)

However, he was not the 37th lieutenant governor and was not the last one to serve a two-year term and did not serve as lieutenant governor for 18 years.

That would be his son, Bill Hobby, Jr.

Senior was governor from 1917 to 1921.

Junior was the 37th lieutenant governor from 1973 to 1991.

The Houston Chronk: Making a difference – a bad one.

Orange is the New Hack

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“TERFs will never again be able to claim that theirs is a nonviolent movement”

Of course, they’ve lied before so they’ll probably lie again.

In the meantime however, at TransAdvocate, Cristan Williams points out the success of #TERFweek:

Actual Radical Feminists stepped forward to share their painful history with the TERF movement. Several instances on TERF violence (and even terrorism) were uncovered and the actual history of the TERF movement has become clearer.

The key here is that trans people have facts on our side while TERFs have loud mouths, lies, a history of hegemonic systematic smothering of trans voices within LGB circles, unrepentant advocacy of employment discrimination against trans women, and violence.

Because What America Really Needs to Digest What’s Happening in Ferguson, Missouri is the Fox ‘News’ Resident Racist Felonious Perjurer

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The TERFs Haven’t Evolved

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Only their slimy wordsmithery has.

Lisa Vogel – who, as we all know (and can see above, as printed in the June 1977 issue of Sister), aided the attempt to extort an act of anti-trans-woman employment discrimination out of Olivia Records, is now putting on her Ben Stein mask and attempting to re-write history:

Michfest Responds: We Have a Few Demands Of Our Own

1. Get Your Facts Straight

As the 39th Festival closes and we turn our hearts and minds to our landmark 40th anniversary, we reiterate that Michfest recognizes trans women as women – and they are our sisters. We do not fear their presence among us, a false claim repeatedly made. What we resist – and what we will never stop fighting – is the continued erasure and disrespect for the specific experience of being born and living as female in a patriarchal, misogynist world.

Over 20 years ago, we asked Nancy Burkholder, a trans woman, to leave the Land. That was wrong, and for that, we are sorry. We, alongside the rest of the LGBTQ community, have learned and changed a great deal over our 39-year history. We speak to you now in 2014 after two decades of evolution; an evolution grown from our willingness to stay in hard conversations, just as we do every year around issues of race, ability, class and gender. Since that single incident, Festival organizers have never asked a trans woman to leave the Festival.

Really?

Cristan Williams notes in the comments to that chunk o’ revisionism:

Funny, the very next year trans women were thrown out of MWMF under threats of violence even though the Leather Dykes and the Lesbian Avengers offered body guard protection.

Funny how Lisa forgot to mention that even in 92, a MWMF survey found that most attendees welcomed trans women.

From an interview of Janis Walworth by Cristan Williams at TransAdvocate:

[Walworth:] In 1993, we went back again. There were four trans women and me in 93. We were prepared to be thrown out.  We again set up a table, like we had before and we proceeded to do our educational outreach.

Some people in the festival began harassing us and then around noon on Wednesday or Thursday, the festival security stopped by and told us that the trans women in our group would have to leave, “for their own safety.”

Cristan: For your own SAFETY? Are you saying that TERFs were talking about attacking your group?

Walworth: Tensions were definitely rising, we were told. We had scheduled to do some workshops and some folks were definitely hostile. We were told that, for our own safety, the trans women would need to leave the festival as soon as possible. It was a situation.

We had decided before all of this that if they asked us to leave, we would leave. We had all of our camping gear and had decided that we would just set up across the street from the festival.

What about 1994 and Camp Trans?

Walworth: As people were coming into the festival, we were handing out literature. The festival organizers didn’t like it. They were telling folks not to take our literature, the sheriff came out, and the park ranger came out. They would do things like wait until five in the morning when we were all asleep and blare loud music at us.

Cristan: Oh wow! So, the festival really worked to try and silence you.

Walworth: Yeah, but we kept doing our education. What we were doing was amazing, though. I mean, we had this lesbian couple come out to Camp Trans to get married. One of the trans women was a minister and this couple thought that the best place to have their wedding was at Camp Trans!

The grandmotherly women went up to the festival gate to go into the festival because she knew that she had a friend inside that she wanted to see. Since she was over 65, she didn’t have to pay and so when she got up there, the security people at the gate knew that she was from Camp Trans. They debated over what to do and they finally allowed her to go in with a security detail, “for her own protection,” they said.  She said, “Why do I need protection. I’m a grandmother. Are you saying that an old woman like me can’t go safely into your festival? What kind of place is this?”

I guess it all depends on what the definition of “evolution” is, eh Lisa?

Again, it is not the inclusion of trans women at Festival that we resist; it is the erasure of the specificity of female experience in the discussion of the space itself that stifles progress in this conversation.

Prove you’ve evolved, Lisa.

Issue this statement: “Trans women are women. Period.”

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