Terry O’Neill @Terryoneill and NOW @NationalNOW (USA)

Terry O'Neill

Terry O’Neill is a liberal feminist who heads the National Organization for Women. She recently penned an op-ed titled “Why Transphobia Is a Feminist Issue” in which she posits that feminists should right for the rights of Men to identify as Women.

O’Neill believes that transwomen “bust” stereotypes about Women. She misses the point that gender identity affirms gender as an innate trait. Even liberal feminists used to understand that gender was a social hierarchy that ensures the subordination of Women by ascribing traits (i.e., stereotypes) to Women based on our biology.  Now, according to O’Neill and other liberal feminists, gender is an individual choice that is fun to play with – especially for Men.

O’Neill features Laverne Cox as her poster child for transgender rights.  O’Neill seems unaware that Cox has advocated for the rights of incarcerated child rapists/killers and wife murderers to obtain sex reassignment surgery. O’Neill also mentions rates of violence against transgender people without noting that it is Men who perpetrate such violence. This is a spectacular failure to name the problem.

We encourage Women to stop supporting NOW, as it does not represent the interests of Women.

Why Transphobia Is a Feminist Issue _ Terry O’Neill.

 

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3 thoughts on “Terry O’Neill @Terryoneill and NOW @NationalNOW (USA)

  1. So now NOW is then. Another group of liberals decides that nothing is more important than men, especially men who “identify as women.” After decades of fighting the notion that gender is innate, we are now faced with an organization that once led the battle, turning its back and joining with the men who will profit from this betrayal. Gender identity harms women. Period.

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  2. THIS IS A VERY SIMPLISTIC ARTICLE WITH NOTHING OF SUBSTANCE. NOW HAS DRANK THE KOOL AID SO TO SPEAK, BUT FORTUNATELY THERE ARE SOME WOMEN WHO WON’T REMAIN SILENT EVEN IF THEY ARE THREATENED OR BULLIED.

    “After decades of fighting the notion that gender is innate, we are now faced with an organization that once led the battle, turning its back and joining with the men who will profit from this betrayal. Gender identity harms women. Period.”

    FIRST OF ALL, NOW CHOOSES TO IGNORE CERTAIN TOUCHY SUBJECTS BECAUSE THEY AREN’T POLITICALLY CORRECT. SECOND, NOW DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ALL WOMEN BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF WOMEN KNOW THAT LAVERNE COX IS STILL A MAN.

    RAPEY “COTTON CEILING” AND DEATH THREATS AGAINST “TERFs”. MEN WHO MURDER 13 YEAR OLD GIRLS DEMAND TAX PAYER FUNDED SEX REASSIGNMENT SURGERY. SEXUAL PREDATORS LIKE CHRISTOPHER, “JESSICA”, HAMBROOK USE “GENDER IDENTITY” LAWS TO GAIN ACCESS TO WOMEN’S HOMELESS SHELTERS. MIDDLE-AGED MALES LIKE COLLEEN FRANCIS PARADE THEIR PENIS IN FRONT OF TEENAGE GIRLS AND CLAIM “GENDER IDENTITY”.

    (1.) THE STERILIZATION OF CHILDREN IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE. I BET NOW ISN’T AWARE THAT GnRH AGONISTS AND CROSS GENDER HORMONES CAN RENDER “GENDER DYSPHORIC” CHILDREN INFERTILE. CHILDREN ARE BEING EXERIMENTED ON, AND NOW WRITES ABOUT “TRANSPHOBIA”.

    (2.) “TRANSPHOBIA” IS BAD, BUT NOW IGNORES DEATH THREATS, HATE SPEECH, AND HARASSMENT AGAINST “TERFs”. “TERFs” DESERVE TO SLOWLY DIE IN SAW-LIKE TORTURE CHAMBERS AND ARE HARASSED FOR SIMPLY SPEAKING IN PUBLIC.

    http://radfemsrespond.wordpress.com/recent-anti-feminist-hate-speech/

    http://transcriticalhate.wordpress.com/

    http://secretlyradical.blogspot.nl/2014/08/terfweek.html

    http://hipocriteequalitymichigan.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/under-hipocrites-in-the-dictionary-see-equality-michigan/

    (3.) NOW HAS NEVER HEARD OF SYNTHIA CHINA BLAST (LUIS MORALES) OR ROBERT “MICHELLE” KOSILEK. WHY WOULD LAVERNE COX SUPPORT A MAN WHO WAS CONVICTED OF MURDERING A 13 YEAR OLD BLACK GIRL? WHY DOES A MAN WHO WAS CONVICTED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE NEED SEX REASSIGNMENT SURGERY. LAVERNE COX KNEW THAT KOSILEK WAS CONVICTED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE, AND HE PROBABLY KNEW WHAT SYNTHIA CHINA BLAST WAS CONVICTED OF DOING. LUIS MORALES (SYNTHIA CHINA BLAST) WASN’T TRANS WHEN HE HELPED TO MURDER A 13 YEAR OLD BLACK GIRL, STUFFED HER DEAD BODY INTO A BOX, AND THEN SET THE BEATEN AND DEAD BODY ON FIRE.

    http://www.change.org/p/netflix-remove-laverne-cox-from-the-cast-of-orange-is-the-new-black

    http://gendertrender.wordpress.com/tag/synthia-china-blast/

    (4.) APPARENTLY, NOW THINKS THE UTTERLY LESBIAN PHOBIC “COTTON CEILING” IS A GOOD THING, AND IT’S “TRANSPHOBIC” IF LESBIANS CAN’T JUST LEARN TO LOVE PENIS ON A TRANSWOMAN WHETHER THEY WANT TO OR NOT.

    A TRANS PORN STAR SHAMELESSLY CO-OPTS SECOND WAVE FEMINIST TERMINOLOGY TO COIN A BRAND NEW “TRANS INCLUSIVE” TERM CALLED THE “COTTON CEILING” BECAUSE LESBIANS ARE BIGOTED FOR NOT WANTING PENIS ON A TRANSWOMAN.

    The term cotton ceiling is a reference to the “glass ceiling” that second wave feminist identified in the workforce, wherein women could only advance so high in the workforce but could not break through into positions of power and authority. The cotton represents underwear, signifying sex.

    There is nothing inherently male about a woman’s body, unless she identified things about it as male herself. So, no, I do not consider trans women with penises to be male-bodied, unless that is how they identify.

    This is seriously problematic for lesbians. What you are saying is lesbians – who desire sex with females – are somehow bigoted for that desire, no? That’s exactly what nontrans males say to us.

    http://factcheckme.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/the-cotton-ceiling-really/

    (5.) IT’S A FACT THAT WEALTHY MIDDLE-AGED MALES WHO “TRANSITION” IN MID LIFE HAVE FAR MORE POWER AND ECONOMIC CLOUT THAN WOMEN.

    NOW STATES,

    “Trans women face higher rates of discrimination, violence, sexual assault, and poverty”

    THE REALITY…

    THE HIGHEST PAID “FEMALE” EXECUTIVE IN THE U.S. WAS BORN WITH A PENIS AND LIVED HALF HIS LIFE AS A MAN USING HIS WHITE MALE PRIVILEDE TO CLIMB THE CORPORATE LADDER, TRAMPLING WOMEN ALONG THE WAY.

    “Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male”

    http://nymag.com/news/features/martine-rothblatt-transgender-ceo/

    LOOK AT THE EXPENSIVE CAR. DOES THIS “FEMALE” BIOLOGICAL FATHER OF THREE LOOK LIKE HE IS SUFFERING?

    FRANK MALONEY IS ANOTHER “WOMAN” BORN WITH A PENIS WHO MADE A TON OF MONEY PROMOTING BOXING MATCHES BEFORE HE “TRANSITIONED” IN MID-LIFE.

    THERE ARE NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF MEN WHO USE THEIR WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE TO ACQUIRE MORE WEALTH THAN WOMEN, AND THEN THEY “TRANSITION” AND LEAVE THE WIFE AND KIDS BEHIND.

    (6.) HAS NOW EVER HEARD OF “JANE DOE”? IT’S A MIRACLE THAT THIS VIOLENT ADOLESCENT MALE DIDN’T SERIOUSLY INJURE OF KILL A GIRL OR FEMALE STAFF MEMBER. WHAT WAS A VIOLENT ADOLESCENT MALE DOING IN A JUVENILE FACILITY FOR GIRLS? IT’S ALL “GENDER IDENTITY”. THANKFULLY, THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT CAME TO ITS SENSES BEFORE HE KILLED A FEMALE GUARD.

    IF THE SYLVIA RIVERA LAW PROJECT AND LAVERNE COX HAD THEIR WAY, “JANE DOE” WOULD STILL BE TERRORIZING GIRLS AND FEMALE CORRECTIONAL WORKERS.

    “…November 2013 pleaded guilty to assault on an officer”

    “Director of CJTS testified there were eleven occasions in which police were called to either a facility or program regarding an incident with the respondent.”

    “A supervisor from juvenile detention center in Bridgeport stated the respondent exhibited assaultive behaviors toward staff members, other juveniles….The supervisor stated that her behavior was more severe than other residents.

    ….CJTS director…specific behaviors that make the respondent especially dangerous and difficult to secure: an inability to de-escalate, targeting of female staff, and smearing feces……”…”The respondent then ripped at her (female correctional officer) and bit her, leaving puncture wounds. All three fell to the ground, after which the respondent, wearing army boots kicked and assaulted the staff member in the head, arm, face, and ear. The assaulted officer believes she was kicked six times. She estimated that the respondent weighed approximately 180 pounds and stood five foot eight inches compared to her 135 pounds and five foot five inches..”

    http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/upload/2014/05/janedoe-redacted.pdf

    (7.) I BET NOW HAS NEVER HEARD OF PAULA WITHERSPOON, RICHARD, “SHERRI”, MASBRUCH, ROBERT, “MICHELLE”, KOSILEK, KENNETH HUNT (KETHEENA SONEEYA), RONNY DARNELL, DOUGLAS, “DONNA”, PERRY, DAVID MEGARRY, “SANDY JO BATISTTA” AND OTHER MEN WHO “IDENTIFY AS WOMEN’ WHO HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF MURDERING WOMEN OR MOLESTING GIRLS. MEN WHO “IDENTIFY AS WOMEN” OFFEND AT THE SAME RATE AS OTHER MALES, AND MANY OF THEM STILL HAVE THEIR MALE GENITALIA.

    (8.) WHY ISN’T NOW CONCERNED WITH VIOLENCE AGAINST THE FEMALE SEX? HAS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN SUDDENLY DISAPPEARD? THERE REALLY IS NO OBJECTIVE DATA THAT SHOWS THAT TRANSGENDER IDENTIFIED PERSONS EXPERIENCE VIOLENCE ANY MORE THAN FEMALES. I AGREE THAT ALL VIOLENCE IS WRONG AND ALL HUMANS DESERVE RESPECT AND DIGNITY, BUT I DON’T BELIEVE THAT VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER IDENTIFIED PERSONS IS WORSE THAN VIOLENCE AGAINST FEMALES.

    (9.) O’Neill also mentions rates of violence against transgender people without noting that it is Men who perpetrate such violence. This is a spectacular failure to name the problem.

    BY AND LARGE, WOMEN AREN’T INVOLVED IN SERIOUS HATE CRIMES AGAINST TRANSGENDER IDENTIFIED PERSONS. MEN MURDER TRANSWOMEN, AND MALE ON MALE VIOLENCE IS TRAGIC AND DEADLY. MALES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MOST VIOLENT CRIME.

    BECAUSE MEN MURDER TRANSWOMEN (MALE ON MALE VIOLENCE), WOMEN HAVE TO OPEN UP THEIR RESTROOMS, LOCKER ROOMS, WOMEN’S SHELTERS, ETC. TO ANY MAN WHO “IDENTIFIES AS WOMAN”, THUS VIOLATING OUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY AND PLACING WOMEN AT RISK. GOOGLE CHRISTOPHER, “JESSICA”, HAMBROOK.

    (10.) IT’S A FACT THAT THE ONLY TIME VIOLENCE AGAINST A WOMAN IS A HATE CRIME IS IF THE “WOMAN” IS MALE. I SUPPORT THE INCLUSION OF TRANS PEOPLE IN HATE CRIMES LEGISLATION, BUT WHY DOES IT ONLY GOES ONE WAY. WHEN MEN LIKE “DONNA” PERRY ARE CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF THREE WOMEN BECAUSE HE CAN’T HAVE CHILDREN AND THEY CAN, AND THEY ARE WASTING IT BEING “POND SCUM”, THIS SHOULD BE A HATE CRIME.

    IF SOMEONE WAS CHARGED WITH MURDERING THREE TRANSWOMEN BECAUSE HE THOUGHT THEY WERE “POND SCUM”, TRANS ACTIVISTS AND THEIR LAWYERS WOULD BE SCREAMING “HATE CRIME”.

    WHAT RICHARD, “SHERRI”, MASBRUCH DID TO TWO WOMEN WAS A HATE CRIME. HE TIED TWO WOMEN UP AND SADISTICALLY SHOCKED THEM WITH AN ELECTRICAL WIRE BEFORE RAPING THEM. IT’S NOT A HATE CRIME BECAUSE THE VICTIMS WERE FEMALE. IF THE VICTIMS WERE TRANSWOMEN, IT COULD BE A HATE CRIME. AT ANY RATE, THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA SENT THIS MONSTER TO A WOMEN’S PRISON.

    (11.) IN ADDITION TO IGNORING DEATH THREATS AGAINST “TERFs”, NOW CONVENIENTLY IGNORES INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING TACTICS DESIGNED TO RESTRICT AND DICTATE WHAT WOMEN ARE AND ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK. THIS ORCHESTRATED SILENCING OF WOMEN IS COMING FROM TRANSGENDER ACTIVISTS WHO DO NOT TOLERATE ANY CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF HOW GENDER HARMS WOMEN.

    Last year at the Portland State University “Law and Disorder Conference” which billed itself as a “provocative space for comparative critical dialogue between activists, revolutionaries, educators, artists, musicians, scholars, dancers, actors and writers” women were attacked in a coordinated assault as they sat at a table which sold feminist books and literature. The men destroyed the books and marked up the table display with permanent markers. One of the women was also marked up by the men. Predominantly male conference onlookers by all reports allowed the attack to take place, watching in stunned silence.

    – During the opening rally of Eugene’s 2014 Take Back the Night, two female survivors of sexual assault were kicked out by student security simply because of their radical feminist politics. Both women are volunteers for a local self defense nonprofit that provides free life saving trainings to women.

    The student security members approached the two women and told them that some people (unknown to the women) felt threatened by the radical feminist politics represented by their group, and for this reason, told the women to leave. The women protested, pointing out that their behavior at the march was in keeping with the safe space policies of the University, that they had not yet even spoken to anyone else at the march, and that political differences are not justification for banishing people from public space or public events. However, the student security members made it clear that they would not take no for an answer, and continued pressuring and harassing the women until they were too uncomfortable to stay.”

    http://bendittilitbreaks.wordpress.com/blog/page/2/

    – “Last February, Keith was to be a keynote speaker at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, at the University of Oregon, in Eugene, but the student government voted to condemn her, and more than a thousand people signed a petition demanding that the address be cancelled. Amid threats of violence, six policemen escorted Keith to the lectern, though, in the end, the protest proved peaceful: some audience members walked out and held a rally, leaving her to speak to a half-empty room.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/04/woman-2

    Rachel Ivy states,

    “I’ve been stalked, intimidated, yelled at and ridiculed. More lies have been printed about me than I can count. I’ve been bullied, I’ve been harassed, threatened, and organizations and individuals who have dared to work with me has been harassed and pressured. I’ve seen my friends attacked and physically bullied for questioning the current dogma around gender…Women have written to me, or come up to me after talks, and thanked me for speaking out publicly, but told me that they could never be so public about their convictions. And I don’t blame them– they’re afraid of losing their jobs, afraid of losing their communities, afraid of getting the death threats and the stalking and the bullying, and they don’t all have the support that I’ve been lucky enough to rely on. “

    http://bendittilitbreaks.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/this-is-what-i-said-at-radfems-respond/comment-page-1/#comment-664

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  3. (12.) WHY ARE WOMEN THE ONLY HISTORICALLY OPPRESSED GROUP OF PERSONS THAT AREN’T GRANTED THE RIGHT TO DEFINE THEMSELVES? HUMANS BORN MALE SAY THEY ARE “WOMEN” AND I SAY THEY ARE NOT. WHY ARE THEY RIGHT AND AM WRONG?

    MEN BASICALLY DEFINE EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD. NOW THEY GET TO DEFINE WHO IS AND ISN’T A WOMAN.

    “Men have been adjudicating on what women are, and how they should behave, for millennia through the institutions of social control such as religion, the medical profession, psychoanalysis, the sex industry. Feminists have fought to remove the definition of what a woman is from these masculine institutions and develop their own understandings. Claims to the ‘right’ to self define ‘gender’ subject womanhood to men’s power to define it again.”

    – Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts

    (13.) SEX AND THE LIVED EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN ARE NOT THE SAME AS TRANSGENDER CONCERNS AND ISSUES. THEY ARE NOT ONE AND THE SAME, AND THEY NEVER WILL BE.

    THE 163 MILLION MISSING GIRLS FROM INDIA AND CHINA IS BASED ON BIOLOGICAL SEX NOT “GENDER”. THE FETUS IS IDENTIFIED AND ABORTED BASED ON ITS SEX. PREGNANCY, BIRTH, AND CONTRACEPTION ARE BASED ON BIOLOGICAL SEX AND FEMALE ANATOMY.

    “Postmodern and queer theorists share with transgender theorists the idea the ‘gender’ is a movable feast that can be moved into and out of, swapped and so forth. Gender, used in this sense, disappears the fixedness of sex, the biological basis that underlies the relegation of females to their sex caste. Female infants are identified by biology at birth and placed into a female sex caste which apportions them lifelong inferior status. The preference for biologically male children and the femicide of female infants, for instance, which has created a great inequality in the sex ratio in India and other countries, is based on sex and not ‘gender.’ Female foetuses are aborted and female infants are killed because of sex, not ‘gender’ discrimination. Foetuses do not have ‘gender’ or ‘gender identity’ because the forces of woman-hating culture have not had a chance to affect the way they understand themselves.” – Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts

    “Women do not decide at some point in adulthood that they would like other people to understand them to be women, because being a woman is not an ‘identity.’ Women’s experience does not resemble that of men who adopt the ‘gender identity’ of being female or being women in any respect. The idea of ‘gender identity’ disappears biology and all the experiences that those with female biology have of being reared in a caste system based on sex.” – Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts

    (14.) “GENDER” AS A EUPHEMISM CONVENIENTLY DISAPPEARED MEN AS AGENS OF MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

    As the term ‘gender’ was adopted more extensively by feminists, its meaning was transformed to mean not just the socially constructed behavior associated with biological sex, but the system of male power and women’s subordination itself, which became known as the ‘gender hierarchy’ or ‘gender order.’ Gradually, the older terms to describe this system, such as male domination, sex class and sex caste went out of fashion, with the effect that direct identification of the agents responsible for the subordination of women – men – could no longer be named. Gender, as a euphemism, disappeared men as agents of male violence against women, which is now commonly referred to as ‘gender violence.’ Increasingly, the term ‘gender’ is now used, in official forms and legislation, for instance, to stand in for the term ‘sex’ as if ‘gender’ itself is biological, and this usage has overwhelmed the feminist understanding of gender.

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