Locked in a fence. Like in Kabul

Lettera aperta al Sindaco Gualtieri e alle altre autorità competenti sull’incredibile scena di discriminazione nel quartiere Centocelle a Roma: donne isolate come animali impuri per le celebrazioni di fine Ramadan. Chi ha dato il permesso per l’inaccettabile manifestazione? E che iniziative si intendono intraprendere contro questa barbarie misogina?

Al Sindaco di Roma Roberto Gualtieri Al Presidente del Municipio V Mauro Caliste Alla Commissione Pari Opportunità del Comune di Roma e p.c. Alla Ministra Pari Opportunità e Famiglia Eugenia Roccella Al Ministro dell'Interno Matteo Piantedosi Gentile Sindaco, gentile Presidente, gentili membri della Commissione Pari Opportunità, manifestiamo sgomento e sconcerto a fronte delle modalità con cui nel Municipio V della Capitale -piazza dei Mirti, quartiere Centocelle, a pochi metri dalla scuola intitolata ad Artemisia Gentileschi- si sono svolte le celebrazioni […]

UK. Cass report: no more affirmative therapy for children with gender-related problems

Pediatrician Hilary Cass' final report on child transitions comes out: offering affirmative therapy was a failure. There is no evidence on the effectiveness of puberty blockers, which should never be prescribed except in rare cases. Hormones of the opposite sex should not be given before the age of 18, and even between 18 and 25 caution should be exercised. A definitive watershed

The long-awaited final report of the Cass Review, an independent review chaired by paediatrician Hilary Cass on public health services for children and young people with 'gender dysphoria', came out this morning. Its final report and recommendations were presented to NHS England. Here are the highlights. The condemnation for affirmative therapy is final, and determined by the absolute lack of evidence that puberty blockers and opposite-sex hormones bring real benefits to children suffering from 'gender incongruence [...]

Hormone therapies on children: doctors' insurances start to run away

The risk of million-dollar claims by minors undergoing irreversible treatment who regret the 'affirmative therapy' is too high: this is why some insurance companies no longer feel like covering 'gender medicine' under their policies

Those who resist the market for the transition of gender non-conforming girls and boys know very well that almost always the turning point - as was the case in the UK with Keira Bell and in the US with Chloe Cole - is the lawsuit brought by a former child-or treated-or with blockers and hormones against the doctors who administered the 'therapy': the detransitioners' side is decisive. Then the game becomes money versus money: the money collected by the gender clinics versus the money they end up [...].

Also in Wyoming stop the transition of minors

It is the 24th US state to ban drug and surgical treatments on the bodies of gender non-conforming girls and boys. Doctors and practitioners who continue to prescribe affirmative therapy will lose their licences. Decisive in the passage of the law was the testimony - and legal action - of detransitioner Chloe Cole. A regulation banning trans-indoctrination in schools was also approved.

From next 1 July, hormone treatments and gender transition surgery of minors will be banned in Wyoming. With the passage of the law, Senate File 99, Wyoming will join 23 other US states, from Alabama to West Virginia, that have banned or severely restricted gender-affirming medicine on minors. Under the law, doctors, pharmacists and other health care providers who provide gender-affirming care could have their licences suspended or revoked. Opposed by Governor Mark Gordon, [...]

The UK has decided: no more puberty blockers for children with dysphoria. It is the ultimate turning point (in memory of Yarden Silveira, 1998-2021, killed by 'sex change')

Not only the stop at the Tavistock Clinic: no British centre for 'gender non-conforming' girls and boys will be able to prescribe puberty blockers any more. The approach will have to be solely psychological: a resounding turning point that will have knock-on effects all over the world, including Italy. One of the biggest scandals in the history of medicine is finally coming to an end: will someone pay for the thousands of irreversibly damaged minors? Recalling here one among them who lost his life because of the unscrupulousness of doctors and surgeons

The British National Health Service (NHS) announces that PUBERTY BLOCKERS WILL NO LONGER BE ADMINISTRATED TO MINORS WITH GENDER Dysphoria: this is huge and heart-warming news after years and years of fighting on the front line. So not only is the dedicated service of the Tavistock Clinic in London closing, but no centre for the treatment of minors with dysphoria will use puberty blockers any more. The decision, described as 'historic', will have knock-on effects worldwide, [...].

WPATH scandal: 'therapies' for children with dysphoria are improvised and prescribed without real consent

The World Professional Transgender Health is considered the leading global scientific and medical authority on 'gender medicine': over the past decades its standards of care have shaped the guidelines, policies and practices of governments, medical associations, public health systems and private clinics worldwide, including the WHO. But leaked documents reveal the neglect of children -including children with severe mental disorders- subjected to improvised treatments, without taking into account the long-term consequences and without being sure they were clear about what they were doing

The news manages to shock even those who have long fought against affirmative therapy - puberty blockers, hormones and surgery - for gender non-conforming minors, such as psychoanalyst David Bell who exposed the scandal at the Tavistock Clinic in London: 'Even for me the contents of these files are shocking and disturbing,' he said. "The files suggest that some WPATH members are aware that gender-affirming treatments sometimes cause very serious harm and [...]

Bodies that don't count: Judith Butler returns to the fray

In a crowded lecture at the London School of Economics, the Californian philosopher and pioneer of gender theory reiterated the cornerstones of her thinking: the materiality of sex does not exist, women do not have the exclusive right to be women and must open up to other subjects starting with Queers and pro-Palestinians, transfeminism is anti-capitalist and anti-fa for a common fight against "fascist passions". And it attacks gender-critical feminism "allied with the Right".

At one point, it seemed that Judith Butler had changed her ways. The Californian philosopher, one of the most influential of the last thirty years, a theorist of gender performativity, who had arrived along a radical constructivist path to the negation of the material consistency of gendered bodies to the point of problematising and/or dismantling the subject 'woman' itself, had acknowledged: "My definition gave rise to two contrasting interpretations: for one, everyone chooses their own gender; for the second, we are all women. had recognised: 'my definition gave rise to two conflicting interpretations: for the first, everyone chooses their own gender; for the second, we are all completely determined by gender norms [...].

A new AGEDO?

The historic Parents of Homosexuals Association has worked extensively for the acceptance and non-discrimination of gays and lesbians and today dedicates many of its initiatives to children with gender dysphoria. With an essentially affirmative approach, that is, supportive of transition. In a recent webinar it was said perhaps one should break off relations with family members who object and that reasoning about the effects of puberty blockers is off topic. To mention just a few of the more surprising statements

AGEDO (Associazione Genitori Di Omosessuali - Association of Parents of Homosexuals) was an important organisation set up in 1993 on the initiative of Paola Dall'Orto, founder and president until 2007 and awarded the title of Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica in 2009 for her work: 'The aim,' she explained, 'was to help those parents who found themselves in the same situation as us: in a state of discomfort, often despair, and almost always ignorant about the subject [...] We thought we could help these parents to know what they were not [...].
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19 June 2023
Telling about sexual harassment
A very participative research conducted by the Milano-Bicocca University and recounted in a book edited by Chiara Volpato investigates the issue in depth, revealing that harassers are in most cases known men who are part of the family, friendship and work circle. That harassment renews and reinforces the device of domination. And that -as in the case of sexual violence- the mechanism of self-blame on the part of the victims is a constant in their experiences.
The book "Telling sexual harassment. An empirical investigation' edited by Chiara Volpato (Rosenberg & Sellier, 2023) stems from the need expressed by many female students at the University of Milan-Bicocca to thoroughly investigate the phenomenon of sexual harassment. Chiara Volpato, lecturer in Social Psychology at the aforementioned university, enthusiastically accepted the proposal. The research team prepared a questionnaire that was distributed within the University and the first data that emerged was the very high and unexpected number of women [...].
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12 April 2022
Towards the abolition of surrogacy: an anthology and a debate
CIAMS publishes a multi-voice book against the uterus for rent and discusses it in an open webinar. In the meantime, in Italy, which is preparing to "welcome" the Fiera dell'Utero in Affitto (in Milan on 21-22 May), two bills are already being discussed that would extend the punishability of the practice even when carried out abroad. And a popular initiative bill is on the way
While in Italy we are preparing to "welcome" the Fair of the surrogate motherhood, scheduled for 21-22 May in a place still unknown - we will know only at the last minute - and in addition to the two bills already under discussion in the Commission of Justice of the Chamber of Deputies, proposals that call for the punishment of "surrogate motherhood even if carried out abroad, is preparing a draft law of popular initiative with a collection of signatures for a definitive stop to the practice - we will soon give details - next 28 April [...]
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7 November 2021
Story of a detransitioner called Carol
'I was simply a lesbian, but I didn't accept it'. Her story demonstrates the dangers of a 'gender affirmative' model of care that accepts patients' self-diagnosis of being trans, standard practice in American transgender medicine.
Carol had long suspected that her daily life in rural California would be easier if she were a man. Yet she was amazed at how true this was. As a 'butch' (masculine) woman, (and 'not very smiley') she had regularly been treated with mild contempt, she says. After a double mastectomy and a few months of testosterone - which gave her facial hair and a gravelly voice - 'people, cashiers, everyone, suddenly became so damn [...].
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30 October 2021
Zan draft law: calling things by their name
El verdadero nombre del proyecto de ley de Zan, bloqueado hace unos días en el Senado, debería haber sido "Proyecto de ley sobre la autocertificación de género" y no contra la homotransfobia. Ese era el verdadero objetivo, la autoidentificación, y por eso la ley se ha estancado. Sacrificar la legítima protección de las personas homosexuales y transexuales a la arrogancia del transactivismo queer.
Un breve comentario, tras archivar el proyecto de ley Zan sobre la homobi-transfobia, destinado principalmente a las hermanas y amigas no italianas que nos piden explicaciones; y a las italianas que aún no tienen claro lo que pasó. Hace más o menos un año, el proyecto de ley de Zan contra la homobiotransfobia fue aprobado en la Cámara de Diputados en medio del silencio y la desatención general. En ese momento, los medios de comunicación ocultaron por completo el debate, [...]
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30 October 2021
Zan Bill: give things their real name
The real name of Zan's bill, which was blocked a few days ago in the Senate, should have been the bill on gender self-certification and not against homotransphobia. That was the real objective, the self-id, and that is why the law has stalled. Sacrificing the rightful protection of homosexual and transsexual people to the arrogance of queer transactivism.
A brief comment, after the filing of Zan's bill on homobi-transphobia, mainly intended for the non-Italian sisters and friends who ask us to explain; and for those Italian women who are still unclear about what happened. About a year ago, Zan's bill against homobi-transphobia was approved in the Chamber of Deputies amidst general silence and inattention. At that stage, the media completely obscured the debate, while the ongoing Covid wave - in Italy the vaccination campaign had not yet begun [...].
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7 July 2021
COMMUNICATION FROM THE FEMINIST NETWORK AGAINST THE ZAN DDL #NoncancelleRete
The protection of homosexual and transsexual persons is a different game from that of gender identity, which aims to reduce human sexuality to insignificance. The two levels must be kept separate. The Senate should vote in full conscience
The Zan dossier is too important to be left to the electoral tactics and personalism of politicians. At issue, with the introduction of gender identity, is a model of civilisation in which human sexuality is reduced to insignificance, an issue that concerns everyone and everyone. We indicated the possibility of returning to the Scalfarotto bill of 2018 -then relaunched by Italia Viva- because that text, born in the centre-left, guarantees the necessary protection of homosexual and transsexual persons [...]
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25 June 2021
Trans Mission: why the push to change gender? The new film by Jennifer Lahl
The growing pressure of gender ideology, the colonisation of institutions in the West, the deleterious effects on girls and boys, the bewilderment of parents. A film-investigation in free streaming to investigate and contain the phenomenon.
Interview by Gary Powell with Jennifer Lahl "Bad ideas create victims. Our job at the CBC -Center for Bioethics and Culture- is to challenge and critique these kinds of unhealthy ideas before they cause harm to people". This is the uncompromising and unequivocal message of Jennifer Lahl, founder and president of the California-based CBC. With 25 years of experience as a former pediatric critical care nurse, hospital administrator and senior nursing executive, she is used to [...]
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3 June 2021
A feminist named Lorena
The Canary Islands passed a law allowing self-certification of gender. And only two days later, a murderer on trial for abusing and killing his cousin, declares himself a woman in order to escape the aggravating circumstances of a sexual offence. And to be detained in a women's prison. A case that shakes Spain
Feminists have been warning for a long time. And it is happening. For months Spanish feminism has been doing a great job of informing the public about the so-called "Ley Trans", which introduces the self-determination of "gender" -instead of sex- without a path of transition and psychological accompaniment, a proposal by Irene Montero, Podemos' Ministra De Igualdad. Madrid has made it clear that the proposal is not supported by the central government and has distanced itself from it, as stated by Vice-Premier Carmen Calvo, PSOE. Just a fortnight ago, [...]
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8 May 2021
8 May - 3rd March for the abolition of prostitution, pornography, reproductive exploitation of women and sex roles
The third edition of the March organised by Mujeres por la Abolición together with a hundred Spanish feminist groups and 12 other nationalities will be held today in virtual form. From 4pm live on Instagram by @radfem_italia
More than 90 feminist organisations from Spain and 12 countries have co-organised the 3rd Abolitionist March to be held this Saturday 8 May. It is promoted and organised since 2019 by Mujeres por la Abolición -Women for Abolition-, calls for the abolition of prostitution, pornography and reproductive exploitation (uterus for rent). The first edition took place in presence, in the neighbourhoods most affected by prostitution in Barcelona, with the collaboration of French comrades and the survivor Rosen Hicher. A historic day that has [...]
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17 April 2021
Obstacle writing: 'Forbidden to write' by Joanna Russ
Born in the Bronx, Jewish, lesbian, radical feminist, Joanna Russ (1937-2011) studied at Cornell with Nabokov, taught at Washington University, and in the 1960s began to publish short stories, followed by essays and novels, among which the most notable is The Female Man (1975), translated into Italian in 1989 under the same title. At the time of college, when the need to write matures in her, she realises she has no life experience, feels inadequate, thinks she cannot fit into the [...]
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9 April 2021
Bocchetti, Rossanda, Wolf: If happiness...
A glimpse of the early 1990s, a few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event that definitively sanctioned the end of the Cold War and triggered a process of upheaval in the geopolitical scenario that would be given the name of globalisation. It is 21 March 1992. Alessandra Bocchetti, a feminist and founder of the Virginia Woolf Cultural Centre in Rome, called on two protagonists and witnesses - each in her own way - of this historic transition to confront each other. In front of an audience [...]
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6 April 2021
Letter from a young feminist to Zan and the PD
By all means (social media, email), we tried to talk to Alessandro Zan, the first signatory of the bill on homobi-transphobia, misogyny and ableism, which has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies and is waiting to be examined by the Senate. We invited him to take part in a Zoom debate to present our reasons and listen to his. We offered him interviews to be published in the daily press. Zan has never given the slightest hint of a response, and this is quite serious for an elected parliamentarian who, in order to legislate [...]
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