Feminism and the Right

In response to Julie Bindel, who considers the wall erected by the transactivist left but also the risks of an alliance with the right: in Italy, the historical novelty -a right-wing woman premier, Giorgia Meloni- further complicates the picture. What to do then? What is happening in Spain over the horrible Ley Trans perhaps points to a good way forward for everyone

Julie Bindel and Harvey Jeni take the bull by the horns: given that for too long there has been no possibility of dialogue with the left, can radical and gender-critical feminism look to the right without taking risks? This is a theme that we in Italy are well aware of and that agitated the entire election campaign that ended with the landslide victory of a right-wing woman, Giorgia Meloni, who has never declared herself a feminist. The fact that today the right in Italy is [...]

SPAIN: SOCIALISTS AGAINST THE TRANS LEY

Unlike their Italian counterparts from the PD and the left who stand for free gender identity, the Spanish progressives break with the PSOE's transactivist policies in defence of women and children. In their manifesto the excellent arguments against what, if passed, could be the worst transactivist law in the world

Breaking with its party, the PSOE, and sending a signal to the women of the European left, who are generally aligned in defence of transactivist diktatism, the Federación de Mujeres Progresistas launches a courageous manifesto against the Trans Law wanted by the governing majority in Spain (PSOE and Podemos) and being approved by an emergency procedure, without an effective parliamentary debate or a wide public discussion. The initiative also comes in response to the clamorous break between historical Spanish feminism -united in the Contraborrado cartel- [...].

RU486 or abortion pill: myths, misunderstandings and business

Chemical abortion is sold as more free and self-determined, but it is not the solution for everyone: it is longer and more painful than surgery, sometimes less safe, and mostly serves to save the health system money, as the essay by three American feminists explains. Women must be guaranteed the right to be informed and to make an informed choice between the two options: here is a bill to make hospitals work

A few days ago we published 'When abortion matters to men'. In the post we mentioned the various methods of involuntary termination of pregnancy, including the abortion pill RU 486, also known as 'chemical abortion'. Chemical abortion is spoken of as a step forward in self-determination. Younger women in particular can get confused between 'morning-after' contraception (which must be taken within 72 hours of risky intercourse) and the abortion pill, with which pregnancy can be terminated up to the ninth week. [...]

When abortion matters to men

Totally ignored by the right and left in peacetime, the issue of abortion becomes central when men fight for their power. But if there is a 'Marche case' there is also a 'Emilia case', a red region: the same percentages of objection and no abortion pill in the consultatories. We women must not take part in this filthy dispute over our flesh, siding with one or the other supporters.

Women - or rather, so-called 'women's rights' - have been instrumentally thrown into the centre of this horrific election campaign, probably the worst ever. Not the low female employment rate, the gender pay gap, the lack of services that forces us into the living welfare part, violence and feminicide, the machismo of politics and all that we know and experience. The issue of issues is abortion, fished out of the oblivion in which it is normally confined -no party [...]

Perhaps gender identity does not exist

If it is the biologist Anna Fausto-Sterling, the first to speak about it in the 1990s, the inspiration of Judith Butler and the founder of gender theory, who is in doubt, then perhaps we are at a clamorous and definitive turning point. Stop trans laws before it is too late!

If Judith Butler is The Queen of Gender, Anna Fausto-Sterling is its goddess: zoologist, biologist and lecturer in gender studies -now at Brown University- starting from the rare genetic condition of intersexuality in the early 1990s, she was the first to attack the concept of sexual binaryity, arguing that sexuality is a spectrum and that at least five sexes can be identified ('come on, it wasn't a theory, I was being ironic, it was just a provocation' she later said. But in vain). [...]

Trans-Europe: Ireland, UK, Spain, gender laws high on political agendas

While the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss works to block gender self-certification in Scotland, the Iberian government prevents the parliamentary debate on the Ley Trans, which allows sex change even for 12 year olds, to go for approval in a hurry: that is why Spanish feminists break with the left and open dialogue with the Popular Party. Meanwhile in Ireland a professor is arrested for refusing to use fluid language

A teacher at an Irish Christian school, Enoch Burke, was suspended and then arrested for refusing to name a transgender student with a neuter pronoun. Meanwhile, new British PM Liz Truss is reportedly trying to block Scotland's plans to allow self-identification for transgender (self-id) people and has asked lawyers for advice on how to 'pause or prevent' the reforms. Truss, head of the equalities brief as well as a former foreign minister, was instrumental in ruling out [...]

Elizabeth, the last matriarch

The missing queen wielded her power so skilfully that it was invisible. A profound influence that never backfired. Wisdom, an iron sense of duty, pragmatism, emotional control and no narcissism: these are the traits of sovereignty that make her a model of female authority

Gaby Hinsliff for The Guardian Stop all watches. Unplug the phone. For once, the opening lines of WH Auden's poem, Funeral Blues, seem appropriate to the moment. Like it or not, much of public life will come to a halt in the days of mourning as broadcasters suspend their programmes and a state funeral is prepared. However long it may have been predicted, the death of the longest reigning monarch in British history is a moment [...]

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The brutal murder of Alessandra Matteuzzi, hammered to death by her ex-boyfriend, is the perfect representation of every feminicide: the murderer is not someone who loses control, but one who restores it. Her death serves to restore the balance lost as a result of the abandonment. Violence is a function of domination. It's here that one must keep one's gaze to be able to stop it

The killing of Alessandra Matteuzzi, the Bolognese woman murdered by her ex with a hammer and an iron bench, is the plastic and perfect representation of the dynamics of every feminicide. Giovanni Padovani is not crazy, he is not a drop-out, he is a young man in perfect shape, integrated in the world, even a testimonial for campaigns against violence against women. In short, you would never have guessed it. Alessandra is subjected to constant and unprecedented harassment: she has to justify every movement, every breath, [...].
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17 October 2021
An anti-censorship desk to protect lecturers gagged by queers in universities
Transactivist censorship is rapidly spreading in Italian universities, preventing the free flow of thought. What is needed is a free speech law modelled on the British Higher Education Bill. And right now it should be possible to denounce intimidation in safety, without reprisals and dismissal.
In British and American academia, the deplatforming (gagging) imposed on teachers critical of free gender identity (self-id) is a well-established phenomenon (we have reported on it several times, see here and here). It has been one of the main signs of the enormous lobbying power of transactivism. The case of Kathleen Stock, feminist and lesbian lecturer at the University of Sussex, probably marks the point of no return: you can read the story here. Stock came under very heavy attack from a trans collective at the university, [...]
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9 August 2021
Zan bill: the misogynistic hatred of those who want an anti-hate law
A very powerful, fierce, atavistic feeling, says feminist Anna Bonforte Papale. She has been bullied and insulted for days just for mentioning a Constitutional Court ruling against self-certification of gender in a debate. We have all experienced this. Zan is not yet law -if it ever will be- but censorship is already underway. And it is above all women who must keep silent
What is happening to feminist Anna Bonforte Papale (whose FB post we republish almost in its entirety) has happened to many of us many times. In this case, Bonforte has been the object of misogynistic bullying for days simply for having reported during a debate on the Zan bill (in the photo, Bonforte on the right) the passage of a Constitutional Court ruling, the 180/2017, which states: "it should be excluded that the only voluntary element can have priority or exclusive importance for the [...]
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5 June 2021
CBS news under queer attack for a broadcast on detransitioners
An episode on detransitioners on 60 Minutes, the historic programme of the American channel CBS News, was the object of warnings and threats from transactivists already in the preparation phase. The diktat is always the same: keep quiet. Only glittery propaganda allowed
The strategy of queer activism always orders silence. If politicians are discussing a bill to introduce gender self-determination, it is preferable that the media do not talk about it, and if they do talk about it, they have to say that the bill is only "against discrimination of LGBT people" and keep quiet about the rest. Any opinion that is even the slightest bit dissonant is silenced with insults, threats (chilling effect) and blackout (no platform). All this happens also in Italy, see for example [...]
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1 April 2021
Feminism and Zan law
In these hours, the LGBT+ world is mobilising to ask the Senate Justice Commission to schedule the Zan bill against homobitransphobia, misogyny and ableism, which has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies. Arcilesbica has drawn up a number of proposed amendments, without which, it says, "there is a risk of serious breakdown". These, in brief, are the proposals addressed to the centre-left senators. - in the definitions in art.1, use the clear terms of "sex, gender stereotypes, sexual orientation, transsexuality", instead of the current ambiguities (sex, gender, orientation [...]
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30 March 2021
No more censorship in universities! Gender-critical prof fighting for freedom of speech
"There is a stubbornness in me that does not tolerate being intimidated by the will of others. My courage rises at every attempt to frighten me'. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813 An earthquake is shaking Anglo-Saxon universities. Gender-critical female professors have provoked it, risking their careers by denouncing the loss of academic freedom and the intimidating climate in which sex, gender and gender identity are discussed. "The gender identity movement is erasing people's freedom of speech and the academic freedom of anyone who does not [...]
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29 March 2021
Why media, companies and advertising support Queer
With rare exceptions, the media regularly obscure any news that might create problems for the transhuman and queer business, a target that enjoys a great deal of positive attention. A few examples. There was almost complete global silence on the Keira Bell ruling in the UK, which introduced the obligation to go to court to administer puberty blockers to girls and boys: on the very same day (!), however, the media system all over the world celebrates the Hollywood transition of Ellen-Elliot Page. Hard struggles to make [...]
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25 March 2021
If social networks silence gender-critical women: interview with Alessandra Asteriti
(The interview was conducted as part of the activities of SeNonOraQuando Genova, a feminist association with a ten-year history committed to raising cultural awareness for the recognition of women in society at all levels, for their fair representation in decision-making roles, and for the elimination of violence against them). The name of Alessandra Asteriti, professor of International Law at Leuphana University in Hamburg, appeared in the Italian public debate last December 2020, when a speech she gave entitled "L'identità [...]
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24 February 2021
Criticising the trans movement? Amazon won't sell your book
It seems that nowadays it is the colossal private companies (from Amazon to Twitter to Facebook) that decide what is permissible to think-say-write, punishing you with a ban or censorship if what you think-say-write 'violates standards' (this is usually the formula). In the last few days it has been the turn of the well-known British activist Posie Parker, whose Zoom account has been temporarily suspended, with the threat of definitive blocking, for her gender-critical positions. Sometimes you're not even told in [...]
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