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South Dakota legislators falter on child sterilization

February 10, 2020 Today Kara Dansky, board member of the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) delivered testimony in support of South Dakota’s House Bill 1057, the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, introduced by Republican state Representative Fred Deutsch to prevent the sterilization of minors who self-identify as transgender. Under recent amendments the bill no longer contains a criminal penalty, but instead gives minors and parents or guardians of minors the right to file a civil lawsuit if they are harmed by doctors performing certain acts that are prohibited by the bill: performing castration, hysterectomy, mastectomy, or other "gender ...

Fighting the New Misogyny transcripts

On February 1, 2020, Meghan Murphy, Saba Malik, and Kara Dansky gave a critical analysis of gender identity and made powerful arguments for sex-based women's rights. The event took place at the beautiful Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle, Washington, despite protesters inside and outside the building. Writer Meghan Murphy spoke on the philosophical and political problems in the claims made by proponents of gender identity. Feminist and environmentalist Saba Malik addressed the way gender identity advocates compare transphobia with racism and why this is both inaccurate and offensive. Saba also read a speech by indigenous feminist Cherry ...

The abuse of civil rights laws needs to stop

Many states and cities in the U.S. have added “gender identity” to their civil rights laws, echoing similar laws in other countries. Already we have several examples of how these laws are being interpreted and applied in a way that harms women and girls, chills feminist political speech, and enables gender identity activists to bully women. The latest example arose when lesbian feminist activist Julia Beck sought redress from the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights after staff at Baltimore’s Ottobar ejected her and told her to take her “lesbian politics” elsewhere. This is a grave warning of how women will be treated under laws like the ...

Feminist objections to Drag Queen Story Hour

Below is a letter that WoLF has sent to the board of directors of the Hennepin County Public Library, which sets policy for the public libraries in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. We think it's important that libraries hear a feminist perspective on why Drag Queen Story Hour events are inappropriate for children and teens, and we encourage you to download this letter and use it as a model to communicate these objections to your local library board. WoLF Drag Queen Story Hour letter letter (Nov. 16, 2019)Download ~ ~ ~ November 16, 2019 [email protected] Katherine Blauvelt, President Hennepin County Library Admin. ...

VICTORY! Women and girls to DC lawmakers: protect survivors, not buyers and pimps

*** Update! *** The Washington Blade has reported that Councilman Charles Allen, chair of the D.C. Council Judiciary Committee, will not continue pushing the bill to decriminalize pimping and sex-buying--for now. WoLF members, residents of D.C. and the surrounding region, and other women's groups across the country are prepared to mobilize again if the bill is reintroduced. “I don’t think necessarily that there is an appetite to move it forward now,” Grosso told the Blade in discussing what may happen next with the bill. “I think right now we still have some work to do to garner support to get it moved through the full Council,” he ...

WoLF urges court: Keep male hacker out of women’s jail

Paige Thompson is a man who claims to identify as a woman. He also recently committed one of the largest data breaches on record, and has a history of threatening violence. According to news and police reports, Thompson “has a history of stalking and threatening to kill people and to get herself killed by police,” and had “threatened to shoot up an undisclosed company in May [2019], while she [sic] was living with a convicted felon who had a stockpile of pistols, rifles and ammunition.” Despite this, his lawyers claim that he is not violent, and argue that he should be released to avoid the supposed “risk of being continuously ...

PPFA’s politics are a danger to themselves and others

*See update below.* The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has now fired a doctor, their most recent president, Dr. Leana Wen, in part because she refused to use medically inaccurate language to refer to the sex of patients who become pregnant. This is according to BuzzFeed, buried under a litany of detailed, backstabbing complaints that should make anyone think twice about accepting a job as Wen’s replacement: “Two sources told BuzzFeed News that Wen also refused to use “trans-inclusive” language, for example saying “people” instead of “women” and telling staff that she believed talking about transgender issues would ...

Supporting Selina to Save Girls’ High School Sports

Dear WoLF women,Please see this letter that WoLF has submitted to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, in support of Selena Soule’s complaint against her school and track officials.Selena and her co-complainants should have had the opportunity to compete fairly, against other female athletes only. Instead, she was required to compete against male athletes who claim to be female. This is fundamentally unfair, and a set-back to the rights, privacy, and safety of women and girls. Selena is bravely taking a stand by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights.We strongly encourage feminists to write letters in support. You are ...

Update on California SB 132: Men in women’s prisons

Read WoLF's letter to the California legislature here:Download The California Assembly's Committee on Public Safety will hold a hearing on SB 132 Tuesday, June 25 at 9:00 a.m. in the State Capitol, Room 126. Any California resident can attend and give testimony. If attending the hearing is not an option, California residents can find their representative and send a note via online form, or create an account and upload your position letter. If you plan to attend, please email us at [email protected] and let us know so we can help connect you with others.

HUD plans to restore ability to provide women-only shelters and services

HUD (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) has announced that it will publish proposed regulations in September 2019 to restore the ability of HUD grantees to provide single-sex emergency shelters and services for people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. The planned regulation would overturn an Obama administration regulation that required women's shelters to accept a man's self-declared claim to "identify as women," and allow that man to share sleeping rooms, shower facilities, and trauma counseling designated exclusively for women. In April 2017, WoLF joined with women across the political spectrum, united under the ...