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Women Speak: Why is the ACLU Against Civil Rights for Women and Girls?

Join WoLF for a virtual chat with Idaho lawmakers and residents to discuss HB 500 - the Fairness for Women in Sports Act!On Monday, March 30, 2020, Idaho Governor Brad Little signed into law H.B. 500 – The Fairness for Women in Sports Act. This law, authored by Idaho representative (and former Division I women’s basketball player and Division I women’s basketball coach for 15 years at four universities) Barbara Ehardt, finds, among other things, that “Having separate sex-specific teams furthers efforts to promote sex equality. Sex-specific teams accomplish this by providing opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their skill, streng...

Women Speak: Why an Ohio Case Matters for Women and Girls

There is a case moving its way through the federal court system in Ohio called Meriwether v. Trustees of Shawnee State University. It involves a Christian conservative male professor at a public university (Dr. Meriwether) who was disciplined for refusing to use she/her pronouns and Ms./Miss. titles when referring to a male student. The professor sued, lost, and is appealing his case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (that appeals court is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and covers Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee). Why might a case involving a Christian conservative male professor matter to WoLF, and to women and girls general...

WoLF calls on Idaho governor to save women’s sports

The Idaho legislature recently voted 24-11 to adopt House Bill 500, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Ehardt. The bill is simple: when publicly-funded athletic teams that are separated into women's teams and men's teams, it mandates that eligibility be determined strictly on the basis of medically-verified sex, and not on the basis of subjective self-diagnosed "gender identity." Opponents argue that sports eligibility should be determined by self-identification, or in some cases based on whether the competitor has taken dangerous puberty-blocking drugs. Not only would that would be fundamentally unfair to ...

The Weinstein conviction and sentencing are a milestone for women’s rights

The fight for freedom from sexual violence, coercion, and harassment recently passed a milestone with the conviction of Harvey Weinstein on two felony sex assault charges, this February 24, 2020. Today it was announced that he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for his crimes against several scores of women. WoLF celebrates the verdict and hopes that more men will be held similarly accountable. The verdict was not ideal given that the jury failed to convict Weinstein on the charge of predatory sexual assault. Still, it represents a significant step forward, as jurors took seriously two incidents of violence for which prosecutors brought charges, ...

Suicide threats have no place in debates about child protection

WoLF submitted testimony yesterday in support of a bill that would prohibit the use of “gender transition” surgeries and hormones. Idaho House Bill 465 prohibits actions that “circumcise, excise, infibulate, or mutilate the reproductive organs and parts of a child,” as well as “medications that induce profound morphologic changes in the genitals of a child or induce transient or permanent infertility.” The removal of sex organs or sexual function has not been studied as a long-term treatment for severe depression, in spite of its permanent effects. Nonetheless, trans-activists demand that they be allowed to continue.   ...

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 ...