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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 ...

Celebrating Lesbian Visibility

In honor of today, Lesbian Day of Visibility, WoLF wishes to share this reflection on an intimate gathering about Lesbian Erasure written by our member, Kacie. Despite the snowy weather and inconvenience of a weeknight, our rented back room of a restaurant filled up with lesbians young and old. The group was an interesting mix—several silver-haired women in their 50s and 60s, a handful in their late 20s/early 30s, and most around twenty who had never been in a lesbian space outside their own kitchens. After an hour of meeting and eating, we began an informal discussion facilitated by Dr. Julia Long of the Lesbian Rights Alliance. To start ...

Statement on Supreme Court Title VII Transgender Claims

The Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) is cautiously optimistic about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review questions about how federal employment discrimination laws apply to specific types of sex discrimination claims. In one set of cases the Court will decide whether discrimination “because of . . . sex” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers claims of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, consolidated with Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda). In another case, the Court will decide whether "because of . . . sex" under Title VII covers claims of discrimination by individu...

Women’s Liberation Front statement on introduction of the Equality Act

Recently, in a Palm Springs, CA, swim center, three teenage girls were traumatized by encountering a naked man showering in the women’s locker room. They reported this to the police, who did nothing, because the man “identifies as a woman.” [1] The gender identity provisions of the Equality Act will make this state of affairs the law of the land in all 50 states, enshrining in federal law a shocking repudiation of the long-established right to bodily privacy from the opposite sex, through the lawful provision of single-sex accommodations. For the sake of the feelings of some individuals with gender identity claims, the Equality Act ...