Protecting Girls’ Sports in New Hampshire

WoLF has submitted written testimony before the New Hampshire House Education Committee in support of HB 1251, which would protect girls’ sports teams in New Hampshire schools. Specifically, the text of the bill would add the following language to existing state law regarding discrimination in public schools: Interscholastic or intramural athletic teams or sports that are sponsored by a primary or secondary school or institution of higher education and designated for "females," "women," or "girls" shall only be open to students of the female sex.  If ...

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Promoting Security Culture

Not to endorse every word of this reference on security culture for activists, but for anyone genuinely concerned about movement disruption and infiltration, the advice it contains to just work on rejecting bad behavior in the movement is sound. If someone is doxing other people, threatening people, showing up in person to get very aggressive or encouraging that behavior in others, targeting people they know to be emotionally vulnerable (like people in recovery) to try and get a rise out of them, lying about people, sharing personal details to try and shame others, or ...

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Cancelled in New York: Friday, January 17th

An Evening With Cancelled Women: Friday, January 17th, 6-9pm, Midtown Manhattan Last November, I was sitting in a diner with an enthusiastic WoLF member in NYC, talking about how irritating it was that we all have to sneak around like criminals to have meetings. And she said we should have a big meeting in New York City, bring out some of our favorite feminists, just go for it.  After much discussion over the next few weeks, we ended up settling on January 17th, when the New York Public Library had a room free on a weekday and everyone could make it. So ...

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Regarding the scarcity of women-only spaces

The problem here isn’t one of abundance vs. “scarcity.” It’s one of a limited range of female-only spaces that are provided in the very few cases where that really matters, vs. the complete elimination of such spaces due to men being able to identify into them.

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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” ...

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New York State Democrats insult women, deny biology

[Content note: adult language, scientific illiteracy.] New York Democrats have decided to insult women by pretending in public that state committee member Emilia Decaudin is literally female, and, last month, on October 15th, by supporting his efforts to reduce women’s representation in the state party’s positions. Decaudin and his allies ended the “one male, one female” rule for Democratic State Committees, which the Velvet Chronicle notes was instituted at the behest of the women’s suffrage movement. Decaudin decided to respond to critics of ...

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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 katherine....

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Stop FGM now!

Movie poster for, “A Girl From Mogadishu.”
A new movie about female genital mutilation (FGM) is making the festival circuit. “A Girl from Mogadishu” traces the journey of Ifrah Ahmed, an Irish and Somali activist, from her days as a refugee fleeing war-torn Somalia to the present.  Recently the film played at the Mill Valley Film Festival, an annual event for established as well as emerging filmmakers, where it received a positive response from a mostly female audience. Ahmed did not attend, but the filmmaker, Mary McGuckian, took questions from the audience. McGuckian s...

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If Aimee Stephens wins, women lose

Earlier this month, in DC, when some of us were there to speak at the rally for the Harris case, a number of us got to meet again with mothers of children whose health has been stolen by the irresponsible medical transition of young people. Almost every day, WoLF board members and volunteers talk to parents who are devastated by what was done to their families. We talk with them as they struggle to understand how young people with developmental delays, who were dealing with abuse or other mental health problems, or who were made to feel like outsiders by their peers, ...

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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 ...

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