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 ...

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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 ...

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Gender Dysphoria and Mental Health

The presence of a psychiatric disorder indicates a need for treatment. But, the causes of Gender Dysphoria are not understood, and therefore, it is difficult to identify the best treatment for the condition.

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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South Dakota’s Vulnerable Child Protection Act Passes Committee

January 22, 2020 WoLF Board Chair Natasha Chart and Board member Kara Dansky testified today in support of the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, introduced in the South Dakota legislature by Rep. Fred Deutsch, to prevent medical harm to children who’ve diagnosed themselves with gender identity issues. The measure will forbid doctors to prescribe drugs that block puberty, or cross-sex hormones, or to provide cosmetic surgery to remove healthy breasts or genitals, for children under 16. “It’s good that legislators are finally standing up to say that it’s ...

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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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