On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

What a weekend. Here's all the feminist news on my radar today.

• Thousands of people across the country rallied in protest of the "not guilty" verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman—even blocking a freeway in LA. Here are six perspectives on the verdict and Racialicious compiled comments on what the verdict means. [LA Times, Bitch, Racialicious]  

• Now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted of murder and manslaughter, the NAACP is pushing the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against the man who shot Trayvon Martin. [Hip Hop Wired]

• In an interview released Monday by the Florida State Attorney's Office, a woman told authorities that George Zimmerman had molested her for years and often made negative comments about black people. [Huffington Post] 

• On Sunday night, CBS's broadcast of Big Brother came with a racism warning. [Salon] 

• In other racism-on-TV news, airline company Asiana is suing TV station KTVU for falsely reporting the names of the pilots of its plane that crashed as racist jokes like "Ho Lee Fuk." [Slate]  

• Late Friday night, the Texas Senate passed the controversial abortion-rights-restriction bill as thousands of protesters dressed in orange filled the capitol. [RH Reality Check] 

• Jacobin magazine published a piece about the anti-trans* rhetoric of "Radfems"—now they're getting sued. [Jacobin]

• And just for fun: A new Tumblr documents women's bathroom graffiti. [Girls' Room Graff] 

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Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media's online editor. She's interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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Mispresenting radical feminists

Radical feminists are womyn focused and believe the root of womyns oppression is male violence and male dominance. We are not anti trans we are anti gender because gender is a hierachy where men are always on top. Feminity is demeaning and untrue to who we are as women we want to have a look simply human and not be in a little gender box. Gender is also very capitalist and gender is not the same time as biological sex. It is sad to funfems appropating intersex people with chromosone disorders and it is called expectionalism because it is so rare and due to trans people's appropreation of intersex they have had to create their own orgs. We are against gender identity becoming law instead of the hard fought sex based protections for females we have now. Females need our woman only spaces to be free of male violence and uncolonize our minds. Trans males have used money for reproductive health care for poor females to hold 'Cotton Ceiling' workshops at Planned Parenthood which are very rapey about how lesbians (who are females attracted to females) are somehow oppressing them because they won't accept a man in a dress penis as female. I don't know if any of you trans supporters passed bio or not. Here are some ways trans rights or rather trans entitlment to female erasure harms women.

Transgender Rights: The Elimination of the Human Rights of Women

Removing the legal right of women to organize politically against sex-based oppression by males

Removing the legal right of women to assemble outside the presence of men

Removing the legal right of women to educational programs created for women outside the presence of men

Eliminating data collection of sex-based inequalities in areas where females are underrepresented

Elimination of sex-based crime statistics

Eliminating athletic programs and sports competition for women and girls

Removing the legal right of women to be free from the presence of men in areas of public accommodation where nudity occurs

Elimination of grants, scholarships, board and trustee designations, representative positions, and affirmative programs for women

Removing the legal right of women to create reproductive clinics, rape crisis services, support groups, or any organizations for females

Eliminating media and all public discourse specific to females

Removal of the right of journalists to report the sex, and history, of subjects

Eliminating the legal right of lesbians to congregate publicly

Elimination of lesbian-specific organizations and advocacy groups

Removing the legal right of women to free speech related to sex roles and gender

Elimination of the legal right of women to protection from state-enforced sex-roles (appearance/behavior/thought)

Elimination of the legal right of girls to protection from state-enforced sex-roles in public education

Elimination of the patient right of dependent females to hospital/facility bed assignments separate from males

Elimination of the right of dependent females to prefer female providers for their intimate personal care requirements

Elimination of the human right of female prisoners under state confinement to be housed separately from male prisoners

Unlike any other “social justice” venture in history, Transgender Rights are unique in that they are completely based on eliminating the human rights of women. Transgender Rights are the “right” to eliminate the human rights of women. But how can such a relatively small group eliminate the legal human rights of half of the human race? Because the transgender politic is an anti-female politic, and as such receives blanket support from all male sectors who profit from the elimination of human rights for females: the state, the conservative politic, the liberal politic, the gay politic, the “queer” politic, academia, business, commerce, media.



Sorry I typoed a bit I mean women should be able to look and act human not to be forced into the box of gender. Gender is inherently oppressive. The term TERF is misogynist and it implies that there are some radfems which accept trans politics which is not true. One cannot be a radfem without being trans critical. There is no such thing as "sex change" surgery and no "trans" to the other sex. And certainly NO "trans" "WOMEN!"
I've said this umpteen times and I'll say it again Surgically altered MEN are NOT WOMEN! Women with penises is the latest linguistic idiocy! However calling radfems transphobic is demeaning to the deaths of real transsexual males who are killed by male violence. Women are women are women. A vulva and vagina lead to something: a uterus. The ability to gestate a child. Drilling a fuckhole into yourself with never change that.
More on how the Cotton Ceiling is lesbophobic and anti woman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbgQGnpVtSQ

The charmer that's suing

The charmer that's suing Jacobin makes her money working as a lawyer for a payday lender association. We all gotta eat, but you can see her "concern for females" just shinin' through that career choice. She also helped other people file court documents trying to block the legal gender reassignment of a trans woman. I guess it's all good as long as you're hurting someone lower on the ladder than you, eh?

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