Judy Heithmar @CriticalReading @Mr_BeardedLady (USA)

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UPDATED: “Judy Solidarity” seems unconcerned with the numerous factual errors in her “article” and seems content to regurgitate male supremacist talking points, with affirmation from Men. Nooooo, this isn’t male supremacist at all!

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"Stick in there comrade, don't let the TERFs get you down. They are hateful people."

“Stick in there comrade, don’t let the TERFs get you down. They are hateful people.” – Joshua Carmona of Dallas, Texas

Judy Heithmar is a 28-year-old men’s rights activist from Massachusetts who writes for Socialist Worker. She recently penned a non-factual “article” for the publication in which she asserts that the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival – the very last space in the United States that prioritizes the rights of Women to meet as Women – is “bigoted” for understanding that biological sex is the reason why Women are oppressed. It is unclear if she also thinks Women are bigoted by organizing around rape prevention, reproductive rights, and female-specific health care.

In her “article,” Heithmar  asserts that Cathy Brennan is a “longtime Michfest supporter,” despite the fact that Brennan attended Michfest for the first time in 2014. Additionally, she posits that Brennan “actually worked to deny transgender people legal rights and protections” despite the fact that this statement is demonstrably false. Brennan worked to pass a 2002 anti-discrimination law in Baltimore City that banned discrimination based on gender identity – the very first in the state – and she also has lobbied for a statewide bill to ban such discrimination. Brennan is also an outspoken supporter of using sex stereotyping and sex dsicrimination case law to protect gender nonconforming people – including transgender people – from discrimination.  Brennan also co-wrote a letter to the United Nations in 2011 that states:

We fully support anti-discrimination protections for transgender and transsexual people that do not run rough-shod over laws that protect females.  We support the following definition of “gender identity” – a person’s identification with the sex opposite her or his physiology or assigned sex at birth, which can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of a transsexual medical condition, or related condition, as deemed medically necessary by the American Medical Association.” Such a definition would protect the classification of sex, while simultaneously providing a cause of action for discriminatory practices on the basis of a persistent and documented “gender identity.”  We welcome people who fit into this definition into space segregated by sex in recognition of their perceived need for access and in the fervent hope that we can achieve such protection for identifiably transgender or transsexual people without harming females.

Heithmar represents the mindset of the GLBT Men’s Rights Movement, which believes that if you do not accept that Males can become Female by simply “identifying as” Female, you must be a bigot. This line of thinking is idiotic and harmful to Women.

Heithmar is in this video getting arrested for marriage equality.

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7 thoughts on “Judy Heithmar @CriticalReading @Mr_BeardedLady (USA)

  1. “But Lisa Vogel and a section of the radical feminist movement known as “TERFs”–or “trans-exclusionary radical feminists”.

    I firmly believe that ALL women have the right to voice their opinions, but I think it’s sad that some women have been essentially brainwashed. When any group of women is silenced, it hurts us all. People should ask themselves why are only “TERFs” (any woman that transgender activists dislike) receiving death threats and are harassed for just speaking in public.

    Click on the link and scroll down to see the deat threats against “TERFs”. Read the letter from Heath Atom Russell.

    http://hipocriteequalitymichigan.wordpress.com/

    Michigan Women’s Music Festival is held on privately owned property. Why is giving women one week a year on their own land so threatening to transgender activists? I can’t figure it out. Women have a right to do what they want on their own property. It’s interesting to note that no one is telling gay men that they must invite any and all transmen to their private parties, etc.

    “Feminism” should belong to all women. Therefore, women who want to do as they please on their own private property should not be harassed, bullied, and intimidated. Women who think that children shouldn’t be sterilized because they don’t fit neatly into gender roles should be respected for their beliefs. Women who know that biological males are not female have a right to their opinion. Males are human beings, and everyone is worthy of basic human dignity, but men are not female.

    I really have a problem with (1.) humans born male defining who is and isn’t a woman, and (2.) men surgically/chemically creating “women” (3.) the very idea of “gender” itself which is nothing more than culturally defined sex based stereotypes.

    http://wwomenwwarriors.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/transgenderism-is-antifeminism/

    There are serious ethical issues involved in “transitioning” young children (puberty suppression – GnRH agonists and cross gender hormones). Sterilizing children has a rather ugly past, and is often considered a human rights abuse. There is also the issue of gay and lesbian eugenics which is occurring in Iran. Also, if people are wrong about sex reassignment surgery, it does resemble mutilation. Nancy/Nathan Verlhest was so depressed after botched SRS that she begged a doctor to euthanize her. This deeply depressed woman went to her grave seriously depressed with a mutilated body.

    There are numerous ways in which “gender” harms women, and people really should read the book “Gender Hurts”.

    Again, this woman has a right to her opinion, and I also have a right to my opinion.

    • She’s entitled to her own opinion. She’s not entitled to her own facts. There is so much bullshit in this “article” that it’s difficult to understand her opinion.

  2. “We support the following definition of “gender identity” – a person’s identification with the sex opposite her or his physiology or assigned sex at birth, which can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of a transsexual medical condition, or related condition, as deemed medically necessary by the American Medical Association.”

    AB1266 requires NO documentation of any kind. Nothing…. Not even a letter from a therapist stating that “gender identity” is long standing and genuinely felt.

    I wish people would stop pretending that “gender identity” laws haven’t been abused, violating the privacy rights of women and placing girls and women at risk (Colleen Francis, Christopher, “Jessica”, Hambrook).

    If Michigan Women’s Music Festival which is held on privately owned land is supposed to let in any and ALL transwomen, how can they keep people like Christopher, “Jessica”, Hambrook or Paula Witherspoon out?

  3. “Heithmar represents the mindset of the GLBT Men’s Rights Movement, which believes that if you do not accept that Males can become Female by simply “identifying as” Female, you must be a bigot.”

    True, that is basically how it works….

    Deep down in the hearts of the majority of women, we know that men really aren’t women, and a male can’t change his sex. These women aren’t the dreaded “TERFs”.

  4. “As feminists who support a wide range of gender identities and expressions, as trans and gender-nonconforming activists, and as revolutionary Marxists, we must keep this momentum going and continue to struggle for not only the liberation of transgender
    people, but all of the oppressed in society.”

    There is nothing revolutionary about chemically/surgically altering children, and supporing Big Pharma and plastic surgeons is far from revolutionary. Transgender and the drugging of gender non-conforming children is just one part of the neoliberal post modern attack on second wave feminism. It’s no coincidence that hyper-femininity and an explosion of pornography grew during the decline of second wave feminism.

    In reality, transgender as a movement is rather regressive.

  5. Heithmare identifies as a revolutionary Marxist, but there is nothing revolutionary about what she has to say.

    (1.) Men have always felt entitled to women’s space. MTFs who “transition” in mid-life spend half their lives socialized as male, so why are people surprised when they feel entitled to women’s space, and expect to be catered to by women.
    (2.) Men have been silencing women for thousands of years…

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/21/55123/

    Why was this brilliant young woman harassed and bullied?

  6. “She’s entitled to her own opinion. She’s not entitled to her own facts. There is so much bullshit in this “article” that it’s difficult to understand her opinion.”

    True, but pesky and inconvenient facts never stopped them…..

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