Geek Feminism Statement on Dana McCallum @leeflower @GeekFeminism @AdaInitiative (USA)


Geek Feminism is a blog that “exists to support, encourage, and discuss issues facing women in geek communities, including science and technology, gaming, SF fandom, and more.”

It issued two statements regarding the rape committed by Dana McCallum, a Man who identifies as a Woman. In the statements, Geek Feminism is more concerned with mischaracterizing the views of radical feminists as “transmisogyny” than identifying Male violence perpetrated by McCallum.

The McCallum case has already been used as evidence of female-on-female violence in lesbian relationships, despite McCallum’s maleness and lack of a lesbian relationship.

Women have a right to name reality, no matter how much it offends precious ideologies that privilege Male beliefs. Despite what Geek Feminism and the victim believe about McCallum, he is, in fact, a Man. He is, in fact, not a lesbian. And Women – including Lesbians – have a right to notice this.

Re-stating our support for the victim_survivor in the Dana McCallum case _ Geek Feminism Blog

Geekfeminism Statement

2 thoughts on “Geek Feminism Statement on Dana McCallum @leeflower @GeekFeminism @AdaInitiative (USA)”

  1. McCallum was charged with five felonies, including three counts of spousal rape, one count of false imprisonment and one count of domestic violence on January 29th.

    He plead guilty to two misdemeanors….one count of domestic violence with corporal injury to the spouse (California penal code 273.5) and one count of false imprisonment (code 236)

    I’m sure the fact that he has a lot more money than the wife and could hire and expensive attorney made a difference. If they can hire a good attorney, men walk on rape charges all the time.

    “Structural power dynamics and rape culture mean it’s far more likely to be committed by cis men than by people in any other group, but that is a fact that needs to inform anti-rape organizing…”

    It’s not just “cis men”. The fact that they are “cis” or non-cis” is irrelevant. It’s the fact that they are male. Look at the crime statistics. It’s 90% male, and there are far more male registered sex offenders than female sex offenders. Bless the male of the species, but it’s true. They don’t want to admit it, but males who “identify as women” offend at the same rate as other males. There are too many examples to list here, but do the research.

    For most of his life, McCallum was a “cis man”. Please stop pretending that male socialization had nothing whatsoever to do with the alleged rape charges and guilty plea to domestic violence and corporal injury to a spouse. We aren’t allowed to say that transwomen (males who “transition”) still retain a certain degree of male socialization, and can exhibit a male pattern of criminality.

    I really do feel sorry for the soon to be ex-wife, but the poor thing has drank the Trans* Kool Aid.

    “My case is not about the genitals of my wife. Her chromosomal structure and genital configuration and that she was assigned male at birth have got NOTHING TO DO with the sexual violation of my body.”

    The fact that he was born male, socialized as male in a rape culture, and still had his penis when the alleged rapes occurred had “NOTHING TO DO with the sexual violation of my body.”

    She admits that there was a sexual violation of her body. Isn’t it true that McCallum was listed as male on the rape charges? If this abused woman really, really wants to believe that the fact that he still had his penis when the alleged rapes occurred is completely meaningless and irrelevant, then all I can say is I wish her the best.

    “You want so badly to create the “all men/penises are evil” platform, that you can’t see the anguish your comments cause me, the victim, and other victims of sexual abuse.”

    No one is saying all men are evil, but it’s a fact that 90% or rapists are male. Check out the crime statistics and see who is and isn’t incarcerated. All this isn’t the fault of evil “TERFs”. “TERFs” just tell the truth about male violence, and because of this we are the evil ones.

  2. “We also believe that at the same time, we must resist the narrative that would use this crime to de-gender or misgender McCallum
    and, by extension, trans women.”

    Great article….

    “And yet it still might, since it’s hard to keep denying that sex class analysis matters in feminism. If you can’t think why, study some de Beauvoir or some Firestone. Go out into the world and look at what is happening to women and girls. Read some Crenshaw and think about how difference matters – and what a difference being female makes. Ask whether you really believe an oppressor class’s external perception of what women are, no matter how “fluid”, gives the oppressed enough of a voice. If after all that you still believe there is some band of devil women who experience membership of a marginalised group as belonging to an exclusive club, then knock yourself out, but don’t kid yourself you’re a feminist. Allowing an oppressed class the right to their own self-definition and boundaries is Feminism 101.

    Anyhow, today I am angry. I am angry because a violent male has been sentenced to four days – just four days – in prison for a sustained sexual assault on a female victim. We are required to refer to the perpetrator as a “she”. We are asked to call the rape of a woman, using a penis, a “lesbian” assault. We are expected not to call this male violence, for that would make us “violent TERFs”. But it is male violence. It is.

    If there is a problem with terminology here – if the right to self-define clashes with the right to call violence by its proper name – then that problem is not caused by feminists. It’s caused by males who rape women and all those who refuse to identify them as such. It’s caused by a gender hierarchy which non-feminists both defend and refuse to acknowledge. Feminists don’t owe anyone a solution to the linguistic contradictions emerging from this mess. It’s not for us to tiptoe around with language so that no one feels “erased” by the description of a male penis violating female flesh. It’s not our fault. We didn’t create this gender hierarchy. We challenge it. If you prefer to micro-manage it, making tweaks here and there while those at the bottom of the pile continue to suffer, go ahead. But again you are not a feminist.”

    If a human is born male, socialized as male for twenty to thirty years of his life, how can he magically undo all male socialization once he “transitions”? Why aren’t rational people allowed to ask this question?

    This thirty year study states,

    “Second, regarding any crime, male-to-females had a significantly increased risk for crime compared to female controls (aHR 6.6; 95% CI 4.1–10.8) but not compared to males (aHR 0.8; 95% CI 0.5–1.2). This indicates that they retained a male pattern regarding criminality.”

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