Men’s Rights Activists such as Cristan Williams, David Taylor, Wesley Bailey and Daryl Banks continue their relentless assaults on the ability of Women and Girls to discuss issues that impact us. David Taylor in particular has abused Women online for more than a year, ever since he realized that we know he is Male. These MRAs – who are not able to formulate a cogent argument without threatening Women – rely on abusive language to silence Women and Girls. In response, a new Tumblr blog documents how language is used to intimidate Women and Girls from speaking out.
The Tumblr blog, called TERF Is A Slur, shows how MRAs use “social justice” language to demonize Women, Girls (and Men and Transwomen) who understand that sex matters and that gender is oppressive. The phrase “TERF” is used to refer to anyone who understands that sex is not gender, and men cannot “become women” simply by “identifying as a woman.” Social media like Twitter are particularly useful in spreading such short, woman-hating memes.
Men’s Rights Activists plan to undermine a memorial event sponsored by Vancouver Rape Relief to commemorate the murder of 14 Women by Marc Lépine in Montreal, Canada. Those actively working to undermine the event, which features Dr. Janice Raymond, include Natalie Reed, who later claimed to back away from the protest, and Larkin Forestheart, a woman who “identifies” as a man who planned a flashmob event. Further efforts to undermine the event came from El Feministo, a sock puppet account of well-known MRA Daryl Banks, a man who suffers from autogynephilia and calls himself Sophia. Banks apparently thinks “feminist activism” means working to undermine an organisation that provides support services to Women traumatized by male violence.
Dr. Janice Raymond is an internationally regarded philosopher and feminist who has done ground breaking work around trafficking and male violence. She is scheduled to speak at a memorial event commemorating the Montreal Massacre in 1989, in which an anti-feminist, female-hating man murdered 14 women at the École Polytechnique for daring to study engineering. A men’s rights activist named El Feministo is currently harassing the organisers of the event, Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter, for asking Dr. Raymond to speak. MRAs are upset that Dr. Raymond is speaking because of her feminist critique of transgenderism as put forth in her groundbreaking book, The Transsexual Empire. Vancouver Rape Relief also supports women-only space. It is likely that El Feministo is the fringe Men’s Right’s Activist Daryl Banks, a transgender woman well-known for harassing Women.
Aaminah Khan and Daryl Banks, known on Twitter as Sophia Banks, are two minor Anti-Feminist Transgender “Activists.” Their activism consists of harassing lesbian feminists. For example, they have recently filed false abuse reports with WordPress based on a blog post on Gender Identity Watch featuring a public news story. The news story – concerning a transgender student using the girls’ room at Florence High School – was clearly obtained by Colorado television station KOAA with the full consent and participation of the transgender student and her mother. It is unclear whether the AFTAs exert similar pressure on the news station that reported the news.