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.
Mary Daly, a feminist theologian granted tenure at Boston College, long battled the college over her decision to hold women-only classes. Daly correctly noted that the presence of men inhibits class discussion; the college countered her refusal violated college policy and Federal law. The college forced Daly to retire in 1999. Daly’s view of about men extended to transgender women, who are also men. She saw transsexual women, in particular, as embracing and reinforcing oppressive gender stereotypes that feminists seek to escape. She was a thesis adviser for Janice Raymond, whose 1979 book, The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male, correctly posited that transsexual women are male and act as agents of the patriarchy infiltrating women’s space. Daly died in 2010 at age 81.
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.
In June 1979, Thomas Szasz, a psychiatrist and humanist, wrote a favorable New York Times review of Dr. Janice Raymond’s book The Transsexual Empire: The Making Of The She-Male. Dr. Szasz agreed with Dr. Raymond that transsexualism is anti-feminist.
Janice Raymond responds to being disinvited from a conference on violence against women:
Letter to the Editor Published in Klassekampen, Oslo Norway September 14, 2013
I was invited to speak on August 28, 2013, as part of a panel sponsored by the Ombuds office on the subject of prostitution and the Norwegian law against the purchasing of sexual activities. The day I arrived in Oslo, the Ombuds office informed me that I had been excluded from the panel of speakers because of my views on transsexualism. In an August 27 letter to Dagbladat, four signers represented my writings as “transphobic.” The Ombuds director took as truth what was actually a misrepresentation of my views without ever asking me if this letter was a valid account of my work. Furthermore, I was invited to speak on prostitution, not transsexualism. Continue reading →