A great new podcast on Rabble.ca has Meghan Murphy interviewing Sheila Jeffreys. It runs for an hour an a half, and is totally worth it (the intro is a bit radfem 101, but I guess it has to be there).
The programme also has some herstoric interviews with Andrea Dworkin. A lot of ground is covered in the podcast, including Sheila Jeffrey’s belief that the Third Wave is starting to form (and that thing currently called the Third Wave was nothing more than backlash dressed up as feminism). I couldn’t agree more.
Jeffreys also covers how she and other radfems such as Julie Bindel have been labelled as ‘transphobic’ and ostracised from general speaking events such as Reclaim The Night (Jeffreys in Melbourne). And how the LGBT Conference of the NUS recently went to all the time and effort, in all seriousness, to declare “Julie Bindel is vile” (I will copy this motion at the end, I was going to do a post about it).
Paraphrasing Jeffreys: “gender is the last bastion [of feminism] because it is the foundation of the subordination of women” and “[transgender/gender roles] are being defended to the death” and that “[feminists] must claw back this ground”.
I had to smile at the bit (about 1:20 in) where Jeffreys was pleased at the number of radfem blogs about, particularly those being critical of transgender and the harms (I am sure she reads at Gallus Mags actually), and mentions that [some blogs] were laughing at it [tranz], and that it was “a very naughty thing to do”. *waves back to Sheila Jeffreys* Yes I am naughty! But in all seriousness, it is strategic, and sometimes you can go a lot further with humour than in serious writings. I see it as a complimentary adjunct to regular serious blogging. And sometimes you just have to laugh. And disprove the “humourless radfem” myth. We’re a hoot!
Anyway, listen to the whole thing. It’s good.
Also embedded here:
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From page 8, LGBT Conference of the NUS:
Amendment 1 – Julie Bindle and the transphobic conference of the Royal College of Psychologists
- Conference has previously declared that Julie Bindel is a transphobe and has agreed that no representatives of NUS will “share a platform” with her because of her hateful views and statements about trans people.
- Bindle has stated on many occasions that trans people are mutilants and butchers of their bodies.
- That Julie Bindel is vile.
- To condemn the Royal College of Psychiartrists for having Bindel talk at the annual meeting on the subject of “There is no such a thing as a real woman (or a real man, for what matters). A feminist perspective on Gender Identity Disorder
- To tear down the vile concept of Gender Identity Disorder as a vicious and hurtful bandage that Bindle and transphobes wrap trans people up in!