Intolerance

I was “no-platformed” in my hometown this week, because months ago and in a completely unrelated context I said “if a person has a penis he’s a man.” I stand by that statement; my views on the subject are formally articulated here. I am ashamed of venues that cave to bullies. They deleted the event page but not before these screenshots were taken.

“Tolerance” is no longer a liberal value. Now the word is “inclusion”, which actually means “silence everyone I disagree with.” I was able to have a productive and valuable conversation with Jordan Peterson, in spite of – or perhaps because of – our differences. It’s not hard; respect, civility, and tolerance are values we share. Meanwhile so-called “left” ideologues can’t tolerate any questioning or dissent; their tactic is to bully and silence women like me.

These same screenshots were posted on Imgur yesterday; in the middle of the night they all vanished. New link here, but it too can be disappeared at any time. That is the world these intolerant political tactics create.

Regardless of political positions, people need to step up for free speech and tolerance. I have always supported the right to speak for everyone, especially people I disagree with. That’s what free speech is about. The alternative is fascism, which the “left” seems to be hell-bent on creating, even more than the “right” they claim to “resist.” They actually share the worst values of those they claim to oppose.

Read it and weep:

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Note: One of the first people to bully the venue is the Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois. That should give you pause.

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12 comments to Intolerance

  • Will Shetterly

    I’d love to see a movie from you on free speech. When I was young, I was naive enough to think it was a leftist value. But it’s not. It’s just a human right that authoritarians on the left and right oppose.

  • Lawrence D'Anna

    That’s awful :(

    What strikes me as particularly tragic here is the naked cowardice on display. “Our small business is not in a position to hold the forum for such a debate over these issues”. I would almost have more respect for them if they did the more typical thing, which would be to issue a simpering apology and reiterate the McCarthyist talking points. Instead they openly admit they are caving in to the bullies.

    You may not be interested in the culture war, Arcadia. But the culture war is interested in you. It’s coming for all of us, and it’s never going to stop unless people who know it’s wrong stand up and say so, and stop complying with it, stop lying on it’s behalf.

    I find it to be a strange experience, introspectively, to read your views on trans stuff. On one hand I think it’s bonkers and I could quibble for hours over every other sentence. But it doesn’t make me angry. It doesn’t make me feel threatened. What scares me and fills me with fury are these new McCarthyists that want to dictate to everyone else what they’re allowed to say and think.

  • HeidiChallenge

    I’m looking forward to the screening! I hope you’ll find another place to show your movie

  • Bugmaster

    FWIW, I think that your ideas about the male conspiracy to “colonize women’s spaces” are rather bonkers; however, de-platforming you is beyound the pale. Silencing one’s ideological opponents slides from the “bonkers” territory straight into “destructive to society”.

  • The political “left” has gone insane. Have you seen the story about the people raising “theybies”; the parents won’t say what sex (not “gender”) the kid is, not even to the kid? And they don’t even realize they are abusing the kids by doing this.

    (I’m not “right” or “left”, but the polar opposite. Both of those sides- really just different expressions of the same side– have some insane notions.)

  • Papyrus

    This is insane. Seeing these comments truly makes me despair.

    I’m wondering if, years from now, the people – especially self-identifying feminist women – who rejected and shamed the feminists speaking out against trans ideology will look back on what they have written against them and feel, well, shame. The sad part is that most women will eventually have to see the light, once the impact on women’s rights is no longer possible to deny.

    What I find striking is the belief, expressed by many commenters, that validating transgender people’s identity is somehow a moral and ethical imperative, while denying that identity amounts to denying their right to exist? How did they come up with that idea?

    Identity is merely a label chosen by someone that reflects their own interpretation of their subjective experience of gender. Of course that interpretation can be false or rooted in problematic beliefs. No one said that refusing to validate Rachel Dolezal’s “Black” identity was denying her existence and that we were morally obligated to go along with it. It was correctly acknowledged that, since this identity she’d chosen for herself was rooted in racism, it had to be challenged and criticized.

    This is exactly what’s happening with transgender identities. They are mostly rooted in sexist, essentialist principles and denial of material, medical realities. Of course they should be challenged and criticized accordingly. Why do these people think we are morally obligated to approve ? It doesn’t make any sense.

  • If I understand all this correctly, I’d have to say that I see this from a different perspective. First of all, I always desire to do the kind thing, and I think that supporting whatever persuasion another person feels about his/her own body is kinder than saying or doing things to try to separate them from what they feel. I also think that the gender of a soul could be different than the gender of the body, and I suspect that plays a part in what appears to be “gender confusion”, as viewed by people whose gender of their bodies and souls match. I also know that the Native American culture identified several genders, I think it was four…and because of the many other things I am inspired by in their culture, I honor their insight on this. I just want people to feel happy, whatever their understanding of their body-soul connection, and I am glad to contribute to that in whatever way I can. And I also fully support each person’s right to their own views. I love “Sita” and everything I’ve seen of “Seder-Masochism” and just published the third article in my “Nina Paley” series here: https://www.opednews.com/populum/submit_article.php

  • Bugmaster

    @Papyrus:
    I think you are wrong about trans identity. I also think that Nina Paley is wrong about transgenderism being some sort of an evil plot orchestrated by the Patriarchal Illuminati or whatever. At the same time, I do not fully agree with Meryl Ann Butler, either. But I would never want to prevent either of you from speaking your mind. Doing so would be much more destructive than any kind of misgendering.

  • Michael Bishop

    Almost wore out my angel of death tshirt so I today I got a new one a quilt to go with. Posted it to Instagram #Seder-Masochism.
    Say what you like, believe what you need to believe. I like you just as you are, end of story.

  • This keeps reminding me of the Seinfeld episode where he jokes about hating his dentist and is accused of being an ‘Anti-Dentite’.
    The whole world turns against Jerry for this apparently harmless opinion, until he finds one other person who agrees, a woman, who adds “Same goes for those blacks and Jews”.

    I’m sympathetic with some of Nina’s objections, but this giant thread is loaded with links to right-wing rags and their anecdata. This is getting darker.

  • The mental delusions of men are NOT civil rights. Transgender activist bullies are actively working to disappear the sex-based rights and protections of women. They are stealing positions on women’s sports teams, stealing women’s scholarships, stealing women’s leadership positions in acadamia and government, imposing on, speaking for and erasing women. Girls are being forced to share showering facilities with boys. Women need to wake and fight this nonsense. Screw being tolerant of your own erasure and legal demise as a protected sex category. I reserve the right to be intolerant of intolerance. Transgenderism is in actuality a stealth Men’s Sexual Rights movement to force women and society to accept men parading their sick sexual fetishes in public. Women are not obligated to include MEN in their private women’s circles, in their private women’s gatherings, in their private public spaces. Transgenderism is a cult of misogyny, homophobia and male ego. There is no LGBTQ movement. It’s a lie. Homosexuals have been hoodwinked into tolerating and accepting these usurpers who with their narcissistic male egos refuse to take no for an answer. Refuse to respect women’s feelings and rights to exclude men. Gender is a lie. Gender is what women want liberation from.

  • Bugmaster

    See, this is a good example of what I was talking about. Sandra Russel comes off as, shall we say, somewhat unhinged; but nonetheless, I am glad she is able to speak her mind. This way, we can discuss her ideas and actually understand why they are wrong — as opposed to just reflexively dismissing them out of hand as being “morally evil” or “offensive” or whatever.

    In general, we should avoid racism, sexism, and other type of bigotry not just because they are immoral (by today’s standards of morality), or because they make us feel bad (according to modern sensibilities), but because they are *factually incorrect*; and we will never be able to figure that out if we’re not allowed to talk about such ideas.

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