Women in politics: protection or persecution?
Scott Morrison’s loose distancing today from issues concerning women’s and women’s sports tells us two things. First, that liberals don’t understand solidarity as well as the left. And two, the cultural protection racket of the left in this country is disproportionately effective in targeting dissident women because they know the conservatives won’t ultimately protect them.
The protective racket goes like this.
Any woman who falls under the globally defined progressive doctrine will be accepted as a legitimate actor and any criticism of her, especially by a man, will be tainted with suspicion of sexism by commentators and mainstream media and left. . These women benefit from cultural and media protection against a series of attacks, whether they are misogynistic or not.
If a woman in politics shows even the slightest indication that she is culturally conservative, religious, or has biologically defined sexual boundaries, she immediately falls outside the protection racket and any abuse of her is met with a deafening silence or a look in the other direction. For these women, the problem is compounded because men and women on their side argue that women need no special protection because of their gender, even against special attacks on their gender.
The left protects its own while the right is so terribly principled that it feeds its women under the wheels of a despicable flood of abuse they are meant to face unaided.
There is a live example of cultural protection racketeering in Warringah where Katherine Deves, co-founder of Save Women’s Sport Australasia, was chosen as the Liberal candidate to take on independent Zali Steggall. The seat is far from safe for Steggall, having previously been held by Tony Abbott and seen as largely conservative.
Deves is not particularly religious and is seen as more classical-liberal than conservative, but as the founder of Save Women’s Sports Australasia she has a clear belief in defining women as a gender rather than a gender category, and therefore falls well outside the protection. racket. The wheels are already turning to unleash the usual dose of abuse and lie about Deves with a parallel order of misogyny. I wonder if she will receive protection from hers?
The protection racket works on several levels. There is a higher level, where a media organization, politician or Twitter’s “blue tick” will indicate that a person has “problematic” or “controversial” views. At this level, there will be no serious abuse or commitment; what they will say will have a tone of ‘beautiful life you have there, it would be a shame if something happened to him’.
the Guardian, described Deves as having “campaigned against the inclusion of transgender women in women’s sport”. To be more specific, Deves campaigned against the inclusion of men and boys in the sexual categories of girls and women in sport.
This subtle signal will trickle down to the second level of protection racket, activists, community organizations and smaller bloggers and publications, where the woman will have all of her tweets analyzed with every word she’s ever said about whatever. whatever, and it will be cast in the worst possible light. Exhibit A is the hit exhibit on Deves by ‘Out in Perth‘.
There is context here. Earlier this year it was alleged Out in Perth played a role in the cancellation of Karyn Lisignoli, who was sacked as CEO of Girl Guides Western Australia after complaining to her employer that she had approached Katherine Deves on social media for legal advice on the possibility of doing guides again a non-mixed organization.
Guiding has long traditions that assume the safety of female children with female leaders, based on the extremely low incidence of female sex crimes. Disturbingly, Guiding in Australia and the UK has extended the assumption of same-sex safety from women to trans-identified men.
Those fears came to fruition recently in the UK, where Girl Guides appointed a 58-year-old bus driver to oversee Rainbows, Brownies, Girl Guides and Rangers. When photos emerged of the bus driver dressed as dominatrix and holding a gun, the bus driver quit.
When reporting on Deves, Out in Perth did not mention that she was a lawyer, mother of three, married to a trader or interested in reviving small businesses. Instead, they found it important to affirm that she believed “in the theory of social contagion, arguing that exposure to information about gender identity leads children to declare that they are transgender” .
What they are referring to is a phenomenon called Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD), the sudden desire of young people to identify as “trans” after having no history of gender dysphoria. ROGD, according to the psychotherapist Stella O’Malley“Seems to manifest among a certain identifiable type of eccentric, highly intelligent, isolated, and socially awkward adolescent.”
Bernard Lane of Australian recently reported that in Sweden there has been a reduction in the number of children identifying as ‘trans’ as a result of a more balanced public broadcaster approach to transgender medicine. In the six months since Sweden aired documentaries more critical of the “affirmation” model, there was a 30% reduction in references to gender clinics in Sweden. So if Deves claimed that exposure to gender identity ideology increases gender confusion in children, it would seem that she is right.
Small seedy publications and activists who get women fired for trying to protect little girls from men and scorning the suffering of vulnerable children are the Fredos of the protection racket. They aren’t smart enough to bring in the kind of money that is involved in the “stock” industry, but they know that if their ideology meets sunlight, their whole world will crumble.
Katherine Deve’s new campaign on her Facebook page has suffered a pile of vicious trolls, instigated by well-known personalities. Deve seems to have made an increasingly ridiculous pride flag comment, and trolls are doing their best to brand her anti-gay by posting hundreds of photos of the ugly flag on her timeline. Deve’s has always advocated for lesbians and gays to uphold the rights to the dignity of their own gender, sexuality and spaces.
Under relentless trolling pressure, Deves took his personal social media accounts offline and issued an apology to the press for some of the trans content they contained, particularly in regards to the intervention. surgery in dysphoric children. Shortly after, the prime minister withdrew his support for her plea and backtracked on his earlier comments relating to Claire Chandler’s statement. Save women’s sport private member’s bill.
Once that support is flimsy, the next level of protection racket will intensify, and that’s where the most vile attacks on women are. After learning that a woman is “fair game,” an army of trolls, perverts, and anonymous accounts will arrive in a woman’s inbox with pornography, rape threats, and gender-based abuse. That would almost certainly be the reality for Deve right now.
Most women in politics will suffer sexual abuse, but without a word of protection from either side, a woman’s home and family will inevitably be targeted. Scottish dissident, feminist and lesbian politician Joanna Cherry has had to flee her home due to credible threats. When a man was arrested for the threats, we finally saw a brief report of the Guardian On the question. Nothing about the flood of despicable abuse and misinformation that continues to flow unopposed by gender-critical feminists as they address the conflict of rights at the center of “trans” politics.
Deves won’t just have to deal with left-sanctioned abuse and misogyny, she’ll have to deal with willful blindness from her own side to how women are attacked in a different way than how men are attacked. Bettina Arndt recently argued to us that “the arguments for special protection for women no longer hold water”. This will only be true if women are not subjected to particular types of attacks.
Women will always face a specific type of targeted sexual assault that is unique to women and almost always from men, this is in addition to the aggression they receive from each other. We’re supposed to pretend it’s okay. We sometimes joke about “choices of dicks” and share them in private messaging for a laugh. But late at night, I received more than one message for a weary, weary powerful woman, who is suddenly terrified of falling asleep.
What I usually tell these women is that if you get 1,000 arrows shot at you, there’s bound to be a weakness in your armor. I tell them to turn off social media for a while, fix the weakness in a quiet or holy place, hug the kids, and think about all the reasons you’re doing this. But I always remind women that it’s a choice, that they can have a normal life if they shut up, if they walk away, because that’s almost always true, and braver women than me have chose to do so.
The current global LGBTQ agenda is to steal the cultural and political capital of gay people and use it to erode the legal and cultural sexual boundaries that women need to protect themselves. On the front line is the worst misogyny I’ve seen in my life, where men willingly compel the invitation to spew their two minutes of hate on dissident women.
If conservatives and centrists want to hide behind Arndt’s skirts and claim that women don’t need special protection from abuse, they can expect to see more women leaving politics and suffering from chronic illnesses. .
Amid mixed signals, I think some men are really confused about what is expected of them. But decent men can see the obvious, even once skeptical Douglas Murray conceded that the intense attack on leftist feminists is “shrouded in misogyny”.
I’m not saying that women aren’t great, or that they need men to defend them anyway, but when a woman is on your team and you’re a man, and someone an attacks him because of his gender, his gender politics, his sexual attractiveness or in a sexual manner – yes, you are supposed to stand up.
The types of scrotes that are at the lower level of this racket are almost all male, and they almost always back away faster from challenges from other males. I don’t make the rules, I just know them.
I don’t know what kind of rep Deves will be, but I wish she had a chance.
Edie Wyatt holds an Honors BA from the Institute of Cultural Policy Studies and writes on culture, politics and feminism. She tweets at @MrsEdieWyatt and blogs at ediewyatt.com
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