October 30, 2019
After invading all of men’s spaces under the banner of Equality, some women are uncomfortable with the idea of losing their women-only spaces to men who say they’re women.
A Canadian library has been criticised for refusing to cancel an event hosting a feminist with controversial views on transgender rights.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a branch of the Toronto Public Library as writer Meghan Murphy gave a talk inside.
The library defended its decision to allow her talk on gender identity and “society, the law and women”.
Campaigners have called Ms Murphy anti-transgender, which she denies.
Toronto police quoted by Global News said officers had been present inside and outside the event to “keep the peace.”
Global News reporter Kamil Karamali tweeted that attendees were escorted by police out the back of the building when the talk ended.
What is Meghan Murphy’s stance?
Ms Murphy says she wants to ensure the safety of women in places like female prisons, women’s refuges and changing rooms.
The idea that women need women-only spaces to ensure their safety is a tacit admission of the power men really have over women. It is an implicit portrayal of men as predators and women as prey.
If that is the case, then Equality doesn’t exist and furthermore: it is impossible for it to exist.
Ms. Murphy, by rejecting men in women’s spaces, is rejecting Equality.
What kind of feminist rejects Equality?
The kind that wants privileges.
In Canada, she has spoken against a bill that amended Canada’s rights act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender expression and identity over concerns it could undermine women’s rights by eroding their “safe spaces”.
“Under current trans activist doctrine we’re not allowed to exclude a man from a woman’s space if he says that he’s female and I find that quite dangerous and troubling,” she told the BBC.
She says she believes the transgender activist movement is “regressive and sexist” and ignores women and girls.
Women and girls can be transgender too.
Wasn’t the point of feminism that genitals and breasts don’t really mean anything and that men and women can do the same tasks?
This is what they asked for.
Genitals don’t matter.
Testosterone levels don’t matter.
Gender doesn’t matter.
Everyone is the same.
The talk’s organisers, a group called Radical Feminists Unite, have said they are “not a hate group, and we do not espouse hate speech, or advocate for the removal of rights from any marginalised group”.
The event was sold out.
Judith Taylor, from University of Toronto’s Women and Gender Studies Institute, calls Ms Murphy “basically a provocateur”.
She thinks that Ms Murphy, in asserting the rights of one group “is implicitly trying to sideline another” and disagrees with Ms Murphy that safe spaces and diversity cannot coexist.
“The more that we start embracing that diversity the better our learning and the better our strength,” she said.
Preach on, sister!
The more totally unrelated people get together with their totally opposing points of views, the fewer arguments and the more unity!
What has been the response?
Opponents to the library’s decision include Toronto Mayor John Tory, who has called it “disappointing”.
An online petition started by three local authors calling for the event to be cancelled had more than 8,000 signatures by Tuesday.
Those who signed it said they would no longer participate in library events if Ms Murphy’s talk went ahead.
Pride Toronto, the organisation behind the city’s annual pride festival, warned the library “there will be consequences to our relationship for this betrayal”.
It said in a statement that Ms Murphy’s views are “a denial of the lives, experiences and identities of trans people”.
If you say that humans with testicles and penises aren’t women, you are denying their lives.
In May, Ms Murphy was invited to the Scottish Parliament to speak on transgender issues as Edinburgh planned reforms to the Gender Recognition Act to allow people to “self-declare” their legally recognised gender.
Campaigners at the time said Ms Murphy wanted transgender equality protections “ripped apart”.
She was also banned from Twitter for stating that “men aren’t women” and for “misgendering” transgender women on the site. She has taken legal action against the company.
She should have stated that apples aren’t oranges.