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Meghan Murphy, Twitter and the new trans misogyny

A Canadian feminist journalist is the latest casualty of the transphobia crusade

November 26, 2018

9:40 AM

26 November 2018

9:40 AM

I woke up this morning to a private message on Twitter from a young student. She had been warned that her account would be suspended if she ‘violated the rules’ again. Her crime? Tweeting details of Sheila Jeffreys’s book, Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism. Refusing to accept the mantra ‘Trans women are women’ is, in the eyes of many now, a crime, for which there must be punishment. Everyone from massive corporate social media machines to well-meaning liberals seem to be toeing the line.

But some of us resist. Meghan Murphy for example, a Vancouver-based feminist journalist, has been permanently banned from Twitter for referring to a man who identifies as a woman as a man.

Back in August, Murphy was informed that she had ‘violated Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct.’ She had to delete a number of tweets in order to regain access to her account. The tweets in question named Lisa Kreut, a male who identifies as a women, as the individual who targeted the advertisement revenue of Meghan’s online publication, Feminist Current. Kreut had also led efforts to have the rather brilliant feminist NGO, Vancouver Rape Relief (VRR) blacklisted at the 2016 British Columbia Federation of Labour Convention. For ‘transphobia’, of course.

Murphy has been repeatedly locked out since for tweeting the likes of ‘men aren’t women,’ ‘males can’t become female,’ and ‘what is the difference between a man and a transwoman?’. Her account was suspended on Friday. Twitter cited a tweet saying ‘Yeah it’s him’ as the reason, which referred to a man named Jonathan Yaniv, who had been making appointments with female beauticians in Vancouver, asking them to perform a ‘Brazilian’ bikini wax on him. For further detail of this case, you can listen here.

In a nutshell, when the beauticians declined to effectively wax Yaniv’s balls, explaining that they only offered the service for women, Yaniv took the women (16 in total) to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, in an attempt to sue them for thousands of dollars on account of ‘discrimination,’ claiming he was a woman. Yaniv has withdrawn at least one of the cases against the beauticians – and this month comments online were discovered in which Yaniv was musing about 10-year-old girls and tampon use.

In tweeting about this case, Murphy referred to Yaniv as ‘he’. For this, she has now lost her account, and with it, the potential to promote both her paid work, and her feminist activism on Twitter.

Recently it transpired that so-called ‘deadnaming’ – referring to a previous name of a trans person – is also banned.

If deadnaming becomes officially illegal where the trans Taliban have influence – which appears to be pretty much everywhere except perhaps the Galápagos Islands – it will be perfectly legal for dangerous male sex offenders to hide their previous identity, and, in turn, apply for jobs and voluntary posts with vulnerable groups. There have been a number of cases where men who identify as women and who have committed crimes while using the threat of reporting ‘deadnamers’ to hide their past.

What has happened to Murphy will act as a deterrent to other feminists to speak out against this horror-show. The transgender extremists are the new misogynistic men’s rights movement. So-called progressive men are telling us we have to accept a dude as a woman, or we will be damned by history. I warned feminists this would happen back in 2004 when the trans Taliban first came after me after I wrote a feminist critique of trans ideology, but most were too scared or cowardly to speak out. Now is the time for us all to get brave, join forces, and shout out, ‘Enough is enough’.


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