Concerned Canadian women on Twitter have organized a campaign to support the targets of Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv’s Human Rights Tribunal claims. Yaniv has brought Human Rights complaints against sixteen British Columbian estheticians for declining to provide waxing and other services her still-male genitalia.
Twitter users Heather Juniper, @AbsnceofEvidnce, and Holly Hutton, @HollyHutton, were distraught by the impact Yaniv’s discrimination suits had on the women and collaborated to establish a GoFundMe to raise resources for them. The campaign, which launched on July 19th, hopes to raise $70,000 to equally distribute amongst the sixteen women accused under Yaniv’s claims.
“These women don’t deserve this,” says Juniper, “They are working hard to be financially independent. At least one of them is disabled.”
Of the sixteen women, four are being represented at no cost to them by the Alberta-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. Some of the women Yaniv accused opted to settle with her out of court, fearing a lengthy and stressful process, for amounts ranging between $1,000 to $5,000. Others, according to the Justice Centre, have become completely non-responsive, some even disconnecting their phones. Of those being represented by the Justice Centre, at least three are immigrants.
SP, from Clayton Heights in Surrey, had explained to Yaniv that she had no training in waxing male genitals—a procedure called a manzillian which requires both different experience and different equipment to perform. She alleged feeling harassed by Yaniv after declining service.
MDS, an immigrant from Brazil, operated her business out of her home where small children were present, and declined services to Yaniv on the safety grounds raised by her husband. After Yaniv pursued her legally, she was forced to shut down her business. Like SP, MDS alleged felling harassed and threatened by Yaniv after declining service.
BH declined on both safety and religious grounds. A Sikh woman who immigrated to Canada, she felt uncomfortable handling male genitals in her home-based business where small children were present.
SG, a Punjabi immigrant who also declined services on religious and safety grounds, would drive to clients’ homes to perform esthetic services. Because Yaniv’s home was out of her work radius, she explained she felt unsafe, and could get lost.
She suffers from epilepsy and has suffered emotional difficulties since the case began.
While Yaniv was initially demanding $2,500 from each of the sixteen estheticians, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms has confirmed that she has since increased her financial demands to a staggering $8,000 per woman affected by her claim. The BCHRT will determine whether or not Yaniv is entitled to the alleged compensation.
Juniper and Hutton’s GoFundMe hopes to distribute $7,000 to each esthetician but recognize a challenge in that some of the estheticians have shut down public communication due to stress, trauma, fear, or for other reasons.
Juniper confirmed that if the campaign is successful, the four estheticians represented by the Justice Centre will be paid immediately through their lawyers, while the remainder of the funds are held for six months as communication with the remaining estheticians is attempted.
Any funds unable to be distributed to an esthetician will be split and donated to Vancouver Rape Relief, a rape crisis shelter defunded by the city of Vancouver for refusing to alter their policy of providing a safe space to females only, and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
Any estheticians impacted by the claims of Jessica Yaniv, and desiring to establish communication with Juniper and Hutton, are encouraged to reach out to The Post Millennial.
Eric Duncan, a newly-elected Conservative MP, says his party should change its approach to LGBTQ issues to resonate with more of the electorate.
“I think we need to work on how we make ourselves a modern Conservative party, and that includes being more inclusive on that issue,” said the new MP for Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry to CTV.
“I’m looking forward to playing a role in that and helping shape that a little bit more in the coming months and years,” said the Conservative MP, who is gay himself.
Numerous political pundits have said that CPC leader Andrew Scheer’s ambiguity on issues such as same-sex marriage hindered his chances of election.
Kory Teneycke, a former director of communications for former prime minister Stephen Harper and campaign manager for Ontario Premier Doug Ford, said that Scheer will have “big problems” with voters if his position on same-sex marriage remains unclear and “associated with bigotry.”
“In terms of actually being successful in being elected to be the prime minister of the country, I think it’s a deal-stopper,” he said.
Former Conservative minister Peter MacKay said many women turned away from the Conservatives because of Scheer’s “social conservatism.”
When asked if he still supports Scheer remaining as party leader, Duncan said he wants to hear Scheer’s explanation of the election results and how the Conservatives can gain power.
The Manchester Evening News ran a story claiming the comedian Ricky Gervais has suffered “a huge backlash” over a joke. The only problem was that there wasn’t that much backlash. Also, it’s a hilarious joke.
In fact, most of the responses to the tweet were laudatory, laughing emojis and gifs. The “backlash” was based in the journalistic bad habit of journalists finding a few Twitter accounts here and there that post distaste for something and then claiming that those couple of dissatisfied remarks quantifies a thorough backlash. It doesn’t.
A joke like Gervais’ isn’t controversial—it’s actually speaking truth to power. Gervais was vocal throughout the media coverage of Yaniv’s case over the summer. One wonders how a comic like Gervais would have been able to keep even the illusion of a straight face over a story about a woman who demanded that other people wax her balls.
It was with the full backing of legislation that Yaniv was able to harass women small business owners and bring the absurd charges. Yaniv received all of the protections under the law, complete with privacy of her name, until she revealed it herself all over social media, and the media ban on Yaniv’s identity was lifted.
Yaniv, as everyone is thankfully now aware, is emblematic of the abuse of the system that is now possible if you are from a protected class. This is why the definition of protected classes cannot include those who claim to be oppressed based on a conflation of identities that are void of any basis in biological reality.
The fact that Manchester Evening News journalist Helen Carter refers to both Yaniv (the jerk who tried to force immigrant women to touch his hairy dick and balls and then punished them when they refused by running them out of business) and Gervais (the man who simply made fun of the jerk) as equally “divisive” tells you all you need to know about her agenda.
Carter mischaracterizes Yaniv’s complaint, as well, writing that “while the tweet could have been regarded as offensive at face value, it was in relation to Jessica’s fight after trying—and failing to find a beauty salon in Canada willing to wax her male intimate area.” This is not quite the story. Yaniv sought out small business owners instead of taking her hairy balls to any of the Vancouver salons that specialize in male waxing.
Yaniv lost her case to force estheticians to wax her balls, but as Carter notes, has vowed to continue her fight for transgender rights. Perhaps the next step can be prohibiting any jokes about the absurdity of her original undertaking, or the myriad women she’s had banned from social media platforms for speaking honestly about her gender conundrum, or making sure that more leftists are blinded by their own compassion into ignoring the very serious problems this kind of inquest entails.
It would be unkind to tell a comedian that he can’t make a joke about a lady who wants to wax her balls. At some point, we have to admit that shutting off our critical faculties just so that we can force ourselves to believe that which we know is untrue, namely that ladies don’t have scrotums, is not reasonable. Gervais refused to lie to himself, and we should all do so as well.
In The Spectator, the great Twitter troll Jarvis DuPont takes all those who would bemoan Gervais’ joke to task “Despite how many times [Gervais] is educated by people with their pronouns listed in their Twitter, this only appears to make him more impervious to criticism.” He’s being sarcastic, for all those wokesters who couldn’t tell.
What we assume Carter meant to say was that there was “a huge backlash” in her gated community of elite establishment media friends who fritter away their days patting themselves on the back for the empty virtue-signalling and shrill woke-scolding they perform in 800-word think pieces day in and day out. Gervais is not the problem. Even Yaniv is not the problem. The problem is the preponderance of people wagging their fingers and telling us what is and isn’t funny.
We’re thankful for Gervais. Not only is he one of the brave comedians who will actually stand up to political correctness and the excesses of identity politics, but he consistently reminds us of how we will eventually win this wretched culture war. The key is to never stop laughing.
Toronto City Councillors voted 20-1 in support of a review of policies governing community spaces in the city, following a large protest at Toronto Public Library’s Palmerston branch over feminist Meghan Murphy’s controversial talk on “Gender Identity: What does it mean for society, the law and women?”
The review was proposed by Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam and will involve the consultation of LGBTQ+ stakeholders, many of whom were aghast at the Toronto Public Library’s pro-free speech stance.
Councilors will now investigate whether third party use of the city’s community spaces are in line and uphold the city’s policies supporting equity, diversity, and human rights, as well as those polices against discriminatory behaviour and speech.
Only one councillor present voted against the review, Stephen Holyday, who believes in “respect[ing] the autonomy of the library board to create its own policies and doesn’t like to see the council “wading into this.”
Ostensibly, Murphy’s event garnered more outrage than support, with hundreds coming to condemn Murphy for her opinion that “men cannot be women, even if they identify as trans”. At the event, Murphy said that she was astounded that so many came out to oppose that stance, “as if a strong majority of the population doesn’t agree with it.”
“Pride Toronto strongly opposes the Toronto Public Library’s decision to host and support an event with guest speaker Meghan Murphy to take place in a publicly funded space,” an open letter from Pride Toronto reads.
“It is well known Meghan Murphy asserts publicly and repeatedly that Trans women cannot be women and will always be men. This is a denial of the lives, experiences and identities of Trans people. It is a crude, hateful and hurtful assertion…”
They go on to deny the validity of Murphy’s concerns, primarily that as Trans rights are propagated, they will begin to infringe upon the rights of biological women—such as the right to women’s only bathrooms and sports. Pride Toronto responded by saying that, looking through an intersectional lens, this is simply not the case, as if Trans women, being real women, win more rights, then so do biological women by extension.
Other notable detractors of the Library were Fay and Fluffy, two drag queen readers of “Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime”, who have chosen to terminate their relationship with the Library.
With the motion to review policies surrounding community spaces, free speech, and hate speech, it is likely that this event will be the last time that the Toronto Public Library can come out unambiguously in favour of promoting free speech.
“As a public library and public institution, we have an obligation to protect free speech. When Toronto Public Library (TPL) makes meeting rooms available to the public we serve, we need to make them available to all on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use,” wrote the Toronto Public Library in a statement on October 15.
The Post Millennial interviewed Murphy last month to ask what she thought of all the controversy following her ban from Twitter and similar outrage she generated for speaking at an event in Vancouver.
In the interview, Murphy says that, in many ways, she depends on social media as a self-employed writer and speaker, and that her banning, as well as the controversy she generated, came as a total shock.
Murphy says that she didn’t realize any of her views were hateful or offensive, or even controversial, until she had been banned on Twitter. However, due to changes in Twitter’s terms of service, which were updated to include a policy on misgendering, Murphy’s trans-exclusionary feminist stance that only biological women are real women was supposedly sufficient for removing her account.
Although Lindsay Shepherd was banned for the same reason, Twitter reversed its decision in that case.
While Toronto dealt with its own Meghan Murphy-related drama, back in her home city of Vancouver, controversy is well underway regarding the third #GIDYVR Still Talking event, entitled “How Media Bias Shapes the Gender Identity Debate,” on November 2nd at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus.
Murphy will join Quillette Canadian editor Jonathan Kay and The Post Millennial’s Anna Slatz to discuss the ways media bias affects the public discourse on gender identity issues in a talk moderated by free speech activist Lindsay Shepherd and co-hosted and organized by Amy Eileen Hamm and Meghan Murphy of feministcurrent.com and SFU professor of anthropology, Mark Collard.
In a city where talks critical of gender ideology draw more protesters than Jordan Peterson or Ben Shapiro, Collard, no stranger to hosting hot-button events, says sex is “one of the most important variables to consider in relation to [evolutionary history],” but that he’s concerned about how the media have covered it.
“A lot of journalists now seem to be very confused about key issues … and some of them seem intent on denying the importance of sex as a category, period,” he said in an interview with The Post Millennial. “Given this combination of interests and concern, collaborating with the Feminist Current people on a panel looking at the media’s treatment of sex/gender was an obvious thing to do.”
Collard believes one of the roles of a professor is to facilitate public discussion about controversial issues. “I also believe that we haven’t been doing a very good job of this in recent years,” he added.
On September 25th, SFU Vice-President Academic Jon Driver released a statement defending Collard’s academic freedom to organize the event: “Universities operate on the principle that freedom of expression is a core component of intellectual enquiry and central to the pursuit of knowledge,” it read. “As such, we support the right of faculty and other SFU community members to engage in free speech within the limits of the law.”
Though SFU’s administration has stood fast, criticism has come from within the Simon Fraser Student Society. Out On Campus, an SFSS group that supports the university’s LGBTQ+ community is one of the groups organizing a protest outside the Harbour Centre campus the night of the event. The Coalition Against Trans Antagonism, which is not affiliated with SFU, is also planning to protest.
Out On Campus and the Coalition Against Trans Antagonism, a more radical group, conflict in their preferred methods of protest. According to their Facebook event listing for the protest, OOC strongly discourages “any action that would breach any laws or the Student Conduct Policy, including preventing entrance into the building, intimidating or threatening event attendees, damaging property, and engaging in violent behaviour.”
A supporter of CATA calling herself Hailey Heartless wrote a piece on Medium criticizing what she calls “an organising style rooted in academia and the protection of individuals with the ability to access it, which leaves important voices behind and may expose individuals to harm.”
OOC also liaises with police, a tactic CATA and Hailey Heartless strongly oppose—especially their work with Tim Marron, a former sergeant at The Evergreen State College who was involved in lobbying in 2008 to procure AR-15s for the campus police. Marron seems to be represented by the initials “TM” in OOC’s minutes for their first meeting about a protest, where he is said to be “experienced with protests” and advocates that OOC work to “keep protestors focused and out of trouble (e.g., obstructing entrance, sidewalks, or road, or intimating entrants).” Marron’s involvement is repeatedly mentioned in Facebook comments on OOC’s page from CATA supporters and specifically called out in Hailey Heartless’s Medium article.
The minutes also designate CATA’s messaging and approach as potentially “incompatible” with theirs.
“Neither group has reached out to me to ask me about the event,” Collard says. “Nor have any of the SFU faculty members behind the petition that calls for the event to be shut down. Not a single one.”
The event takes place November 2nd at 5:30 pm at SFU’s Harbour Centre campus. Tickets are sold out.