There are only losers in the sad saga of Jessica Yaniv
What happens when a giant tech company, a kangaroo court style human rights tribunal system, and the media all favour identity politics over facts?
The case of Jessica Yaniv occurs.
Yaniv is a transgender woman with male genitalia.
To her large army of largely fake or inactive Twitter followers she is the Editor-In-Chief of TrustedNerd.com, a model, a product reviewer, a digital marketing expert, and an LGBTQ2SIA & human rights activist.
For many outside of that circle, she is known for having been the alleged cause of both Feminist Current founder Meghan Murphy’s and free speech activist Lindsay Shepherd’s permanent bans from Twitter. For some, as described in a blog post by B.C. NDP VP and potential candidate Morgane Oger, she is known for her alleged history of potentially predatory behaviour.
This includes her apparent interest in helping 11 and 12-year-old girls insert their tampons.
But what she will soon be best known for is her attempt to take more than a dozen women, almost all of whom come from minority backgrounds to the B.C Human Rights Tribunal while also demanding money from them, to the sum of $3000 in some cases.
Because they refused to wax Jessica’s scrotum.
According to Yaniv, estheticians should be obliged to provide waxing services to a female-identifying trans person and religious and cultural views should not interfere with the ability to access that service.
“The people that discriminated against me are forcing their beliefs on society,” said Yaniv.
While Yaniv disregards the cultural or religious beliefs of the esthetician, she is making the ballsy argument that people should be forced to wax clients with male genitalia if they self-identify as a woman.
To wax a client’s penis, an individual must handle the scrotum and the shaft of the penis.
Individuals with a penis can get erections during the process, some even leak a small amount of pre-ejaculate.
While the thought of forcing anyone to handle a sexual organ as a mandatory part of their non-medical job sounds insane, especially when you consider the potential for predatory behaviour, the Human Rights Tribunal actually seems to be taking it very seriously instead of treating it as an absurd farce.
Perhaps even worse, until now, Jessica has been able to largely go about her attempt to force women into waxing her penis without serious media scrutiny.
She did this under the protection of a publication ban, in effect allowing her to flex her activist muscles to essentially bully disadvantaged women working out of their homes to provide a living for their families.
Yaniv’s alleged predatory behaviour is also not the only problematic part.
Yaniv appears to have some seriously bigoted views towards immigrants which raises a question around her intent when reaching out to many small waxing salons rather than say a larger or more specialized operation which would be equipped to deal with men.
She has actively said that immigrants lie and are dirty, while also tweeting support for police initiating the potentially discriminatory practice of street ID checks in Surrey, B.C.
Interestingly, Yaniv, who has made the complaint that immigrants lie, also lied to the many professionals she contacted, by asking if they would perform the waxing service on her while she underwent her period.
During the hearing, Jessica conceded that she was not menstruating, and had lied to the esthetician about that. It also became public that a recurring theme had occurred in which most defendants did not speak fluent English.
Jessica’s mother allegedly complained that her tax dollars would go to pay for translators required to help the women defend themselves against the complaint made by her daughter.
I could write perhaps another two thousand words on these problematic instances, but in the interest of saving time, I have linked to some of them below.
With so much content, it is more than surprising to see the overall lack of media coverage regarding Jessica Yaniv.
Outside of an independent journalist, the article response taken by Morgane Oger, our coverage, and some spotty pieces across the internet, it seems most mainstream organization will not dare report on this story in any significant depth.
Certainly, our state broadcaster with more than a billion dollars in taxpayer funding has not.
Editor’s Note: Since the publication of this article, the National Post has published on the topic.
In many ways it seems most mainstream news organizations are ready to ignore it wholeheartedly or suppress it, even if that decision were to mean a group of women without resources losing their claims because they simply refused to wax male genitalia.
Vice, alongside many other organizations, ran articles earlier this week largely celebrating the banning of Lindsay Shepherd from Twitter.
Nowhere in their articles did they mention the extremely troubling allegations around Jessica around alleged predatory behaviour.
Nope, just jubilation for a free speech activist being gagged as a result of the relatively tame online confrontation. Yes, Jessica’s identity was hidden for the case itself, but the overall lack of comment on the many other clear and public cases as well as the lack of coverage today after the dropping of the publication ban are extremely telling.
If the mainstream media wouldn’t touch this story, how can we trust them to faithfully continue representing the interest of the general public instead of only telling facts that conveniently fit their world view?
Just as importantly, how can we expect social media platforms to ethically regulate their forums if this deranged worldview informs their decision-making in curating the internet and what information and people should be silenced?
But you know what is perhaps more depressing than losing your faith in the mainstream media and social media companies because they are blinded by deranged dogma?
The fact that these situations have no winners.
In the end, there will be just losers and bigger losers.
Regardless of the outcome, dozens of women and their families have been vexed and traumatized, some have lost their business.
Should the circumstances around this story continue to grow, there will also undoubtedly be a rise in hateful conduct from bigots who choose to direct their anger towards trans individuals as a whole instead of the one bad and litigious actor in this case.
Should Jessica win, women working out of their homes who provide waxing services to women will be told that they will have to handle a penis against their will in the province of B.C
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Yet another woke record store has decided to ban British pop icon Morrissey from its shelves. This time, the Glasgow Evening Times reports that Glasgow’s “Monorail Music said it would continue to sell records by the Smiths but ‘like many of our colleagues’ would not be selling the singer’s 13th studio album, ‘I am not a dog on a chain.’”
This follows last year’s indie music store ban on Morrissey’s last album, “California Son.” Cardiff’s Spillers, which calls itself “the oldest record shop in the world,” declined to carry the record in retaliation for Morrissey’s political views. These views include support for Brexit, saying that the word “racist” is meaningless because it’s used so liberally, and that crime in London cannot be properly dealt with if the perpetrators are viewed as victims.
Morrissey responded to the last round of smears and bans by saying, “I straighten up, and my position is one of hope. The march backwards is over, and life has begun again. With voice extended to breaking point, I call for the prosperity of free speech; the eradication of totalitarian control; I call for diversity of opinion; I call for the total abolition of the abattoir; I call for peace, above all; I call for civil society; I call for a so-far unknowable end to brutalities; ‘No’ to Soviet Britain.”
Of course, the bans and smears don’t work. These kinds of actions will not stop Morrissey’s fans from buying the new album. The Guardian has consistently tried to smear Morrissey, and in response, Morrissey wore a t-shirt reading “Fuck The Guardian.” Fans know that Morrissey’s being able to speak his mind means that they are free to speak theirs, to hold opposing views, and to still listen to the new tracks Morrissey releases with consistent quality year after year.
Bookshops and record stores are not required to carry anything that they don’t wish to, obviously, but there is something sinister in the refusal to carry selections by such a popular, long-standing pop star, whose music on last year’s “California Son” was not political, and who lifts other artists through collaboration, simply because he’s not afraid to speak his mind.
Writer Fiona Dodwell responded to the ridiculous ban by tweeting: “How about businesses stock and store products and let customers choose what they want? This achieves nothing, Morrissey will still sell albums – with or without your company “banning” his records. People simply go elsewhere (and learn where NOT to shop next time!)”
How many pop stars have heterodox views but don’t say them out of fear of retaliation? Probably plenty, they just don’t say it, because they don’t want their work to suffer the same fate of being banned by distributors.
Morrissey has made his entire career out of being an iconoclast who “will not change and will not be nice.” So much the better for his fans, who strive to lead lives according to their own value systems, and not those imposed by a hypocritical society hell-bent on squashing free thought and individuality while claiming to uphold those very qualities they persistently deride.
When the new album drops on March 20, it will be interesting to see which other shops signal their virtue by refusing to carry it, and which ones instead cater to consumers and offer it for sale. Not carrying “I am not a dog on a chain” has more to do with the owner’s false sense of righteousness than punishing Morrissey. Time and time again, Morrissey has shown that he can’t be shelved and forgotten. His work is too essential and beautiful for that.
Images appeared yesterday of what is being called the world’s first transgender doll.
The images, originating from a toy store called Planeta Igrushek (Planet Of Toys) in Novosibirsk, Siberia, show a doll that appears to be a blonde girl with pigtails, a dress, and a penis.
U.K. newspaper The Sun referred to the doll as a “forward-thinking toy” and reported that social media users were outraged: “Is it ok to produce toys like that for children?” one asked.
“All they have to do is buy a medical tool kit and the kid can learn how to amputate,” said another.
Another wrote: “I think it is really terrible what is going on in this child’s parent’s head.”
“Have you considered that it could simply be a manufacturing defect? Or they accidentally put a female head on a male body?” asked another user.
Notorious trans rights activist and alleged child sex predator Jessica Yaniv has made yet another dubious claim. This time, Yaniv has accused The Post Millennial’s Amy Eileen Hamm of sexual assault.
In a post to Twitter late Wednesday night, Yaniv accused Hamm of misconduct at a British Columbia courthouse. The misconduct would have taken place while Yaniv was appearing in court on weapons charges.
In the tweet, Yaniv also accuses the B.C. Provincial Court, the B.C. Sheriff’s department, and the B.C. RCMP of doing “nothing” about the assault.
“They are investigating that, but put that BITCH behind bars,” tweeted Yaniv. “She HURTS PEOPLE and the #LGBTQ Yes I am furious.”
Yaniv falsely accused Hamm of photographing her in the women’s washroom during a recess in her recent court appearance—an accusation that the authorities on the scene were quick to dismiss.
The weapons charges stem from a livestream with YouTuber and TPM columnist Blaire White where Yaniv was attempting to clear her name of allegations against her for sexual misconduct with minors and ended up brandishing illegal weapons.
The Post Millennial reached out to Hamm, who said,“During court recess, I entered the women’s washroom and saw JY standing in the common area. I immediately backed out of the room, fearing for my own safety and not wanting to be confined in a small room with this person.”
This latest false allegation comes only days after a video of Yaniv actually assaulting reporter Keean Bexte went viral on Twitter.
Yaniv rose to prominence after filing 16 human rights complains with the provincial human rights tribunal wherein she accused numerous salons and salon workers of transphobia for their reluctance and eventual refusal to wax Yaniv’s male genitalia.
All salons that Yaniv accused of transphobia had specifically told Yaniv that they only provided their service to female genitalia. At the time of the waxing conundrum, Yaniv was still using her given male name on social media, which could have caused all the more confusion for the estheticians
Rebel Media commentator Keean Bexte announced Wednesday night he is working with RCMP in an ongoing investigation into trans activist Jessica Yaniv’s physical altercation with Bexte outside a B.C. courthouse Monday.
“Jonathan Yaniv assaulted me outside of a courthouse on Monday. And I’m very, very pleased to announce now that the RCMP are officially investigating him on criminal assault,” Bexte said in a video released on Twitter.
Yaniv could spend as much as five years in prison if found guilty.
Back on Monday, Yaniv appeared in court for prohibited weapons charges. While leaving the courthouse, Yaniv rushed at Bexte–who was asking if Yaniv would plead guilty while filming video–and attacked him. The video released went viral with millions of views.
The Rebel is also crowdfunding as it plans to file a civil suit against Yaniv as well for the attack. The media outlet prides itself in not just covering the news, but being a part of it.
“Depending on how it goes, this lawsuit could cost us as much as $40,000. But it’s about finally standing up to a bully who is so brazen that he actually felt confident attacking me, right outside a courthouse where he was already on trial for weapons offences. Someone’s got to finally stop him, and it looks like it has to be David and me,” says the Rebel article that also asks for donations to help pay for the lawsuit.
Last year Yaniv got in a physical altercation outside of her home with another Rebel Media personality, David Menzies.