When Trans fanaticism joins with Political Arrogance, Freedom of Expression is the Victim

Politics makes strange bedfellows, a truism I am presently experiencing in real time as I find myself on social media supporting TERFs – Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists – in their battle against Trans ideologues regarding the charged question(s): Who/What is a woman?


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Politics makes strange bedfellows, a truism I am presently experiencing in real time as I find myself on social media supporting TERFs – Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists – in their battle against Trans ideologues regarding the charged question(s): Who/What is a woman?

The lines of that battle are pretty simply drawn.

Trans ideologues uphold one entirely subjective criterion: a woman is anyone who claims to be a woman, whether she has a vagina or a penis.

TERFs, on the other hand, say a woman is ineluctably tied to her biology, with sex-based rights resting on women’s material reality.

That happens to be my position as well: A woman is a woman. 

A trans woman is a man who identifies as a woman. (I have no problem calling trans women “she” in case you were wondering.)

The war of (mostly,  but occasionally more than) words between the two groups is heated, intense and often hate-filled.

Not just here, but in many western societies.

Well-meaning liberals are often torn on who to support as the greater victim, since both groups consider themselves feminists.

These passions are played out in real-life conundrums.

Thus, for example, it is unthinkable to TERFs that a trans woman should be considered for a job at a rape crisis centre, where space shared with a biological male can never be considered “safe” for a rape victim.

Or that a trans woman should have the right to share space with girls in a bathroom or – worse – a public locker room.

Nobody can deny that fears of male voyeurism, facilitated by gender-identity rights legislation, are unwarranted.

There have been a number of ugly incidents in which girls or women have been victimized in this way.

By contrast, all these rights are claimed for her gender peers by trans woman Morgane Oger, Vice-president of the NDP in B.C., who recently announced her candidacy for the Vancouver mayoralty. Oger, very active on social media, brooks no dissension from TERFs or anyone else who takes a science-based approach to gender politics.

In her eyes, biological males who say they are women “are” women.

Anyone saying they are not “real” women has in her eyes committed a literal hate crime.

Like me, as in what I said above.

Oger proved this when, on January 20th, a feminist attending a #MeToo-themed women’s march in Vancouver, held up a sign reading in part:

“Transwomen are men. Truth is not hate…Woman is a biological reality. Do not cis-gender me…Stop the stereotypes….I am a female.”

Captured and posted on social media, her photo went viral, and she suffered quite an unpleasant blowback as a result.

Oger went further than Twitter insults.

Sharing the image on Facebook, she wrote, “This is hate speech. Anyone know who this person is? …I feel that she has overstepped….” She continued: “We have six months for somebody to file a [human rights] complaint against this woman on the basis of gender identity.”

Oger’s invitation to “doxx” a private citizen protester – to out her personal information with a view to public exposure and retribution – resulted in more than 200 disgusted people signing an open letter to the BC NDP.

They described Oger thus: “Oger invites and escalates conflict, is unable to negotiate or reach consensus with a large portion of voters, defames and insults them, targets individuals with relentless harassment and smear campaigns, and advocates that real, material harm be inflicted on them.”

They also cited Oger’s reference to her “team of lawyers” being confident “that the act of publishing hateful material [is] the only test in this case.”

In blogger Jonathon Kneeland’s thoughtful analytical article on the broader subject, posted at newcenter.ca, “There’s a TERF war brewing: The battle between sanity and safety, and the weaponizing of transgender,” he nicely encapsulates the creepiness Oger’s actions elicited in many observers. “Morgane Oger is in a position of authority and has access to state power.

Oger publicly stated that a private citizen’s scientific understanding of biology is incorrect according to Oger’s interpretation of transgender ideology. We then have a call to public harassment and intimidation and an invitation to report to Oger for re-education….Oger and her ilk have made their position very clear: you accept my unscientific interpretation of biology, or I’ll ruin your life.”

Although her objective is chilling, Oger is at least polite in her posts. Some of her fellow travellers on Twitter are less decorous. “Is it legal to punch a TERF with a baseball bat asking for a friend”; “Kill all terfs”; “I wanna f*** some terfs up, they are no better than fash”; “Punching terfs is the same as punching Nazis”; “It’d be nice if there were roving gangs of trans women beating the shit out of transphobes, but alas, this doesn’t seem to be the case.”

(you can find them, Twitter handles and unnerving  images included, in Kneeland’s article.)

Then there’s this from @AliceAvizandum: “I heard a TERF got punched  so it’s my duty as commander of Armchair Violence Enthusiast to say: good job, nice work, keep it up.” She was doubtless referring to the story of radical feminist Maria Maclachlan who, protesting at a trans-activist event in London’s Hyde Park, was knocked down and punched by men dressed as women.

At the assault trial, Ms. Maclachkan was told by the judge that she must address her principal attacker by the pronoun of his choosing.

At this point, I think it is important to note that Oger and her minions do not speak for most trans people, who lead unpoliticized and unselfconscious private lives.

In my social interactions with non-activist trans women, I have learned that activists like Oger are an embarrassment to such people.

They wish only to live and let live.

They do not hanker for special pronouns. They have no wish to see very young children “affirmed” as trans. They willingly concede that their own dysphoria may be part of a matrix of other psychological issues.

They are perfectly comfortable with parents taking the “watch and wait” approach to children, and have no vested interest in stopping dysphoric children’s return to their natal sex. 

They voluntarily explored their own situations with objective psychologists before transitioning. And when they did, it was with mature informed consent, something that cannot be said for so many children and teenagers in the grip of this social contagion we are witnessing.

Oger’s position is favoured in the corridors of power, alas.

If Oger’s prey eventually finds herself before a human rights tribunal, it may go far beyond pronouns, perhaps ending in forced attestation to an unsupported gender theory and/or an indefinite commitment to silence on the issue. Or an onerous fine. Or even prison.

When Jordan Peterson made his deposition to the Senate in 2016 regarding the “transgender bill,” Bill C-16’s endorsement of compelled speech in the matter of pronouns, and its velvet-totalitarian potential for erosion of citizens’ speech freedoms, many people claimed he was creating a tempest in a teapot. They cannot say that now.

The tempest walks amongst us, is embraced by a mainstream provincial political party and has a name: Morgane Oger.


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  1. WILL see in Sept at the BCHumn

    Ogre and company will be testing out how much further than naming of pronouns and denying biology in Sept at the 3

  2. This article contains libellous claims that the author knew to be untrue at the time of publishing.
    Because of the author’s profile reach, I have no choice but to forward the matter to counsel.

    1. That the truth frightens you so badly that you have to lash out and threaten a lawsuit each time someone expresses disagreement is truly pathetic, and does nothing to change the facts that you want so badly to “just go away.” Perhaps it is time for you to stop trying to make everyone to shut up and march in lockstep with you. Truth will out – you can’t fight Mother Nature and win! We are on to your blackmailing tactics, and we are not intimidated!

    2. Morgane, I see you learned a new word: “libellous”. But do you know what it means? If so, kindly point out what statements you consider libellous? Your lawyers will advise your mere feeling of hurt does not mean you have been defamed. Hurtful truth is not actionable.

    3. “How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”

      “Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.” — 1984

    4. You have no choice because you are out for reversal and revenge. Unchecked power is never rational, and that’s who’s speaking here. Civil disobedience it is, and please learn how to liberal. Liberals know that civil rights come with social costs. Your will to perfect society through regulation and wielding state power like a righteous bludgeon will backfire in less than a year.

  3. Bill C16 has legislated/forced women to call men women. When men are put in positions of power over women to speak ‘as women’ to women or even more sinister ‘for women’ then women have been erased. This is happening right now. In the UK the Labour Party have put trans-women in positions of power but they call them women. This is insanity. This is Orwellian. We need to all wake up. Justin Trudeau is not a feminist. In fact the left wing agenda is erasing women. Men don’t even have to have surgery (in fact 80% of trans-women keep their penis) and they fail at men’s sports but destroy women and take the podium. This is currently happening too. You might hate TERFs but they are the ones fighting for the future of young girls.

  4. The BC Human Rights Tribunal case initiated by Mr Ogre will be Sept 10th to 13th in Vancouver . Certainly will be a test case for biology and free to comment.

  5. There is a mistake in the following sentence: “Nobody can deny that fears of male voyeurism, facilitated by gender-identity rights legislation, are unwarranted.”
    I believe that Ms. Kay meant “warranted”, as her next sentence demonstrates.

  6. Gosh, I feel bad for biological women. It will be the very end of women’s sports. But Women’s Studies helped create this monster by claiming gender was merely a “social construct”.

  7. There are many angles to this article that must be considered, from historical to scientific… to legal definitions.

    First, most transfolk don’t deny biology, period… not even these loud and proud transactivists. The definitions of the words that they are requesting/demanding are legal and social not biological. When people, like Barbara Kay use “man” instead of transwomen, as she did, she is saying that she (even if she is polite enough to use “she” pronouns) isn’t talking about biology, she’s talking about what one’s legal and social position SHOULD be. And that is what these transactivists are reacting to.

    Historically, the TERF War was not initiated by transfolk… it started jut after the Stonewall riots when in 1970, Jean O’leary got up on stage at the NY celebrations a year later to denounce transwomen as “men mocking women” by their appearance, clothing, and manner. (In essence, demanding that exclusively androphilic transwomen dress and behave like straight looking, straight acting gay men.) This attack on transwomen was right before Silvia Reviera was scheduled to speak. It was only the first salvo, the next was dissing Beth Elliott, a transwoman musician who was booed off the stage merely for being trans at a concert. Then came boycotts of Olivia Records, a for profit women’s music label for hiring a Sandy Stone, a transwoman, to help record and mix albums as she was an experienced sound engineer fired from A&M records for being trans… think on this… the women many later would call TERFs demanded that a human being who had been fired for being trans in the straight world, should be fired for being trans in the queer world. The next shot was even uglier… and entire book dedicated to dissing transfolk written by a college academic, Janice Raymond, in 1979, “The Transsexual Empire” in which she quoted approvingly a description of transwomen as being “Frankenstein’s Monsters” (simply because they had had surgical proceedures mind… how would other people who have had medical help like to be so described? What’s different about transfolk that they deserve to be so singled out with such an ugly epithet?)

    Transfolk did not really begin to push back against this mistreatment until the 1990s as part of a larger effort to gain legal protections… protections that were often sabotaged by transphobic elements within the gay and lesbian rights organizations. (I was part of those efforts.) The “TERF War” only ramped up even as the larger LGB community began showing greater acceptance and support.

    As to scientific issues… well, this is even more complicated in that indeed, INTERNAL politics withing the so called “transgender community” ramped up begining in 2003 when a popular science book was written detailing the fact that there are two (and likely only two) different biological etiologies / taxons of transwomen, one autogynephilic, one “homosexual”. Thus, the very noisy activists that one runs across are nearly all of one type only (the AGP type)… and they have been waging both the TERF War and a war on the science (google: “On The Science Of Changing Sex” for more info.).

    Remember, the TERF WAR was started by transphobic lesbians attacking the “homosexual” type but quickly morphed into a war of words with the AGP type.

  8. Thank you for this piece. If I may make one small correction, “radical feminist Maria Maclachlan who, protesting at a trans-activist event in London’s Hyde Park”. I did not define myself as a radical feminist at the time and I wasn’t protesting anything. Hyde Park was the gathering point for members of the public who wanted to go to a meeting to hear about proposed changes to legislation and how they might affect the lives of women and girls. The precise venue was kept secret because of fears that trans activists bullies would put pressure on the venue to cancel – they had already done this with the original venue. The same tran sactivists turned up to where we were gathering peacefully in the park and started to yell at us. I started filming them and was assaulted.

Barbara Kay

Barbara is a prize-winning journalist whose writing has also been featured in other large publications such as the National Post, C2C Journal Online, the New York Daily News, and more. Paired with a background in teaching literature, Barbara is also a member of the Board of Governors of the conservative student newspaper, The Prince Arthur Herald. Barbara provides sensational perspectives on everything from current news to her analysis on the sociological factors of sexism. A more in depth biography: Barbara Kay taught English Literature and Composition for multiple years, both at Concordia University and in the Quebec CEGEP system. She is a Woodrow Wilson fellow. For just under a decade, Barbara was a board member of the magazine Cité libre and a frequent contributor to its pages. to boot, Barbara has been a National Post columnist since 2003. Barbara is the co-author as well as author of a few notable publishings such as: Unworthy Creature and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter's Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love, published May 2011. However her more recent book, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, A cultural memoir and other essays, was published in 2013 by Freedom Press Canada.
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