Feminist, Gender Critical Lobbying Resources – Letter & Submission Templates

Feminist, Gender Critical Lobbying Resources – Letter & Submission Templates

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A formal letter sent to the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia regarding its review of the WA Equal Opportunity Act 1984, specifically in regards to considerations of implementing provisions pertaining to “gender identity.”

A letter sent to local politicians (MP’s) regarding sex-based inequalities within the Early Years Education sector.

The COPP 4.6 Review, Report and Recommendations by Single Sex Prisons WA. The COPP 4.6 Department of Corrective Services policy allows cross-sex placement in prisons, jails and other penal facilities in WA, including youth facilities, based on self-identification.

A complaint sent to the Australian Breastfeeding Association regarding the publication of their chest feeding booklet.

Formal letter to the WA State Solicitor’s Office regarding provisions pertaining to “gender identity.”

Feminist Analysis Is On The Menu

Feminist Analysis Is On The Menu

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The topic of eating animals has generally been covered in literature, research, the media, social media and private & collective discussions throughout the last few decades, and I do not intend on rehashing the same points that I have seen repeated in many of those discussions and headlines (i.e.: the fact that mass animal agriculture is extremely harmful to the environment).

My intention behind writing this blog is not to try and convince readers to go vegan or to shame anyone for the choices they make in regards to food consumption, but, rather, to encourage readers, particularly girls and women, to view the issue of eating animal products through a radical feminist lens. Even more specifically, I hope to inspire readers of the female sex to analyze the act of consuming animal products, that stem from the exploitation and objectification of female animals, through a feminist lens.

I have wanted to write about this for months, but am only now finding the time and focus to do so. See, I have been inside multiple animal facilities in Australia to see the appalling conditions and abhorrent treatment of animals in these facilities with my own eyes. I feel strongly that I must now share my thoughts and views on this topic with others.

I want to focus solely on my personal (but also researched and referenced) views regarding the parallels between females of the human animal species with females of the non-human animals species, and how each are viewed and treated within our society. This is going to be confronting for some readers, but it is imperative that every single one of us examines our choices regarding food, and it is natural and consistent for feminists to approach this topic with the same feminist lens and analysis we attempt to view and understand other issues and topics through.

As a radical feminist, I am acutely aware of the systematic oppression that girls and women face. This oppression is well-documented through UN Conventions, government inquires & reports and more.

As a vegan, I am acutely aware of the systematic oppression that animals face.

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Bell’s Courage Has Impact In Australia

Bell’s Courage Has Impact In Australia

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On the morning of July 21, I woke to whispers that an Australian “gender” clinic would have its decisions overseen by judges. Moments later I was greeted with an article from Bernard Lane with The Australian. I have shared (3) photos and the text of the (locked/paywalled) article below:

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Sydney Council votes against support for women

Sydney Council votes against support for women

On June 28th 2021, during an online Council meeting, the City of Sydney Council voted unanimously to end the Accommodation Grant that the Feminist Legal Clinic (FLC) in Sydney has been the deserving recipient of for years. In one collective swoop of raised hands the Sydney Council proudly continued their campaign against a well-respected and much-needed women’s rights service provider. This grant was in the form of tenancy; a space where the FLC based their important services & support and met with clients, which are often women experiencing male violence (domestic violence).

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Tactics and Flaws of the Transgender Ideology + Self-ID Movement

Tactics and Flaws of the Transgender Ideology + Self-ID Movement

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Growing up, I was confused. You see, I was very different from most of my girl-friends. At least, I thought I was. I was flat-chested, had really big feet & hands and a really low voice. I hated everything “girly.” I didn’t want to wear dresses or have my hair curled.

I loathed the fact that I would eventually start menstruating. I didn’t want to shave. I had strange, but nice, feelings for some of the girls I was friends with. I had already disassociated from my body because of a male cousin deciding to molest me at a very young age, but it was more than that. I hated my body. I hated the things that I ‘had’ to wear and do and endure, and this all started early on. It’s basically all I remember about my feelings toward my body and the expectations of me based on my biological sex.

Even as a young girl, I already knew what being a female meant, and I knew ‘it’ wasn’t good. At least, not within this society. Knowing what I was in for as a girl and a woman made me uncomfortable and embarrassed. It made me angry.

I remember my mom joking about how they (my parents) “thought I was going to be a boy,” but got surprised, and that just added to this growing feeling in my head that I was actually meant to be born a boy.

I didn’t realise it then, but I was experiencing body dysmorphia. It wasn’t just about my breasts, uterus and vagina, though. I obsessively loathed my nose, my stomach, my skin colour, my hair, my freckles, the size of my feet and hands, my voice and so much more. I was traumatised and already suffering from PTSD and obvious low self-esteem. I was mentally and emotionally unwell and needed mental health assistance.

If I was growing up now, I’d be transgender….

My mom would be pressured by peers, social media, media and neglectful medical “professionals” to put me on prescription drugs to alter my body chemistry and to prevent natural, imperative, biological cycles from occurring in my body. Her and I would have the red carpet rolled out for us as we frolicked to day surgery for me to permanently alter, and possibly even mutilate, my body. [1]

I wouldn’t be able to legally vote, drink alcohol, smoke, drive, have sex or travel alone (and rightfully so), but I’d have the authority to mutilate my body and permanently alter my life. Makes total sense! (sarcasm /off)

Hit the pause button….

There are reasons why children aren’t allowed to do certain things or make certain decisions for themselves. There are extremely crucial and important reasons why children have adults to look after them, guide them and make decisions for them. It isn’t an “invasion of privacy” or an “invalidation of their identity.”

It’s reasonable and logical to understand that children need to develop into a teenager, and then to an adult. It’s sensible to understand that the brain must have an appropriate amount of time to develop. It’s rational and sane to understand, no matter how confident a child is with a decision they’ve made, that time, environment, and a thousand other potential factors will have an impact on their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and desires. That is life.

As an adult I have finally starting coming to terms with my body and my biological sex. As an adult, I understand and realise that what goes on in my head can feel very real at times, but it’s still only in my head. As an adult, I’m so glad that I did not grow up amidst the madness that is transgender ideology.

What I haven’t come to terms with is the systemic oppression that the female sex class is still enduring. [2]

What I cannot come to terms with is the madness occurring on social and political levels surrounding transgender ideology.

Material reality vs. ideology….

I never imagined that I would be attacked or vilified for knowing that I am a female and that I have a female reproductive system. I never thought the day would come when “woman” would be an offensive word.

The transgender movement denies the truth, but it also denies reality. “Truth” is often subjective and one person’s truth may not be the next person’s truth. However, reality just is.

They proclaim that your ‘gender’ is “assigned” at birth. That is not true. Sex is observed and recorded. I wonder if the parents of the estimated 23 million aborted female foetuses (mainly from Asia) were confused about the sex of the foetus? I wonder if the high number of female infants being murdered (due to being valued less than boys) just needed a way to verbalise that they identified as boys, not girls? [3]

They say that women discussing issues relating to their vaginas is “transphobic” by “excluding trans women,” but men don’t have a cervix, uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes or a vagina. Women do, and we’ve had it up to here (*points to the sky*) with men trying to control what we do, how we do it and how we speak about, and organise around, issues that affect us.

How did we even get to this point?…

I’ll admit, I honestly thought the ‘panic’ over the trans movement was uncalled for. That is, until I saw hard fought for rights being rolled back for women. That is, until I saw women’s bathrooms disappearing while men’s remained. That is, until I was the subject of a witch hunt led by women that I called my friends for years.

Women that know I have spent years leading the charge for inclusive spaces in our local area, and not just online where it’s f’ing easy. I took on overwhelming amounts of stress, anxiety, harassment and bullying, from mostly men, to fight for safe and inclusive activist spaces, safe nightclubs and more.

These women witnessed me being pushed to the brink of my own sanity to fight for everyone’s rights. I faced-up to businesses, organisations and activists to fight for justice. I exposed the rapists lurking around our spaces and I called out the racists, sexists, homophobes, transphobes and bigots in our spaces. I have invested thousands of hours running campaigns, protests & rallies and have dedicated my time to helping so many different individuals within my community.

Yet, this pack of ravenous women had the audacity to target me, intimidate me and harass me. They had the audacity to recruit people in their hate campaign; their witch hunt. They had the audacity to say that what I think and believe about myself is not true and that it is bad and wrong. How dare they?!

These women are known as trans-rights activists (TRA’s) and they don’t believe women have the right to sex-segregated spaces or sports. [4] These are women that don’t believe women have the right to see medical professionals that are women. These are women that have the audacity to call themselves feminists.

It’s never enough….

It isn’t enough to keep track of and use preferred pronouns. It isn’t enough to refer to them by their new name. It isn’t enough that they already have the exact same rights that their counterparts have. Oh, goodness no. They want more. They want you to speak their language. They want you to think their thoughts. They want you to believe everything they believe.

Does it matter that their beliefs invalidate your existence?

Not to them, it doesn’t.

Does it matter that they deny your truth?

Not to them, it doesn’t.

Yet, that is why they swarm and attack. That is why they recruit people into their campaigns of hate and harassment. Because you won’t accept their truth. You won’t say the words they want you to say. The words they DEMAND that you say.

You won’t forget your reality and you won’t forget historical fact or the axis of oppression you are bound to by birth, and that makes you a monster.

What’s worse? They don’t stop there. They expect people to omit words and definitions from their language and believe & think exactly how they are told to. If you don’t do it, they will actively try to harm you.

1) Force: coercion or compulsion, especially with the use or threat of violence.

2) Coercion: the action or practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.

3) Compulsion: the action or state of forcing or being forced to do something

These are the main tactics of the transgender movement.

They’ll start with manipulation, guilt and condescending tones. If that doesn’t make you crumble and start repeating the magic soundbites, they’ll move on to swearing, name calling, intimidation and veiled threats. The recruitment has already begun behind the scene, and you’ll soon be bombarded with comments and messages and physical confrontations, all demanding answers from you. You are now being harassed.

They don’t give thought to a lot….

Not the young girls having their clits cut off. [5] Not the girls starting their periods that desperately want privacy in the bathroom at school. Not the females around the world that don’t have access to abortion care. Not the women in sports that we had to fight to be able to participate in for decades, all to have men invade that space, too. [6] Not the army of ex-sex workers that want nothing more than to see the ‘industry’ shut down on every level and for women everywhere to be liberated. [7] They don’t give thought to the hundreds of thousands of women fleeing abuse that desperately need a safe space. No. This crowd does not give thought to a lot.

When was the last time this crowd picked up a lexicon?

I’m a woman. A woman is (*looks in lexicon*) an adult human female. *random shouting* “OH MY GOD! TERF! TERF! PUNCH THE TERF!”

A-b-s-u-r-d-i-t-y!

The words “girl“ and “woman” are not representative of imaginary things. Contrary to what some say, girls and women aren’t formless blobs. Those words exist for necessary reasons. Those words are how we verbally differentiate or specify between young and older members of the female sex class, just like “boy” and “man” for the male sex class. How and when did definitions become so trivial and offensive?

Facts still remain regardless of how persistent and aggressive this movement is. The audacity of this crowd to think they somehow have the power or authority to command to people what they are allowed to say, think and believe is beyond me, honestly, and it wreaks of authoritarianism.

The forgotten ones….

There are many groups of people that are being forgotten within ‘discussions’ (see: verbal attacks) with trans rights activists, and within the ideology as a whole. First and foremost – females. We are quite literally having our rights stripped from us around the world. We haven’t even achieved equitable rights for all girls and women, yet, our rights are being taken away. Rape shelters and domestic violence refuges are being vandalised and defunded because they refuse to accept “transwomen” into their facilities. [8] Let me rephrase that for you. Rape shelters and domestic violence refuges are being vandalised and defunded because they refuse to accept men into their facilities.

The staff at the shelters and refuges are protecting the hard fought for rights of traumatised women that are victims of rape and physical abuse, and many times, their children, too. We have the right to sex-segregated services and facilities! We need that right. How could anyone try and take that away from us? How can women be a part of this?

Another group of people that are forgotten are lesbians. A lesbian is a same-sex attracted female human being. One of the many problems with “self-identification” is this new and disturbing idea that men can be lesbians. The idea is, if a woman identifies as a man, the woman can be with another woman in a lesbian relationship (which it actually is) but ‘he’ is a ‘man.’ Yes. They believe all of this. The flip side of this is, if a man identifies as a woman, he can now be with a woman (in what is actually a heterosexual relationship) and call himself, sorry – ‘herself’ – a lesbian.

Yep…..take a minute, if you need to. It’s a lot to take in.

Now, how does this have a negative impact on lesbians? I know a lot of radical feminist lesbians that share personal testimony to how often men say things like “maybe you just haven’t had the right dick yet,” and how often they are verbally and sexually harassed, and sadly, many times they are assaulted and/or raped in order to “convert” them from loving only biological women. The idea of a woman that doesn’t need a man for anything, not even for basic sexual pleasure, is extremely threatening to men in general. Lesbians are too often met with hostility, and far worse, simply for who they love and want to have sex with, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. [9]

The people and issues being overlooked within the transgender ideology movement go on and on. Children that need access to genuine and effective mental health resources that, instead, are sexualised and/or put on a path of body mutilation.

The very people at the core of this ideological movement are being overlooked!

So many people grow up with body dysmorphia, low self-esteem, warped sense of self, dissociation and other serious and traumatic mental health issues. So many girls just do not want to deal with being female. I fully believe that we have the knowledge of our foremothers in our genes and in our bones. We know, straight out of the womb, what our life will be like. We carry that generational trauma within us. Is it any wonder that so many young girls would elect to ‘be’ a boy?

Does anyone else ever stop to wonder why so many parents are jumping on board with this? Could it be, just maybe, that it’s easier to pretend they have a daughter, rather than a feminine son that wants to wear dresses and vice versa?

Toxic male standards create pressure for boys, too, and many of them do not want to perform the assumed stereotypes that come with being a male.

Feminists have been working for decades to smash the sex-based stereotypes that create that pressure for girls and women. Gay men have been smashing gender norms for decades. Rock gods gave us “gender fluidity” in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, but society, in general, just hasn’t let go of gender expectations & stereotypes yet. So I sympathise with parents of children that are confused, lost and feeling empty, but surgeries, body altering drugs and jumping on the bandwagon of harmful ideologies are not the answers. The core issues for these children are not being properly addressed.

Furthermore, the long-term consequences and side effects of blocking puberty have not been fully explored and are not fully known or understood. [10]

Who is looking after the longterm health and well-being of individuals seeking gender affirmation?

The ‘T’ in LGBT….

Remember, there is an important difference between a transsexual person and a transgender person. The transgender movement insists you only need to feel like a man/woman/neither in order to be a man/woman/neither. Nothing more than an idea and suddenly…BOOP! You’re not what you were born as.

Transsexuals are men or women that go through physical and chemical changes (hormone replacement therapy, surgeries) in order to look and be more like the sex they are transitioning to. Yes. That’s where “trans,” or, the ‘T’, comes from; transition.

It concerns me that the transgender movement has seemingly, and in their minds, erased the existence of real human beings that have extremely specific medical and social needs. Needs that, I dare say, are not being effectively met within the constraints of our current medical systems and policies. These are men and women with unnatural amounts of hormones in their bodies and, many times, with unique post-surgery genitalia. [1]

In online transsexual spaces, transsexual women (biologically male) are almost entirely free from misconceptions or delusions about the ability to change their biological sex. They know they cannot change sex. What they can do, and are doing, is changing their secondary sex characteristics. I’ll reiterate that this creates extremely unique medical needs which are not the same as either men or women, and they deserve spaces and systems that recognise those needs and address them effectively and civilly. There are also many transsexual people that find they need compassionate mental health support in relation to their decision to permanently change their body. [11]

Transgender people are undermining everything about transsexuals, their needs and their history of oppression that led to being a part of the LGBT community. They are turning people against actual trans people.

Here’s just one example:

While I agree with this, it’s only partially true. Transsexuals are not the ones leading this attack, and that is what the ‘T’ stands for. Not transgender.

Look, feminists are not wishing harm on anyone. We are not smashing windows or punching and harassing trans people. Feminists just want to protect, and advocate for, the rights of girls and women.

That is what feminism is for.

Females – that is who feminism is for.


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References –

[1] Post-surgery trans genitalia:

Phalloplasty (graphic) – https://images.app.goo.gl/EEdqKTvH7ptd9kFm8

Penile inversion vaginoplasty (graphic) – https://images.app.goo.gl/BwmSrgnbdHct52RNA

[2] UN study finds 90% of people are bias against women:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-51751915

[3] Sex-selective abortions (female foetuses) and female infanticide:

https://www.npr.org/2016/02/01/465124337/how-chinas-one-child-policy-led-to-forced-abortions-30-million-bachelors

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/abortion/medical/infanticide_1.shtml#top

Click to access InfanticideChina.pdf

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2199874-sex-selective-abortions-may-have-stopped-the-birth-of-23-million-girls/

[4] Trans rights activists against women’s rights:

Police Do Nothing as Trans Activist Mob Terrorizes Attendees, Kicks Windows, Screams, at Woman’s Place UK Meeting

What’s Current: Police investigating bomb threat against A Woman’s Place meeting

Trans Activists Protest Bi-Partisan Bill to Protect Girls From Barbaric Practice of Female Genital Mutilation

[5] Female genital mutilation:

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/female-genital-mutilation

[6] Men (transgender women) in women’s sport:

https://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/opinion/120029186/2020-tokyo-olympics-committee-has-bowed-to-pressure-to-include-trans-weight-lifter-in-womens-category

https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/iwd-a-waking-nightmare-for-womens-sport-what-history-teaches-us-in-the-gender-debate/?fbclid=IwAR0yQMZgQf2Qs5FSBo39eUhx3SSLPJ5ch3gZdDp_FNBICuNqz3sF0CuWvMs

[7] Former prostitutes/“sex workers” against porn/prostitution

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/30/new-zealand-sex-work-prostitution-migrants-julie-bindel

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/11/prostitution-legalised-sex-trade-pimps-women

https://quinnbites.wixsite.com/contrarianquinn/post/everybody-knows-what-a-woman-is-including-trans-activists

[8] Vancouver Rape Relief shelter defunded/Men in women’s shelters & refuges and other female-only spaces:

Rape shelter loses funding after trans rights activists complain

https://www.christianpost.com/news/vancouver-city-council-votes-stop-funding-rape-shelter-over-refusal-admit-men-who-identify-as-women.html

Funding ends for Vancouver Rape Relief service

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6894599/When-man-called-Mark-locked-threatening-kill-mother-child.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/staff-guidance-into-trans-patients-on-womens-wards-is-under-review-cfq2c7nrf

[9] Hostility that lesbians face:

https://www.feministcurrent.com/tag/the-cotton-ceiling/

[10] Longterm effects of puberty blockers and gender ideology:

https://www.genderhq.org/trans-youth-side-effects-hormone-blockers-surgery

[11] Transexual perspectives/de-transitioning:

‘Transwomen’ are not Women

https://www.piqueresproject.com/about.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51676020

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tavistock-gender-clinic-faces-court-over-puberty-blockers-for-children-0msg9w0gn

https://www.genderhq.org/trans-youth-side-effects-hormone-blockers-surgery

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3ct0hyy

Other relevant information –

Medical and moral neglect:

American College of Pediatricians – November 2018 – REVIEW: Gender Dysphoria in Children:

https://acpeds.org/position-statements/gender-dysphoria-in-children

Gender Dysphoria and Autism: A Parent Speaks Out

Big money in gender affirmation:

https://www.gminsights.com/industry-analysis/sex-reassignment-surgery-market

Women in sports speaking out:

Aussie Olympian takes a stand against transgender athletes at Tokyo 2020

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/call-for-rethink-on-transgender-safety-in-womens-sport/news-story/bfd63ea12ee8325031c8183b390e0401

https://www.biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2019/09/26/782557.full.pdf

Women being no-platformed and ‘cancelled’:

https://filia.org.uk/news/2020/2/29/womens-liberation-at-50-the-talk-that-should-have-been-by-selina-todd

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jk-rowling-installs-security-gates-at-perthshire-home-after-disputes-tpr8t9wvz

Four Corners story linked to $6 million grant for Australia’s busiest kids gender clinic:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/four-corners-story-linked-to-6m-grant-for-australias-busiest-kids-gender-clinic/news-story/0848042e57d0d7724f0f2b2e0ef97544

https://nypost.com/2020/06/17/j-k-rowling-stands-up-for-feminism-against-trans-extremism/

The Guardian – Women Must Have the Right To Organise:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/commentisfree/2020/mar/02/women-must-have-the-right-to-organise-we-will-not-be-silenced?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Erasure of women:

https://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/event-details/period-power

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1235623170339672065.html

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRjZaK2hDW_M45TzPvt9HEddtZ3GjULIWVZadCv6z-P6vTRw/viewform

English translation of google doc – https://www.facebook.com/1301660769891895/posts/2895621953829094/?d=n

We cannot change our biological sex:

https://threader.app/thread/1133120326844506112

In someone else’s words:

https://quinnbites.wixsite.com/contrarianquinn/post/everybody-knows-what-a-woman-is-including-trans-activists

https://www.facebook.com/migrantwomeneurope/


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International Women’s Day 2020 – We Demand Change


Read Demands for Change linked below and share it across social media with the hashtag #IWD2020. Then send Demands for Change to the listed Ministers.

Demands for Change – https://realforwomen.wordpress.com/2020/02/26/demands-for-change/


Send Demands for Change to these Ministers:

Hon. Mark McGowan MLA
WA State Premier
wa-government@dpc.wa.gov.au

Hon. Simone McGurk MLA
Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services
Minister.McGurk@dpc.wa.gov.au

Hon. Senator Anne Ruston
Federal Minister for Families and Social Services
libadm@liberal.org.au
https://ministers.dss.gov.au/anne-ruston/contact

Hon. Senator Marise Payne
Federal Minister for Women
ministerforwomen@pmc.gov.au

Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA – Member for Midland
WA Minister for Police
Minister.Roberts@dpc.wa.gov.au

Hon. Julie Collins MP
Shadow Minister for Women
julie.collins.mp@aph.gov.au

Hon. Bronnie Taylor MLC
Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women
https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/ministers/minister-for-mental-health-regional-youth-and-women/

Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP
Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Youth
gabrielle.williams@parliament.vic.gov.au

Hon. Yvette Berry
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence,
Minister for Women
berry@act.gov.au

Hon Michelle Lensink MLC
Minister for Human Services
dhsministerforhumanservices@sa.gov.au

Hon. Di Farmer MP
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
childsafety@ministerial.qld.gov.au

Hon. Paul Fletcher MP
Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts
paul.fletcher.mp@aph.gov.au

Also consider sending this from Reclaim the Night Perth – https://www.facebook.com/158606704346880/posts/1319079638299575/?d=n

…and the following calls to action/statements from Fair Agenda and Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services – WA:


UN Women…we need to talk

UN Women…we need to talk

I want to discuss UN Women and the hypocrisy that is scattered all over their website and within their principles.

From their website:

“UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.” [1]

Now, this sounds great! Unless, of course, they don’t know how to define what a “woman” is. But, this is the UN! Surely they understand biological fact, right? Well, I wouldn’t be so sure if I were you.

In their “Twelve small actions with big impact for Generation Equality” published to their website on February 25, 2020, there is some concerning language being used, as well as disturbing ideologies being endorsed.

The third “action” they list is:

“3. Reject the binary”

“Repeat after me: It’s humankind. Not mankind.

It might not seem like a big deal, but terms such as “male or female” and “women or men” exclude non-binary and intersex people who don’t fall into any of these categories. [2] Diverse gender identities have always existed in every culture, and ensuring the rights of transgender, genderqueer, non-binary individuals and more—who often face horrifying violence and discrimination across the world—is an inherent part of gender equality. (Generation Equality pro tip: Check out the ‘Genderbread Person’ to learn the difference between sex, gender, gender identity and gender expression).

Everyday language plays a huge role in breaking gender stereotypes and rejecting the binary of “male and female”. Instead of using phrases like “ladies and gentlemen” or “boys and girls”, swap in a gender-neutral term like “folks,” “children,” or “y’all.” These little changes can go a long way toward shifting cultural perceptions of gender.

Don’t assume you know someone’s pronoun or gender. One way to open up a conversation is to give your own: include your pronouns when you introduce yourself or add them to your email signature or your social media profiles. Gender pronouns include: she/her, he/him, they/them, ze/zir, ze/hir, xe/zem, and zie/hir, xe/xem, and ey/em.

When referring to a person using the pronouns, gender and name that they use to identify themselves, do not refer to or reveal a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status without their consent.” [3]

Ok. So, some people will be thinking “what’s wrong with that?” [4]

Others will be thinking “what the hell are they on about?”

On the surface, there’s nothing “wrong” with referring to people how they prefer, but let’s dig deeper into this “action” and what they’re really saying.

They’ve made some outrageous claims that “transgender” people and “non-binary” people are at risk of “horrifying violence and discrimination across the world.”

Hmm….give me a minute. I’m thinking…..hmm.

Did I miss the tragic non-binary genocide of 1710?

Perhaps I am not aware of the wars that have plagued the country of transgender folks? (Look at that! Using that “gender neutral” language already!)

Has my educational history not provided me with the full details of the systemic oppression that 10-25 year olds with body dysmorphia, along with a random supply of grown men, have endured and suffered through for centuries?

Where is this horrifying violence and discrimination? Where exactly is it happening? The refusal from the majority of society to accept the ideological nonsense being spewed is NOT discrimination or oppression. It’s a disagreement.

Oddly enough, the members of the LGBT community that are at the highest risk of violence aren’t even mentioned in this “action” from UN Women.[See: lesbians – female, same sex attracted, humans. Also see: transsexuals – males/females that have physically and medically transitioned their body to minimise secondary sex characteristics of their biological sex, and possibly maximise secondary sex characteristics of the opposite sex]. Neither is the class of people at the absolute highest risk of violence – females.

Furthermore, it may not seem like a big deal, but erasing words like “male,” “female,” and phrases like “boys and girls” is restricting the ability of half of the worlds population to discuss and organise around issues that affect us (girls and women) uniquely and differently from issues that affect boys and men. We are different, but we all deserve to be treated equitably.

Self-ID is dangerous

Nothing more than a feeling and boop! You’re a woman, or a man, or neither! Isn’t that great? In fact, you don’t actually need to ‘feel’ anything at all! You can just say the words “I identify as a girl/woman,” or, “I identify as a boy/man,” and you’re done! You have now magically, and against every fact known to humankind, changed your biological sex! Wasn’t that easy? (never mind the fact that this ideological movement insists biological sex isn’t real. *psst* It kind of falls apart if you ask questions, so just hush and believe it. *nervous laugh*)

Ok. That’s enough! Stop the madness! Women have worked for centuries to have issues specific to girls & women acknowledged and addressed, and now we are being told “never mind,” basically. It was especially nauseating to see this on the UN Women’s website, just a scroll or two underneath the above mentioned action plan for gender equality.

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Demands for Change

Demands for Change

By J.K. Williams

25/02/2020

Full, original source here – https://jkwilliamsoriginalwork.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/just-admit-you-dont-care-if-we-die/

This list of demands is a direct message to our Federal and State governments, all media agencies and reporters in Australia, all medical professionals, all State and Federal Police Officers and Detectives, all Australian Magistrates and all Family Court staff and every single adult male in Australia.

Our Demands

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Language and Reporting:

– This deadly problem shouldn’t be referred to as “domestic violence” anymore. We can’t immediately change the definition and legal categorisation, but we must change how we talk about it and refer to it. Femicide/male violence against women (MVAW)/terrorism of women and children – are all more accurate terms.

– Along with this, the media must be held accountable regarding their duty of care to the public when reporting on matters of MVAW. Publications must be held to the mandatory standards and guidelines of this country.

• Based on the Australian Press Council’s ‘Statements of Principles’, Australian publications are failing to adhere to at least two key principles:*

  1. Ensure that factual material in news reports and elsewhere is accurate and not misleading, and is distinguishable from other material such as opinion.
  2. Avoid causing or contributing materially to substantial offence, distress or prejudice, or a substantial risk to health or safety, unless doing so is sufficiently in the public interest.

• According to the APC’s Advisory Guideline on Family and Domestic Violence Reporting, they are failing to meet numerous guidelines that must be adhered to:*

“Safety

The safety and well-being of those affected by family violence must be the primary consideration. Publications should not publish information that could cause or contribute to the risk of harm, offence or distress. Survivors of family violence often comment that their pain and suffering was exacerbated by media coverage. In some circumstances, it may not be safe, appropriate or legal to use real names or other identifying information.”

“Responsibility

Reporting of family violence should try not to blame a person affected by the violence or suggest that the person somehow enabled the violence or could have avoided it. Publications should also avoid placing undue emphasis on the characteristics or surroundings of the victim, or implying that such things contributed to the family violence, unless doing so is essential to the narrative and sufficiently in the public interest. Use of the active voice in relation to the perpetrator will help avoid placing undue emphasis on the person affected by family violence. For example: “Police charged a 38-year-old Melbourne man with the murder of a 36-year-old woman”, as opposed to, e.g. “A 36- year-old woman was murdered and a 38-year-old Melbourne man has been charged”.”

“Context and content

The context and complexities of family violence should also be key considerations, such as when an alleged perpetrator may have a mental illness. Publications should note any such factors when it is warranted in a particular case and in the public interest. Care also should be taken to avoid casual stigmatisation, such as by stating or implying that the violence was “caused” by a person’s mental illness or culture.”

“Words matter. Publications should be mindful of the language they use and try to avoid terms that tend to trivialise, demean or inadvertently excuse family violence, such as “a domestic”, “a domestic dispute” or “a troubled marriage”. Where it is lawful to do so, the relationships of the people involved should be described as accurately and precisely as possible.”

“In addition to reporting particular incidents, journalists can play a critical role in deepening readers’ understanding about family violence by referring to resources such as official statistics, peer- reviewed research, and experts, such as domestic violence counsellors and survivors.”

“Publications should also be aware of the potential impact of story layout, headlines and surrounding material (such as advertisements) that may be insensitive or jarring in the circumstances.”

– We demand better from the Australian media.

– We expect the government and police/judicial system to back us up on that.

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– Mandatory incarceration for violent adult males. Whether it’s a king hit in the city or beating their female partner or their kids, they must be locked up for a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 30, with/without charges being laid. This is when there is physical evidence of violence being perpetrated. (Witnesses, bruising/bleeding, cctv footage, ongoing police involvement, previous Report(s) to Police, Restraining Order(s) or other Court Order(s) etc.)

This gives the men time to calm down and gives the women (and kids) time to figure out an exit plan, and for most victims of MVAW, this will give them time to de-condition themselves, for lack of a better term, and discover/realise that they don’t want to stay in that relationship.

With this process, there must be initiatives to introduce effective and proven strategies in to our jails and prisons to immediately begin educating and rehabilitating perpetrators of violence to lower the probability of them reoffending. **

Ideally, we would have new and specific clinical facilities to house and rehabilitate these violent offenders. There is reason to believe that rehab programs set in the environment of a correctional facility are not as effective as they need to be. Regardless of where these violent offenders are housed during their required stint in some form of temporary removal from their community, the focus must be on effective rehabilitation to lower the risk of reoffending.

3-

– More government funding for men’s and women’s crisis counselling (with the aim of making it entirely free of charge to patients).

– More than 10 bulk billed visits per year to see a mental health professional are needed. We demand at least 24 bulk billed appointments per calendar year for youth and adults on Mental Health Care Plans.

4-

– More government funding for women’s refuges, with the aim of there being more facilities and each facility being more efficiently staffed and more well-rounded with the services and support they can give.

5-

– New and specific funding for women’s and children’s programs and facilities that can mimic the Women’s Police Stations, and relevant programs & policies, that are having great success aiding in lowering rates of violence against women and children in Argentina.*

6-

(this is for everyone)

– Normalise interference, intervention and involvement in families and households that have a problem with violence or control. Normalise checking in on them and normalise awareness of their situation amongst the community. Normalise direct interference and immediate interruption and intervention of controlling and violent men. Normalise public conversations about the violence you witness in your community and let’s normalise supportive rehabilitation of violent males, whether they are a child, teen or adult.

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– We want our court systems; our magistrates, bailiffs and clerks, to favour women and children in all matters of “family violence.” A core value of any justice system should be to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. More focus needs to be on the facts and statistics of MVAW and “family violence,” and assessments for determining authenticity of the threat of violence for an individual victim need to be based on those facts and statistics. ** This should translate in to efficient and accurate assessments for women and children, in lieu of evidence, so they can receive protection and assistance. **

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– New and specific funding for specially tailored recreational AND sports programs, facilities and events for all males and females aged between 12 and 17.

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– New and specific funding for specially tailored mental health programs and educational-based programs and courses for “at risk” males aged between 12 and 17. These should be available at no cost to families with “at risk” male teenagers in the home.

At risk = (but is not limited to)

– struggling in school (socially and/or academically)

– engaging in verbal harassment or abuse at school or at home

– engaging in violent behaviour of any kind

– police involvement at any level

– if Restraining Orders or other Court Orders are in effect or have previously been in affect

– if there is any history of controlling behaviour, verbal, physical or sexual abuse for either parent, whether biological (and not living in the home) and/or step-parents/guardians living in the home with the male youth.

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– New and specific funding for specially tailored mental health programs and educational-based programs and courses for “at risk” females aged between 12 and 17. These should be available at no cost to families with female teenagers in the home that are “at risk” of becoming a victim to male violence.

At risk = (but is not limited to)

– struggling in school (socially and/or academically)

– withdrawing from friends, school, social activities, sports etc.

– engaging in self-destructive/harmful behaviour of any kind

– police involvement at any level

– if Restraining Orders or other Court Orders are in effect or have previously been in affect

– if there is any history of controlling behaviour, verbal, physical or sexual abuse for either parent, whether biological (and living/not living in the home) and/or step-parents/guardians living in the home with the female youth.

Our demands are reasonable and achievable.

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References and resources –

* APC Advisory Guidelines: https://www.presscouncil.org.au/advisory-guidelines/

* APC Advisory Guideline on Family and Domestic Violence Reporting: https://www.presscouncil.org.au/uploads/52321/ufiles/Guidelines/Advisory_Guideline_on_Family_and_Domestic_Violence_Reporting.pdf

** Strategies for the education and rehabilitation of male perpetrators of violence. Examples:

– https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/401889/barbershop-movement-urges-abusive-men-to-tackle-traumatic-pasts

– Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia – https://www.ourwatch.org.au/getmedia/0aa0109b-6b03-43f2-85fe-a9f5ec92ae4e/Change-the-story-framework-prevent-violence-women-children-AA-new.pdf.aspx

– Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men: https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Why_Does_He_Do_That.html?id=azvHexd1g1YC&source=kp_book_description&redir_esc=y

– Coercive Control, Laura Richards:

So, what exactly is coercive control?

Deep Diving Coercive Control

https://www.ourwatch.org.au/Understanding-Violence/Facts-and-figures

* Women’s Police Stations in Argentina: https://eprints.qut.edu.au/127088/

Recent headlines and comments regarding the tragic murders of Hannah Clarke and her three children, and rates of male violence in Australia- 

https://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/news/is-it-an-instance-of-a-husband-being-driven-too-far-anger-over-comment-from-police-in-brisbane/news-story/84c497606511b13dee815e2d354960d5

https://7news.com.au/politics/pauline-hanson-says-these-things-happen-in-the-wake-of-hannah-clarke-and-her-childrens-murder-c-713429

The Media Is Once Again Failing A Female Victim Of Domestic Violence

Other relevant information and resources –

If you do care, take action now: https://fair-agenda.good.do/asaferfuture/email/

https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2019/11/New-laws-to-tackle-family-and-domestic-violence-in-WA.aspx

https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/television/media/updating-australias-media-laws

https://www.supremecourt.wa.gov.au/_files/Guidelines%2

Prison-based correctional rehabilitation: An overview of intensive interventions for moderate to high-risk offenders [in Australia]: https://aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi412

VIOLENT OFFENDER TREATMENT EFFECTIVENESS: WHAT WE KNOW AND WHERE TO FROM HERE: https://www.div12.org/violent-offender-treatment-effectiveness-what-we-know-and-where-to-from-here/

Thank you to the radical feminists that helped me with some of the references and resources.

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If you need help, please contact one of the resources below, and/or reach out to trusted family and/or friends. 


WOMEN’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE

The Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a state wide 24 hour service. This service provides support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence. This includes phone counselling, information and advice, referral to local advocacy and support services, liaison with police if necessary and support in escaping situations of family and domestic violence. The service can refer women to safe accommodation if required. A telephone based interpreting service is available if required. 

Telephone (08) 9223 1188

Free call 1800 007 339

In an emergency – if someone is in immediate danger – call the police on 000 now.

Here is a link to a thorough list of a range of numbers, services, hotlines and websites. 

https://www.breakingthesilence.com.au/albany/womens-domestic-violence-hotllines/