Guest post by Luckynickl
A little over a year ago in May, 2011, Ms. Julie Bindel wrote a fabulous piece here at the Hub titled, “What About The Men?” The piece was radical and amazing. Late last night, I ran across this post over at Gender Trender. It’s an interview of Juile Bindel by male “transgender” Paris Lees conducted earlier this year. Apparently, in the year since she first wrote for the Hub, Ms. Bindel has done an about-face on the issue of “What about the men?”.
I can only wonder, what happened between now and then? Are aliens abducting radical feminists and replacing them with pod people?!
Back then, Julie Bindel was defending women-only space and saying how not enough has changed to invite men to the party. Some excerpts from Julie Bindel’s post at the Hub:
I am becoming increasingly wild with rage and frustration at the mantra introduced into common feminist parlance, which goes: “We have to include men” and “we need men on board…”
We women are terrified of alienating men and being thought of as lesbians. Let’s face it, it takes very little to be named a man-hater, and the intended slur of ‘lesbian’ is never that far behind. All we have to do is gently suggest that it might be men who benefit most from women’s subordination, and that they have no right to have special treatment simply because they were born male.
The reason why so many of the new-wave feminists bleat on (and on) about including men in feminism is because so many of them are unthinkingly heterosexual. Women are the only oppressed group that is required to love their oppressor, sexually and every other way. Black civil rights campaigners of old were clear that the liberation they were demanding was liberation from white racism, and it was to benefit them by dismantling white supremacy, not love them more.
Fast-forward to Paris Lees’ interview with Julie Bindel. Julie Bindel seems to have done a complete 180-degree turnaround and goes on and on about… drumroll please…what about the men and inclusivity! The same thing Julie Bindel accused heterosexual and new-wave feminists of doing and scolded them for a year ago.
A year ago, Julie Bindel spoke about women being terrified of alienating men and being thought of as lesbians. In her interview with Paris Lees, Julie Bindel jumps onboard the transgendered bandwagon, suggests she is transgendered herself, and expresses the hope that the identity and label of “lesbian” can come to an end. As one commentor at GenderTrender, Weirdwand, pointed out, “That seems to be moving towards erasure and invisibilising of harm the current system does, and will continue to do, to lesbians, regardless of whether we call ourselves lesbians or not.” Perhaps Ms. Bindel is just terrified of continuing to be thought of as a lesbian? Ms. Bindel also expresses the ewww-factor towards lesbian separatists and women’s land. Ouch! The misogyny burns.
Paris Lees next brings up the Kimberly Nixon vs. Vancouver Rape Relief Society case from 1995. (Vancouver as in Canada, not the States.) This is the case where a transgendered male, Kimberly Nixon, sued a battered women’s shelter, compromising the shelter’s finances and ability to provide battered women important services, and for what offense? Denying Nixon — a “transgendered” male — a position of counseling battered women. The shelter thought it inappropriate for a male to counsel women who had been battered, terrorized and traumatized by males. Julie Bindel was apparently angered by it all at the time, but in the interview with Paris Lees, she apologizes for her anger and reverses reality, implying that it was actually transgendered males who were put out and denied services.
The court has since ruled that the Vancouver shelter did not discriminate against Nixon, but awarded Nixon $7,500 because Nixon’s itty bitty feelings were hurt. But let’s go back a year ago, when Ms. Bindel said in her piece for the Hub, “Women have the right to have our own physical space to talk about what men do to us in our private and public lives. This movement only exists, because of men abusing and colonising us – in other words, you are the problem boys, not equal partners.” Well that’s most certainly true. So how does one go from advocating for women-only space one year to apologizing to males for it later?
Julie Bindel then says something in the interview about the radical feminist mindset, and how radical feminists think women are all good and men are all bad. Personally, I’ve never encountered any radical feminist who thought any such thing. So what are you suggesting here, Ms. Bindel? That radical feminists are man-haters? Let’s back-track to what Ms. Bindel said a year ago. Ms. Bindel had quite a bit to say about radical feminists being labeled “man-haters.” Here she is a year later, doing the same thing herself. And sharing this patriarchal propaganda with Lees, an MRA in a skirt, who is noted for being pro-porn, pro-BDSM, pro-prostitution, anti-female, anti-feminist, homophobic, lesbophobic, and supports the sex roles which keep women down.
In fact, the male misogynist Paris Lees is the anti-thesis to that to which Julie Bindel has devoted her feminist life. What’s wrong with this picture?
Julie Bindel did pull up short of betraying and denouncing Sheila Jeffreys when Paris Lees urged her to do so, falsely claiming Sheila Jeffreys had been posting to “transphobic” blogs. Of course trans view any disobedience or challenge to their faith-based religion/cult as transphobia, including scientific evidence which contradicts their claims. But whatever the case, it never happened. Sheila Jeffreys has never posted to any of the blogs mentioned. Apparently Paris Lees thinks all women named Sheila are Sheila Jeffreys. Obsessed much, Paris?
Julie Bindel also did not back down from the assertion that children medicalized and pressured to conform under the duress of the transgender craze, is child abuse. I’m also happy to say Julie Bindel would not denounce radical feminists in general at Paris Lees’ urging and said she would only be responsible for what she, herself, said. Good for you, Julie! Yes, I know there is a war on women and we all make deals with the devil in order to survive. But capitulating to and appeasing the master and submitting to his demands and oppression has never liberated anyone in the history of humankind.
In the end, Mary Daly’s parting words about trans keep echoing inside my head. “Ignore them,” she said. By giving them attention, we are giving them power. If we ignored them, they’d lose that power. Her main concern was that we were giving these men too much of our time and energy. We need to stop wasting our time with “what about the men?” and shift that time, energy and focus back to women.
Watch Ms. Bindel’s “interview” with Paris Lees here: