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Reductress on: the stupid argument that men needs mothers, wives and daughters in order to be against rape

From Reductress: Amazing! This Daughter Is The Reason Her Daddy Thinks Rape Is a No-No

Clickhole on sexual harassment in Hollywood

From Clickhole: Taking Action: The Academy Has Built A Well In Hollywood That Young Actresses Can Whisper The Name Of Their Harasser Into Without Fear Of Having Their Careers Ended

Analyzing the cultic nature of the transcult by analogy with Synanon

Whether it is deliberate or not Synanon’s “Game” can be seen at work both directly and indirectly in the more extreme elements of the transgender community. For those familiar with the trans community, they will know that the vast majority of trans identified people fall under the category of “fragile, emotionally vulnerable, and confused.” I have certainly observed this in my many years in the community, and younger trans suffer from the same personality traits. Thus a young detransitioning woman I communicated with (@gnc_centric on Twitter) told me that among the young trans she has known, almost every one “had depression and/or anxiety. A significant number of them also seem to have PTSD or BPD too.” We are thus dealing with troubled minds.

Many, perhaps most, young trans are social outcasts, as I myself was when I was young. As social outcasts, many of these individuals have been subjected to non-stop insults and profanity from their peers in their daily lives (in some cases for years), thus that part of the transgender “Game” has already been completed by proxy. Transgender leaders and activists can thus just parachute into the lives of these troubled, wounded minds and start rebuilding them with their new “trans identity,” and they tend to become as dedicated to the trans cult as any Synanon member ever was. Although it should be noted that with all of the non-stop propaganda and pro-trans coverage in the media and Hollywood, “parachuting in” is not even required, because brainwashing and suggestion are constantly being broadcast on almost every TV channel. The rebuilding of the personality thus can be done by a form of electronic correspondence, without ever coming into physical contact with an actual recruiter. The use of incredibly slick multi-media presentations, the likes of which Dederich et al. could only dream of, makes this kind of programming even more effective.

It should be noted that some people have personalities that make it quite possible for them to “Game” themselves without any outside intervention needed. Some people are obsessively self-critical. When I was young nobody was harder on me than I was on myself. My experiences with female born transgenders (FBT) has suggested girls that do not fit the “Barbie Doll” image of femininity are highly prone to attacking themselves in this way. In these cases outside intervention is not necessary to break down the ego, the person has already attacked and broken down their own sense of worth. Synanon expert Paul Morantz spoke to this in his essay “The Devil and John Walker”: “Those who already had a negative self-image or identity confusion, plus inclinations toward all-or-nothing emotional alignments, were most susceptible [to the influence of cult brainwashing]. And the most vulnerable, often, were teens and young adults whose identities were still taking shape, who were still idealistic and emotionally polarized, and who were dissatisfied with” society at large. All of these characteristics of course are ubiquitous in trans identified individuals.

While much of the gaming has been performed either externally by society at large or internally by the individuals attacking themselves, there are also what appears to be more overt attempts at using Game-like tactics, specifically against opposition from less radical elements in the community. When I, as a transgender person opposed to child indoctrination and the destruction of women’s safe spaces and programs, began speaking out, I was immediately attacked quite viciously by numerous trans activists, who engaged either knowingly or unknowingly in a textbook example of “The Game”. They hurled non-stop insults at me, insulted every aspect of my appearance and identity. They said I was fake, pathetic, just a dirty old man, and pounded me relentlessly with one personal insult after another – classic gaming. When it became clear to them they had finally upset me emotionally and that I did not appear to be resisting anymore, they then suddenly changed tone and assured me that if I just came to a realization that I was wrong and they were right, that I too could be a real, beautiful, genuine trans and we could all triumph against trans oppression together. This latter stage of rebuilding is standard in Synanon-styled behavior modifying cults. It was when they began rebuilding me after tearing me down, that I realized that I was in fact being “gamed” by these people. When my tone changed, the insults came at me fast and furious again. This type of temporary break-through was common in Synanon when “gaming” somebody. A person might initially be broken down but then get a second wind of defiance and reassert themselves. Thus many days or weeks of gaming attacks and surrenders might be necessary to finally break a particular individual down.

Whereas Synanon would break down the recruit and then “build up a new personality not drug oriented,” trans activists break down potential recruits and then “build up a new personality not traditionally gender (or what they call “cis gender”) oriented.”

Chomsky on Trump

There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the curtains.

At one level, Trump’s antics ensure that attention is focused on him, and it makes little difference how. Who even remembers the charge that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Clinton, depriving the pathetic little man of his Grand Victory? Or the accusation that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower? The claims themselves don’t really matter. It’s enough that attention is diverted from what is happening in the background. There, out of the spotlight, the most savage fringe of the Republican Party is carefully advancing policies designed to enrich their true constituency: the Constituency of private power and wealth, “the masters of mankind,” to borrow Adam Smith’s phrase.

These policies will harm the irrelevant general population and devastate future generations, but that’s of little concern to the Republicans. They’ve been trying to push through similarly destructive legislation for years. Paul Ryan, for example, has long been advertising his ideal of virtually eliminating the federal government, apart from service to the Constituency—though in the past he’s wrapped his proposals in spreadsheets so they would look wonkish to commentators. Now, while attention is focused on Trump’s latest mad doings, the Ryan gang and the executive branch are ramming through legislation and orders that undermine workers’ rights, cripple consumer protections, and severely harm rural communities. They seek to devastate health programs, revoking the taxes that pay for them in order to further enrich their constituency, and to eviscerate the Dodd-Frank Act, which imposed some much-needed constraints on the predatory financial system that grew during the neoliberal period.

That’s just a sample of how the wrecking ball is being wielded by the newly empowered Republican Party. Indeed, it is no longer a political party in the traditional sense. Conservative political analysts Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein have described it more accurately as a “radical insurgency,” one that has abandoned normal parliamentary politics.

What does a matriarchy really look like?

antiplodon discusses the example of the Mosuo of China as an idea of what matriarchy might really look like.

trans racial exclusionary black people should die in a fire!

I just don’t… get it when TREBPs (trans racial exclusionary black people) harass me and refuse to acknowledge that I’m a real black person? It’s not my fault I was coercively assigned white at birth. We trans CAWABs face a lot of discrimination that people assigned black at birth just will never get. Don’t you think I wish I had been born black? Don’t you think I’ve thought long and hard about my race and dealt with internalized racism before admitting to myself that I’m black? Like yeah, in my natural state I don’t face any discrimination or harassment for my race, but when I put on my shitty bronzer and try to use African American vernacular people look at me funny. And don’t get me started about the looks I get when I try to drink from the colored people only fountain. And when I finally do get my skin change surgery, and I’m able to pass, I’ll face racism just like you, so it doesn’t matter if my ancestors literally owned slaves, nor will it matter if I’ve g otten a head start in life for being CAWAB. What matters is that you acknowledge your black privilege and allow me into your spaces and to use your resources (even if they’re already limited) because you’re my oppressor and I am entitled to your labor and resources as a trans black person.

Cis woman privilege

cis women privilege checklist!

• abortions! you have a uterus and therefore are part of the fight for abortion rights and have the ability to seek back alley abortions which trans women will never have. check your privilege!

• ovarian cancer! your ovaries are susceptible to a deadly cancer with much research and little secure treatment dedicated to it. trans women will never be included in this. check your privilege!

• menstruation huts! millions of girls and women around the world are forced into unhygienic and tabooed huts during menstruation. trans women barely exist in this parts of the world in the first place and even if they did, wouldn’t be allowed into menstruation huts. check your privilege!

• female genital mutilation! girls and women around the world have their genitals, mainly clitorises, mutilated and violated every day. as trans women again barely exist in these parts and don’t have clitorises, they can’t experience fgm. check your privilege!

• breastfeeding taboos! women can’t breastfed their babies in public in most western countries and many other cultures as well, because their nipples are considered obscene as is the natural practice. trans women can’t breastfeed so they will never have such a taboo directed at them. check your privilege!

• death by childbirth! every day thousands of women die in childbirth due to poor medical care and lack of gynecological care. trans women can’t give birth and thus will never die during it. check your privilege!

Internalized and externalized misogyny in women.

From Reductress: To Combat Internalized Sexism, I’ve Decided to Externalize It Instead

I think I most often operated on internalized misogyny in the workplace. I am a graphic designer who works under two artistic directors, a man and a woman. I always made sure to use proper spelling and grammar when I replied to an email from Benny. But when Caroline had a critique, I used to reply back ‘k cool ill think about it’. Now I’m much more direct and close my emails to her with, “I value your opinion less because u remind me of my stepmom ;)”. Now she knows that it’s not internalized sexism that’s making her life worse—it’s the unadulterated, externalized kind. I think she appreciates it!