The epilepsy and seizure first aid awareness thread

A backed up Twitter thread, because I regularly delete my tweets (here’s why, and why you should, too).

This. And also DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN OUR MOUTHS. You cannot swallow your tongue, but you can choke to death on a fucking spoon crammed in there.

I really cannot overstate how dangerous it is to put things in the mouth of someone having a seizure. It can cause choking, it is also likely to break teeth (and epileptics don’t get free NHS dentistry so that’s a problem).
Meanwhile, the worst thing that can happen to someone’s mouth during a seizure if they’re left alone is grinding teeth, which is suboptimal but better than broken from forcing a spoon in there; and a bitten inside of mouth and tongue, which is sore but heals really quick.
A general rule for helping someone having a seizure is to avoid touching them. If there’s a dangerous thing nearby, like something they could hit their head on or spill, etc, MOVE THE THING NOT THE PERSON
Once the seizure has stopped, you can roll them into the recovery position, but while it’s going on, you don’t need to do anything except time the seizure and call an ambulance if it goes on longer than a couple of minutes.
Yes, in this case if you can get something soft under their head that would help, but try to slip it under when they’re moving rather than moving their head up

🦇 Batalie Dread 🦇@nataliereed84

The one thing I’ve worried about seeing people seize is their head banging on concrete or whatever. Is it a good idea to tuck a jacket or something under someone’s head, or better to leave be?

The thing I think a lot of people don’t understand about seizures is every muscle in your body fully tenses, so if someone attempts to move you, that muscle is likely to be overstretched and possibly tear, which is VERY PAINFUL when you wake up
Yes, this is really helpful to do, if someone needs it! But offer it to them, don’t just put it on them while seizing!

Bonnie S Schwertner 🤬⏰@schfinkes

So true! My sister would sometimes also lose bladder control. If someone has a cardigan – for later – to wrap around the waist, it’s saves a bit of humiliation.

Half an hour is the recommended time to wait, although call an ambulance earlier if they have another seizure before waking up from the last one. Please note once people wake up from a seizure they’re often confused or out of it. That’s usually normal

PhilippaB@Philby1976

If the seizure has stopped and you do this, is there a period of time after which you should call an ambulance if they haven’t fully ‘come round’? (Not sure of correct terminology, sorry – this is a very useful thread)

But following on from that, if there are stroke symptoms after someone has woken up from a seizure (think FAST: facial drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulties) then call emergency services as something may be more wrong.
To be honest, I always go a bit blue whenever I have a seizure, and for a lot of epileptics, that’s normal during the seizure because your breathing isn’t right – not necessarily positioning. Roll them into recovery position after the seizure stops.

sddoubleBOO@sdwolfpup

What if they’re on their back and turning blue? Ive read they should be turned on their side but not restrained. Or should we still leave them? Appreciate any info.

A little more on post-ictal state (i.e. when someone’s woken up but isn’t “quite right”): it lasts up to half an hour, and can have quite diverse symptoms. Confusion, nausea and vomming, forgetfulness, bad coordination, being blissed out. If it stops after half an hour it’s OK
Personally, I get REALLY horny after a seizure, and I will probably crack on to anyone and everyone, and I feel sorry for every ambulance crew who has ever dealt with me. I also get proper goldfish memory and repeat myself. I probably won’t remember that half hour, thankfully.
The trick for dealing with a person after a seizure is be reassuring and patient, remind them what’s happened and ask if they need anything. And ask again and remind them again, because memory/confusion is one of the most common after-effects.
As a general rule, in someone with a seizure disorder, a seizure looks a lot more dangerous and scary than it is. I’m not saying it’s healthy to have a seizure, but be aware that in attempting to help, you may harm them more than the seizure would!
As well as blue lips, know that when someone has a seizure they’ll often froth at the mouth, sometimes bloody froth. Again, looks worse than it is, the froth is just saliva and the blood comes from biting the tongue.
I suppose I want to prepare everyone for what seizures look like, because they look fucking TERRIFYING to see, lots of very unnatural body motion, eyes rolling, frothing, blueness… it can look terrible, but for the VAST majority of seizures, it will stop and they’ll be OK.
And it’s also worth noting that unless you’re a trained medical professional equipped with diazepam and phenytoin, there’s nothing you can do to stop the seizure, which is also scary for a bystander. What helps is knowing when to call an ambulance, and how not to harm them.
First time I actually saw someone have a seizure was long after I’d been diagnosed and I was like “OH DEAR GOD HOW CAN ANYONE SURVIVE THAT” and finally understood why I often woke up to COMPLETE PANIC lol
So to recap: avoid touching a person having a seizure. Move hazards not them. Call an ambulance if seizure lasts more than 5 mins, they have another seizure before waking up from last one, or they don’t wake up for half an hour. Expect weirdness once they wake up.
Oh, and finally, take a moment to breathe for yourself and try to stay calm: the vast majority of the time, it looks a hell of a lot worse than it is.
ONE MORE THING: many people with seizure disorders will wear medic-alert jewellery. It often includes information that is specific to them (e.g. if they have meds in their bag to give, a doctor to call, that they’re fine). Follow any instructions they have on them!

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The mass murderer profile thread

A backed up Twitter thread, because I regularly delete my tweets (here’s why, and why you should, too).

[cw murder] I have literally no idea why all of the media are calling the Toronto killer’s Facebook post “cryptic”. It’s very clear in its intent and if anyone had bothered investigating online communities of white misogynists, the entire thing is basically bog-standard.
lemme break it down for you: these white misogynists fucking love the army and see themselves as soldiers. They hate people they see as “normies”, and consider themselves outside and above it. And they fucking agree with every page of Rodger’s manifesto. Pretty non-cryptic tbh.
The fact that anyone investigating this post thinks it’s “cryptic” shows that they’ve clearly learned NOTHING from the spate of mass murders and still haven’t bothered probing how this radicalised community functions.
And if you’ve spent 30 seconds on reddit, all of the language used in the Toronto murderer’s post is not even remotely cryptic. It is literally par for the course in this community.
This is part of the reason why r/incel was banned along with several other alt-right and misogynistic subreddits: even *reddit*, the perineum of the internet, recognised the potentially dangerous and threatening radicalisation happening there.
And of course, women have been pointing out the threat posed by these white misogynists since fucking forever, and because nobody listened, we’ve now had a spate of mass murders with killers of the exact profile we’ve been saying was dangerous.
So, law enforcement: listen to women. We’ve been doing what you’ve failed to do and monitored the situation.
Here are some things to look out for, since apparently I’m having to do your fucking job for you:
-White male
-Misogynistic
-Thinks he’s entitled to sex
-Fetishises the military
-Really loves guns or other weapons
-A record of violence against women

You’re welcome.

They’re also highly likely to *also* express racist sentiments, because this shit all goes hand in hand, so watch out for overt racism, nationalism, and dogwhistles.
At the end of the day, none of this is remotely cryptic to anyone who’s been paying attention to the situation.

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The TERFs at Pride thread

A backed up Twitter thread, because I regularly delete my tweets (here’s why, and why you should, too).

Thinking about the bigots protesting Pride yesterday, I suppose it was a bit of a relief to see that there was only a handful of them and it *was* the same faces who picketed the Dyke March a few years back, suggesting they’re failing miserably at recruiting. BUT…
That’s absolutely no reason to be complacent. Despite the tiny numbers, we lesbians do need to admit we have this problem of bigots within our community and do what we must to deal with that problem.
It’s not enough to say “they don’t represent us”, although of course they don’t represent us. We need to take a hard-line stance, zero tolerance, standing up to transphobia wherever possible and constantly showing solidarity with and centring our trans lesbian sisters.
We KNOW who some of these people who appropriate lesbian identity in order to spread bigotry are. We need to ensure they are not welcome in lesbian spaces; as well as being bigots they pose a material physical danger to trans and cis dykes alike.
(for those wondering why they’re a threat to cis lesbians too, imagine one of those bigots decides you’re quite tall and they can ~always tell~ when someone’s trans)
We need to make it very clear that transphobia and transmisogyny is NOT WELCOME in our lesbian community and our lesbian spaces. We’re doing this already, to some extent, now let’s do it MORE.
As lesbians, we’re best placed to clean out the massive turd on our own carpet, and as *cis* lesbians, we are the ones who MUST do the heavy lifting here. Cis lesbians are uniquely placed to deal with the dangers posed by bigoted cis lesbians.
Silence is violence and what we cis lesbians need to say is not “not all cis lesbians” but “these transmisogynistic bigots are disgusting and not welcome. I support my trans lesbian sisters”. That’s where we start, and now we get out the metaphorical marigolds and clean our house
Oh and finally, on a purely pragmatic level we kind of need to deal with the bigot lesbians because their definition of lesbian is so fucking narrow that all lesbians will have died out in 20 years or so when old age has claimed those nasty sorts.
tl;dr us cis lesbians gotta step the fuck up because that handful of bigots are our problem and we need to deal with it.

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The junk thread

A backed up Twitter thread, because I regularly delete my tweets (here’s why, and why you should, too).

Here, we have yet another TERF who is completely unaware of how female biology works. Everyone has prostate tissue. Literally everyone. You’re assigned female at birth, you still have prostate tissue.

You’re born with a pussy? Yep, you still got prostate tissue, we call it Skene’s glands. They secrete prostate specific antigen.

Literally everyone starts out with the same gubbins, and it just moves about depending on what switches on while you’re gestating. If you’re assigned female at birth, you still have a prostate and all the erectile tissue for a penis.

If you’re assigned female at birth, you have one of these. It looks like a dick when you look at it. It’s because it’s all the same tissue.

Nature is lazy. It’s easiest for nature to give everyone the same parts and tweak the arrangement a little. But whatever we’re assigned at birth, we all have the same junk.

But yeah, I genuinely feel sorry for TERFs, being so desperate to make up a definition of “woman” that excludes trans women, that they’re alienating themselves from their *own* biology.

btw, all of this stuff isn’t just vestigial. It all contributes to sexual pleasure. And I find it cool, knowing about all the awesome parts of my junk.

fuck it, time to share the fact I have a big old tattoo of a clit at the top of my spine. Erect, of course. A nice big boner.

Anyway, yeah, for god’s sake never learn about bodies from TERFs, they have no fucking clue about how genitalia work.

True story: I once thought that there were two very different biological sexes. It was my journey into understanding, accepting and enjoying my own junk that made me realise just how absurd that myth of drastically different biology is.

If I’ve used “junk” a lot in this thread, it’s because I really love it as an informal, gender-neutral term for “genitals”

I really can’t go on about how similar genitals are for everyone. Why do penises have that line down the front? Because it starts life in two parts. Look back to that diagram of the internal clitoris for the other way that erectile tissue can be arranged.

Why does the clitoris do that weird little loopy thing towards the end were it goes up and then hangs back down? Look at a cock, they do that, and it’s easier for nature to just pop the same ligaments in roughly the same places.

Why do we all have foreskins on our glanses, regardless of if it’s a clitoris or a penis? Again, nature is fucking lazy.

If anyone’s new to any of the information in this thread, don’t sweat. It isn’t widely-taught, and definitely not taught at school. It should be, if only because it’s a really easy-peasy way of teaching about how embryos arrange themselves into something recognisably human.‏

I also suspect there’s a political motive, of course, in not wanting everyone to know that basically what’s supposed to be immutable, vast biological differences is actually more of a case of us all having the same stuff.

ONE MORE THING I almost forgot to add. Female ejaculation/squirting. Often what comes out isn’t “just pee”. There’s prostate specific antigen in there too, because the Skene’s glands go “ohh I know this, this is where I come in *splorch*”

Incidentally, the internal clitoris is why, contrary to myths spread by sexually-inadequate men, vaginas are “tighter” when turned on: the whole thing is surrounded by erectile tissue on three sides.

btw while it’s rare, AFAB people *can* get prostate cancer, on account of having prostate tissue. It is *very* rare though.

likewise, AMAB people can get breast cancer, because everyone has breast tissue, because–say it with me–nature is fucking lazy and we all have the same junk.‏

btw, quick note on terminology in this thread: I’ve avoided using “g-spot” because it’s a bit contentious and probably applies to several bits– a combo of skene’s glands and the erectile tissue knocking round in the area.‏

I’m also using “skene’s glands” while some researchers prefer “female prostate”. This is mostly because the word “female” makes my skin crawl a bit, but they’re synonyms, so you can say “female prostate” OR “skene’s glands” depending on your preference.

(I’m sure most of you know I don’t like “female” because it’s used so often by TERFs and misogos alike in reducing women down to just being babymaking vessels)

and finally, on terminology, what I’m talking about is genitals, not the purely reproductive organs (testes, ovaries, uteruses). And if you think genitals can’t be divorced from reproductive function, go and collect every cum-soaked tissue you can find and give it a funeral.

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Top tips for staying on Twitter as Jack fucks it up

Well. It’s not looking good for Twitter at the moment as its founder is announcing even more potential shitty plans for ruining his website further. I know some of us are exodusing, making our way over to Mastodon. I’ve set up my own in-case-of-emergency Mastodon, which is stavvers@mastodon.social, if you need me there.

In the meantime, though, I have some wisdom for those of us who are trying to stay on the hellsite as Jack fucks it all up. After all, we have forged friendships on there, and built nice little friendly corners of the internet. I intend to stay as long as it’s feasible.

1. Block tweets from people you don’t follow.

One of Jack’s contentious plans for Twitter which he may or may not back down from is to “break the echo chamber” by placing “opposing viewpoints” in your timeline. For someone who isn’t a fucking nazi, this means you’ll be getting nazi tweets all over your timeline, possibly.

There’s an easy way of dealing with this: your new best friend, the block button. Make Twitter that echo chamber it’s been accused of being. If a nazi rolls up unsolicited in the timeline, block them. Even if it’s just some tiresome centrist dad, block them. Don’t interact, don’t engage, just block block block. Jack’s doing this to make Twitter appear as if it has a more diverse range of conversations happening. The engagements, here, are the bread and butter. So don’t give those sweet, profitable engagements by replying and telling that nazi to sit on a spike: just block.

Do this with advertisers, too. The metrics of their campaign success are measured in engagements. It doesn’t look very good for the hellsite if we’re blocking anyone we don’t follow who pop up in our timelines, for fear they might be nazis. That’s Jack’s problem, because he wants us to see those nazis.

2. Demonetise.

I wrote this last year, when there were more shitty changes. These tips make your account wildly unprofitable.

  • Use an adblocker. They know you’re doing it. It hurts the advertisers’ feelings. Also, you should be using an adblocker anyway.
  • Turn off personalised ads. Hit “disable all” here. While they’re still collecting your information, they can’t use it, which pisses them off.
  • Edit your data. Twitter makes guesses at your age and gender for advertisers. You can change them here. My gender is “communist”, and I’m age 13-54.
  • Turn off location. Again, it’s data about you, don’t let them have it.
  • Delete your interests. Twitter likes guessing at your interests for all the marketing. There’s a list here, and you can delete all of them.
  • Block your “tailored audiences”. This dovetails with the personalised ad settings. You’ll find, here, that you’re a member of some personalised audiences. You can request the data. Do it. They’ll send you an email. Block every single account on it. Note: this may take a while and is a bit of a faff. They send the data as a pdf, which you’ll need to convert into a csv–it requires a bit of annoying copy pasting. Next, upload your new block list by going here and selecting “Import a list” from the advanced options menu. Follow the steps and bingo! You’ve blocked your tailored audiences, which is bad for Twitter’s business model. (ETA 14/10/17- the bulk block feature seems to no longer work. Oh well. Do the rest, and if you’re really committed, do please manually block as many of those accounts as possible. And remember to block every advertiser you see!)
  • Make your content unprofitable. Twitter owns a pretty broad copyright licence on what you’re posting there. Drop a few f-bombs into your tweets. Append silly gifs to everything. Hate white men, hate Nazis, loudly and proudly. Tweet a lot about how shit Twitter’s policies are. If you have 280 characters, tweet in 140, and use the other 140 to append stuff about how appalling their policy is to every goddamn tweet. 

I gave up on the “carthago delenda est” at the end of every tweet quite quickly, as suggested in that last tip, because it got difficult, but I still pepper all my tweets with my potty mouth. They don’t get embedded anywhere.

3. Have regular tweet clearouts to deal with malicious reporting

Some of you might remember I got suspended earlier this year due to the old malicious reporting tactic beloved by nazis and TERFs. The way this tactic goes is simple: they search your old tweets with keywords and then, en masse, report any tweets containing these keywords. Due to Twitter’s obsession with using algorithms to solve human problems, you’re then flagged as an abuser and put on the naughty step. You may even be kicked off Twitter for it.

There’s an additional issue here which is that Twitter is perpetually changing the rules in ways which appear, on their surface, to tackle abuse but in fact empower abusers. The algorithms do not make any distinction between tweets which were within the rules at the time they were tweeted, and ones which are not. I was got for tweets which were six years old using a political slogan which has since become against the rules.

The only really effective way of dealing with it is to delete all your old tweets. Don’t keyword search yourself; the fash are more agile than us proper people. Have regular tweet clearouts. Request your Twitter archive, which can be done via your settings, and use a mass deleter to get rid of everything. I used Cardigan, which is free and quick, and got rid of almost a decade’s worth of tweets in about an hour.

I’m planning regular deletes, and what I’ll be doing when I have a thread I want to save to continue sharing after it’s gone from Twitter is to unroll it using Thread Reader, which converts it into more easily copyable text, and then pasting it into this blog.

It’s a couple of extra steps of work, but it’s necessary if you want to avoid the bullshit.

4. Continue engaging with policy statements from Twitter, saying they’re still barking up very bad trees

Twitter won’t listen, but others will, and it all looks like bad press for the movers and shakers as every time Jack tweets there’s about a thousand “ban the nazis” replies under him. Make sure you like and engage with tweets telling Jack and Twitter that they’re full of shit!

Good luck. Hopefully I’ll keep seeing you all on the hellsite.

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No cops at Pride: remembering Alan Turing and Kitty Genovese

Content note: this post discusses murder, suicide, homophobia and police

38 people witnessed Kitty Genovese being murdered and did nothing, so the story goes. It’s a complete fiction, but that’s how the story goes.

64 years ago today, a genius took his life. Alan Turing was subjected to two years of state-sanctioned torture before he was driven to his death.

On the face of it, there seems to be little connection between Alan Turing and Kitty Genovese, but it’s there, buried in their histories. It’s a thread which still vibrates in queer generational memory, and even though we may not have ever been told the untold stories of Kitty Genovese and Alan Turing, we feel it, because we’ve felt this before so many other times.

It’s entirely possible that if the police weren’t so terrible to LGBT people, Alan Turing and Kitty Genovese would not have died in the ways that they did.

Let’s do Kitty first, because I’m a women-first kind of girl.

Kitty Genovese was a lesbian. At the time of her murder and the trial of her killer, the authorities made the decision to keep that fact out of the media, refer to her girlfriend, Mary Ann Zlelonko, as her “friend”. Just gals being pals. Of course, that’s not what the police thought of Mary Ann, they didn’t think of her as a platonic friend. She was their first suspect. She went to identify Kitty’s body, and they arrested her and subjected her to crass questions about their sex life.

The inspector on the case said, “One of the most common motives for murder is jealousy. It’s also our experience that homosexual romances produce more jealousy by far than ‘straight’ romances. More jealousy means more chance for violence. Women, in fact, can be more possessive towards their lovers than men.”

But let’s rewind to the night of Kitty’s murder. We have already established that 38 people didn’t witness the crime and 38 people didn’t do nothing. In fact, there were only two people who likely knew what was happening to Kitty. One of them, yep, fits that story of the people who didn’t give a flying fart about the murder. Joseph Fink sat at his doorman position and watched for a while, before going to bed.

The other witness is a more interesting case. Karl Ross was a friend of Kitty’s, a gay man and a drunk. He dithered a lot about calling the police, and spent much of the night chatting to a friend about whether he should. He did, in the end, but it was far too late. Could he have called off calling the police because he was gay? We don’t know, but what we do know is that relations between police and the LGBT community weren’t exactly healthy.

One witness to the night says that his father called the police early in the attack, but that the police did not come. And Kitty herself had been a victim of police harassment. That picture of her face at the top of this blog, the picture you have seen countless times? That was a mugshot, from a time she had been arrested.

Incidentally, Kitty may never have been murdered had the police done their goddamn jobs in the first place: Kitty’s murderer had previously killed a black woman, and the police never solved that case, probably never even bothered to investigate it.

The myth of Kitty is powerful, and the media, in the pockets of the authority, did a damn fine job of muddying the waters, when in truth what we have as a story demonstrating reified distrust of police.

So what about Alan Turing? We all know the story. Bletchley Park, then got charged for being gay, chemically castrated and eventually took his life. Yada yada. Did you ever ask how he was arrested?

In January 1952, Alan was the victim of a burglary. He did what you’re told you should do and contacted the police. His lover said he may have known who burgled the house, so Alan volunteered that information to the police investigating the crime. Again, exactly like we’re all told we should do.

The police arrested Alan and his lover and they were charged with gross indecency. I can’t find any record of them nicking the burglar.

You know the rest of the story.

These two people were both victims of the police in their ways, and both stories answer the questions as to why LGBT people don’t want to call the police, and why the relationship is strained at best.

When you ask why many of us queers don’t want the police anywhere near Pride, it goes beyond Stonewall. There’s these stories, horrific tragedies, and similar tales of police indifference and interference appear regularly to this day. Take Stephen Port, who was able to murder four gay men due to a lazy police investigation. This was within the last five years.

The police have never been our friends. As much as they are institutionally racist, they are institutionally homophobic and transphobic. It is galling to see demands that they march alongside us, when they have, at best, let so many of us die.

Remember Alan Turing. Remember Kitty Genovese. Remember the stories the authorities didn’t want you to hear. And remember why we prefer to help each other than call for help.

And remember: no police at Pride.

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Germaine Greer has always sided with rapists: the receipts

Content note: links to graphic descriptions of rape and CSA

Copypasta of a twitter thread, archived here, just in case.

I’m not sure why anyone’s surprised at Germaine Greer’s latest comments on rape, when it’s entirely in keeping with what she’s been saying for years on rape, and she’s consistently come out to bat against survivors and for rapists.

Today, she’s come out and said that rape is non-violent. Rape. Is non-violent. Oh, and that it’s often accidental???? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/30/rape-rarely-violent-doesnt-merit-jail-term-claims-germaine-greer/

Women, said Germaine earlier this month, are to blame for sexual violence on TV, and often fantasise about being raped https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/germaine-greer-sexual-violence-tv-women-enjoy-luther-the-fall-paranoid-metoo-a8330561.html

That time Germaine Greer stood there listening to a friend being raped, and then told her friend to get over it https://www.msn.com/en-ie/news/world/germaine-greer-heard-friend-being-raped-and-did-nothing/ar-BBKz350

Yeah, Germaine Greer’s really into defending paedophiles and pederasts too, specifically grown women who abuse teenage boys https://ianpace.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/germaine-greers-apologia-for-child-abuse/

With her consistent track record of dismissing rape as bad sex, it’s no surprise she wrote this fawning profile of Julian Assange. This was after the rape allegations came to light, of course. https://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2066367_2066369_2066107,00.html

That time Germaine Greer said the #MeToo movement was whingeing, and that being sexually exploited by producers was “tantamount to consent” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/23/germaine-greer-criticises-whingeing-metoo-movement

I’ve doubtless missed many, many incidences here, and I’m just going with the ones I remember. All of these comments which kick survivors and side with rapists and child abusers, all of them are a matter of public record, but many feminists still pay her speaking fee.

It is also, of course, no surprise that a TERF also has a rapist’s understanding of consent.

Some further analysis of Greer’s latest comments from Flavia here https://twitter.com/redlightvoices/status/1002091584991752193

One of the things that often gets buried is that when feminists and activists object to Greer speaking, we’re objecting because she consistently sides with rapists, AS WELL as the fact she’s a transmisogynistic bigot, because we don’t really like rape apologism.

Greer’s supporters, on the other hand, will always dismiss and excuse everything she says about rape, because their concerns for “women’s safety” are false, and they’d rather just hate trans women.

Anyway, it goes without saying that if you’re a feminist who actually prioritises women’s safety, you do not book Greer. This has been the case for fucking YEARS, and it’s why so many of us have such side-eye for those who continually book her and defend her.

And I’m sorry, but you don’t get to plead ignorance on Greer being no-platformed, because most correspondence asking for her to be deplatformed will mention the fact she’s a rape apologist as well as a transmisogynistic bigot. The issue is always highlighted.

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