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#MichFest: Trannies Win, Lesbians Lose

Posted on | April 23, 2015 | 135 Comments

Lesbians mourned Wednesday when it was announced they had lost what was, to them, an important tradition:

The 40th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, to be held this August, will be the last, its founder announced today.
The storied women-only event, first held in 1976, has been the subject of controversy in recent years because of its exclusion of transgender women, with many artists and organizations deciding to boycott. . . .
[Founder and organizer Lisa Vogel] acknowledged, “There have been struggles; there is no doubt about that. This is part of our truth, but it is not — and never has been — our defining story. The Festival has been the crucible for nearly every critical cultural and political issue the lesbian feminist community has grappled with for four decades. Those struggles have been a beautiful part of our collective strength; they have never been a weakness.” . . .
The exclusion of transgender women from the fest has led performers such as the Indigo Girls, Antigone Rising, and Lea DeLaria to withdraw from the event, and last year several national LGBT organizations signed on to a petition from statewide LGBT group Equality Michigan calling on the festival to change its rule limiting attendance to “womyn-born-womyn.” . . .

You can read the rest. The aggression of transgender activists toward lesbians was one of the little-noticed aspects of feminist politics that caught my attention in January 2014 when I began researching radical feminism. At first, it appeared to me that lesbians like Cathy Brennan were the villains in that conflict. The more I researched the issue, however, the more it seemed that Brennan and her fellow radicals were actually the victims of a deliberate hate campaign perpetrated by some seriously disturbed individuals who have zero — I repeat, zero — respect for women.

“The transgender activists are trying to silence their critics. If they can silence a feminist like Cathy Brennan, guess what? Conservative critics of feminism will be next in line for this suppression of freedom.”
Robert Stacy McCain, Aug. 26, 2014

No one could accuse me of sympathizing with lesbian feminists, but on this issue, they were certainly right: Defining “woman” is a matter of science, not politics. Furthermore, as numerous examples have made clear, “transwomen” (i.e., males who pursue “transition” to female) very often have histories of violence toward actual women. More than that, however, there is the matter of whether women who with to join all-female organizations or attend all-female events have the right to insist that the institutions are only for women — you know, the kind of people who have XX chromosomes and vaginas?

All the liberal rhetoric about “diversity” and “inclusion” fails here. Beyond the obvious issue of civility — it’s rude to barge in where you are unwanted and begin yelling about your “right” to be there — whatever happened to the vaunted “right to privacy”? Have feminists forgotten their own principles? Or is this just further proof that liberals don’t actually have any principles? Behold the gloating headline at the liberal feminist site Jezebel:

Trans-Excluding Michigan Womyn’s
Music Festival to End This Year

Rub some salt in your enemy’s wound. “Sister is powerful,” eh? Liberal advocates of “inclusion” have won this battle, but if they expect radical lesbians to stop fighting the war, I’ll bet they’ve got another think coming.

Hell hath no fury, etc.

Conservatives ought to pay attention to this conflict, because there are important issues and principles involved. Much like the Indiana pizza parlor that was targeted by a hate-storm, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival fallen victim to a dubious idea of “rights” that, in reality, involves the negation of liberty. The strange concept I have called the “Compulsory Approval Doctrine” is a dangerous ideological weapon. If a small-town pizza parlor can’t choose which weddings it will cater, why should an all-woman event be allowed to exclude men in dresses?

Sure, we can enjoy our conservative schadenfreude at the expense of a lesbian music festival, laughing to see feminists suffer the consequences of their own theoretical dogma. If “the personal is political,” after all, everything becomes political. So the question of whether people with penises must be accepted as “women” is to be decided by a plebiscite or (in reality) imposed upon us by a consensus of cultural elites.

Whatever Justice Anthony Kennedy says is a “marriage,” we will be compelled to accept as such, and who knows what the “Emerging Awareness” will next require? Democracy in the 21st century begins more and more to resemble dictatorship, except for the occasional eruptions of lawless anarchy. The Rule of Law is trampled under foot and our constitutional republic is but a fading memory.

“The fantastical project of yesterday, which was mentioned
only to be ridiculed, is today the audacious reform, and
will be tomorrow the accomplished fact.”

They call it “progress,” but you may notice an aroma of burning brimstone, as we near the destination of this road paved with good intentions.



135 Responses to “#MichFest: Trannies Win, Lesbians Lose”

  1. Fail Burton
    April 24th, 2015 @ 12:07 am

    Well, lesbians are the ones who went around telling everyone women are created, not born. So Dr. Frank created some. Now they’re trying to kick the monster out of the lab.

  2. Fail Burton
    April 24th, 2015 @ 12:09 am

    The invention of the Perpetual Sandwich Machine had nothing to do with rape. Read your history books lesbians.

  3. Fail Burton
    April 24th, 2015 @ 12:10 am

    #JustListen. To who?

  4. Fail Burton
    April 24th, 2015 @ 12:11 am

    I predict The Transblack Boyz will be popular someday.

  5. Finrod Felagund
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:25 am

    And if you had checked the history of this blog, you would have realized that coming in and being blatantly anti-Christian would be the equivalent of writing DUMBASS on your forehead.

  6. Finrod Felagund
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:27 am

    Leftists rarely think they need actual evidence– the fact they thought it up they view as proof they’re right.

  7. Daniel Freeman
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:46 am

    I don’t think so. Lefty cannibalization is a symptom of their Quest for Perfection; they will always schism again the more they win, but in the meantime they stand together against everyone else who is more wrong.

  8. Wombat_socho
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:49 am


  9. Wombat_socho
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:50 am

    You may have been raised Catholic, but you obviously didn’t learn anything. Bye now.

  10. Wombat_socho
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:51 am

    There is much wisdom in The Histories. 😉

  11. Wombat_socho
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:56 am

    Yeah, suuuuure. 😉

  12. Wombat_socho
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:57 am

    It would be funny, if only it were funny. But that’s where these idiots are headed, like it or not.

  13. concern00
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:58 am

    Yeah, it wasn’t really meant to be funny. More like ironic.

  14. The original Mr. X
    April 24th, 2015 @ 3:20 am

    That’s why they invented the concept of “gender”.

  15. The original Mr. X
    April 24th, 2015 @ 4:23 am

    The other day Milo conjectured it’s only a matter of time before some white dude wants to be “transblack.”
    Well, we’ve already had Michael Jackson going the other way.

  16. Quartermaster
    April 24th, 2015 @ 4:59 am

    That’s easy for you to say!

  17. Daniel Freeman
    April 24th, 2015 @ 5:08 am

    But at $3.999 per gallon, 0.003 gallons would yield another penny, making them both even numbers to the second decimal.

  18. Dana
    April 24th, 2015 @ 5:46 am

    Nor even before it.

  19. Dana
    April 24th, 2015 @ 5:48 am

    So, when paleontologists tell us that they’ve found another set of ancient human or hominid remains, and that the individual was a male, or perhaps a female, we have to denounce them because, science!?

  20. Dana
    April 24th, 2015 @ 5:50 am

    What civil rights struggle was that? No one would have discriminated against a homosexual unless he knew that the person was homosexual, and we couldn’t know that unless one decided to advertise it.

    No one cares if you aren’t normal, unless you act not normal.

  21. Rick Caird
    April 24th, 2015 @ 6:21 am

    “Diversity” is one of those ideas whose consequences have moved far beyond any original intent.

    First, diversity costs. The universities have effectively solved that problem by eliminating diversity of thought and indoctrinating their students that there is one, and only one way, to evaluate major issues.

    Second, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival was designed to fit a narrow audience. However, it has been destroyed by an even narrower audience who would rather destroy than be excluded. It is the same with the gay wedding nonsense.

    The sense of jubilation over the destruction of these businesses and events is breathtaking. It is all just another version of killing your lover because your lover wants to leave you or doesn’t want you in the first place.. If I can’t have “my love”, no one can. We rightly rail at the insanity of people who kill like that, but we celebrate those who kill businesses and events for the identical reason..

    There is something fundamentally wrong with “diversity” when in comes to this.

  22. Rick Caird
    April 24th, 2015 @ 6:26 am

    You have no point. You simply refuse to face the fact that you are also a person of faith. You belong to a loosely organized faith that has a single dogma: “there is no god”. But, you can no more prove that than I can prove there is a God. Atheists are identical to the trans genders who would rather kill than accommodate and refuse to look at their own foibles and beliefs. Enjoy your insanity.

  23. Mike Rogers
    April 24th, 2015 @ 7:48 am

    Most interesting and very sad.
    One could gloat at the Feminazis being hoist on their own petard, but there’s something deeper at work here – the point you made about M->F trannies tending to be those with a history of violence toward women.
    For long ages, it was considered acceptable, and even a good part of a healthy upbringing to have single sex schools, to have boy scouts and girl scouts as separate organizations, and to have their leaders be fine upstanding family types.
    I have long noted that there are two general types of gay people – those who quietly live their lives and don’t demand special favors except to be left alone, and those who campaign to be noticed, want to be exhibitionists in public, and actively groom and recruit minors for their perversions.
    Hence we have the lesbians with no self-control running rampant in our schools (previous story), gay scoutmasters perverting our boys, and militant trannies poking their d!cks into a peacful women’s “club”.
    Let’s call what the militants do by a suitable criminal tag like “public display of immorality”, and punish them for it (and of course call rape of a minor by its real name, too), and stop tolerating actual perversion, immorality, and bad manners in the name of “inclusivity”.

  24. Mike Rogers
    April 24th, 2015 @ 7:52 am

    As Stacy pointed out:
    Many of us are getting off our butts and trying to change things before total societal collapse, and Christians go the extra step of praying for guidance as they prepare for battle.
    On to the Crusades, for that is surely what they will become, if they are not already.

    Your initial comment suggested that you thought Christians expected prayer alone to solve problems, and got righteous indignation as a result.

  25. Squid Hunt
    April 24th, 2015 @ 8:55 am

    What do you expect when you play the game, “Who’s the biggest pervert?” My dad always said, in a different context, you may be the biggest and baddest now, but there’s always somebody bigger and badder than you out there.

  26. The original Mr. X
    April 24th, 2015 @ 12:45 pm

    I think you mean “huperson remains”.

  27. Finrod Felagund
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

    Sorry, I had thought that this one had a chance of perhaps becoming not a troll. My mistake.

  28. Finrod Felagund
    April 24th, 2015 @ 1:31 pm

    I’ve heard the term “ha ha only serious” used for that type of humor.

  29. Daniel Freeman
    April 24th, 2015 @ 8:32 pm

    You make a good argument, but I would bet money that the philosophy of gay men regarding transmen begins and ends with “I love men and you aren’t one, so buh-bye” (with a “Why are you still here?” in-between). What if the radical feminist conflict with transwomen is as simple, just dressed up?

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  31. theoldsargesays
    April 25th, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

    That’s a really cool snarling wolf avatar. It just screams intelligent well-reasoned thought.

  32. theoldsargesays
    April 25th, 2015 @ 8:27 pm

    So you’re saying that you’ve read Disqus posts in which people actually stated that they didn’t have to work at anything but that their prayers would take care of everything?
    If that’s true then they do sound like a bunch of crazies. What site did you find these folk at?

  33. theoldsargesays
    April 25th, 2015 @ 8:34 pm

    You blame an entire religion and all of its adherents for the opinions of a microscopic minority of it’s members?
    Perhaps they’re not the problem?

  34. Robert What?
    April 26th, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

    “Victim” is the most coveted status among the American Left today. But there’s always the risk that some other group eventually outranks you in the official Victim handicapping. The Lesbians had a good run but now they’ve been benched. I wonder who will usurp the trannies down the road?

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