TERFs attempt to sabotage the long standing Glasgow Feminist Network

You wanna hear some massive ‘feminist’ bullshit?

Feminists are people who stand in solidarity with other women, right? Who don’t shit all over other’s feminist work, no? And Radical Feminists, why they are so *fucking rad* that they gotta be the feministest, eh?

Ahahahahahahahahaha. Ahahahahaha. Let me tell you a fucking story.

A while ago a bunch of feminists put together the Glasgow Feminist Network. Some were younger feminists, some were older feminists, some were for sex workers rights, some were abolitionists, some trans allies and some transphobic but overall it was not an actual radfem hideout. There were some tendencies within the group, but it was not the intent of it as a collective.

There’s a website, a FB like page, and a closed Facebook Group.In the closed group, we recently had had a bunch of  butting heads on sex work issues. Meanwhile, some people tried to revive it GFN as a functioning offline group by hosting a meeting. Me and a friend were banned from the event’s FB page for being confrontational. In other words, we asked if it was a trans inclusive event.

There were 4 people at the meeting. One of them was Megan Brayton, a  proper hardcore sex work abolitionist and transphobe. Conflict really explodes this past week when Megan Brayton posts a link to Ann Tagonist’s article which says not only that pornography is inherently violence against women, but that the practice of transsexuality is just the same. A shitstorm ensues (with Ann Tagonist, real life name Nic Nesbitt, making an appearance). Many people (myself included) leave the group.

This woman who is a long time feminist but new to the GFN gets made admin for being someone who was disagreeing with Megan Brayton but in a calm and collected manner (which many of us didn’t manage, due to her being extremely aggressive to us in the first place).

In the interests of ‘fairness’, Megan Brayton was made admin too. The aforementioned trans ally feminist posted some basic rules (basically no hate speech, no transphobia/homophobia/racism etc etc) for this, Megan Brayton removed her from being an admin.
And then she removed ALL other admins from the group.
This included the founders of the group. Who had organised numerous events, paid the web hosting out of their own pocket. And whose only ‘crime’ was to try to foster an inclusive ethos in A FEMINIST GROUP.Here’s some proof. Megan Brayton goes back to Palpatine herself, Cathy Brennan, and iscongratulated on a job well done crushing those pesky rebels. She basically admits to the whole thing and is patted in the back for a job well done. FOR SUBVERTING A FEMINIST GROUP.

The Glasgow Feminist Network issued a statement (cameo appearance in the comments by one Cathy Brennan):

Regarding the recent posts on the Glasgow Feminist Network group i’d like to point out that those who originally created the group have all been removed as moderators and have no power to moderate any of the posts there. I’d sincerely apologise to all the women reading those recent posts, particularly trans women, who have been made to feel unsafe and unwelcome.

Myself and and few other women here who have also been removed as admins worked really hard in the first days of GFN organising a fundraising gig for the Women’s Support Network, several meetings at Glasgow Women’s Library, Film Nights, Book Groups and Feminist Socials. It’s really unfortunate and frankly upsetting to see that hard work go to waste and have GFN’s reputation as a trans safe space destroyed in this way and the wishes of the majority of its members disregarded.

This is what transphobic, whorephobic, radical ‘feminists’ do: they destroy women’s communities. Spread the word. This happened in Scotland. It can happen in your town.

Reproduced fromhttp://rebelpachelbel.tumblr.com/post/54758657771/you-wanna-hear-some-massive-feminist-bulshit

Secondly the apt and positive response from the original founders of Glasgow Feminist Network:

“Regarding the recent posts on the Glasgow Feminist Network group i’d like to point out that those who originally created the group have all been removed as moderators and have no power to moderate any of the posts there. I’d sincerely apologise to all the women reading those recent posts, particularly trans women, who have been made to feel unsafe and unwelcome.

Myself and and few other women here who have also been removed as admins worked really hard in the first days of GFN organising a fundraising gig for the Women’s Support Network, several meetings at Glasgow Women’s Library, Film Nights, Book Groups and Feminist Socials. It’s really unfortunate and frankly upsetting to see that hard work go to waste and have GFN’s reputation as a trans safe space destroyed in this way and the wishes of the majority of its members disregarded.

The Glasgow Feminist Network group does not speak for GFN and isn’t representative of what those who engaged in GFN organised activism with us wanted it to be about.at one of the first meetings it was decided overwhelmingly that GFN should be a trans safe space and I believe that should include online spaces.

Again, if you’ve been made to feel unwelcome here or that GFN is a space where you will have your status as a ‘real’ woman called into status I am really truly sorry. A statement on the fan page, website and twitter will follow.”

My own view : Firstly I have to say that I wouldn’t call the women described in this article just as “radfems”, my own personal opinion is that they are essentially radfems who are TERFS & who don’t mind increasing harm to sex workers, and harrassing their allys online in their pursuit of their own brand of “true feminism”, whatever that is. I don’t find all radfems objectionable and have worked successfully with several – VE

If you are a feminist in Glasgow who has been affected or harassed by the women mentioned in this article, I’d like to hear from you, email thevenusenvy@live.com or feel free to join Glasgow Feminist Collective where a supportive & Inclusive environment awaits. https://www.facebook.com/groups/149706178521427/

Links :
Glasgow Feminist Network : https://www.facebook.com/glasgowfeministnetwork
Glasgow Feminist Collective : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glasgow-Feminist-Collective/572422316102431
Ariel Silvera : https://www.facebook.com/ariel.silvera.1983

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