‘WE’VE COME A WRONG WAY BAY-BEE’ – by Alix Dobkin (1999)

“As I was saying, the phrase,
‘This may be politically incorrect, but…’, makes me reach for the “delete” key. Why? Because it almost always precedes, a mindless bit of racism or a snotty put-down of women. The cutesy idiom masquerades as disobedience but in fact dismisses consciousness and justifies meanspirited conformity. So-called “political correctness” didn’t weaken feminism, but fear of that label did. Excusing the perpetrator from taking on tough issues, this phobic umbrella shelters a multitude of retreats…”

Author(s): alix dobkin

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 29, No. 8 (august-september 1999), p. 15

We’ve Come a Wrong Way Bay-Bee – AD (link)


Interview with Janice Raymond (1979)

INTRODUCTION: “I began my reading of The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male with a full deck of unexamined liberal assumptions: that the concept of a woman trapped in a man’s body was not absurd; that transsexualism was at least consistent with feminism if not essential to it; that alleviation of an individual’s pain took precedence over all else. Jan Raymond’s book prompted the questioning of all these assumptions and raised many fundamental points that I had not considered.”

Author(s): Susanna J. Sturgis and Jan Raymond
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 9, No. 9 (october, 1979), pp. 14-15

Interview Jan Raymond (1979)  (Link)

‘Trans-Ending Women’s Rights: The politics of trans-inclusion in the age of gender’ by Belinda Sweeney (2004)

“The prevalence of anti-discrimination legal proceedings filed by self-defined ‘‘trans-women’’ has prompted an increasingly contested question in modern sexual politics — what does transsexualism actually ‘‘transcend’’? It seems that in spite of the 1970s’ radical feminist critique of transsexualism, the phenomena of transsexualism and sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) have proliferated considerably. This increase has, through sheer magnitude, given birth to a broad-based, international movement that is rapidly expanding its fight for acceptance and rights for trans-people. In particular, trans-women are currently claiming their right to participate in, and access the assistance of, women-only events, organizations, and service provisions.

In this paper, I will argue that whereas radical feminist campaigns have sought to break down gender categories, and thus, free women from gender oppression, the protection of gender is imperative to the goals of trans-activists and their supporters…”

Author: Belinda Sweeney

Source: Women’s Studies International Forum 27 (2004) 75– 88

Trans-Ending Women’s Rights, The Politics of Trans-Inclusion, 2004, Belinda Sweeney SOCTHEORY (Link)

‘Freedom Is Censorship: Control of Feminist Thought in Market Democracy ‘ – by Betsy Brown (2001)

“If we want to find the place where dissident ideas are squelched or distorted beyond recognition, we would do well to examine the celebrated “free market place of ideas.” That marketplace is no freer or more democratic than any other capitalist marketplace. It is here that feminist and lesbian publishers and bookstores are going out of business at an alarming rate; as are all kinds of independent publishers and bookstores. The men who run the huge corporations that control this market place have a large incentive to limit the availability of ideas that challenge patriarchy, capitalism, or white supremacy in any deep or comprehensive way. If nothing else, people who think radical thoughts have something to give their lives meaning besides the mindless consumption that drives the U.S. economy…”
Author(s): Betsy Brown

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 31, No. 4 (april 2001), pp. 8-11

Freedom is Censorship – Control of Feminist Thought (Link)

‘Every Woman Has A Right: Not To Be Prostituted’ – by Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific

“Debates on prostitution rage on, as they have for over a hundred years. But if the commerce of sex was once a more hidden or at least discreet business, today there’s no ignoring the bombardment of sex sales talk; we live, it has been said, in a culture of pornography. With the worldwide explosion in recent decades of industries based on the production, sale and
consumption of sex primarily personified in women’s bodies, there is an even more pressing need to understand the commodification of sex in the range and diversity of forms that pornography, “sexual entertainment” and prostitution are taking, and for feminists to analyze the significance of and impact of these developments on women’s status…”

Author(s): Coalition Against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 31, No. 3 (March 2001), pp. 7-9

Every Woman has a Right Not to be Prostituted (Link)

‘Women and the Prison Industrial Complex’ – by Val Codd (2001)

“The U.S. war on drugs has become a war on women, specifically women of color. According to a Department of Justice Report, since federal drug laws ushered in mandatory sentencing in 1986, the incarceration rate for women has increased 400 percent, and the figure for black women is 800 percent. While the current rate of imprisonment for black women is more than eight times that for white women, the rate for Latina women is four times that for white women, according
to Amnesty International.”

Author(s): Val Codd

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 31, No. 2, Our Sisters In Prison: What are they doing there? (February 2001), p. 8

Women & The Prison Industrial Complex (Link)

‘Trapped by Patriarchy: Women in Prison’ by Temima Fruchter (2001)

“Females are secondary.”
“This statement, made in 1998 by Andrew Winston, the chairman of the Virginia Board of Corrections, essentially sums up the position of women in the larger scheme of the U.S. prison hierarchy. Winston conceded that this is the unfortunate case in terms of the design of many American prisons and inmate services. Most of these services, he stated at the 1998 Friends of Incarcerated Women conference, are built to benefit males.
Because of this still-true case of nationwide neglect, such things as “male guards touching prisoners’ breasts and genitals during daily pat-downs and strip searches, watching women as they shower and dress and…selling women to male inmates for sex” were cited as being “common practice” by a 1999 Report by Amnesty International entitled Not Part of My Sentence: Violations of the Human Rights of Women in Custody.

Author(s): Temima Fruchter

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 31, No. 2, Our Sisters In Prison: What are they doing there? (February 2001), p.1

Trapped by Patriarchy – Women in Prison (Link)

‘Man Bites Dog! How the Mainstream Media Obscure the Fact of Male Violence’ by Jennie Ruby

EXTRACT: “A dog bites a man? That is not news. Man bites dog? That is news. If a man beats his wife, it is not news, but if a woman beats a man, it’s news. Likewise, men rape about 500,000 women per year, some with foreign objects that cause severe damage to the woman’s vagina. That is not news. Clitoral mutilations occur perhaps every day. That is not news. One woman severs a man’s penis. That’s news.”

Author(s): Jennie Ruby

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 30, No. 11 (December 2000), p. 12, 19

Man Bites Dog (Link)

‘Sadomasochism: It’s a Republican Thing’ – by Alix Dobkin

“During its heyday in the Lesbian community, sadomasochism reminded me of America’s redscare during the repressive 1950’s. Back then Republicans maintained control by intimidating the nation into silent compliance, much like sadomasochists, used sex and guilt to manipulate Lesbians thirty years later. In the 50’s opposing Democrats publicly supported anti-communism just as privately dissenting Lesbians felt compelled to pay public lip service to s/m in the 80’s and early 90’s. Substitute “vanilla,” “sex-police,” or my particular favorite, “sex-nazi” for “pinko” or “commie.”
This is how s/m got to be the exclusive Lesbian sex model for young or new dykes…”

Author(s): Alix Dobkin
Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 30, No. 6 (June 2000), p. 16

Sadomasochism, It’s a Republican Thing (Link)

Love Women or Die: Are We An Endangered Species? by Alix Dobkin

“‘Diversity’ used to be code for the coming together of Lesbians from a variety of racial, ethnic and class backgrounds. But now those labels indicate the “inclusion” of “nice” men, “supportive” men, “curious” men, ex-men…”

Author(s): Alix Dobkin

Source: Off Our Backs, Vol. 30, No. 5 (May 2000), p. 9, 18

Love Women or Die (Link)