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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Is Michfest Soon Becoming Stripfest?

Somewhere between Michfest founder's lethargy, political correctness fears and lesbian trans ignorance, Michfest is soon, if not already, slated to become STRIPFEST.

Michfest's once upon a time, woman safe, idyllic grounds has slowly, post queer movement, become less idyllic and drastically unsafe for lesbians. The queer movement, in line with the hetero patriarchal Trans Politic has invaded Michfest's lush lands, kicking open the door for the Male Gaze that Michfest once kept out. Queer women, i.e. straight women with a slice or two of kink, continue whittling away at all traces of lesbianism Michfest was built by and upon. Paving the way, like a MAN-made highway for more and more male presences on Michfest grounds.

These women have been so infused with patriarchy and so defeated by their own internalized misogyny, performing for the Male Gaze is second nature and protecting men, regardless of garb, their first! So allowing, NO-correction, demanding, demonstrating that males belong on Michfest's once safe, Male Gaze protected lesbian lands is meaningless to them. Their ears are deaf to lesbian pleas for women only spaces and no Michfest signer can enlighten them to a world where they need not seek male approval for their existence.

Michfest was created as a safe haven, a shelter from the Male Gaze. Where lesbians could walk hand in hand, bare chested if they so wished. And many did/do. To have the privilege of feeling the sun on their backs or breast without being ogled by males, without the threat of rape and without shame. This privilege is being quickly eroded at Michfest, with queer women leading the pack! Women who ignorantly welcome the Male Gaze because they have nothing else inside. And a wink or a nod or a hoot from a trans male goes a LONG way when your existence depends men. And the trans males raping Michfest grounds with their testosteroned presences are using Michfest as their very own strip club!

But it is one thing if queer straight women wanna show their tits to men, quite another when unsuspecting lesbians are faced with the Male Gaze at a WOMAN ONLY event. It takes only a single male to carry the whole misogynistic Male Gaze history with him, that gaze is in his every look, glance and step. Lesbian shirtlessness is no longer a Michfest privilege when hundreds of male eyes are upon our bare breast. It is a strip tease without our permission, when Michfest became Stripfest.

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18 comments:

  1. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.

    ALL THIS STARTED WHEN TRANSGENDER MTFs AND THEIR ALLIES FORCED THEIR WAY IN.

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  2. Thanks for the informative read Dirt.

    HLE

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  3. If we step back and look at the way the porn/sex industry pushed BDSM and pornography into the lesbian community starting around the 1980s, saying how cool and progressive it was, Michfest becoming Stripfest is not that far fetched. Open Mich Fest to males, and this includes males in skirts, and the porn in whatever form will eventually follow. It's inevitable. It was the sex industry/porn producers that were instrumental in introducing hard core BDSM/porn into the lesbian community. This happened around the time second wave feminism was in decline. An explosion in porn, especially the most degrading, body punishing porn emerged about the same time that transgender/gender queer were becoming more fashionable. The transgender community will NEVER completely cut its ties with the porn/sex industry because it's too dependent on these misogynistic industries.

    WE CAN KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE. KEEP MWMF WOMEN BORN WOMEN.

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  4. Transgenderism is based on men's objectification and sexist stereotypes of women. Most of these stereotypes are based on porn. Which lies about women but tells the truth about men. It should come as no surprise then that most trans are heterosexual males. Transgenderism allows these porn-sick men to stick it to women and demands that women participate in men's kinky fetishes, sexual deviancy, and porn fantasies. Strip-fest indeed.

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  5. Pro-porn, pro-prostitution, pro-sex worker, pro-BDSM, pro-drag, pro-trans, pro-queer, pro-queer theory, pro-bisexual, pro-third wave feminism, pro-dildos and pro-sex toys, pro-postmodernism, pro-femininity, pro-butch/femme, pro-sex, pro-genderqueer, pro-ALL OF IT! And guess what? We are winning winning winning! Your side is not only losing, you lost 20 years ago! It is downright funny to come here and look at the last pathetic fumes of pathetic "radfem" lesbian separatist nonsense. Get yourself a time machine and return to 1981. The present and future has nothing for you as the dykeosaur goes into full-on extinction. And we have WAY more fun than you miserable and prudish Lesbian-Feminists ever will!

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  6. Anonymous @ 9:24- OK, you proved what we all know- that there are less than well intention people in all demographics of society. However the violent crime comitted by women will never even come statistically close to that committed by men.
    Anonymous @ 9:45 PM. Such cold nasty things to say about a woman & other people who question the status quo. Women's spaces are important & will always be important. The whole of Western society is a man's space that your mind & body has clearly been colonised by and you are now complicit in. Take another blue pill. You sould prepare for the day when you simply go out of fashion under the weight of common sense and universal truths.

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  7. Pro-porn, pro-prostitution, pro-sex worker, pro-BDSM, pro-drag, pro-trans, pro-queer, pro-queer theory, pro-bisexual, pro-third wave feminism, pro-dildos and pro-sex toys, pro-postmodernism, pro-femininity, pro-butch/femme, pro-sex, pro-genderqueer, pro-ALL OF IT! And guess what? We are winning winning winning! Your side is not only losing, you lost 20 years ago! It is downright funny to come here and look at the last pathetic fumes of pathetic "radfem" lesbian separatist nonsense. Get yourself a time machine and return to 1981. The present and future has nothing for you as the dykeosaur goes into full-on extinction. And we have WAY more fun than you miserable and prudish Lesbian-Feminists ever will!

    I WANT TO THANK THIS PERSON FOR JUST CONFIRMING WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW. PORNOGRAPHY, ESPECIALLY THE MOST BRUTAL AND BODY PUNISHING PORNOGRAPHY IS PART OF THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN AND THE BACKLASH AGAINST FEMINISM. THE PORN WE SEE TODAY IS NOTHING LIKE THE OLD PLAYBOY OF THE 1960S. INDEED, PLAYBOY IS OLD SCHOOL COMPARED TO WHAT IS AVAILABLE TODAY. PORN JUST GETS MORE EXTREME BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO COME UP WITH NEW WAYS TO PUNISH A FEMALE'S BODY.

    I URGE EVERY WOMAN WHO IS READING THIS TO PICK UP A COPY OF GAIL DINES BOOK "PORNLAND: HOW PORN HAS HIJACKED OUR SEXUALITY".

    Market research conducted by internet providers found that the average age a boy first sees porn today is 11; a study from the University of Alberta found that one third of 13-year-old boys admitted viewing porn; and a survey published by Psychologies magazine in the UK last month found that a third of 14- to 16-year-olds had first seen sexual images online when they were 10 or younger – 81% of those polled looked at porn online at home, while 63% could easily access it on their mobile phones

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/02/gail-dines-pornography

    Gail Dines, author of “Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality” is one of the few remaining feminists who has the courage to write eloquently about pornography. In an interview with the Guardian she states,

    “Every group that has fought for liberation understands that media images are part and parcel of the systematic dehumanisation of an oppressed group.”

    There were two images from Hustler magazine that she found especially shocking: a cartoon of a construction worker drilling a jackhammer into a woman’s vagina, and one depicting a woman being fed through a meat grinder.”


    “One problem I knew I had to deal with as I was writing the book was the inevitable accusation that, because I am anti-porn, I must be an anti-sex prude who is out to police people’s sex lives. To criticize porn today is to be seen as criticizing sex, because–thanks to the porn PR machine–porn has now become synonymous with sex….This is a business with considerable political clout, with the capacity to lobby politicians, engage in expensive legal battles, and use public relations to influence public debate. As with the tobacco industry, this is not a simple matter of consumer choice; rather, the business is increasingly able to deploy a sophisticated and well-resourced marketing machine, not just to push its wares but also to cast the industry’s image in a positive light.”

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  8. And we have WAY more fun than you miserable and prudish Lesbian-Feminists ever will!

    NO, THESE WOMEN DON'T DO THIS FOR FUN. THEY PARTICIPATE IN THE FOLLOWING BECAUSE THEY ARE POOR WOMEN WITH NO POLITICAL POWER WHO ARE SYSTEMATICALLY DEHUMANIZED.

    Gail Dines quoted in alternet.org

    GD: If you watch pornography you see that immediately. What you see is a woman being penetrated brutally vaginally, anally and orally. As that’s happening — three men at one time, four men at one time — she’s being called vile, hateful names, she’s being sometimes slapped, sometimes her hair is pulled… Even the industry said that many women have a hard time being in the industry for more than three months. Why? Because of the brutalization of the body.

    SK: Three months?

    GD: That’s what the article says in Adult Video News . Also, I’ve interviewed somebody who worked with AIM, the health care organization that takes care of the health of porn performers, and he was telling me just what happens to the bodies of these women. For example, he said one of the big things are anal prolapses, where literally their anuses drop out of their body and have to be sewn back in because of the brutal anal sex. He also talked about gonorrhea of the eye, and the latest thing — because you have something called [ass to mouth] — they put the penis into the anus, and then into her mouth without washing. They’re finding now that women are getting fecal bacterial infections in their mouth and throat. ”


    http://www.alternet.org/story/148142/should_we_worry_whether_porn_has_hijacked_our_sexuality?page=0%2C0


    One 2006 estimate has the global porn industry at $97 billion in revenues. According to one estimate, 28,000 Internet users are watching porn every second.

    http://www.businesspundit.com/the-worlds-most-lucrative

    THE TYPE OF PORN WE SEE TODAY IS JUST PART OF THE BACKLASH AGAINST FEMINISM. I WON'T EVEN GO INTO THE CHILD OR KIDDIE PORN THAT THE LUCRATIVE PORN INDUSTRY TRIES TO HIDE, BUT WE KNOW IT EXISTS. ISN'T IT INTERESTING THAT ANY TIME A FEMALE STARTS TO QUESTION TRANSGENDER IN ANY WAY, PEOPLE WHO PRODUCE PORN STEP IN AND COME TO THEIR RESCUE.

    I URGE THE READER TO GOOGLE THE NAME "BUCK ANGEL" OR READ SOME OF PATRICK CALIFIA'S PRO-BDSM BOOKS AND ARTICLES.

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  9. Omaha, NE - A suspect who, according to police reports, is a man--but dresses as a woman--pleaded guilty to first degree sexual assault and sexual assault on a child.

    A judge could sentence 42-year-old Lynda Myers to up to 70 years in prison.

    Police say Myers sexually assaulted two boys, starting when they were 10 years old. The boys are now in their mid- to late-teens.

    http://www.kmtv.com/news/local/130993618.html

    Judge spares child porn transsexual from 'unsafe' men's prison

    Jul 2010

    A pervert who downloaded child porn has escaped jail because she is transsexual.


    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/judge-spares-child-porn-transsexual-235433

    NO ONE IS SAYING THAT TRANSGENDER IDENTIFIED MALES ARE MORE PRONE TO VIOLENCE OR SEXUAL ASSAULT THAN OTHER MALES. MY POINT IS THIS. THEY ARE STILL MALE, AND ALL THE CRIME STATISTICS SHOW THAT MALES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS.

    Center for Sex Offender Management
    A Project of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

    Female Sex Offenders
    March 2007

    National criminal justice statistics reveal that of all adults and juveniles who come to the attention of the authorities for sex crimes, females account for less than 10% of these cases (FBI, 2006). Specifically, arrests of women represent only 1% of all adult arrests for forcible rape and 6% of all adult arrests for other sex offenses.

    In contrast to the approximately 140,000 men incarcerated in prisons nationwide for sex
    crimes, only 1,500 women are estimated to be imprisoned for these offenses (Harrison &
    Beck, 2005). They represent only 1%of all adults incarcerated for sex offenses, and 2% of all females in prison.

    http://www.csom.org/pubs/female_sex_offenders_brief.pdf

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  10. @ Pro porn,

    Oh looky the village has more than one idiot. Well knock me over with a feather, pro porn pro misogyny. Well my friend that has a life span of about 3 years if you are really lucky, but I suspect your not—luck travels on smarter bandwagon than what you’re on. So you can have your porn, because soon, about the time you pull your favorite dildo out of your ass and make a quick run to the 7/11 to cash your disability check because you can’t hold a job due to an obvious cluster fuck of metal problems coupled with stupidity, you will realize—holy shit nobody wants to be near me.

    Funny how that works—you seemed so hip and trendy a second ago—wow look at me I got all this stuff I rammed up my ass—cool.

    Well nobody is going to think it quite as cool as you seem to—ewww, I would drink a whole lot if I were you—it won’t make you smarter or saner but it may cut you life span short and that would make you less of a waste. Oh heads up it is called theory for a reason—it isn’t true.

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  11. I think it's funny how all you ugly dumb dykes talk about porn as if it's misogyny. HAHA.
    Also this is just funny. What, you want this to remain a female only grounds, so that the lesbians are only subject to the FEMALE GAZE?
    Ugh that's disgusting and misandric.
    Losers.

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  12. I think it's funny how all you ugly dumb dykes talk about porn as if it's misogyny. HAHA.

    So You Think You Know What Porn is: Q&A with Gail Dines for the Mars Society

    "If I understand your position correctly, you acknowledge that some women choose pornography — young women who want to be the next Jenna Jameson — and obviously many modern women choose to be ‘empowered women’ like the Sex and the City characters. Given that these women feel free and powerful, without appeal to either of these, how is being a radical feminist better for women?

    Gag on My Cock, Altered Assholes, Human Toilet Bowls, Ebony Sluts, Oh No Theres a Negro in My Daughter, First Time with Daddy and so on. These are just some of the titles of popular porn websites and movies. Behind the soft-focus façade of porn – a façade constructed by the media in large part – lies a world of cruelty, violence and degradation. Most people I know who claim that porn is empowering for women have never actually seen what mainstream Internet porn – called gonzo by the industry – looks like. For the uninitiated, I will list some of the most common acts:

    •Vaginal, anal, and oral penetration of a woman by three or more men at the same time

    •Double anal in which a woman is penetrated anally by two men at the same time

    •Double vagina in which a woman is penetrated vaginally by two men at the same time

    •Gagging in which a woman has a penis thrust so far down her throat, she gags (or in the more extreme cases, vomits)

    •Ass-to-mouth in which a penis goes from a woman’s anus to her mouth without washing

    These acts are played out on a living being who, like the rest of us, has certain bodily limits. The goal in gonzo is to push these limits to the maximum. I would bet that few of the women who enter porn know fully what is expected of them or that they have a short shelf life as the body cannot take such punishment for long. Even the industry admits that gonzo porn is hard on the woman’s body.[i] According to the Adult Industry Media Healthcare Foundation women in porn are at risk of contracting diseases that few women outside of the industry will ever experience: chlamydia of the eye and throat, gonorrhea of the eye and throat, herpes of the eye, and herpes of the nose.

    Isn't it interesting that gonzo porn exploded about the same time that transgender and "transitioning" became more popular?

    IF YOU CAN STOMACH IT, WATCH GONZO PORN, AND THEN WATCH A VIDEO OF FTM "TOP SURGERY". These are both forms of violence being carried out on the female sex. Both exist in the absence of feminism.

    http://www.surgerytheater.com/video/6423/Dr.%20Daniel%20Medalie%20performs%20FtM%20top%20surgery%20(double%20incision%20mastectomy%20with%20nipple%20grafting)

    copy and paste the link...

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  13. I think it's funny how all you ugly dumb dykes talk about porn as if it's misogyny. HAHA.

    Also this is just funny. What, you want this to remain a female only grounds, so that the lesbians are only subject to the FEMALE GAZE?
    Ugh that's disgusting and misandric.
    Losers.


    WE DEMAND A FEMALE ONLY MUSIC FESTIVAL HELD ON PRIVATE PROPERTY BECAUSE IT'S SAFER.

    Pro porn men's rights advocates and transgender...it's funny how they seem to always back each other up...


    This happened in January 2013. It’s my understanding, that Jonathan Reid was banned from youtube because of threats of violence towards “rad fems”, lesbians, and feminists.

    JANUARY 2013

    “Jonathan Reid “Aeryn” Fulton (aka Aerynxv aka aeryn rebeka fulton aka aeryn reid aka aeryn rebeka fulton-chesnavich)

    “EPIC ass-whipping coming your way Nicky. You are sooooo screwed. Shall I meet you at dunkin donuts? I’ll just watch your twitter and see where you are. This is going to be fun. It’s been a long time in coming. BTW I have it on good authority Cathy Brennan will have a terrible accident at this year’s dyke march. THAT”S been a long time coming to. I want your ipod as a trophy. I will get it. See you soon, sweetumz!

    DIAF. All radical feminists will pay a terrible price. 2013 is going to be apocalyptic. We are so done with words. “Making a list, checking it twice, bringing some comeuppance wont that be nice? Planting radfems deep in the ground”.

    If I threaten to eviserate Gallus Mag, and she presses charges, under USA law I have the right to face my accuser. Thus, I will know her identity. Autumn Sandeen is offering $10k for that info.

    This year we are taking Michfest down. 2013 is the year of transequality. Suck it, Brennan! See you at the dyke march.

    I want you all to realize, I’m; the ultimate Libertarian. If you are cool with me, I’m cool with you. IF NOT, LEAVE ME and MINE alone, or I will harm you. Violence is always an option, and I have studied to dispense violence all my life.

    We trans womyn have to battle for our very right to exist and transition against hordes of Fascist JaniceRaymondiod lesbian bulldyke 2nd wave radfems. We do NOT appreciate self-loathing little boyz taking up for the trans-exterminationist diesel dyke crowd. If you come to terms with taking a man as your ex partner, you too can avoid chasing nasty cis-woman coochie and free yourself from cis-woman mind-fuckkery!”

    I think I may go to this Michfest thing, just for the sake of posting all kinds of revealing photos of the local deichs, in various states of dress, ALL OVER THE INTERWEBS….No building bridges here, just pure, HONEST, and unadulterated hatred and intolerance for my ideological blood-enemies.”

    http://gendertrender.wordpress.com/tag/aerynxv/

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  14. Transgender activist Anthony Casebeer was caught making jokes about bashing in the head of a lesbian with a baseball bat. As I understand it, he later resigned from some GLBT organization for these comments.

    “Pimp slap is not enough here: a nice home run swing to the head with a 38-oz Louisville Slugger is more in order. There’s no brains in her head to destroy to start with. It’s personal, and if I ever saw her in my windshield, I’ll be wiping blood off my white Buick. But I won’t be using the brakes.”.

    http://gendertrender.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/monica-violence-1.jpg

    Of course, the lesbian known as dirtywhiteboi67 has received numerous threats from transgender, particularly transmen. *Warning! This is very graphic.

    “…..You are such a weak little old hag of a bitch. Get raped by a bunch of niggers you old crow.”

    “You made this story up you fucking ugly OVER-THE-HILL sagging tits, fat ass ugly repulsive CUNT. You’re just jealous that you’re OLD AS HELL and can NEVER EVER transition successfully the way us young dudes do! We are the men you can never, ever be. Medical science, nanotechnology and genetic engineering is advancing in ways your tiny female, estrogen-dominant gossipy female brain can NEVER imagine. CUNT. And being 25 I will reap the benefits and you will just be a corpse. You’re not even masculine, this shit you’re doing here is totally female…gossipy manipulative psychological warfare. Why don’t you take your fat, over-sized, child-bearing hips sagging cottage cheese ass back in the kitchen and cook your disgusting wrinkled, obese crew-cut trainwreck you call a “girlfriend” another Swanson dinner you useless OLD HAG. KNOW YOUR PLACE and stop treading on us. Stupid useless cunt. No wonder there is so much misogyny…it’s because of bitches like you. Suck a fat one and get AIDS”.

    SOURCE:

    http://dirtywhiteboi67.blogspot.com/2011/12/so-much-fear-and-hatred-from-this-trans.html

    Here is a can of “Rid Fem” spray that “Kills Rad fems Instantly” by “Trans Activists…A Family Company”

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3042989746089&set=a.1030604477715.2007291.1003456955&type=1&ref=notif&notif_t=like&theater

    Below are other threats directed towards “rad fems” and feminists

    dastardlyinfection:

    “It’s probably for the best that I don’t go to feminist events

    I have a tendency to flail my fists at people’s faces when in close proximity to shitty feminists”

    Doldrumsinferno:

    “Me too…it’s really really fucking frustrating”


    http://violenttransarchives.tumblr.com/

    “If I had any superpower I’d have the power to punch people through computer screens

    Within a week there’d be no more radical feminism.”

    http://violenttransarchives.tumblr.com/

    “Brennan, go fuck yourself with a rusted chainsaw. Better cover it in various toxins too, I hear that those enhance the experience.”

    http://genderbitch.tumblr.com/post/26227759103/fuc…

    http://violenttransarchives.tumblr.com/page/2

    “sometimes i get so irritated by people who try to belittle me for being trans. especially women. the thing that gets me is that they’re always disgusting looking, or you know, just plain ugly.

    the only thought that ever comes to my mind is “i may have a dick, but i make a hotter woman than you do. so what exactly does that make you?”

    but, instead, i remain calm. i laugh in their face, or make a joke out of them in some other way. you know, real sly-like. i act like it doesn’t bother me that a neanderthal of a woman is trying to lessen my worth, or my femininity. because let’s be honest… what do they know about any of that anyways?

    regardless, it still takes every fiber of my being not to bash them in their putrid face with a brick.”

    http://violenttransarchives.tumblr.com/page/2

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  15. I think it's funny how all you ugly dumb dykes talk about porn as if it's misogyny. HAHA.

    Pornland author joins Lateline

    "...GAIL DINES: Well, they say it's about a $96 billion a year industry worldwide. There's over 13,000 porn movies released to the market in the United States of America. They reckon about one in three web pages contains some pornographic content.

    So what you see as pornography is all over the Internet and in fact pornography drove the Internet. The technology that the pornography industry devised is now mainstream in the industry.

    TONY JONES: You talk about this brutal, body punishing pornography. It's sometimes known as Gonzo porn. What is it? How do you access is it? Is it easy to access?

    GAIL DINES: Well if you go on Google and you put "porn" into Google you will get it within 5 to 10 seconds.

    What I talk about in my book are only those images that I accessed I would say within ten seconds, which means that the average 11-year-old - which is the first age of viewing pornography - can get to those images in 5 seconds....

    In fact Adult Video News, which is the trade journal of the industry, had a story a few years ago about the directors and how they don't know what to do next to keep these men interested.

    Because really in pornography you've done virtually everything you can to the woman's body short of killing her so they're fast running out of ideas.


    http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2010/s3031471.htm

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  16. Dirt, this reality makes my blood run cold. Fest in 1978 was beautiful. In 1981, not so much. The logical progression to 2012 (when I was last there) inevitable.

    I grieve.

    We deserve a better festival.

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  17. This is fucked up. Men are a plague. I was going to go to Michfest this year, it would have been my first time. Now, I don't feel safe going due to males trying to invade the space. I guess I don't get to be safe from male violence and the male gaze, ever.

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  18. I share May 22 @ 3:57pm's sentiments. I'm sad I was too young to have seen the festival in its prime, it sounds far too threatening an environment now. And especially that is sounds like it's becoming some sort of pomo/libfem haven, no thanks. If I want porn, stripping, objectification, men, etc. I can just, you know, go anywhere at all. Michfest should have been preserved as a wbw-only safe space.

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