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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Michfest Complete Change of WBW Policy-Men NOW Welcome!!!

Yesterday morning I awoke to a statement in my inbox from Lisa Vogel/Michfest leaders. Since the statement is in five parts I have broken down all five and will address each part individually. There is a little background information, but it will become apparent for those who arent aware of it.

Michfest leaders claim trans males are now not only welcome at Michfest, trans males are "our sisters!" In this new we-welcome-men-policy, Michfest leaders dare to speak for ALL lesbian attendees and lesbian supporters since Michfest began in 1976! No male is MY sister! And men who fetishize woman to the point of masturbatory pathology while contorting himself to squeeze into the hyper femininity HE holds near and dear is NO female's sister!!! The same hyper femininity HE requires for HIS masturbatory drug addled highs is the very same hyper femininity behind most every female eating disorder, depression, insecurity, pathological fears, plastic surgeries, a fare share of rapes, sexualization and prostitution of female children, far too many suicides and far far far too many other pathologies preying on females everywhere and every second of every fucking day!

These are the dirty vile secrets Michfest leaders didnt mention in their kiss-trans-male-ass statement. Their statement leads lesbians to believe these men are our sisters because they once were our brothers, as in gay men. The trans males who've been to Michfeast and who will undoubtedly flock to Michfest 2015 now that they are all invited, are NOT gay men! They are males who get erections from putting on clothing deemed girls/women's, beginning usually with their mothers or sisters. Transition only fuels their sexual highs and gaining entrance (rape?) into girls or women's private spaces is the ultimate in sexual highs for them. These are the trans males Michfest leaders our saying are now our lesbian sisters! I suggest if Michfest leaders feel so strongly about this and comfortable with trans males, they should invite these trans male sisters to stay with them while in Michigan! 

Part two of their statement gets conveniently murky. Michfest leaders state Michfest has largely been defined by lesbian culture, yet in the same breath brag about all the trans males and trans females who attend fest and even work at fest. They then jump to the problem of trans males at fest and in general, by highlighting examples of how the Trans Politic is legally making it illegal to be/experience being a biological female. They end this part of the statement by declaring the importance of creating a space, like Michfest which upholds female defined experiences! Umm WHAT?!!! Lets invite males to Michfest, lets call grown heterosexual men our sisters, and lets expect those same white privileged hetero-patriarchal men to mind their P and Qs while the women folk talk about our pussys! I wasnt aware trans males cast off their patriarchal misogynistic dominant attitudes into designated waste baskets before entering the gates.
This I found personally insulting and painful to read in the fucking extreme! Suddenly Michfest leaders have adopted the DSM's pathologically disordered lingo to describe a dyke or a Butch dyke. There is NOTHING gender non conforming in being a dyke or a Butch dyke! We're female, and we conform to our biology! Living and breathing outside the Gender Straight Jacket doesnt suddenly mean we arent 1000% female! I can only assume Michfest leaders too think dykes or Butch dykes arent real women. Not surprising given they support transition, which we know began and continues as a means to eradicate gays and lesbians, now even as children. None the less, its still painful to read, worse as a Michigander myself and a lesbian.
In this piece of the statement, we find out the back info which is the reason for the statement itself AND precisely what the NOW trans male inclusion is all about. Michfest uses again their murky slight of hand to say Michfest will not exclude anyone BUT they will continue to focus on shared female experiences. This is stated to appease ALL attendees and possible attendees they are hoping to gain in the coming years. A public boycott was issued against Michfest last month by Equality Michigan.   EM publicly stated to Michfest leaders that they are committed to telling "our communities, festival organizers, festival vendors, and artists" to boycott Michfest "until this policy is modernized". Now post Michfest 2014 which had a nearly all time low attendance (past years 7500 women-now a few thousand) and suddenly Michfest leaders are welcoming men with open arms and open legs! Well your legs, not theirs. Michfest leaders even go so far as to employ scare tactical pressures aimed at attendees to come to Michfest or all the artists who perform there might starve! We are to believe that if an artist doesnt perform a once a year gig at Michfest they will wind up in some gutter somewhere next to the down and outs, drug addicts and winos! What is most disgusting about this scare tactic is it is MOST patriarchal and misogynistic! Women in our every day lives are guilted all day long and this once a year Michfest experience is suppose to be the place we no longer have to feel patriarchal guilt pressures and then here are Michfest leaders doing the very same fucking thing they're telling us to come to them to momentarily suspend!
There are two blatant messages to come away with after reading this Michfest statement in its entirety: 1) Michfest no longer has a women-born-woman policy. Men are now welcome. Any women calling herself a man and any man no matter his intact body, sexual criminal history is now welcome at Michfest if he simply calls himself womon. 2) Michfest leaders sold girls/women like common whores to the almighty misogynistic patriarchal dollar. There is an unwritten third message to the trans males, you arent truly wanted or accepted, but Michfest leaders WILL take your money! Be sure guys to tips well for services rendered.

While I do not agree with the reasons EM petitioned a boycott of Michfest, I most strongly support lesbians boycott all future Michfest festivals! Michfest leaders stressed to attendees (sisters) to be mindful of where your money goes. I urge this as well. And remember next year when contemplating attending Michfest, your money supports: 
Any lesbian attending Michfest will support the brutalizing misogyny of female transition, and worse pathologizing (non gender conforming) the normal behaviour of baby dykes who are now being transitioned in childhood for a future where dykes will not only NOT be attending Michfest festivals, we will no longer exist period!

I wonder what the 19 year old Lisa Vogel would think of all this.

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25 comments:

  1. Thank you for your analysis. I am kind of speechless. And now i am definitely turning away from so called queer-feminism.

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  2. This is the last straw. ALL lesbian events need to be closed to ALL males NOW. They should have never been let in in the first place. This horrible result was inevitable once the first males were let in for the first time.

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  3. I am very saddened by this. I wished to attend Mich Fest as soon as I could afford it, now I am not so sure. The whole point of attending the festival was to bond with women away from men

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  4. Michigan Men's Music Festival... held once a year on land that is privately owned by a woman....

    I'm sure Vogel caved to pressure from Equality Michigan, an organization run by transgender and gay men who basically control everything. Women SHOULD NEVER give one cent to any major GLBT organization because they have thrown ALL women and lesbians under to bus. They shit all over lesbians and women, but they still keep they "L" in there. I don't know why because they don't give a rat's ass about women, and lesbians are worthless to them. Deivendorf, a bisexual woman at Equality Michigan is behind the petition to open up this historic women's music festival to men. Equality Michigan, a men's rights organization, plans to send its stinking, hateful petition to performers who perform at Michigan Women's Music Festival (now officially MEN'S MUSIC FESTIVAL).

    UNDER HYPOCRITE IN THE DICTIONARY, SEE EQUALITY MICHIGAN

    Equality Michigan, a men's rights organization, ignored death threats against women.

    They are basically telling women what they can and can't do on their privately owned land.

    (1.)The same men who spray painted "Real Women Have Cocks" on the side of the main kitchen at Mich Fest (now a men's music festival) can now walk through the front gate.

    (2.) The same men who made death threats against women can now walk through the front gate. After all, it's a men's music festival now that happens to be on land privately owned by a woman.

    (3.) Jonathan Reid “Aeryn” Fulton (aka Aerynxv aka aeryn rebeka fulton aka aeryn reid aka aeryn rebeka fulton-chesnavich) calls women “hordes of Fascist JaniceRaymondiod lesbian bulldyke 2nd wave radfems.” Now, thanks to political pressure from Equality Michigan, Jonathan Reid “Aeryn” Fulton can walk through the front gates.

    (4.) There is nothing to prevent someone like Paula Witherspoon or Christopher, "Jessica", Hambrook from walking through the front gate. All Thomas Lee Benson has to do is get out his cross dressing attire. All these men are registered sex offenders, and there are more where they came from.

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  5. Michfest leaders sold girls/women like common whores to the almighty misogynistic patriarchal dollar.

    Absolutely....concise, accurate, and to the point...

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  6. Also, I linked to this post on Gender Trender and asked is it true, and my comment was just deleted. What is going on in this world?

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  7. Michfest leaders sold girls/women like common whores to the almighty misogynistic patriarchal dollar.

    You nailed it!

    ...almighty misogynistic patriarchal dollar

    Now middle aged males such as Frank Maloney baloney and Wayne Dana Beyer who used their male privilege and entitlement to rake in $$$ before they "transitioned" and left the wife and kids can strut around in their lady dresses and act like lords of the manor.

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  8. Why would women like Heath Russell, a de-transitioning FTM who now identifies as a lesbian, be afraid to attend Mich Fest (now officially Men's Fest)? Maybe it's all the death threats to "TERFs" and the fact that women like her are harassed for just speaking in public.

    My First Mich Fest Experience

    Dear Lisa Vogel,

    “My name is Heath Russell and this year I was approved to present a workshop entitled “Denying Gender.” I was thrilled to hear this; however, I was much less thrilled when this news came Sunday August 3rd when my friend Cathy Brennan posted a photograph of your printed program to Facebook. Despite the last minute notice of my presentation, I’m sure I would have been able to put something together had I gone to Michfest this year. I submitted my project proposal late last winter and never received word about whether my proposal had been received, much less approved or denied. So, again, imagine my surprise when I found out it had been approved and that I would be presenting two days later on Tuesday August 5th.

    My workshop was called “Denying Gender” because I am detransitioned female. That means I had taken steps to try changing my gender to a man, but hormonally and socially stopped transitioning. Since then, I have taken a Radical Feminist stance on the topic of gender and gender abolition. However, I know that society does not live in that reality, and we are at the mercy of patriarchy, which is why Michfest was started as a way for women to embrace what a culture would look like without males and patriarchal influence. For someone like me, this would have been one of the first times I would have been in a female-focused/female-dominated environment. As part of my journey back to embracing myself as the female I was born as, Fest sounded like it would be a very healing place for me, due to its unique female-only intention.

    Given the controversial nature of my topic, there is no way that I would have attended Michfest nor presented without some form of contact from crew. Recently, I spoke at Radfems Respond in Portland Oregon on this very topic. Radfems Respond, as you are probably aware, was met with much protest by the local trans community and I would expect nothing less had I presented this at Michfest. In order to present at Radfems Respond, we required not only our personal security team, but the security personnel of the Multnomah County Library. If I were to present at Michfest on this topic, I feel it is Michfest’s responsibility to inform me that I am speaking, as well as take steps to ensure my personal safety while presenting.

    I’m deeply hurt and offended that I did not even receive a courtesy response to my request and instead the only place I saw my name and workshop mentioned was in the printed brochure that my friend happened to post on Facebook. I saw no mention of my workshop listed on the website. I am interested in speaking at Michfest next year if I can get a response from the crew.

    If someone could please respond to me as soon as possible regarding this matter, I would be very appreciative!”

    Thank you very much,
    Heath Russell

    http://nymeses.blogspot.com/


    Apparently, Vogel was too busy to get back to Russell. She did, however, take the time to write this lovely kiss assey letter welcoming men to her privately owned land.

    Michigan Men's Music Festival.....


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  9. Pre-op trans males like Colleen Francis claim "gender identity" while they expose themselves to teenage girls.

    Check...they did this...dick is now allowed in the women's locker room...

    Girls and women must get used to penis in their restrooms and locker rooms.

    http://www.adfmedia.org/files/EvergreenPoliceReport.pdf

    At the time of this incident, Francis definitely had male genitalia. Scroll on down and see where it says, “her male genitalia”.

    Transgender activists still fought for the "right" of registered sex offender Paula Witherspoon to use the women's restroom

    Check...they did this

    Transgender activists threw a hissy fit because the State of Connecticut finally came to its senses and sent the violent adolescent male known as "Jane Doe" to a juvenile facility for boys. How many girls and female staff did he assault and terrorize while HE was housed with female juvenile offenders.

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  10. All institutions eventually get co-opted. This means that real women need to create smaller, local women's events that require less planning and advance notice, and are easier to keep out trespassers.

    In fact, if there were a lot of smaller women's cultural festivals all over the place, it would attract a new audience, maybe even people who are less brainwashed by the requirement to be inclusive.

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  11. @August 22, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    All institutions eventually get co-opted

    Good point, and white males have perfected the art of colonizing and co-opting.

    This means that real women need to create smaller, local women's events that require less planning and advance notice, and are easier to keep out trespassers.

    In fact, if there were a lot of smaller women's cultural festivals all over the place, it would attract a new audience, maybe even people who are less brainwashed by the requirement to be inclusive.


    Absolutely, because mainstream GLBT organizations are run by males, and they only tolerate women if they toe the line and keep their mouths shut.

    This means that real women need to create smaller, local women's events that require less planning and advance notice, and are easier to keep out trespassers.

    In fact, if there were a lot of smaller women's cultural festivals all over the place, it would attract a new audience, maybe even people who are less brainwashed by the requirement to be inclusive.


    This is doable...women could do this....women need to be honored...

    I sense that women are hungry for something like this...

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  12. I'm shocked that Lisa gave in. I was just thinking about going in 2015, but I'm not sure now. I guess I pass. What a waste of a wonderful and loving fest. :(

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  13. My Questions:

    (1.) I wonder how much pressure and out right bullying tactics Equality Michigan put on Ms. Vogel. Did they threaten her in a similar fashion to the way their thugs harassed Rachel Ivy and others? Or, did they promise her something in the way of monetary gain?

    (2.) It's interesting to me that Vogel apologizes for something that happened twenty years ago when a man was ejected from Mich Fest, but isn't it true that no one ever came forward to apologize for spray painting "Real Women Have Cocks" on the side of the main kitchen? There are several sources that say that this really happened along with other acts of vandalism.

    http://genderidentitywatch.com/2014/07/06/transwomen-at-michigan-womyns-music-festival-usa/

    This is from a recent New Yorker article

    “A few years ago, though, Vogel says, some protesters committed acts of vandalism—stealing electrical cables, cutting water pipes, keying cars in the parking lot, and spray-painting a six-foot penis, and the words “Real Women Have Dicks,” on the side of the main kitchen tent.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/08/04/woman-2

    The New Yorker article says "Dicks", but the photo of the spray painted transwoman says "Cocks". Maybe the New Yorker article used the word dick instead of cock because the word cock seems more offensive. At any rate, there are a lot of people who said that this act of vandalism happened.

    I suggest asking Vogel about the spray painted picture of "Real Women Have Cocks". She knows it happened, but I guess no one came forward to apologize for vandalizing her privately owned land. She does, however, make a point of apologizing for something that happened twenty years ago.

    Did anyone ever apologize for the acts of vandalism? If someone vandalized my property, especially with a vile and vulgar spray painting, I would angry as hell. I'd be demanding justice.

    See the pattern here. They never apologize for anything, and it's all about them. It's typical male behavior.

    (3.) Why didn't Vogel respond to Heath Atom Russell's letter, and why should any woman feel afraid to attend a so-called "women's music festival"?

    "I’m deeply hurt and offended that I did not even receive a courtesy response to my request and instead the only place I saw my name and workshop mentioned was in the printed brochure that my friend happened to post on Facebook. I saw no mention of my workshop listed on the website."

    http://nymeses.blogspot.com/

    Equality Michigan ignored death threats against women like Heath Atom Russell, a de-transitioning FTM who now identifies as a lesbian, Rachel Ivy, and other women. These women were harassed just for speaking in public.

    These are my questions. Will transgender activists have the final word as to which women are allowed to speak at Mich Fest? Will transgender activists decide which workshops are allowed? If Equality Michigan ignores death threats against women and turns a blind eye to harassment of women who speak in public, it makes sense that they would go out of their way to silence the voices of women at Mich Fest.









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  14. EM publicly stated to Michfest leaders that they are committed to telling "our communities, festival organizers, festival vendors, and artists" to boycott Michfest "until this policy is modernized".

    Equality Michigan is telling women to "modernize" at the same time they ignore death threats against women. Get with it women, get modernized! Maybe they don't want to modernize, but they need to get with the program.

    "slowly and horrendously murder terfs in saw-like torture machines.."

    "im going to kill all terfs. just. slit their throats"

    "i would literally kill a terf"

    "I hope we can someday achieve a future where all trans people feel safe...and I get to stomp on a terf's head"

    "whats better than one 1 terf?
    2 dead terfs"

    #DEAR TERFS

    THIS IS NOT WAR! THIS IS PEST CONTROL

    http://hipocriteequalitymichigan.wordpress.com/

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  15. As to transwomen being my "sisters",

    Females are not male, and how can a male be my "sister"?

    It will be a cold day in hell when I call Paula (Paul) Witherspoon my sister.

    https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/PublicSite/Application/Search/Individual.aspx?IND_IDN=2506572

    Ms. Vogel and Ms. Diendorf from Equality Michigan might consider Donna Perry aka Douglas Perry their sister, but I sure don't. He is on trial for first degree murder of three women.

    Wife killer Robert (Michelle) Kosilek is not my sister.

    Convicted electric wire torturer and rapist of women Richard (Sherri) Masbruch is not my sister.

    Convicted murderer of two women Kenneth (Katheena Sonyee) Hunt is not my sister.

    Convicted child molester of girls David Megarry (Sandy Jo Battista) is not my sister.

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  16. Vogel states, "MichFest is widely known as a predominately lesbian community"

    Question:

    What does Vogel think of the "Cotton Ceiling" theory proposed by trans porn star Drew DeVeaux?

    http://factcheckme.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/the-cotton-ceiling-really/

    Does Vogel believe that lesbians have a political obligation to have sex with pre-op transwomen? After all, a penis is not a male organ unless he says it is.

    So, trans porn star who coined the term "Cotton Ceiling" because he thinks it's a horrid injustice because lesbians don't want his dick now has access to all kinds lesbians.

    I know what Ms. Diendorf thinks of the "Cotton Ceiling". I'm sure she is all for it, but I wonder what Vogel thinks.



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  17. There is also the real issue of logistics and security.

    If it's the official policy of MichFest to open the gates to any and all males who "identify as women" or say they are transgender, then how do they plan on keeping out men like Christopher, "Jessica", Hambrook? What about voyeurs like the man who dressed up as a woman to take hours of photographs inside a women's restroom?

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Secret-Recording-Store-Mall-Antelope-Valley-Palmdale-Restroom-207541101.html

    I know that they don't want to hear this, but it's a fact that:

    (1.) There are far more male registered sex offenders than female sex offenders.

    (2.) Paraphilias (voyeurism, etc.) are far more common in males.

    So, they are going to open the gates to any and all males who "identify as women", say they are transgender, or wear a dress. There is no way they can screen every person.

    MichFest is a sexual predator's dream come true. All those women in one convenient spot, and it's easy pickings.


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  18. Lesbians need to keep in mind, no male has to transition to call himself trans, as well as transition doesnt suddenly stop males from being men.

    To one of the Anons, EM cannot actually affect Michfest, thats whats so bullshit about LV's statement. The "land" is private property. LV can include and exclude anyone she chooses, and she is choosing to invite men!

    I predict MIchfest will be ran with the help of men very soon and will be owned by men in the next few years.

    What Michfest was, it hasnt been in years and it will never be again. That statement hammered the last nail in the coffin of lesbian private spaces outside of our own homes.

    Boycout ALL future male occupied Michfests!

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  19. "I predict MIchfest will be ran with the help of men very soon and will be owned by men in the next few years."

    It won't be run with the help of men. It will be run by men. I bet they get erections just thinking about shitting all over this once proud historic women's music festival. Men expect full access to women's bodies and all space occupied by women. It's ancient and nothing new.

    As to Equality Michigan, it is a men's rights organization just like HRC. They tolerate women as long as they do as they are told and keep their mouths shut. The ONLY "women" who matter are women with dicks. Equality Michigan and HRC don't give a rat's ass about women.

    We will never know how much pressure and/or intimidation and bullying that Equality Michigan put on Lisa Vogel. It's sad to see her cave to the attack on her and Mich Fest.

    Mich Fest no longer exists as far as I'm concerned. It's completely irrelevant to the lives of women.

    This means that real women need to create smaller, local women's events that require less planning and advance notice, and are easier to keep out trespassers.

    In fact, if there were a lot of smaller women's cultural festivals all over the place, it would attract a new audience, maybe even people who are less brainwashed by the requirement to be inclusive.


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  20. Boycout ALL future male occupied Michfests!


    It's no male occupied. IT'S SOON TO BE MALE CONTROLLED. THIS IS THE WHOLE POINT OF TAKING IT OVER. THEY WANT TO CONTROL AND SHUT WOMEN, PARTICULARLY LESBIANS UP. The thought of women having something that they don't have access to is the reason they want to control it. Transgender activists and their male allies will decide who gets to speak and who doesn't. Scroll up to the post about Heath Atom Russell.

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  21. This is how gullible the female handmaidens are at Equality Michigan are. If they do this to Mich Fest, what are they going to do to women next? They must know that are completely expendable.

    Equality Michigan like HRC is run by gay males and white, middle-aged autogynephiles.

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  22. Boycout ALL future male occupied Michfests!


    AND NO WOMAN SHOULD EVER GIVE MONEY TO THE FOLLOWING MEN'S RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS.

    Equality Michigan
    HRC
    GLADD

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  23. I surely boycot Michfest from now on. It's a shame it comes this far. :(

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  24. This is some pretty twisted, extremem comments about the Festival. Lisa Vogel is trying to maintain the WBW inteniton of the Festival without commiting violence. If you want to stop penises from being on the land, show up next year and wear your red arm bands. Your rhetoric is just as ridiculous as that of the transgendered women who want a wide-open gate.

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  25. I find Vogel's statement very confusing, either because she is very confused herself, or because she is engaged in a PR exercise doomed to failure, trying to square the circle by placating both feminists and the (IMHO masculinist) queer/trans lobby.
    On the one hand, she speaks of resisting “the continued erasure and disrespect for the specific experience of being born and living as female in a patriarchal, misogynist world”, and the consequent need for “an autonomous space focused on female-defined experience” and a “community defined by lesbian culture”. She references throughout her statement how difficult such a space is to defend.
    Yet we learn that “there are trans womyn and trans men who attend and work at the Festival […] in this same spirit”. If it's impracticable to establish a person's sex or gender at the turnstile, it must be even harder to determine the “spirit” in which they approach the event. But it's beyond the bounds of reasonable probability that slogans like “Real women have cocks” were sprayed by native women.
    Again she says: “trans womyn and trans men attend the festival”, revealing another illogicality, hidden like a Russian doll within the other: for if men can become women, sorry, “womyn”, sisters of Lisa Vogel and participants at the festival, through surgery, hormonal treatment or simple declaration, then surely native women who take the opposite route and “become men” must exclude themselves from such sisterhood and participation, no?
    Let me step out of my text-analytical mode (others here can do it better) , and remember being a young member of the similarly young Gay Liberation Movement in England in the 1970s, how some of our sisters scraped together the money to cross the Atlantic to some of the very earliest women's music festivals, how full of energy and hope they were when they returned, how excitedly we listened (yes, we were allowed to listen too) to the scratchy, crackly tapes. How could we not be envious of them? But we knew that was THEIR experience, not ours, if we wanted something similar, we would have to create it for ourselves. Well, we all know how that turned out...
    My argument doesn't finish there, but sadly my energy does... 'Till next time...

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