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Monday, November 16, 2015

Did Cathy Brennan Drop the T?

I rarely if ever involve myself in online drivel, drama or gossip, although routinely (in excess) baited by others for my personal attention or this blog's good name/reputation. Having ignored the Drop the T petition due to the dramafied aura that seemed to surround it, it wasnt until nearly a week later after readers linking it here in various comments and seeing repeated Tweets over it that I actually ventured to Change.Org to see what all the to-do was about. After reading over the information and details with regard to signing the petition, I was immediately suspect! As it turns out I had every right to be!

Would-be/Wanna-be notsoradical nosofeminist Cathy Brennan came out today declaring her work email had been used to create the Drop the T petition as well as used to sign her signature to the petition. Brennan is strongly claiming fraud...wait for it.......wait for it.....wait for it.....TWO WEEKS LATER! Bear in mind, these few screencaps of Brennan's Drop the T rants are a drop in the bucket:
Cathy Brennan has become notorious for her dimwitted failed attempts at publicity stunts, is Drop the T just another PR tactic from our resident lonesome lesbian loser?

Breaking down Brennan: CB claims that her WORK email (she a lawyer working for a LAW firm) was used to begin the Drop the T petition. She has spread the news far and wide today for Brennenites to TAKE ACTION against Change.Org and have the Drop the T petition taken down. Wait Dirt, isnt she a LAWYER? I know,  I know many are asking that same question. If she's a legalese cant she use her special lawyeress powers to do something???

Before I answer that question, lets pull a Brennan and thoroughly examine this very interesting case. 

Question: If someone signs up for a Change.Org account, doesnt it notify the email address used to sign up to it? This is what Change.Org has to say:
I didnt want to simply take Change.Org's word for it, so I signed up and made a petition of my very own. And guess what? I received this moments after signing up:
So unless CB hasnt checked her work email in weeks, I find it impossible to believe she didnt receive a notification. CB posted this screencap to show (in her mind) how she wasnt behind the Drop the T fraudulent petition:
Notice CB is logged in. How exactly did CB log into the fraudulent account with only her work email and a password a purported stranger chose? In order for me to get to CB's fraud example, I had to be logged in and use a drop down to get to my petition:

CB was questioned on various social media outlets about the above screencap, specifically why she is under ALL (which is greyed out) in this screencap and not STARTED BY ME. The ALL displays all petitions said account user signed, CB refused to answer. See example where I signed one petition:
 Example of Started by Me:
CB claimed to only have received a confirmation when she/someone signed the Drop the T petition. Coincidentally, my lovely fiance and research assistant Dr A, received a confirmation from Change.Org over a petition she had recently signed:
Just for fun, she clicked the link to see if she would automatically be logged into Change.Org:
As seen here, she was not automatically logged in. So how did CB log into the Change.Org account she claims never to have had? 

I did check to see what would happen if I pretended I didnt know my Change.Org password:


Giving CB the benefit of the doubt, once she found out her email had been used, she merely had to use that email to reset the password at Change.Org, gain access to the account (which her login credentials clearly verify anyways) and remove the petition and screencap what happened for later legal use and then close the account altogether. No hysterics needed. No drama warranted. What does CB do however after she had gained access to the fraudulent account?
Our pernicious princess closes the account while leaving the Drop the T petition INTACT! HUH??? For those who brought up the question regarding how did Federalist contact "Clayton" (is that a fav uncle or something CB?) for this interview if all the writer had was CB's work email?

Previous publicity stunts to garner Brennan the attention she never received as a child affected little outside of herself. This latest Drop the T stunt potentially affects millions of gays and lesbians. Organizations many of us may need to use in the future, to keep our homes, our children or pass possessions on to our lovers after we depart may now be seriously compromised because lGbT orgs like GLAAD or Lambda Legal or the HRC may have put our needs at the bottom of their lists because our name is on some petition started so that one person could get bigger britches. This petition has painted gays and lesbians in an ugly light, hence the reason I suspect CB is now trying to distance herself as far and as fast from. This stunt can and will have REAL life consequences resulting in REAL life injury. Cathy Brennan isnt a feminist, isnt a lover of women or even lesbians, she likes them all about as much as she likes herself. This isnt me being dramafied, it is me being pissed off by a wolf in bo peeps clothing, using and abusing the very same flock she claims to be protecting.

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  1. Exactly why does the drop the T petition show the gay and lesbian community in an ugly light? The point is that we accept our beingness rather than undertake harmful and radically alternating of our physical body. Isn't that your stance as well Dirt? I don't get your attack on Brenner. It's mean spirited and useless. So much for sisterhood.

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    1. Agreed. I don't know who started the petition but it's well phrased and nothing violent or offensive. Whether one agrees with it enough to sign it is one thing, but hurling childish insults at people like "Previous publicity stunts to garner Brennan the attention she never received as a child" only helps people who already don't take the issues at hand seriously. Brennan is not a violent criminal, you are not a violent criminal, both of you have only stated your own opinions without ever claiming to be a spokesperson for anybody else, both of you have other women supporting and agreeing with you. Can't we just collaborate for once? Show that we can disagree without compromising the ideal that all women get a voice in feminism?

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    2. Only Dirt can say for sure, but, reading between the lines, I suspect there is perhaps more to the story that we are not aware of. People are very quick with the "BE NICE" reprimands which have been used for centuries to keep women from speaking openly and bluntly. As feminist "sisters", we don't have to agree, get along, or even remotely like each other.

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    3. I agree with Anon at 8:32. Stop with the guilt-trip messages, folks. No woman should be silenced or cajoled into mincing her words in order to get along with anybody, and that includes other feminists.

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    4. Anonymous @ 7:53 said "all women get a voice in feminism". Unless, apparently, a woman says something critical about another feminist, in which case what she has to say is "childish", "mean-spirited" and "useless". Interesting how that works, huh?

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    5. Actually collaboration is a requirement of organizing and a little bit of openness to other women's prospectives is a requirement of collaboration. We have been told to "be nice" to the men in power, not other women, which is why it's so common for us to take stance against other women. This quote "Previous publicity stunts to garner Brennan the attention she never received as a child" is childish, I stand by that. We all have opinions and we should all feel free to state them, with the consideration of not making it so personal unless there is a reason, which if there is , it wasn't stated in the blog post. Again I like and respect both of these women, they don't have to like each other to show respect as women fighting a very similar fight.

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    6. Anon at 9:59 a.m.: I am not one of the commenters above to whom you are responding, but I have been following the discussion and wanted to add my thoughts. I would argue that the "be nice" message to women is universal and, while that message was indeed originally geared primarily towards our communications with men, it sadly applies to ALL of our communications and has leaked into our subconscious ideas of right and wrong. Therefore, I think that often women find ourselves uncomfortable with open and direct conflict/ criticism and so we give each other the "just be nice and get along" message. (By the way, I am NOT saying that that is what you are doing here; I am just commenting on the topic in general). So, yes, while we do need to find a way to collaborate and find mutual respect, we also need to find the space to openly disagree (even fight vehemently) with each other AND then put it behind us to fight together for a common cause. I don't know the whole story either, but I agree with an earlier commenter that it is likely there is more to the story than meets the eye. I just hope that the common cause will override whatever grievances exist within the community.

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    7. Exactly, Anonymous @ 10:40, girls are told to "be nice" from the time they start talking; and that applies to everyone they interact with, not just men. I was told constantly "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" repeatedly, and it did not just apply to men. Being pleasing to men is the root of this message, but that is not the whole story -- such messages seep into us every single day and are usually rooted so deep we are often not consciously aware of them.

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  2. I have no idea who wrote it, but I actually agree with the Drop the T petition's goal and intent. However, I agree with Dirt that it was ill-planned and could have unintended consequences. It was just thrown out there with no apparent planning or coordination within the lesbian and gay community in order to attempt to minimize fallout. The reaction from HRC, GLAAD, and other organizations to the abrupt presentation of the petition was swift, dismissive, and cutthroat, and sent a clear message to gays and lesbians that our needs are on the very bottom of the totem pole. The (seemingly) out-of-the-blue presentation of the petition has resulted negative feelings on all sides.

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    1. Anon at 8:44: True, but quite frankly, I believe that the "Drop the T" message was NEVER going to be received well, no matter how much careful planning was done in advance. The organizations which were created to meet the needs of lesbians and gay men have long since been hijacked into drinking the trans kool-aid rhetoric at the expense of the needs of lesbians and gays. Sad.

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    2. I am Anon at 8:44 above. I understand what you are saying, but I hate to feel that the situation is hopeless; that we have lost all hope of any semblance of reason and fairness; that, no matter what we do, the world as we know it has now changed to a trans landscape where their wants/needs eclipse everyone else's. I would like to think that a group of committed people could systematically start to dismantle the trans bullshit one piece at a time. So, yes, the ship has already sailed with the current organizations such as HRC and GLAAD and others, but maybe the first step is to start our own grassroots advocacy campaign to meet the unique needs of gay and lesbians.

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    3. Bottom line: Gays and lesbians need to stop giving our hard-earned money, attention, energy, and/or time to organizations and publications who have left us in the dust to suckle at the tits of the trans politic: Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Lambda Legal, The Advocate, Out magazine, HuffPost Gay Voices and others. It is past time for us to wake up and direct our energies to ourselves.

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  3. You guys can bitch and moan about Dirt allegedly bullying Brennan all you want, but the simple fact is that something is fishy about the whole situation. How did Brennan access the Change.org account if it was a fake? Even if she reset the password, as Dirt mentioned, why did she not simply close the petition if it was fraudulently created using her work email address BEFORE she closed the account? Why make a big stink about it on Twitter and Facebook -- why not just deal with the situation effectively then make a coherent announcement? Even her screenshot "proving" that the petition was created using her account reveals only that someone using her account signed (not created) the petition, since she was in the wrong tab when she did the screenshot. Like it or not, Dirt has some good points about the inconsistencies in this scenario. I don't know what the answer is, but I support Dirt's right to ask the question.

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    1. I disagree. What good does it do to attack another feminist? Even if there are inconsistencies, Dirt should show some respect and avoid pointing them out for the sake of the cause. We need to present a unified front, not in-fight amongst each other.

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    2. I have mixed feelings. I support free speech, but would hate to see a rift in the feminist community.

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    3. I am sure that Brennan is an adult who can take care of herself, so people can stop worrying about her.

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  4. Brennan is a lying manipulative self serving asshole. Always has been. And that's her good side. Hilarious post!

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  5. What a shit show. I signed it and now I'm worried what they will do with my name and info. I should have known better. I want to support radfems because I agree with them on so many issues but this catty drama bs makes me really turned off by it all.

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  6. Both Brennan and Dirt are seen as enemy's of the trans/male world. If you dig deep, or even slightly, into their mutual philosophies, both promote first the right for women born women to exist unimpeded. It's crazy that we have to fight for retention of basic rights against males, trans females, trans males, etc. But there you have it. So no, I don't thing blasting another women is freedom of speech. It is clearly misguided. And misogynistic.

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  7. Its not misogynistic - its human.
    Its internalized misogyny to defer to keep appearances. Its internalized misogyny to restrain strong contention to to avoid being criticized. I don't have a bone to pick in the rift, I dont know enough about it. I guess I would prefer Dirt and Brennan to be allies. But if they aren't so what . Dykes don't need to kiss the air by each others cheek just because they're women.

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    1. Excellent points, & thanks for articulating it so well, Anonymous November 17, 2015 at 10:22 PM. I have been reading these comments and find it interesting to see the pressure women put on ourselves and each other to get along and keep the peace. For the previous commenter to suggest it is misogynistic for a woman to express her opinion is both incorrect and harmful.

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  8. I would rather be exposed to out front disagreements among feminists than the smarmy competition constantly radiated between trenders...
    "huh .. Hey guys..uh.. So before I start my youtube video..I've got alot of transguys wanting to know how tall I am.. So .. Uh.. Yeah I'm 6 feet tall.. Ok..uh.."

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  9. As humans we have a choice. I have not lived my life as a dyke trying to please anyone. Still, I practice kindness. Generating shame through snide comments...look at them the next day. Feel any better? I'm saying check the righteous indignation and bullying and stomping other women deep into the ground...it gets us nowhere. Men do well enough of that.

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  10. No one would steel an email address to create an account when email addresses can be created easily with no questions asked.

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    1. Exactly...what would be the point? Plus, to take the risk to falsely use an ATTORNEY'S work email address at her LAW FIRM would be idiotic. It makes no sense.

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  11. What anon@6:42 AM said.

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  12. Would it be more happy & comfortable for all feminists to sit around a metaphorical campfire and hold hands and sing Kumbaya, in complete and total harmony? Sure! But is it realistic to think that strong-minded, intelligent women with very definitive ideas will always get along with each other? Um...no, not a chance! Conflict and controversy are a natural part of life. So please stop attempting shame women who speak up, regardless of your opinion about their opinions. We don't need to be Dirt's conscience, nor do we need to ask if she "feels better the next day" ~ she is the only one who has to answer those questions. And, apparently, she feel just fine because there is a new post this morning.

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  13. Seems like some people are more interested criticizing Dirt for posting about another feminist than they are in actually reading these posts and thoughtfully examining the myriad of inconsistencies in this situation.

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  14. This isnt a disagreement among feminists over whose feminism should be used to take patriarchy down. This is someone (CB) fucking with feminists, fucking over feminists and feminism and wasting precious time none of us can afford to waste! All so that a much needed spot light can be shone to reflect a darkness cloaked in white!

    I am not interested in making nice. I am however deeply invested in making the world a better place in a future I will one day no longer occupy. Till then, I will fight any foe regardless of sex, gender, gender identity or schizoid delusion that stands in the way of a future where Chloe likes Olivia and where Chloe and Olivia like themselves!

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  15. Dirt can't point to one thing in the petition itself that isn't true, and that she hasn't repeatedly bitched about for the last decade. Attacking Cathy Brennan just shows us what some people have been saying for a long time. That is, dirt tends to go off on people, and, frankly isn't the brightest bulb in the pack. Dirt said lesbian Heath Atom Russell wasn't really butch as if she gets to decide who is and isn't butch lesbian.

    I'm proud to have signed the petition because these issues needed to be aired. HRCs quick response essentially tells us that it's their way or the highway. This isn't acceptable to me.

    https://www.change.org/p/human-rights-campaign-glaad-lambda-legal-the-advocate-out-magazine-huffpost-gay-voices-drop-the-t

    @"This petition has painted gays and lesbians in an ugly light."

    No, HRCs and GLAADs refusal to acknowledge issues that they know are true has made them look like uncompromising fascist. As it stands right now, trans issue are front and center at the HRC.

    @Anonymous November 17, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    "Bottom line: Gays and lesbians need to stop giving our hard-earned money, attention, energy, and/or time to organizations and publications who have left us in the dust to suckle at the tits of the trans politic: Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Lambda Legal, The Advocate, Out magazine, HuffPost Gay Voices and others. It is past time for us to wake up and direct our energies to ourselves."

    True....

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  16. @Dirt, show me one thing in the petition that isn't true that you haven't bitched about at one time or another.

    https://www.change.org/p/human-rights-campaign-glaad-lambda-legal-the-advocate-out-magazine-huffpost-gay-voices-drop-the-t

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    1. I have long said that lesbians need to remove ourselves from the patriarchal rainbow.

      I also flatly state and illustrate with consistent regularity that the psycho/medical genocide historical/current that IS transition must be stopped altogether. NOT separated. STOPPED. Hence my work with some leading members of the psychological system.

      But that isnt the question here. The question is the deceit behind the petition. The narcissistic attention seeking, the petition's authoress seeks!

      My feelings and knowledge are shared on this blog. I do not use subterfuge to gain signatures, addresses, phone numbers. I STATE!

      I also do not decide who is Butch, nature does.

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  17. If your comments are not on topic, they will be removed.

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  18. Well, I'm late to the party here, but I may as well set the record straight. This petition was originated by a gay man on a predominately gay message board, and the whole thing got going with the backing of gay men. It caught fire on the internet with a bit of judicious internet advertising from yours truly. We're just as sick of the transgenders taking over the gay-rights movement as you are.

    I know who this person was, but they don't seem to want to make a song and dance about it, so I'll respect their privacy.

    Is it possible Brennan meant to say someone signed the petition with her work email? Because on the face of it Brennan's claim is bizarre.

    1. I did not see what email address the man who started this petition used, but he certainly did it under his own name. That name was visible on the petition until Change.org squashed all the comments after getting floods of complaints from the usual parties. For a gay man to use Cathy Brennan's work e-mail to sign up with would be truly inexplicable.

    2. As Dirt's experiments show, Brennan's claim on e-mail addresses does not square with the sign-up procedure at Change.org.

    I have a good impression of Cathy Brennan, and I don't want to accuse her of lying. I'd prefer to think she meant someone signed the petition with her work email, not that it was started with her work email.

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    1. It was Brennan who said someone started it with her work email address in her tweets and Facebook posts.

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  19. Is no gay man or lesbian making a serious effort to start a LG or LGB advocacy organization that already drops the T? Because that would solve this problem. Best way to deal with HRC and GLAAD is to render them unnecessary. Then it wouldn't matter what CB does.

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  20. Brennan and her group attacks anyone that is a liberal, not a political lesbian, gay men (calling them rapists of women), people that don't agree with her...I become an ally to trans people because of her groups attacks on the butch/femme lesbians community on Facebook (they think we are playing straight and gendering stuff and we need to stop to save womanhood). We had something in common we both hate Gender Identity Watch and what it stands for harassing anyone that doesn't agree with her and her followers. She is toxic to the gay community and trans activists will at least stand up against her, no one else will. Anyone ever ask her why she never exposed Allison Woolbert? With all her resources she could find out if you picked your nose at night. Makes you wonder?????????? They plaid off each other for years giving each other ego boosts, fans and with Woolbert money (he was also into charity fraud, Such a special snowflake).

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