The ‘crimen exceptum’ idea is at the base of every inquisition, personal, political, religious or secular State-sanctioned. The “crime” is considered to be so exceptional, that all the usual rules and processes of common law, especially rational evidence, is not needed to sentence the accused. You do not need to be tried and convicted on any rational evidence, just accused of it. Preferably accused by an angry lynch mob which hates you. Even just a very small lynch mob if they are powerful enough with the support of the state and its various institutions and networks. If the hated accused does go to the law for assistance, it is always a sham, a fake trial and everybody knows the outcome.
Whether it be witchcraft, heresy, treason against the nation-state, a Jew, a Red under the bed, or today – someone accused of transphobia, it is based on the rule of the lynch mob. The crimen exceptum requires the suspension of processes of justice, including the common use of state-sanctioned propaganda and even torture in some cases. Throughout human history, just being a female perceived as being independent of male control systems has always been the crimen exceptum. Two or more such females seen talking together is the worst crime of all.
The bottom-line of disagreement between radical feminism and trans-activism, is that radical feminism does not believe that pharmaceuticals and/or cosmetic surgery can change a human’s healthy natal sexual physiology. This view is not based in hate of those individuals engaging in gender transitioning. It is based on being politically in opposition to the culture, the industries and the institutions which support gender transitioning as a cultural harmful practice, similar to being anti-female genital mutilation practices regardless of how socially sanctioned these practices may be. Some of us do see this as a violation of human rights, especially the increasing promotion of transitioning cultural practices onto children on the basis on no valid evidence, medical or social. However, since this is widely acknowledged as the crimen exceptum, we also fully acknowledge that we will always be lynched for it.
Radical feminism also takes strong political positions against the so-called ‘beauty’ industries, that women also engage in the world over. We are anti- cosmetic surgery industries and related “beauty” practices, as much as the trans-industries, the pornography and the prostitution industries and see them as similar to all the other global capitalist exploitation industries – of which there is some ‘free-speech’ and ‘right of free association’ allowed for those groups critical of these industries to gather together. Some socialist and left-wing political groups are in strong and vocal opposition to multi-national global capitalism – should these groups invite and welcome multinationals to “debate” at their conferences? Should drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, invite drug-pushers to “tell their side of the story” and “debate” the issue, or provide information to participants on how to access the drugs of their choice?
Certain groups of men have always behaved like lynch mobs and organised terrorists towards women who try to stand apart from male-dominant anti-female politics, individually or collectively. While many peoples can organise and gather together for all sorts of reasons, political or social, (even militant fascist hate groups seem to enjoy the right of free-association and don’t have their gatherings banned, and LGBT groups can organise conferences with both sex and gender segregated spaces without question), but women are not allowed to organise or gather together in male-free spaces no matter how small, for any reason whatsoever. Will they ban women’s quilting bees and sewing-circles next? The Afghani Taliban also bans women from meeting together for any purpose. Women, as defined in dictionaries as ‘adult human females’, have no right of association, no human rights, no legal rights, no civil rights to gather together. As in the medieval European witchcraze, this remains the crimen exceptum.
In “Gender as a Hate Crime” Dianne Post, (Rain and Thunder #41 ) noted that: “When I was lobbying for the inclusion of gender in the Arizona hate crimes statute many years ago, the man who spoke before me said that crimes against women are so common that if they were included in hate crimes, it would overwhelm the system and no one else would get any attention.”
Indeed. I guess this is why transgender folks can achieve human rights, civil rights and hate crimes legislative protections (including the right to exclude non-trans from their groups) but females can’t, and never will. Female-hatred can continue unabated without consequence or even being questioned. It is so ‘normal’ and so widespread, that it is not seen as systemic social-political hate in its own right. Only women who dare to say “No” to men, seem to deserve the public hate of the woman-hating lynch-mobs, as it is the only form of hate, that is socially, culturally, politically and legally sanctioned the world over as discussed here .
But for London 2012 – it appears the British trans-activists have won the Gold Medal for hate against women. Well done British trans, congratulations on winning Gold! I’m sure it was a bloody tough struggle against all those other keen contenders for inclusion in the top 10 in the international Woman-Hatred Olympics.