A little something worth knowing about…
Earlier this week, Cathy Brennan, the consistently irritating little embodiment of hate-mongering radical-feminism, outed a teenage trans kid to his high school in retaliation for what Brennan characterized as threatening remarks.
This is the e-mail she sent:
Good morning –
My name is Cathy Brennan, and I am a lesbian feminist activist in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. Recently, a student at your school, Rufus Ulrik (formerly Cara), has been emailing me and contacting me via social media. This student seems disturbed. I do not want any contact with this student., as she has made numerous disturbing comments about women and rape on Tumblr, a social media website. See [link removed] and [also removed]
Can you assist me please? I will be in the U.K. in July. You may also reach me at this email address. I am truly disturbed that someone this young would act this violently.
I am also reporting this user to Tumblr for abuse by copy of this email. They are user http://evenweirdosneedtoreblog.tumblr.com/
There is absolutely no justification for. None. No “feminist” justifications, no “on his behalf” justifications, no “I felt threatened” justifications. Absolutely none.
This is shameless and monstrous.
Brennan seems to feel her actions were justified due to the “threatening” demeanor with which Rufus approached her over tumblr. That does not even get CLOSE to justifying it. Rufus is a teenager. A kid. Brennan is an adult. It’s her job to behave responsibly in relation to that dynamic. They’re not on equal footing.
Furthermore, they apparently live on different continents. Whatever “threat” Brennan felt was hardly credible. And why is she contacting the SCHOOL? Reading the e-mail, it is painfully clear that what this is is a petty, vindictive, and unbelievably cruel act of vengeance. She’s getting pissed off and angry, and so she does what she can to ruin this guy’s life.
Actually, I take it back. Brennan clearly isn’t the adult in this dynamic.
The thing is is that an action like this has the potential for deadly serious consequences. It takes the silly, petty, angry fighting on tumblr, in which Rufus may well have said some inappropriate things, and suddenly turns it into Rufus facing serious real life risks, up to and including violence. Brennan crosses a line that should NEVER be crossed.
When you’re outing people, when you’re exposing them to risks to their literal safety, when you are actively, openly, overtly exploiting your political and socio-cultural power to crush a vulnerable minority beneath your heel in petty retaliation, you have gone all the way. You are no longer simply shitty activist. You are no longer an accidental part of the problem. You are no longer someone whose simply doing a bad job of trying to fix things. You are no longer even the kind of bigot who engages in micro-aggressions and support of patriarchy and kyrarchal systems as an emergent, cultural thing. What you have become is the worst, most direct, most overt kind of bigot and bully. Someone engaging in DIRECT acts of oppression.
How anyone can possibly forgive Brennan for this, or continue to see her as a feminist or even someone on the side of social justice at all, how any of her supports can AT ALL consider themselves a force fighting AGAINST oppression, in the wake of this action is completely incomprehensible.
This is the point where rad-fems NEED to make a clear, unambiguous stand if they are ever going to maintain any credibility in terms of claiming to be proponents of social justice, human rights, feminism and the fight against oppression.
I’m willing to give most radical-feminists the benefit of the doubt, and believe they do have a better world at heart, and do want to fight against patriarchy and oppression, that they are indeed feminists, but simply have a heavily distorted view of these things. But if there isn’t a clear response to this act, a clear condemning of the line Brennan chose to cross, I am done offering any trust whatsoever.
If there is not such a response, I think we really have no choice but to see the rad-fems who stand by her as a clear-cut, unambiguous hate group, willing to engage in direct acts of oppression, direct and forceful exertion of their power against the vulnerable and weak in order to maintain their privilege.
Absolutely no better than any patriarch willing to exploit their power to directly subjugate women. Such as, for instance, outing the name of a victim of sexual assault to the media after she presses charges to intimidate her into silence.
THOSE are the kinds of tactics you’re turning to, “feminists”.
When are you going to finally have your “are we the baddies?” moment?
If you want a really easy way to earn my immediate and eternal disgust and contempt, defend her actions.