Over the past few months, there has been a huge upswell of people shouting at the mic about how heinous the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival is. This shouting usually contains references to TERFs, old lesbians dying, and bigots.
I have been yelling into the ether about this for two decades. No joke. I have tried to have in-person conversations about this over and over, only to be rejected. I have fact-checked, hyperlinked, tried to make space for truth and been shut down. I'm not scared of folks with opinions, I have a few of my own. I'm not afraid of trans womyn (another canard that is lobbed).
I simply have the crazy belief that (a) oppressed people of any stripe are entitled to separate space as they define it; and (b) females as a class are oppressed through the use of gender; that is, gender is a caste system based upon sex assignment used by patriarchy to sort us into rank, with females at the bottom.
But none of those beliefs are ever wrapped into public discussions of this issue.
A few things:
(1) Whatever you think the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival is, it isn't. If you haven't been, stop talking about it, because at best you are relying on second hand information. That is lazy activism. If you are talking about bigotry, you probably should confirm that you are experiencing it.
(2) It is a privilege to not have to fraternize with your oppressor. People of color don't get that option, women don't get that option, but somehow, when it comes to MWMF, there is no public place for discussion about this issue that doesn't involve keyboards. I don't believe MWMF is oppressing anybody. If you are gonna slag off Michigan, you better park it and be able to radically listen and have a conversation with another oppressed person. Boycotts are not what you do to your flank.
(3) Trans women who do not agree are being silenced in this discussion. Guess what? There is no single opinion on this. There are amazing women out there (some of whom are good friends) who literally do not get time to have this discussion. They get no air play. They get called TERFs and sockpuppets and are full on ignored because they agree with radical feminism.