For ‘psychological safety’
Writing in American Libraries Magazine, Meredith Farkas worries that “marginalized people” are “less safe expressing themselves and their words are given less weight” if women are allowed to discuss their sex-based human rights in a public library.
Presenting exactly zero examples of WoLF “deny(ing) the existence of transgender individuals and portray(ing) trans women as dangers to cis women” — a logically inconsistent set of charges — Farkas argues for their exclusion from the American public library for gender thoughtcrimes.
We have video of the February event in Seattle which inspired Farkas to call for silencing women. The only people who felt “unsafe” were the participants, for hundreds of angry protesters shouted abuse at women entering the venue, which received bomb threats.
So I defy Farkas or her defenders to explain exactly what part of what anyone actually said at this event was hate speech, as she claims. Perhaps Farkas hates something that someone said, but that doesn’t make their words hate speech. It just makes them words she hates to hear, and the more true they are the more she will hate them.
This the thing about radical feminists: they are most often right, and that often makes men very, very mad — mad enough to scream at them, and make bomb threats, interrupt, shut them up, shut them down, shut them out. Most of these people are men, and most of those men look and act like men, but there are plenty of handmaidens to this censorship as well.
Why are they all so angry? Because the radical feminists have punctured their zone of “psychological safety.” This is what Farkas actually argues: that the words of these radical women make “marginalized communities” not only feel unsafe, but actually become unsafe.
Farkas wants every library to be an “inclusive” place that excludes radical women. Libraries, Farkas says, should be places of free speech and inquiry except for any discussion of sex-based human rights.
Why this lone exception? Because a marginalized group needs “psychological safety” from words they hate to hear.
The women of WoLF are witches, you see. Farkas calls it “privilege” and “power.” Their words are black magic — satanic incantations that cause literal murder and suicide of trans people. We have come full circle from brave librarians defending the imaginary world of Harry Potter to librarians banning J.K. Rowling because she refuses to subscribe to magical thinking.
“I’m sure neither librarians nor teachers want to be complicit in silencing marginalized community members,” Farkas says, calling for a marginalized community to be silenced.
All identities are equal, you see, but some are more equal than others.
It is worth noting here that Seattle Public Library chose to host the event despite threats. Also, their decision is firmly in line with American Library Association policy. Farkas acknowledges both points, yet still wants a special exception made against women who speak gender heresy.
She hates them that much.