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'Evening With Cancelled Women' Gets Cancelled

The New York Public Library calls off an event featuring feminists who have clashed with the trans rights movement.

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Six feminists who have clashed with transgender activists were slated to appear at the New York Public Library for "An Evening With Cancelled Women"—a name alluding to the fate some of them say they've suffered on social media and in public life.

But the library has cancelled the event on cancelling, according to organizer Natasha Chart.

"We had an uncontested hold on the room, the rental fee was ready, it seemed like it would be fine," she wrote on Twitter. "The day before the deposit was due, and after about a week of very slow responses assuring me that the contract was in process, the New York Public Library rejected our booking."

The library gave no reason for the cancelation, and it did not respond to Reason's request for comment.

The speakers—Chart, Dominique Christina, Libby Emmons, Linda Bellos, Meghan Murphy, and Posie Parker—were eventually able to secure an alternative location. But the library is public property, and should generally be open for rental to all. Librarians may place certain restrictions on use of the location, but they cannot discriminate against viewpoints they find problematic or obnoxious. To do otherwise is to violate the First Amendment.

Indeed, the very point of a library is to be a gathering space for people who wish to read, learn, and to discuss.

The alternative event is tonight. "We are now living in a time of vicious backlash against feminism," writes the organizer. "A growing wave of misogyny from the Left is celebrating prostitution, normalizing sexual sadism, re-stigmatizing lesbians, and gleefully erasing women in language and law. The consequences to anyone who speaks out are swift and severe, from deplatforming to death threats. Canceled Women will feature an evening of women who have refused to be silenced by the authoritarian Left."

I'm sure that many libertarians will disagree with many things the speakers have to say. But they have the right to say it—even in the library.

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  1. They should have tried dressing as drag queens.

  2. Q) How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?

    1. ONE GOD DAMMIT!

      1. is there ever just one feminist?

    2. We give up, dammit!!!! Tell us! Don’t be a tease!

    3. Two, IIRC.

      *** looks to sarcastic for explanation ***

    4. Two: One feminist to explain how ceiling heights are inherently sexist, and a whiteknight beta male with a ladder.

    5. But what if the light bulb does not want to change?

      1. Then it’s a sexist bastard too.

    6. A) That’s not funny!

    7. Trick question. It’s a 100 watt incandescent light bulb.

    8. A) THAT’S NOT FUNNY!

      B) Feminists can’t change anything.

    9. How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
      From opaque to translucent? None in the current zeitgeist.

  3. Tranny brigade tyrannizes free speech and free inquiry yet again!!!

    I don’t hate trannies… I just hate tyranny! “Science” and free inquiry is now subordinate to tranny PC!

    https://reason.com/blog/2017/10/03/brickbat-dont-ask-dont-tell#comment
    I am utterly SHOCKED to learn that NOT offending the “tranny brigade” of PC people is WAY more important than the actual happiness of trannies and potential trannies!!!

    1. So what you are saying is that you don’t like adding the “y” to tranny?

      1. tranny is not the preferred nomenclature, dude

          1. LGBTPRNDL

            1. LGBTQWTFBBQ

              1. Is that like a 4th cousin to this?

                https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=OMGWTFBBQ
                A meaningless acronym which most often stands for “Oh My God What The Fuck Barbeque.” It most likely originated on Something Awful (somethingawful.com). It can be interpreted simply as gibberish, or used when one wants to emphasize one’s own incoherence, lack of understanding, or to mock others.

                MY “What The Fuck Barbeque” adamantly refuses to cavort with all the nonsense! Except if people will ALL bow and pray to MY concept of AHEMSABTAM,WISOABUM! (OK, I will NOT leave you hanging! It stands for All Heathens Everywhere Must Subordinate Abjectly Before The Awesomeness of Me, Which Is Supremely Obvious to All But Utter Morons!)

                1. I prefer the more proper nomendiceclayture version ‘transtesticle’.

              2. LGBTQWERTY

  4. “A growing wave of misogyny from the Left is celebrating prostitution, normalizing sexual sadism, re-stigmatizing lesbians, and gleefully erasing women in language and law. The consequences to anyone who speaks out are swift and severe, from deplatforming to death threats. Canceled Women will feature an evening of women who have refused to be silenced by the authoritarian Left.”

    Is Camille Paglia going to be there?

    1. I think Paglia is ok with legalized prostitution, or maybe outlaw prostitution:
      “The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men, but rather their conqueror, an outlaw, who controls the sexual channels between nature and culture.”

      Can they still be outlaws if it’s legalized?

  5. “I’m sure that many libertarians will disagree with many things the speakers have to say. But they have the right to say it—even in the library.”

    This is a weird thing to say. Was it a libertarian librarian who cancelled the event?

    1. You can’t yell “inherent differences” in a quiet library.

    2. It was a reminder that libertarians claim to be in the “I don’t like what you say, but I’ll defend your right to say it” crowd.

  6. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

  7. soooo…..the left eats their own? These feminist found out the hard way that some animals are more equal than others, all I can say is welcome to the farm.

    1. I love the sexy slither of a lady ouroboros.

      1. lol Barry White.

  8. “…”We are now living in a time of vicious backlash against feminism,” writes the organizer…”

    Called on her bullshit, she claims the mantle of an ‘ism’.

  9. So the left is eating it’s self. No tolerance for differing thoughts , even from fellow travelers . Trannies are the new oppressed minorities. Some white guys finally found out how to be the victim . Just put on a dress.

    1. Glom onto intersectionality for sure. Also a great way to win at sporting events.

    2. I can picture a meeting of prominent leftists, maybe 10 years ago, where they pondered whether to jump in on this:

      “Look, everybody, of course pimping grievance and victim hood is our sole reason for existence, but do we really want this hot potato? I mean, dudes who wanna be chicks just don’t garner that much sympathy.”

      “They will. We will make it so!”

      Haha.

  10. Ugh. I bet the women who organized this are suffering from what Reason’s Scott Shackford calls TRANSGENDER BATHROOM PANIC. That’s when cis-women are so bigoted, so hateful, that they feel uncomfortable sharing a bathroom or locker room with women who happen to have penises. Or thick beards.

    I mean, I literally cannot believe such attitudes still exist. It’s 2020!

    #TransWomenAreWomen

    1. Thick beards aren’t that bad. The molestache still reigns supreme as the preferred facial hair for creeps

    2. #TransWomenAreWomen

      Lesbians who refuse to blow their girlfriends are TERFs!

  11. Why can’t feminists figure out how ignorant their ideas are before they subject said ideas onto the rest of us? A simple thought experiment would suffice, I suppose that’s too much to ask.

    1. I also wish this set of women would reconsider their label as “feminists”

      If you reject third wave feminism are you really a feminist, or just someone who isn’t a mouth breather?

      1. Girondins and Mensheviks. Protesting their radical bona fides to the very end.

      2. If you reject the very concept of being a woman, are you really a feminist?

  12. They did it wrong. If you want to occupy a room in the library, just live out a dumpster for a week and then gather in whatever room you want.

  13. “Shhhhhhh!!”

    1. “Hey. Hey. HEY!…..This is library!”

  14. >>>read, learn, and to discuss

    every time we tried to discuss in the library we were shushed.

  15. I think we’ve fallen apart as a society when people who flaunt their “pro-science” support for climate change will get angry when someone tells them that a penis is not a female sexual organ.

    1. Quick question. Is a person with XY chromosomes, and a deactivating mutation in the SRY gene, a male or a female?

      1. They are whatever they say they are, at any point in time.
        Or else!

        1. fun to watch from the outside. everything is everything.

      2. Produces sperm => male, produces eggs => female, produces neither :: eunuch. Doesn’t even matter if the ‘X’ and ‘Y’ chromosomes you’re referring to are human, doesn’t matter if they can successfully mate and/or reproduce or not. This system doesn’t really break down until you get into lower invertebrates where things like parthenogenesis and self-fertilization starts taking place.

        It’s not surprising that people who find such low-level genetics difficult appear to be completely unaware that sex determination predates our understanding of genetics by millennia. It’s kinda like TDS where it’s not entirely clear whether they completely lack even a 2nd grade level understanding of biology or if they’re choosing to present themselves as lacking it.

        1. I’m sorry, did you just say that women who go through menopause aren’t women anymore?

          1. Technically, I said pretty much every girl out of the womb isn’t a female, since all the eggs are already done being produced at that point.

          2. Among bikers, any woman over 24 is considered pretty much past it.

        2. I am sorry, did you just say boys before puberty are not male?

          1. Well, in most of the world, buggering a boy before he has facial hair is not considered a homosexual act.

        3. Hey, what’s the mangrove rivulus, chopped liver? Also, there are a few parthenogenetic lizards.

      3. Such a person is a genetic male with a rare sex-related deformity causing a more or less female appearance. Are you saying that all or most male-to-female transsexuals have such deformities? That is incorrect. If you’re not saying that, then what is the relevance of your question to this conversation?

        1. This.

          The “science” folk pick out the low probability outlier and portray that as the rule.

          See also why birth control is a “health treatment” as opposed to a lifestyle drug. A small fraction of women who take BC take it for legit medical reasons, yet that’s what’s portrayed as the norm rather than the rare exception.

          Same with the tranny business. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE .0000031% OF PEOPLE WHO DONT GENETICALLY CONFORM TO M/F?

  16. What’s the big deal?
    In New York, and especially New York City, there are no rights, so no rights were violated here. You have to accept without question whatever the ruling elite tell you, no matter what they told you yesterday.

  17. Oh well, sometimes you’re the mower and sometimes you’re the grass.

  18. NYPL has a content-neutral prohibition on political or religious meetings in its rooms at the 5th Avenue location. Even weddings have to be civil ceremonies — no priests, rabbis, or imams allowed. https://www.nypl.org/sites/default/files/guidelines_2017.pdf

    1. That hardly sounds content neutral. If the subject matter decides whether it’s allowed or not that seems like the definition of content, but nice try.

      If I were a dictator wanting to suppress any dissent that’s exactly the type of content neutral regulations I’d promulgate.

      1. Interesting. If I were that same dictator, I’d go about it by levering private companies into public ones simply because they get a lot of their funding from the government, even though they were established as private corporations, have governance separate from the government, and do not take direction from the government. Then, I’d look to limit or erase the concept of a “limited public forum” to take away the flexibility of these private companies — now publicly run — to raise additional funds for themselves. But ymmv.

  19. “A growing wave of misogyny from the Left is celebrating prostitution…”

    Just remember, ladies, feminism means you can do whatever feminist leaders decide is okay with your body.

    1. What? What I’ve seen is a rising tide of prudishness from left feminists.

      1. Right. In that quote, they seem to be decrying prostitution as something that’s being forced upon women by mysoginsts, not as an actual choice they should allow women to make without their approval.

        1. That’s how I read it too. She’s lamenting women choosing to barter their bodies.

      2. Is it possible to want prostitution legal without “celebrating” it?

        The claim was that there are leftists “celebrating prostitution.”

        Which is more than “I disagree with what you’re doing but I don’t want to make your lifestyle/business illegal.”

        1. But that’s how authoritarian statists see it. Whatever is not prohibited is endorsed.

  20. According to the alt-righters over at the American Library Association:

    “When the public library invites the community to use spaces within the library —a meeting room, an auditorium, bulletin board, or exhibit case—the library takes on the responsibility to uphold First Amendment rights of free expression.

    “Access to these spaces should conform to the Library Bill of Rights: Article I states, “Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.” Article II states, “Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.”

    “Article VI maintains that meeting facilities and exhibit space should be made available to members of a community on “an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.” A library may control time, place, and manner of use, provided those statements do not discriminate against users based on ideology or speech.”

    http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/spaces

  21. I’m sure that many libertarians will disagree with many things the speakers have to say.

    Probably not.

    1. Did a quick Google search on each of them and they don’t have a lot in common, actually, besides having incorrect views on trans issues. One is a writer for American Conservative whose all about the evil ‘trans-agenda,’ one is a pretty mainstream boring type whose main concern is women’s safety in locker rooms and restrooms and such, one is a mixed-race British lesbian lady who sees the trans stuff as ‘de-platforming lesbians’ and another is a famous poetry-slam BLM activist (and repeat fraudster who tried to steal someone’s house with a forged quit-claim) who is a race/gender essentialist speaking with ‘ancestral voices.’

  22. The consequences to anyone who speaks out are swift and severe, from deplatforming to death threats. Canceled Women will feature an evening of women who have refused to be silenced by the authoritarian Left.”

    I can smell the red-pilling from here.

  23. “Indeed, the very point of a library is to be a gathering space for people who wish to read, learn, and todiscuss.”

    Reason’s editors seem to be a little too ‘at large’ these days…. maybe they’ll clean this up before the round table on Monday.

  24. Using NH is not a good example. I live in RI, and whenever we go to NH, we hit the state liquor stores to stock up on what we drink, because it’s far cheaper there than prices are down here…… Read more  

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  26. “A growing wave of misogyny from the Left is celebrating prostitution, normalizing sexual sadism, re-stigmatizing lesbians, and gleefully erasing women in language and law. The consequences to anyone who speaks out are swift and severe, from deplatforming to death threats. Canceled Women will feature an evening of women who have refused to be silenced by the authoritarian Left.” I’m sure that many libertarians will disagree with many things the speakers have to say.

    So far, I see little to disagree with. What do you think libertarians would find objectionable?

  27. Can’t tell for sure if it was cancelled or canceller women that got cancelled.

  28. Such an individual is a hereditary male with an uncommon sex-related distortion causing a pretty much female appearance. Is it accurate to say that you are stating that all or generally male-to-female transsexuals have such disfigurements? That is off base. On the off chance that you’re not saying that, at that point what is the pertinence of your inquiry to this discussion? Online Assignment Writing Services

    1. That’s a copyright strike, bitch.

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