Stop the Frack Attack Prioritizes Male Entitlement over Saving the Planet

28 Sep

Dear Reader, do you believe women, including those who have been raped by men, have the right to not be forced to share their most intimate spaces with males?

If you believe women have the right to say no, you will not be allowed to table at the Stop the Frack Attack National Convention.

Why? Because evidently the right of males to colonize women’s most intimate and vulnerable spaces is more important to these organizers than the rights of women to say no.

What does this have to do with a conference on fracking? We believe that just as communities have the right to say no to fracking, so, too, women have that right.

As radical environmentalists (and radical feminists), we in Deep Green Resistance oppose any and all threats to the future of the planet. This includes the recent spread of hydraulic fracturing as a method of oil extraction, a particularly vicious expression of this culture’s contempt for the living world. Because of this, we were understandably excited when we saw that Denver would be host to the Stop the Frack Attack (STFA) National Convention this week, and immediately reached out to see about tabling and distributing materials for our organization. Unfortunately, the leaders of STFA made it very clear to us that feminist perspectives are not welcome at their event.

Deep Green Resistance (DGR) is being barred from STFA because, according to the organizers of this conference, we support a “gender binary.” This notion is absurd. No one in DGR supports the gender binary – in fact, we oppose it so strongly that we don’t think those who struggle to fit inside one suffocating category should mutilate their bodies to fit inside the other. Sadly, transgenderists seem to disagree.

The real reason for our being censored is simple: We don’t think one abolishes an oppressive system by creating more categories in between the powerful and the powerless. On every issue except gender, most activists agree with us. After all, Capitalist societies don’t have a “class binary,” but no one thinks that makes the proletariat any closer to liberation. The bloodthirsty Spanish colonizers had at least six racial categories in their so-called New World; did that stop the indigenous from being slaughtered? And if not, then why on Earth would a non-binary gender system do anything to stop men from raping and killing women?

DGR believes the ideal number of genders isn’t three, or four, or a dozen, or a million. It’s zero. We aim for a world where no one, male or female, is defined by a set of violent stereotypes called masculinity and femininity. And we can’t get there so long as these patriarchal, culturally constructed notions of Man and Woman are turned into essential aspects of human beings. Abolishing patriarchy means acknowledging that the social roles of this culture are not natural, not innate, and not acceptable – yet transgenderists are determined to naturalize the structure of women’s oppression by turning gender into an identity.

Critics of DGR like to portray us as somehow protecting or defending traditional definitions of gender, but nothing could be further from the truth. Deep Green Resistance encourages and supports anyone who resists the abusive and violent gender system – and the greatest example of such resistance is women saying no to men. Inside a political structure wherein people with penises are taught to disregard, belittle, and abuse people with vulvas – we call this structure “gender” – the truly non-conforming position for males is to defend and support those boundaries, not find new reasons for breaking them. Men force women to sacrifice their spaces every single day in this culture; doing the exact same thing while wearing lipstick and a dress doesn’t make it radical.

In a world teetering on the brink of destruction, we in Deep Green Resistance are absolutely amazed that an activist would turn his back on a committed environmentalist group solely because that group thinks rape victims shouldn’t have to shower and sleep with men. Sadly, many women in DGR are not surprised; they are very used to male activists putting the feelings of men above the physical safety and security of women. If the organizers of Stop the Frack Attack truly want to strike a blow against our restrictive and oppressive gender system, they could start by challenging their own entitlement and misogyny, clearly displayed here for all to see.

In the meantime, thank you to the STFA organizers for at least being clear about their solidarity with males.

15 Responses to “Stop the Frack Attack Prioritizes Male Entitlement over Saving the Planet”

  1. Jonas September 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    JC, so these people prefer male entitlement and male domination over peoples rights to help stop fracking and for women to say no.

    The environmental movement is truly in an sad shape.

    Stay strong DGR!

  2. Kandi October 5, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    What is DGR Colorado talking about in this post? What was the ask here? I don’t understand if you were asking for an all female gathering or putting men & women in separate rooms? Please clarify. I was a keynote speaker at this event & am a women from a frontline community fighting fracking in North Dakota. I was able to speak out about violence against women in this space & appreciated the opportunity to do so. I never felt threatened by these folks so why are they being bashed? Additionally, I believe our problems on this planet are due to a severe imbalance. Yes, there are too many men in positions of power right now but we have to work towards a balance, not a complete tipping of the scales to a world controlled by women because that would inevitably lead to problems created by an imbalance; just like we are seeing now.

    • Chad October 6, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

      They’re calling trans women men. DGR are notoriously transphobic and that is what this is about.

    • Susan October 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Hi Kandi,

      The issue here is that DGR was not allowed to participate in this event because DGR supports female-only spaces.


    • Norris Thomlinson October 6, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Hi Kandi,

      As I read it, DGR Colorado was originally asking to table at the event. STFA organizers denied them a table because DGR allows women within the group to organize, bathe, and sleep in female-only spaces, and defends the right of women outside the organization to set such boundaries if they choose. DGR has been attacked for this for years, so DGR CO wanted to highlight the irony of a conference devoted to saying “no” to fracking but unwilling to have an organization present which defends females in saying “no” to males.

      I don’t read this post as “bashing” anyone, just bringing up the misogyny still all too present in the environmental movement, and in the left in general. It doesn’t get more basic than women having the right to say “no” – and neither this post nor radical feminism advocate an imbalanced world controlled by women, so the introduction of that idea seems confusing.

      If you want to dive deeper into the issue, you can read DGR’s FAQs on radical feminism and gender.

  3. Nick October 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm #

    Stop referring to trans women as males and men. They’re not. They’re women.

  4. Dakoda October 6, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Not even going to engage you on definitions of gender, because that’s a road to nowhere, but ya’ll have a high opinion of yourselves if you think being allowed to share your little books and pamphlets would have done fuck all to “Save the Planet”.

    They prioritized the comfort and safety of transwomen over the inclusion of the environmental movement’s version of the Revolutionary Communist Party. What a shame. Go sell your books somewhere else.

  5. Max October 6, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    Thanks for the post. I’ve argued elsewhere that unity (despite political disagreements on some issues) is what is needed. Sad to see this happening here.

  6. Mike October 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    To say that dgr is transphobic because we believe that gender is a hierarchy and NOT a bianary, is completely absurd. The real issue that the transgender community have with this truth, that gender is a social construction, is that it threatens their identity. Also for the males that think of themselves as women, because you still have the patriarchal mindset having been raised up to be men,it threatens your male privilege.It’s really tragic that people that think of themselves as transgender have created this insane controversy. The earth is in its death throes and all your doing by creating this controversy is destroying the chance for solidarity between potential allies. The people that control political and economic power in this world love it when we fight among ourselves. Just remember the old saying, United we stand, divided we fall. Lets put aside differences and get on with saving the planet,afterwards you can fight with us again, but right now there’s a much higher priority at stake, which is the survival of the planet.

    • Dakoda October 8, 2015 at 10:29 am #

      You’re gender essentialists. A trans-woman, when viewed by society as a woman- faces the same oppression (and a few others) as cis-women. It’s DGR who took this hardline stance and it’s up to DGR to adjust if they ever look to be accepted in the broader movement. Placing the onus on trans women and insisting that they’re the ones who are divisive is fucking absurd. You really want to work together to save the planet? Drop your petty fucking gender politics and accept trans-women for what they are: women. Or quit DGR and join an organization that does more than sell books and tell other people that they should take up militant struggle.

      • Norris Thomlinson October 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

        Trans-women are the ones telling women they can’t set boundaries, and trans “activists” are the ones excluding DGR for allowing women within DGR to set boundaries. Women aren’t telling trans-women they can’t have safe spaces, and DGR isn’t telling anyone else how to organize, yet you characterize DGR as being divisive. And ironically, you do so with a complete lack of respect, which is inimical to allyship. This is exactly what the article above is highlighting: the intolerance of the left for anyone who defends women carving out even the smallest space for themselves.

        I think you would benefit a lot from reading the radical feminism FAQs linked above, especially Is radical feminism essentialist? Even if you wind up not agreeing with DGR’s stance (which is fine), you could at least enter into honest discussion instead of making inaccurate and poorly thought out accusations.

      • Mike October 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

        We in DGR will never accept patriarchy which includes all genderism including trangenderism. We do accept and respect peoples right to think of themselves as having a gender and of believing that gender is a binary. That is their business and we respect that. We just have a different belief about gender. We believe, as I’m sure you already know, that it is a social construction and a hierarchy. It’s a simple disagreement, but I won’t try to convince you of that because I think your set on thinking of us as transphobic. Its really strange how a difference of opinion has been distorted to make us out to be transphobic. Its completely absurd.

        • JimV January 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

          You shouldn’t have any position on this matter at all when it has nothing to do with environmentalism, it’s a social issue and you’re needlessly expending energy at cross-purposes. Since when does anything you have to say here have the first thing to do with fracking? Feel sorry for you, it must be hard for you to get dressed while filling your cereal bowl and making a shopping list.

  7. JimV January 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    Bumped into this site haphazardly and recommend stopping this madness. One issue at a time and “green” is an environmental issue that should be handled separately. A habitable planet for our species seeks a balance between environmental, social, and economic factors (the three dimensions of sustainability) and it is pointlessly confusing and unbalanced when an anti-fracking or other environmental initiative is invaded by an off-topic social issue. Disorderly and disorganized minds undermine this attempt at an organized response to a pressing environmental concern.

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