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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Lesbianism So Much More Than Sex-Guest Post by Jesse

In so far as patriarchy 'tolerates' lesbianism (through gay marriage and the like) it does so on condition that it defines it in terms of sexual attraction. Patriarchy does not want lesbians thinking it is any more than that .... yet lesbianism is so much more than than sexual attraction. It is needing and loving women's company, feeling and feeding off their energy, sharing your own energy with other women, having some degree of appreciation or respect for all women. It's about female spiritual union and creating and enjoying female culture. It's about feeling good in yourself and appreciating yourself as a result of the women who surround you. It's about desiring, and being able to, step outside of heteropatriarcy and seeing men for the emotionless violent creatures that they are, recognising that men destroy women by preventing them from discovering the greatness of female spiritual unity. That is before I even mention the wonder of physical contact between women, and the wondrous electricity of sexual union between women... being lesbian is pure joy... here's to women!! -Jess

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winter Solstice 12/20/2016

12/20/2016 Winter Solstice Poem

The Patriarchy is dying its last evil breath
Enough of wars upon the Earth, on women's bodies, children and the innocent
The bellowing of that horn is a tiresome note
Time to change the tune
What cannot now be done overtly
We do covertly
Quietly weaving our Web of Light 
Of allies and friends and lovers,
Dreamers, and artists, writers
All those who see beyond the daily roar 
The hypnotism of minds and souls
Lies told and retold till NOTHING  is believed that is not Witnessed
We Witness, we Speak, We Dance, We Roar, We Challenge We Resist 
And We make Change BEFORE it is
Too late for Mother Earth
Her action is the last action
Shaken off like so many fleas on a dog, She stamps Her foot and a Tsunami rolls in
We ARE the Tsunami for REAL CHANGE that is why they Fear us
We must not give in to fear
We persist and WE are persistent
We Weave Our Web reaching out one to another..we Contain
And WE CREATE ANEW
THE SUN DAWNS A NEW DAY
But for now, She sleeps....

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A MUM'S JOURNEY....

I want to repost this here because its so powerful, with so
many links to peruse and this woman FOUGHT FOR her Lesbian daughter to try
to wake up her from the trans cult, accept her body and REALIZE she could work towards her Female Freedom and be Lesbian just as she is!!! THAT is my no. 1 mission these days, getting to them BEFORE  they transition!!!
https://4thwavenow.com/2016/12/17/a-mums-voyage-through-transtopia-helps-her-daughter-desist/

And here's one of my responses: https://4thwavenow.com/2016/12/17/a-mums-voyage-through-transtopia-helps-her-daughter-desist/comment-page-1/#comment-15198

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Copper SuperMoon 12/13/2016

Watched beautiful Copper Moon descend and dip below the horizon. 7 degrees this morning. (5:45am), before leaving for work.

Copper Moon

Glowing Copper Penny
Readies to dip beyond the horizon in
Black Western sky
Momentarily caught in barbed wire
Same color as sodium vapor lamp
But a softened glow
Slowly slipping down like a
Penny in a piggy bank
Just a sliver of orange now
Dawn beginning in the East

Copper Penny December SuperMoon 2016

Watched beautiful Copper Moon descend and dip below the horizon. 7 degrees this morning. (5:45am), before leaving for work.

Copper Moon 12/13/2026

Glowing Copper Penny
Readies to dip beyond the horizon in
Black Western sky
Momentarily caught in barbed wire
Same color as sodium vapor lamp
But a softened glow
Slowly slipping down like a
Penny in a piggy bank
Just a sliver of orange now
Dawn beginning in the East

NOT a "Dying Breed" Us Female Proud Butches

The personal is political and the political personal. I dont do academic feminism anymore, havent since I was  in academia  over 35 years ago. And grew up from there with the VERY relevant for MANY Butches, Tradeswomen Movement, a part of the Feminism Movement MANY Butches participated in. We were the pioneers into the Trades, and before us were the Rosies during WW2, till they were forced back into the domestic sector or stereotyped lower paying "women's" jobs. Butches, ever the Female pioneers, one of our Sacred roles!!!

 I relate  first hand witness accounts HAVING BEEN IN THE WAR ZONE. And NOBODY BUT NOBODY is telling ME I am a "dying breed" EVER AGAIN. 
They can JUST FUCK OFF. I HEARD IT WAYYYYYY too much in the Bay Area, This Butch takes it PERSONAL...very very personal. WE are NOT the ones who will be dying from testosterone poisoning, or wringing our hands from.premature breast removal surgeries and reactions to T as Detransitioners. WE WILL OUTLIVE THEM ALL!!!

Like Lesbian Avengers USED TO SAY, "We recruit!".  If its not personal or can't be related personally OR Collectively and have real useful meaning in our lives as Butches  its just a bunch of meaningless ivory tower claptrap words. Just like the bullshit happening and coming out of universities now. Voting on whether dorm bathrooms should be coed or single sex, ect ect ect....don't EVEN get me started!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Response ON UNEMPLOYMENT..Human BEING not Human Doing

In response to self pitying male during heart of Recession:

I would like to say this having spent at least half my working career unemployed. Especially in construction one never works steady except the few....the rest of us go back to the Hall between jobs and projects. Construction was particularly hit hard in the Recession in California. Whereas Californians had a 12% unemployment rate in the heart of Recession, us Construction workers had a 25% or higher rate of unemployment. 

With so many houses being repossessed and foreclosed on, there was no new housing construction or new projects bid on. Even the school upgrades, my summer bread and butter, the State could not afford to maintain because less tax base with so many Californians out of work. Add to the fact I am a Female is a whole other layer of discrimination.

It was too late for me in 2013, it damaged my self esteem applying for job after job and not getting any steady work. We had to leave California for the rural Midwest where the pay was lousy but at least there WAS work. In fact they are DESPERATE for good workers.

I have ALOT of PTSD issues around work and work situations as a result but guess what?
Being Lesbian I support MYSELF, and work is just as important to me as any man, so stop your male self pity, you would get a shot at a job before me. But I AM MORE THAN A JOB. I have hobbies, interests, a spirituality, friends, sports I engage in. I define myself by MYSELF, not by what I do. There is so much MORE to EACH OF US than what we do for a living. Do you play music? Are you creatively talented on the computer?  Do you like to write, create art, travel, belong to alternative communities, have dreams and visions you can realize without alot of money? Can you build with your hands?

Perhaps an avocation can become a vocation. I want to realize my Calling, that is not paid work necessarily.

While unemployment is devastating think of those on disability, either physical or mental. They may not be able to be in the workforce or only parttine, or they may use their time to volunteer. They are fine people but are unable to keep up with the fast paced stressfull business world others can...so they have found ways to enrich themselves and DEFINE THEMSELVES other than paid work. Perhaps they like to carve creatures in wood, or decorate things, others wallow in depression, or they have a good ear for their friends. The same could be said for time unemployed. Just remember we are human beings, not human doings....-FeistyAmazon

Thursday, November 24, 2016

My Idea of Sisterhood....

My idea of Sisterhood and Amazonism, real gut level womon bonding is in the woods under the Full Moon in a ritual circle bare breasted raising energy with wonderful Dyke drummers, ritualists, Wild Womyn, Amazons and dancers HOWWWLLLINGGGG. PRIMAL POWERFUL AMAZON FEMALE ENERGY!!!Thats Sisterhood bonding  on a soul deep level FOR ME!!!

And YES I HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS AND LIVE FOR IT!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lesbian Pride, We NEED to be Recognized!!!!

Since when have they EVER been celebrating Lesbians and OUR ground breaking successes, in the Trades, in sports, in outer space, in initially breaking into.fields where other women feared to go, into our rich Feminist herstory?

No our stories and communities gets ever more invisible. Its one thing to question and break out of oppressive sex roles, where boys can be dancers, girls can do martial arts and ice hockey or get into science, boys can cook and sew, all practical skills, and leaving kids alone who dont fit into stereotyped boxes, that is not picking on them and tormenting and teasing them;  and expanding life skills for ALL. 

I did wood and metal shop, computer science, ice hockey and Tae Kwon Do all starting in the early 1970s where we were breaking out of these roles and diversifying our skills to go beyond gender stereotypes.  My brother took cooking classes.

But its a completely other thing to talk about getting doctors and putting kids on puberty blockers or hormones, scheduling them for surgeries and locking them into a permanent life path that EVEN when they decide to get out of it whether a few years later or a decade or more they  had done to them  REAL irreversible damage to their young bodies, much less minds and spirits.

I WANT kids to be able to express themselves freely without shame or pressured into one stereotyped gender/sex ROLE or another, as they tried to do to me (unsuccessfully).  

But talk of doctors, hormones, psyches and surgeries?  THIS IS NOT LIBERATION.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Butch Poverty and Work Struggles

Natal Lesbians, lifelong Butch Lesbians, YES. The issue of Butch poverty is something I struggled with all my adult life once leaving home at 23...even then circumstances changed once my father divorced and left my mother. My hetro brother on the other hand had up to 3 houses, a very lucrative career, and still living in my mother's house(he bought me out over a decade ago). That house is probably now worth $750,000 because of its location. My parents bought it for only $50,000 in 1973.

Meanwhile my partner and I are barely making it here in Nebraska in a trailer we bought with my union retirement money for $21,000. And living on salaries just a few dollars more than minimum wage. Most of the jobs around here pay $9-12/hr., unless you get hired on direct to the factories then you can get up to $20/hr...and they are HORRIBLE dangerous environments to work in!!!

Poverty and getting and staying hired much less advancing IS A REALLY BIG ISSUE for Butches. Its one reason I DID go into the Trades, NOT because it suited my temperament, but solely whats a Butch to do to make DECENT MONEY? MANY of my Butch friends in the 1980s were in the Tradeswomen Movement, and they were making really good money, and they helped mentor me in.

Course I thought Id see tons of Butches on the job(I follow my Yoni), and was sorely disappointed once I got in just how isolated I ended up becoming surrounded by a sea of often hostile men....

Butch poverty due to discrimination is a REAL issue. At least in the trades, even with all the redneck male bullshit I could wear clothes I was comfortable in, Ben Davis pants or jeans, flannels, thermals, t shirts and tools and LEARN a lifelong skill.  And make good money while working.

No makeup, hose, dresses, skirts, or femming it up needed. Not that I did but I know I was told by one supervisor to dress that way on a poor paying lower management job for a recycling company. I said "I dont wear dresses or skirts!!!" But SOMEONE is ALWAYS trying to get us to "femme up" to be more socially acceptable. For a true Butch THAT is NOT in our nature....

Het feminism doesn't  REALLY address lifelong Dyke issues!!!      -M.A.

Butches Rock-Aiya and MasterAmazon

Us Butches ARE NOT wanna be men. Thats an FTM. A TRUE Butch is a modern day Amazon, PROUD to be Female, and LOVE and lust after Females. -M.A.

" A bit off topic:
A butch woman is total woman. I love the woman in you, fiercely. Without her we are incomplete.
Just saying. Butch women are raked thru the coals bc they don't conform to a patriarchal definition of woman.  IMO butch women are ostracized from all directions. It isn't an easy path. Yet thru the years these women have stayed true to themselves. They are dynamic, capable, strong, and dumped on again and again.
All wbw are total and complete. Butch women take womanhood to a whole new level.
IMO, young dykes need to know that being butch is a hell of a lot stronger than any man alive.  Manhood vs Butch = no contest. " -Aiya

THank you Aiya, since we ARE under the crosshairs of the trans movement AS BUTCHES, so ready to recruit and TRANSform EVERY Butch female(like so many young ones now transitioning in their teens/early 20s), most of whom never even got to go through a Butch phase for ANY length of time. This is a thread BY AND ABOUT BUTCHES..and I appreciate you valuing our TOTAL WOMONHOOD, since so many forces want to toss us out of Womonhood altogether: het society, MTFS, the Trans Movement and even the queer community by calling us by male pronouns and ASSuming we are MEN.          -M.A.

Butch Knowledge/Butch Oppression and mistaken for Trans

My partner who is quite Butch also with a flattop went to work one day at the WOMENS homeless shelter in a progressive city, and a visiting psychologist or professional asked her if she was trans. She said no. Then she asked her WHEN would she be transitioning? She said I am a BUTCH WOMAN. A masculine WOMAN. 

She was VERY UPSET BY THIS, when this woman refused to "get it", and she came home and cried in my arms. Its hard enough BEING BUTCH in this world and not fitting into sex stereotypes and getting discriminated agiunst and all, but this shit on top of all that?  The trans movement  hasn't made a single Butch freer!!                            -M.A.

"I keep thinking of this since I read it. Your words are so very true. This regressive, patriarchal genderist movement has done nothing to make even one single Butch more free and in fact has done everything to make the world even more hostile to any woman who dares live as herself in a world of men who hate her for existing.

This is what really gets me about how it works , it is precisely and exactly those women who are most potentially dangerous to patriarchy and most threatening to men who are being drawn into this blatant medical abuse of healthy female bodies.

This is no coincidence. This is a coordinated part of the never-ending effort of men to annihilate us."-
                        -SJC

Never Normalize Fascism or Oppression

My response on a group resisting Donald Trump:

 Hitler had a megolomaniac ego like Trump and the ladies liked him. Heck I knew an elderly friend of mine who was Republican who was attracted to Hitler, she passed years ago. Some women are attracted to dangerous men. So what? This guy has already shown he's not normal, but still surrounds himself with beautiful women, the only kind he values, yet HE is ugly as sin. Not just physically, but emotionally and intellectually. Obama is the exact opposite.

I am not going to normalize him or Hitler. 

People "accepting" that a mere 1/4 of the eligible voters, and not even the majority of voters voted him in, with all the votes and absentee ballots thrown out, and voter suppression of minorities, makes it already questionable, the guys he's surrounding himself with are anti intellectual and frightening. Pence talked about "Religious Freedom" laws where folks are deliberately allowed to discriminate against who they serve. This could be pharmacists that dont want to fill medications, or paramedics who dont want to save folks they dont approve of, and not just florists or bakers that dont want to cater to Lesbian/Gay marriages. Besides there are plenty of gay florists.
But I can see ordering dinner and a waiter/waitress refusing to serve us because we are a Lesbian.couple. this is not much different than the way Jews were treated in Nazi Germany, or Blacks refused service in the Jim Crow years.

They can claim their god given right to denying someone something, then they should open up a PRIVATE CLUB, not a regular PUBLIC BUSINESS. NONE of this should be tolerated. Its 1000 cuts, cutting away one little thing at a time, denying one persons right here or there.

Already I am seeing documentation of hate crimes in small and large ways against ALL minority groups, each one being told this is NOW Trump's White America. People yelled at in coffee shops for communicating with hearing impaired, Lesbian hating words on vehicles, people being shouted at for being black, gay, Muslim, different in ANY WAY. 

People coming home in tears and fear. IT HAS ALREADY STARTED. EVERY SUCH ACT MUST BE OPPOSED. Looking the other way allows it to be "normalized". Already Trump is insulating himself from mainstream press giving Alt Right press Presidential access...pure Goebbels like propaganda.

NONE OF THIS IS NORMAL. NONE SHOULD BE TOLERATED or ACCEPTED. THE MOMENT WE DO, the next horror will be ratcheted up...

And here is a quote that sums things up regarding Obama and that we WON'T put up with Trump's b.s.

"I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn't born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I listened.
I watched.
I paid attention.
Now, I'm being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To "Get over it."
To accept this...
I will not.
I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to them.
Them. The people who voted for him.
The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
I will do this so that they never forget.
And they will hear me.
They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
They will know that I know who they are.
They will know that I know what they are.
Do not call for my tolerance. I've tolerated all I can.
Now it's their turn to tolerate ridicule.
Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day
forward is now Trump's fault just as much as they thought it was Obama's.
I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give."
               -Author unknown.

M.A.- So far we are in a supposed democracy(NSA spying notwithstanding, and voter suppression), so long as we can protest WE SHOULD. I personally feel that IF we are gonna protest it all needs to be done BEFORE Dec 19th, otherwise its a "done deal".

If we lose that fight with the Electors, then we KEEP PROTESTING to eliminate the Electoral College system and as needed. But it should be strategic.

Writing in, boycotting businesses and punishing in any way we can those stealing away our Democracy, our rights and freedoms, whether pro choice, womens and lesbian/gay rights, Black Lives Matter, or the Dakota Pipeline, and create a STRONG VIABLE COALITION of ALL THESE GROUPS to RESIST. Unions too, and CONFRONT COLLABORATORS, like some of these mealy mouthed Democrats that we should "get over" the SECOND STOLEN ELECTION in the 2000s for the People, by the People. Hopefully Al Gore and Hillary Clinton will also support this fight..
                       -M.A.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Butch Oppression these days

We had enough:  "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me" - Martin Niemoller

 My partner who is quite Butch also with a flattop went to work one day at the WOMENS homeless shelter in a liberal city,all the staff know who she is; but a visiting psychologist or professional asked her if she was trans. She said no. Then she asked her WHEN would she be transitioning? She said I am a BUTCH WOMAN. A masculine WOMAN.

She was VERY UPSET BY THIS, when this woman refused to "get it", and she cried in my arms wgen she came home. Its hard enough BEING BUTCH in this world and not fitting into sex stereotypes and getting discrimiated agiunst and all, but this shit on top of all that? I hate the trans movement!!!It hasnt made a single Butch freer!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The ORIGINAL Lesbian/Gay Message and Negation of Feminism by Trans Movement GUEST POST BY N.C.

"Transgender political advocacy is in no way liberal. You go back a few years, the trans agenda was the exact opposite of what liberals have been saying on these issues.

The lesbian and gay policy message, for decades, has been that people should be able to choose who they love and that their orientations should be respected. The trans agenda is that people have to accept a trans person's declaration of gender as overriding their biological sex for the purposes of intimate relations, or they get called a bigot. This is enforced heterosexuality, which liberals would rightly condemn as homophobic if conservatives proposed it.

The feminist message is that women should be able to say no to men who want to expose themselves to them, creep on them, or tell them how to think and talk. The feminist message is that sex doesn't determine personality or ability.

 Transgender politics tells women that they must defer in all things to male transsexuals, and that we must believe that personality defines sex according to stereotypes. It demands further that we must pretend that their penises are vulvas, no matter what, even if they’ve used their penis to rape a woman. This is a complete negation of feminism."
           -By N.T.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Butch Grief

Here is a post I made about my experience in the SF BAY Area after a young Lesbian went through enormous grief of her former partner transitioning and two friends of herd to FTM:

 Yes this what those on the tranny train and their supporters INCLUDING other Lesbians NEVER GOT. EVERYTIME my partner and I saw YET ANOTHER BUTCH in San Francisco or Oakland we knew had transitioned it cut and hurt to the DEPTH of our Butch Dyke souls.

 No longer could we count on that Sister to be on the frontlines WITH US. They had joined The Man who keeps his boot on womyn's and Dykes'necks everyday. It also gives the message that being anything other than feminine is not enough and not ok. There also is the machismo ranking system that Butch is not enough, take some T and breast bind, change your name to something decidely male, INSIST on male pronouns even in Lesbian/womyn only spaces..but thats not enough, cut off the breasts and appear full on FTM.

I SAW and WATCHED this peer pressure till I realized the latter incarnations were NOT ALL THAT BUTCH. If they had been they may not have needed to transition. First they took the Stones and THEY transitioned first. But later basically androgynous if not even feminine women drank the Testosterone(through shots)to macho up WHEREAS US LIFELONG BUTCHES NEVER NEEDED TO.

And many of these more feminine types then began goin with bi/"gay" men....

But IF it was a lifelong Butch I KNEW who made the switch, that cut to the depths of our Butch souls. Its a community loss, a dating pool loss, a loss at the deepest spiritual levels of what it means to our Butch Dyke Amazon Sisterhood to have another convert over, almost like cool friends I knew who became "born again", and tiresome to be around, should they attempt to convert me to their ideology which they inevitably did, and I dropped those friendships cold. Exact same feeling..except on a much much deeper gut level saying that Butch Dyke is not ok, and really only men have Power, and that we are an endangered/dying species(Butch Lesbians).

 I cannot tell you how many times we were told that in the SF BAY AREA...till I found Sisters ONLINE pushing back, and groups supporting detransitioners and would be detransitioners to go to this last Michfest, BE AROUND THE FEMALE GYNERGY, and reclaim their Female Selves and Power once again!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

For Lesbian Eyes Only

Lesbian only Mysteries:  I dont allow straight women in my conversations about Lesbian sex. THATS the problem, and WHY so many lesbos clam up. I do NOT want to hear about het sex or even be compared to it. WE LESBIANS have OUR OWN SEXUAL MYSTERIES. It has nothing to do with dudes or straight women.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Us DykeAmazons Already Withdrew Our Intimate Energy From Men to Give To Womyn

 Us DykeAmazons have been "Lysistratas" by our very Being. I have nothing to teach men, because long ago in Feminism we were taught MEN GOTTA FEND FOR THEMSELVES. They make conscious  choices everyday hold the majority of social, economic, religious and political power Worldwide. Everything they do enforces the Worldwide Patriarchy.

My place as an Amazon Warrior, Amazon Priestess, Amazon Witch is to GIVE my energies to waking up and empowering all bio female WOMYN. 

Michfest was ALL ABOUT EMPOWERING THE FEMALE. And a place so many DykeAmazons and other Amazon and Priestess and all kinds of other womyn came to be renewed and gather away from the Patriarchy. The sheer POWER raised with that sustained level of Gynergy over several days was simply amazing. And the residual of 40 years of Female Energy raised is beyond anything one can put into words. It indeed was a modern day Amazon Matriarchy. 

Everywhere there were Goddess images displayed:  in art, on signs, at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and a 30 foot Goddess statue erected by the workers weeks before the beginning of the Festival, and in each other. This domain was for ALL of us.

My work is to uplift every womon I can who is ready. I been in the male dominated trades  for 2.5 decades and had ENOUGH of "proving" my worthiness to men. They simply do NOT honor Big Butch DykeAmazons, nor am I chasing after their approval.

Womyn.who STRONGLY bond together and make change, establish strong boundaries and limits and EXPAND what every Female can do by teaching both girls and womyn they can be strong, they can lead they can honor the Goddess of 10,000 Names and that as Goddess Incarnate She/we come in every size, color, age and temperament and that we say NO and will not take it anymore, we will withdraw our energies from all abusive men AND THEIR SYSTEMS and  find ways of creating our own!!!

This is why the culture of Michfest was my home and I was so happy to attend this last one the 40th in 2015. I was also immensely in grief. It indeed was Amazon Nation where ALL ASPECTS of the Sacred Female reigned supreme. 

We did a Spiral Dance of 400 womyn, and I cried to the depths of my soul KNOWING this would be the LAST large Gathering of my Tribe of DykeAmazons, Witches, Drummers, Priestesses, Lovers and Warriors.

Friday, October 28, 2016

I Hear Your Pain Sister!!!

I hear your pain Sister!!!I lived in the SF/Bay Area 30 years till 2013 when we had to move. BOTH have enormous narcissism and I saw so many Butches I know transition. I got run outta a few communities I valued cuz of this, till I got on the Michfest lists and connected with some SANE Dykes and Proud Sister Butches..

Trans undermined ANY womens or Lesbian space we tried to build in the Bay Area and we lost all our womyns bookstores, dyke bars and coffeehouses and Osento women only hottub ran by a Dyke. She HAD IT.

I got sick.of 20 somethings all over with bound or shorn breasts, testosterone induced voices, and uptight body postures and male attitudes should they reveal a chink in their newly acquired testosterone fueled armor.

As LONG TIME Butches it broke my partner and my heart EVERY time we saw yet another FTM, especially if we had known her.

I felt no more free as a Butch in the world and some of us female proud Butches began organizing, but the onslaught was too great in so many of the young ones hearing the siren song of transition  and putting on peer pressure for the others to do so...we became more and more invisible and we are OBVIOUS Butch Dykes. 

At least here in rural Nebraska its not in my face everyday like the Bay Area...and some of us Michfesties ARE rebuilding, like our little 2 Gatherings of Farmfest for Females, on Solstice and Fall Equinox weekends. Down to earth, Lesbian wbw only, and I realized predominately Butches fully grounded in their bodies and their Female selves. I was Home again, and realized I hadnt been in a Lesbian only environment in ages where NOT ONCE did I feel that squick in my gut with mtf intrusion or ftm betrayal. MY OWN. True blue Dykes.

Witches: Guest Post by Rosemary Stehlik

".......A witch is an individual who has a sense of personal sovereignty in accordance with the cosmos; someone who chooses to make that alliance with the universe as a self-empowered bender and shaper of reality. It’s a place of power that you choose to engage with, a relationship that allows you to take personal responsibility with the cosmic and mortal self, working in accordance with the greater mystery of nature. It is someone who engages with the inherent magic that is our birthright, and tries to manifest it to its true potential.” 
--- R.Stehlik, October 28, 2016, The Toronto Star

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How Women Are Treated By Other Women: GUEST POST by C. T.

Solidarity and Sisterhood are the bottomline for me. Here's my Sister Butch pal's share:

"The issue, here, is and always has been (at least for me), how women are treated by other women. Any group of women, that consistently denigrates another group of women because they don't fit neatly into their dogmatic box IS BANKRUPT. In these discussions, it's been butches and femmes, but it might as well be hetero women, mothers, or women in tutus. A very negativistic and cruel strain of "RFism" is being plied these days. It does nothing to improve the lot of women. It's reactionary, divisive and destructive. It's "Feminism" in name only. I will warrior on against it to my last breath. Though it will likely result in me being, again, accused of chauvinism for being literate, this: "For what will it profit a (wo)man if [she] gains the whole world and forfeits [her] soul?' "- C.T.

Adopting a Butch/Amazon Stance

In response to a Lesbian who excuses her criticisms and dislike for Butch identity(she's NOT Butch but her partner is, and in denial about it)with "Radical Feminism is whats best for women", so THIS IS MY RESPONSE:

I am a woman, and personally I think adopting an Amazon/Butch stance would be best for WOMEN AS A WHOLE. Drop long hair, makeup, dresses, high heels, nicey nice pleasing behaviors, tight clothes, long fingernails, plastic surgeries, be pleasing to.men in appearanxe or nonthreatening to them. 

Take up Butchy and Amazon behaviors, a Warrior dont fuck with spirit, make your body into a deadly weapon(martial arts training), your manner direct and straightforward, no nonsense, not too overly emotional and ALWAYS ALWAYS HAVE SOLIDARITY WITH YOUR SISTERS AND WEAR SENSIBLE SHOES OR BOOTS. 

Learn to be self sufficient, know to use power tools, repair things around the house as well as able to cook and sew.  Know you ARE competent, and stand your ground. These things would be so much better for the majority of women, we would be taken more seriously cuz WE TAKE OURSELVES more seriously and dont put up with bullshit. And as a Sisterhood of Butchy Amazons, we would be a REAL Force to contend with!! THAT is what I think.would be best for womonkind, and I 'd have all kinds of Butch Sisters to choose from!!!

But hey, I'm not running the world...yet.

Butch Tradeswomen Pioneers

Ah, I KNOW ALOT of Tradeswomen, and almost all the original ones who helped me get in were DECIDELY BUTCH. Short hair, not "sporty" no ponytails. Out and out BUTCH. Groundbreakers, pioneers, absolutely fearless, stand up to men, and THEY were my mentors and WHY as a Butch I got into the Trades. I could wear the clothes I felt comfortable in, jeans, boots, flannels, tshirts, work clothes, no frilly stuff, be myself!!

The closety ponytail types came AFTER our fearless out in your face taking up our space AS BUTCHES broke ground. We go where other women fear to go, because we dont GIVE A DAMN if accussed of being masculine or we wannabe a MAN. WE WANT THE RESPECT MEN GET. But we ARE NOT THEM nor do we allow them to intimidate us. Since we ARE Butch  Dykes, they cant strike fear into us like they can with straight or more closety women for not being feminine or for being Lesbian!! ONCE we break ground, the sporty and ponytail types came AFTERWARDS.

And as I was told by one of my Butch mentors, the Tradeswoman Movement LARGELY STARTED BY BUTCHES IS A PART OF THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT!!!

Just so you know I was in the Trades 23 years, now retired and recieving my Union pension..

Unrepentant Dyke

 I wont put up with Butch bashing, our fucking lives are HARD ENOUGH, we are already under siege as it is, and you just REFUSE to "get it" or try to put yourself IN OUR SHOES for a minute. Really HEAR what WE are saying about OUR LIVES. Bad enough the straight world invisibilizes us, ignores us, tries to get tomboy girls transed to boys and so many of us shamed for rejecting femininity at a young age, young butchy women transing in droves, discrimination in the workplace, "corrective rape" or threats of directed at us. We have been the Amazon Warriors of our communities, yet here, Lesbians want to claim.we are not part of the Sisterhood when we been here all along!!!We EXIST, our lives are REAL, we are NOT GOING AWAY and we have been some of the fiercest Warriors for Dykes and womyn as a WHOLE. And yet you want to claim.we dont really exist!

We get shit on as Butches cuz we are UNREPENTANT DYKES. Straight Feminists and women fear us or fear being associated with us because we ARE Lesbianism made visible and other Lesbians think we wanna be dudes and transition, or deny OUR unique contributions cuz we seem too scary, too overt, too direct, too Warriorlike and hold our ground against men and those who would deny OUR Womonhood and humanity!!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Anger by Miriam Ben-Shalom GUEST POST

From my Sister in the struggle Miriam Ben-Shalom:

Anger
by Miriam Ben-Shalom

"I am thinking about anger today. Because I am angry about the co-opting of women-only spaces, because I am angry about the fact that women and children are placed at risk by "inclusive" legislation, I am called 'terrified', retarded, a failure, 'passive-aggressive', a bigot, an entitled bigot, and a whole host more of names.
Argumentum ad hominem aside, what is it about the demagogic Left that seeks to destroy anyone who disagrees with them? In order to have a tolerant world, they say, we will fight intolerance; it seems that this means being INTOLERANT towards anyone who does not agree 100% with them and bullying those who disagree by casting pseudopsychological diagnoses upon them.
It is true that I do not think there is such a thing as a person who, by use of chemicals and surgical alteration of the body, becomes the SEX opposite of what s/he was born. I do not think women can become men or men become women. I think people feel uncomfortable in their bodies because they do not meet the "established" gender conceptions for what a woman or a man ought to be. Not meeting established gender conceptions does not mean, however, that one is another SEX.
So because I disagree and because others like me also disagree, we are pilloried and defamed publically. Seems to me that the demagogic Left is no better than the demagogic Right. But at least the Right concerns itself with the safety of women and children [for whatever reasons] and hopes to protect them from sexual predators who now can enter women's spaces with impunity.
The demagogic Left and the trans community want to make it all about them as opposed to the real issue which is MALE violence. [May I add one observation here? There doesn't seem to be as big a difficulty with women who 'beome' men as there is with MEN who 'become' women. What might that say about MALE VIOLENCE and the tendency of men TO WANT TO TAKE OVER?]
And their constant refusal to sit down and work together with women born of women on this issue says a universe about their world view and how they consider the value of women and children. As a recent study pointed out, this society, the medical profession, and pharmaceutical companies all work to anesthetize the anger of females to keep us complaisant and malleable.
And women do not want to be called "bad girls" so they swallow anger and do what they will to avoid such designations. And it seems that the demagogic Left feeds right into this by bullying and demonizing those who disagree with their dictates about sex and gender.
As one who has been so demonized, let me serve notice: if being a "Bad Girl" means I serve to protect women and children, if being "retarded" means I serve to protect women and children, then to those who place such labels upon me: I will wear your words with pride and I will be the demon you say I am. I refuse to be a Handmaiden and I refuse to bow to your bullying. I shall continue to use my anger well. And your vociferous responses tell me I must be doing something right." -Miriam Ben-Shalom

We are "Not Just Calling Ourselves Butch", We ARE Butch Dykes, a Tribal Sisterhood!!

Not just "calling oneself Butch", this is who we are, and we have a long and proud HERSTORY!!!My Butchness has nothing to do with whether I have a Femme partner or not, I enjoy BOTH... but it has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH what kind of womon loving womon Female I am, and have been from a very young age, ALWAYS defiant of femininity and wanting to be a boy because of the greater freedoms and opportunities, NOT BECAUSE I WANTED A PENIS.

Most Butches I know shared a very similar herstory from a young age. They GET IT. Either you get it, or you dont. If you dont dont tell us how to be as Dykes..we get ENOUGH OF THAT from the straight world and GBT. And its one reason many Butches felt the original Lesbian Feminist movement did not include them. We are a long lasting underground Tribe as Judy Grahn, Butch Lesbian author writes about.

I came out partly cuz it wasnt working with me and men, and found who I truly was..a Dyke, but ALSO for the first time in my life, I met womyn LIKE ME, who were strongly Radical Feminist AND BUTCH. This was 1981, they were my role models and mentors!!!They taught me things I never imagined. Brought me into womyns ritual circles and Goddess worship, brought me out into a female affirmative Lesbian world I never imagined...

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Our Ongoing Struggle.....

The ongoing struggle I ask myself this over and over again. I have followed all of the LGBT Movements for all the years I been out(35 years)and the Lesbian community been under siege by trans for at least 25 years.

 I been a Feminist since age 9, (1969)  tomboy since 7, came out as a Butch Lesbian at 21 (1981) fought for my rights all my life as a Female, a Tradeswoman, a Lesbian, and for Marriage Equality from 2004 on. Each win was incremental, slow with steps backwards and forwards...trans mtfs were at the absolute fringes of the Lesbian community, barely tolerated cuz all too many recognized them as male. Tolerated but not necessarily accepted. The drag queens who sometimes transitioned were far more  colorful figures based in the gay male community, like the Sisters for Perpetual Indulgence. They had a place. They didn't coopt Lesbian culture and were part of the camp of gay male culture.

Then incrementally certain key Butches began to transition to "men" and others followed along in the mid 90s. We thought it was a phase like many phases and styles that would blow over, but it never did..it just kept expanding. 

Not till the 2000s did they start going after transing kids. Used to be the gay community, except LYRIC which catered to gay/lesbian youth, did NOT advocate much for Lesbian/Gay kids, we didnt want to be seen as recruiting, something that we were often falsely  accussed of, gay men especially, so it was hands off the kids, unless they organized BY AND FOR THEMSELVES. 

But the autogynophilic men(mtfs) werent happy. Whether its another way to seek validation, or another set of customers and patients to make money off of, the trans kid thing started happening, the clinics, the doctors, the clinicians ect and trans mtfs believing if it was a a thing since early childhood,  then maybe they'd be seen as more ordinary and ok.

All I know is it sickened me in Chaz Bono's video when s/he is hanging out with a trans kid in a hottub who wasnt any more than 9, "boy bonding". More for Chaz's sake than the kid's at the gender space. Making it all seem so normal.

But boundary after boundary for a part of the population much much smaller than the Lesbian community, they bowled over EVERY boundary. And the numbers of FTMS kept increasing, along with the peer pressure to trans. Nothing could stop the juggernaut. Nor were our boundaries ever respected. 

Even gay men began complaining in the gay press of FTMs in some of THEIR sacrosanct sex spaces, but this was years if not 2 decades AFTER  mtfs especially   had infiltrated the Lesbian communities....and many Butch Lesbians then transitioned and DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE the Dyke communities, while some courted the gay male communities as well...

And then all of a sudden they got more rights than women as a whole do, EVERYTHING we worked a lifetime for? All smashed to bits? Villified every time we say no? Ignored if we mention our fears, or dont buy the smoke and mirrors, the glitz and glam 6 foot 4 males tottering in high heels and hyper feminine clothes that they are Lesbians too??

No is a complete answer, and I will NOT concede my spaces, my sexuality, my identity or my very Femaleness to born males so they can feel good about their illusions at OUR EXPENSE AND SAFETY!!

I am SICK of this battle and it seems a losing proposition. But so be it. I will not stop, because for me the company of WOMEN is so powerful.
And I will NOT concede THAT for ANY MALE!!!
                 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lesbianism IS an ENTIRE WORLDVIEW!!

To ALL my Lesbian Sisters Lesbian is an ENTIRE WORLDVIEW...goes BEYOND mere "identity". Cracks open the World in that I see EVERYTHING THROUGH Lesbian eyes. I give ALL of my Self to the Sacred Female, within and without, sexually, emotionally, politically,intellectually, spiritually. Females come first and foremost in my World, my love and lust for them,kindred Spirits and Souls, weaving together Dyke and Amazon Nation, as has been done at Michfest our Spiritual Home..we Rise again and Again...but the Patriarchy fears and villifies us...BECAUSE WOMYN COME FIRST in our lives, both ourselves, our lovers, spouses, paramours, and Female friends, and for many of us Goddess as well. We do not hold back on our Love for the Female. It is Sacred. It goes WAY beyond mere "identity". We are a Nation under siege....

Cooptation, Infiltration of Lesbian Community

Rant against a rightwing woman who would lump us in with the rest of the alphabet soup:

Dont include US ________.  I am GLAD my Lesbian spouse and I are married, I can access her health insurance, she can access my pension benefits, I can visit her in the hospital no questions asked.

WAYYYY before the het world had to deal with BOTH MTFS and FTMS, us Lesbians and our communities were coopted and infiltrated. Young Butches, and even older ones pressured to transition to male, and we couldnt get away from the autogynophilic males who never even pass as "women", claiming they are Lesbians, penis or not. Way before they went after the het world, bathroom, locker room, womens prisons and homeless or battered womens shelters, they went after MICHFEST where us Lesbians set boundary after boundary, THIS IS FOR BORN FEMALES ONLY. WE refused to date them or pick up the pieces for those mtfs of the het womens lives and marriages they ruined. 

Now we cannot EVEN have a place in GBTQIAAMNOPXYZ, AS LESBIANS. Or have a place of OUR OWN without being coopted or called bigots, transphobes or terfs.

We cannot gather in ANY capacity amongst OUR OWN without being targeted by GBTMNOPQRSTUV.

WE fought this fight LONG BEFORE IT WAS ON YOUR RADAR. So dont dump us Lesbians HERE in with your hatred of the gay community.

We are trying to organize amongst our own, and we want OUT of GBT because it no longer represents US or OUR INTERESTS. And we REFUSE to accept "penis can be Lesbian, just get over your penisphobia" as they tromp on and into OUR communities, many  from the het world. The Lesbian communities are largely in tatters around this, and WE FEEL JUST AS STRONGLY that children should not be transed and keep those with penises OUT OF OUR BATHROOMS, LOCKER ROOMS and all nonfemale OUT of our WBW spaces. We no longer want to affilate with other Lesbians who would sell us out, or bi or straight women for that matter to these interlopers. The loss of Michfest has angered MANY of us Lesbians and WE ARE ORGANIZING!!!

Climate Change

 Sheeple want a dictator to take over with NO political experience.

Climate change is ONE issue against many, but it is THE ISSUE that no matter how much folks bury their heads in the sand about it, WON'T GO AWAY. Crops burning up, stronger and more violent and devastating storms, die offs of entire species and coral, melting of ice caps and raising of seas, insect infestations, desertification and drought, its a WORLDWIDE problem due largely to overuse of fossil fuels. 

Only fossils keep INSISTING on using these fuels which eventually WILL run out without putting in new infrastructure any way we can, from Wind on every Farm to Solar on every rooftop , would GREATLY reduce our need for poisoning, dangerous fossil fuels, and this ties into the economy as well..either we want alot of new Green jobs, or keep on going the way we are..tie it all in with the economy and THAT is an issue affecting us all on the most personal level.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Frightening Parallels!!!

I watched the Military channel (American Heros Channel) yesterday which has nonstop shows on Nazism, much of which I already know. But today they had two shows of EXACTLY HOW Hitler got into power. Part thru violence and the threat of violence thru the SA, but the other extremely sophisticated use of media for the time. Parades, propaganda films and huge rallies. Making Hitler into an avatar Messianic  figure that would save Germany and German Pride. Hitler and Goebbels were MASTERS at media, propaganda, shrewd politics and oratory, as well as having Hitler depicted in the highest level of stage presence, lighting, props, music, ect. 

They told lie after lie, or "retelling" of history, just enough truth to be believable, such as the Americans gave Germany the loans to rebuild and create prosperity, but should something happen, the Americans would call the loans in...THAT  was when the stock market fell and American lenders DID call the loans in and Germany went broke and many lost their jobs. Between courting angry ordinary  Germans, he also courted the industrialists...and he blamed the rich Jewish bankers for impoverishing Germany. 

Guess who else is a master at media, trained expertly for it, and tells big and little lies, has huge rallies, with violence against protestors and those ready to fight for him, a master at propaganda, and courts the industrialists????

History repeating itself indeed. This frightened me more than any other Nazi shows or movies Ive watched, I seen so many...from.so many angles...but watching EXACTLY how he got into power, both legitimately AND illegitimately and the calculating way he has his closest associates did it, telling lies much of the way there, and manipulating the media so precisely, really brought home how it is all happening again!!

THOSE WHO DONT STUDY HISTORY ARE CONDEMNED TO REPEAT IT!!!
EVERY TRUMP SUPPORTER SHOULD BE MADE TO WATCH THOSE SHOWS!!!CUZ THE OUTCOME WONT BE PRETTY!!!

But unfortunately some will "get off" on them and and will say "Hitler was right". Course Hitler threw around how Germany is a Christian Nation too WHILE NEVER BELIEVING IN THE RELIGIOUS STUFF...anything to get into power...just like Trump. And to demonize Jews. While Trump may not demonize Jews, he demonizes Mexicans and other religions. And as a Lesbian married to my partner and ethnically Jewish..I AM VERY VERY AFRAID IF HE SHOULD GET ELECTED.


People can say Trump has all kinds of psychological problems and is arrogant bullying and immature. But what do you think Hitler was? A megolomaniac like Trump who was psychopathic and once in killed off or had killed off almost IMMEDIATELY  his rivals!!!

VOTE: THE STAKES COULDN'T BE HIGHER!!!

Our very Democracy is in the crosshairs in this Election!!!
Vote, as if your life depended on it cuz it COULD, especially if you
Are a Dyke or Jewish or a Jewish Dyke or ANY OTHER MINORITY!!!

Here is my post to someone accussi g me of fear mongering about Trump, and I draw the parallels in a previous post about him and the very similar parallels to Hitler and his rise to power:

That fear IS REAL. Yes a vote for a 3rd party candidate or staying home  gives Trump an even greater edge. My fear and others, is not rhetorical, or new age "putting negative energy" out there. My fear is VERY VERY REAL, very tangible, as a Jew ethnically and as a Lesbian, both targets of Hitler, and I am sure of many of Trumps supporters as well.

Whatever I say cannot be matched by the millions HE rakes in, and in living in a "red" Rethuglican State.

I dont care HOW HARD you worked for Bernie. HE is NOT the candidate. I mourned when Hillary was beat by Obama, and some of the sexism she faced from Obamites, just like from Bernie Bros....but NONETHELESS I Got on a bus full of our Union members, and we went to Nevada knocking on doors to make Nevada blue, and our efforts among others worked. I made phone calls and actions to defeat Prop 8, I ve worked on TONS of political campaigns but NEVER have the stakes been so high or the contrast of the two candidates.

I will CONTINUE to draw the lines online, the comparison as so many Jews and Dykes, and Jewish Dykes SEE IT. And others...

The Left is weak, it infights, and IF we lose this battle you can kiss your liberal/radical/lefty/progressive/green ass goodbye..and even more so as ANY kind of minority!!!

And get ready to hear the boots marching, your social security/medicare/medicaid/SSI/SSDI cut, greater unemployment, another war, and a knock on your door or harassment in the streets, draconian new laws, and the rich getting much.much richer while our jobs and any Unionism goes down the tubes. Rome shall burn. Possibly in nuclear fires. You want his finger on that red phone???

Does that scare you??? I fucking HOPE SO. I knew this day might come, and WE WOULD HAVE TO ACT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!-M.A.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Truthsayer: A Guest Post by J.D.

Truthsayer; Guest post:

"XX 
As far as the trans, they're males and serve a purpose for the establishment.  They colonize everything in sight and pr4vent wimmin from speaking and organizing for ourselves.  for this reason they have free speech.  Have you noticed that they get to call themselves women and female and we're cis women and vagina bearers or front hole havers as Hillary agreed with them at a meeting where no lezbians or wimmin with a different point of view.  She directly dealt with them alone.  So we as wimmin, now have front holes and trannies can have vaginas.  But they mostly (over 80%) never cut off their dicks anyway., so they don't want anyone to know or ask or tell it like it is...that they are males.  Problem has always been they're sick puppies and to hide their illness, they create a world in their image and where their fetishes rule.  They keep adding letters on to the BLTIQXYZ to accommodate all of them and their restrictions as well as all their fetishes.  It gets worse when we measure all the identities wimmin must take on cause they don't want to be lezbians or wimmin...so they're queer, gender neutral or whatever.  All of the LGBT centers have become virtual trans transition centers run by males or occasionally a trusted collaborator.  Dykes are getting convinced/pressured daily to transition.  And these wimmin want me to explain, in a respectful tone, mind you, why I think it's a male agenda and harmful to wimmin and girls?  Then there's the ones who think it's just the social structure, the patriarchy, that "forces" them to be this way....mind you, they're in control of it all...and created their supposed "oppression"...all of it.  It was all their doing...and I can't show my rage or call them idiots and hold them accountable for mutilating children's bodies and pumping them full of hormones and their heads full of male sickness?  I AM holding them accountable and mutual respect is NOT possible." J.D.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Witches Exist and We are Good!!!

In reference to women referred to as "Witches", tortured and run out of their villages and put into "Witch camps" in Africa in degraded conditions, much like concentration.camps to keep.them away from.the general populace, fearful of them:

And here's my response to the posting of this article:
The witchburnings have never stopped. Anytime a woman is spiritually independent, or has skills others can't explain, or access to the Divine, Sacred, Mother Earth and Magic, men FEAR her mystical Powers. Witches exist. Women have had these Shamanic Powers for Millenia. But in unending worldwide Patriarchy only men are TRULY allowed to be recognized connecting to the Sacred.

 Whether you call them Priests,  Rabbis, Imams, Shamans, Yogis, Monks, The Dalai Lama or Pope.

Because such Sacred Powers in the hands of a Female deems her a Witch. Even if the men use their Powers or religious/spiritual authority for negative ends against others or outsiders which they all too often do. But they fear the Witch...Primal Female Power as one way women can take back their autonomy and Power. Even the IDEA of a Witch is frightening to them. Any woman NOT under male control, and especially spiritually.

Whether these women were Witches or not, the hysteria has been fueled ignorance, just like the Middle Ages. All bad things as a result of these women where the men do not have to take ANY responsibility for their actions or decisions...or an act of Nature...-MasterAmazon

Righteous Anger: Guest Post by Miriam Ben-Shalom

Wonderful share from a brave Butch Dyke Sister in the Struggle:

"I am thinking about anger today.  Because I am angry about the co-opting of women-only spaces, because I am angry about the fact that women and children are placed at risk by "inclusive" legislation, I am called 'terrified', retarded, a failure,  'passive-aggressive', a bigot, an entitled bigot, and a whole host  more of names.  Argumentum ad hominem aside, what is it about the demagogic Left that seeks to destroy anyone who disagrees with them?  In order to have a tolerant world, they say, we will fight intolerance; it seems that this means being INTOLERANT towards anyone who does not agree 100% with them and bullying those who disagree by casting pseudopsychological diagnoses upon them.  It is true that I do not think there is such a thing as a person who, by use of chemicals and surgical alteration of the body, becomes the SEX opposite of what s/he was born.  I do not think women can become men or men become women.  I think people feel uncomfortable in their bodies because they do not meet the "established" gender conceptions for what a woman or a man ought to be.  Not meeting established gender conceptions does not mean, however, that one is another SEX.  So because I disagree and because others like me also disagree, we are pilloried and defamed publically.  Seems to me that the demagogic Left is no better than the demagogic Right.   But at least the Right concerns itself with the safety of women and children [for whatever reasons] and hopes to protect them from sexual predators who now can enter women's spaces with impunity.  The demagogic Left and the trans community want to make it all about them as opposed to the real issue which is MALE violence.  [May I add one observation here?  There doesn't seem to be as big a difficulty with women who 'beome' men as there is with MEN who 'become' women.  What might that say about MALE VIOLENCE and the tendency of men TO WANT TO TAKE OVER?] And their constant refusal to sit down and work together with women born of women on this issue says a universe about their world view and how they consider the value of women and children.  As a recent study pointed out, this society, the medical profession, and pharmaceutical companies all work to anesthetize the anger of females to keep us complaisant and malleable.  And women do not want to be called "bad girls" so they swallow anger and do what they will to avoid such designations.  And it seems that the demagogic Left feeds right into this by bullying and demonizing those who disagree with their dictates about sex and gender.  As one who has been so demonized, let me serve notice:  if being a "Bad Girl" means I serve to protect women and children, if being "retarded" means I serve to protect women and children, then to those who place such labels upon me:  I will wear your words with pride and I will be the demon you say I am.  I refuse to be a Handmaiden and I refuse to bow to your bullying.  I shall continue to use my anger well.  And your vociferous responses tell me I must be doing something right."  
                           -Miriam Ben-Shalom

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How Heavy is My Heart? Guest Post by Sharon Stonekey

In response to Dyke wanting advice how to talk to a Lesbian friend who just announced she wanted to transition.

"Oh how heavy is my heart at stories like these?  At the risk of being accused of all kinds of things I offer the following:  Children use gender in very creative ways.  Children actually don't get that gender means biology until around age 6 which is very late.  I myself very young . . . like so many . . . noticed that boys were less vulnerable than girls.  Since I was living in a dangerous environment, I developed the persona of a boy.  I had a boy's name, wanted a boy's haircut, spit like a boy, rode my bike like a boy.  Sure I knew I was a girl and wore the mandatory dresses to school, but there was definitely two strands going on.  I DONT BELIEVE FOR ONE MINUTE THAT I WAS A BOY IN A GIRL'S BODY.  When I came out as a lesbian, for the first time in all our lesbian freedom, I felt marvelously happy claiming myself as a woman.  I studied dance because I wanted the option . . . just the option . . . of being graceful if I felt like it.  I never looked back at my boy strand or on heterosexuality.  I'm so thoroughly delighted to have the entire continuum to travel on where ever I want at any moment and so marvelously happy to be a woman.  Gender roles are such a trap.  I'm so sorry for this crippling turn. I'm so sorry some of our XX allies think they have to fit into some category.  Down with categories  Blessings on our beautiful lives.  I'll never accept that being a woman is a subjective feeling with any fixed permanence.  I shudder when I hear of some of our younger sisters changing names, taking hormones, amputating woman parts. I'm off now to paint a butterfly or chain saw some wood whichever I feel like.  LOVE to all.  Best to your friend."                 - Sharon Stonekey

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Critical Thinking-Guest Post by C.T.

My Butch pal has come forward with another brilliant thought provoking post.

"Having an opinion is not the same as having the capacity for critical thinking, let alone, "agile critical thinking" - i.e. the next step up in critical thinking. The latter requires imaginative, resourceful thinking. The ability to anticipate, conceptualize, and communicate ideas outside of a proscribe, ideological box. I find it telling that trans ideologues didn't anticipate that there would, invariably, be a slew of detransitioners after the fantasy of "sex change" was replaced by the reality that biological sex cannot be changed, nor inner angst remedied by surgery and hormones.

Trans ideologues are not alone in their dearth of critical thinking. I see plenty of it in the RFist community, too. I could name many examples, but don't have the time to do so just now. The two that immediately come to mind are:  That misandry - a form of hate - is a viable, legitimate way to counter misogyny; coupled with an inability to recognize or admit that misplaced misandry is often directed at butch women. And secondly, a recognition that genuine "Sisterhood" cannot be achieved by erecting hierarchies or personality cults.  

As always, those who don't tow the party line or genuflect at the altar of rigid ideology - whether it be trans' or RFist ideology - are dismissed as inauthentic, failed adherents and malcontents. Actually, they are the truth tellers."- C.T.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Female Proud Butches are Radical Too! Calling Out Discrimination By Certain Radical Feminists: Guest Post

A good Butch pal is calling out Radical Feminists who discriminate
against Butches who advocate by, for and AS WOMYN and she won't take it anymore!! Or Butch complacency.

"We have to be ever vigilant and unapologetic about butch woman bashing, erasure and genderizing (BEGing). For years, I was endlessly patient and reasonable in discussions on the subject. I was insulted, talked down to, piled-on, blocked, banned, dismissed as a liberal feminist and gender purveyor. That from women I had supported and been virtual "friends" with for years.

I stopped banging my head against that impenetrable wall when a woman, with high visibility in the online community, said to me, personally: "Butch is total BS". The woman was a key organizer of the Butch/Femme bashing conference in London. I have since found out that she is organizing conferences with trans as a way of making money. She's been a RFist for about five years, so she figures that's long enough to start cashing in. (Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that RFism has become a cult of personality and a way of making a fast buck, including off the sale of butch women's hides?)

I'm not willing to be polite, patient, or complacent about that anymore. Nor, do I have patience with butch women who are tolerant of it in the name of some misapprehended version of  "Sisterhood" - What "Sisterhood"?  Since when did "Sisterhood" become a one way street and an exercise in self-negation?" -C.T.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The POINT of a Female Identified/Female Proud Butch Group

Post I just made in a Butch group I am in:

The focus for a Female identified Butch group should be BY AND FOR all female identified Butches and to legitimately listen to our grievances and pain,and joy, without shutting us up. Allies take a second fiddle to this.

 Our communities and even our very own bodies and identities have been so under siege that we have really NOWHERE to honestly discuss these issues,without being put down, told to shut up, tone down or put others' needs before our own, while our visibility and communities are quickly disappearing and we are told we are relics from a bygone age and a "dying breed".

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Butch Dyke

"Please remind them that butch/other lesbians are not transmen or transwomen stuffed with pills from pharmaceutical companies that made profit on them, but butch and other lesbian women are human beings that made of different kind of material, capable of resistance. "  -M.K.

                             Butch Dyke by MasterAmazon
Skin and bones and womonflesh, sinew, and muscle and fat, fierceness and determination standing our ground. Sensible shoes and boots, cotton, denim, leather and silk. Ties and flannels and vests and jean jackets, overalls, uniforms and jockey shorts and boxers. Sleeveless tees and tattoos, sometimes rough hands for us Butches working construction. Ground breakers and pioneers and fearlessness.

Worshipping of the Sacred Yoni, INCLUDING OUR OWN. Multi Orgasmic both giving and recieving. And never EVER backing down to men if we can help it. If boys could do it, SO CAN WE. Teaching ALL WOMYN WE ALL ARE CAPABLE GIVEN A CHANCE!!!

Loving the Female within and without in mind, body, soul and spirit!!! In.passion and ecstasy!!! Defending our Female spaces and spirits and bodies to.our last dying day!!! Modern day Amazons, Labryis in hand. Never forgetting our Forebearers and their struggles...

Butch Dyke

"Please remind them that butch/other lesbians are not transmen or transwomen stuffed with pills from pharmaceutical companies that made profit on them, but butch and other lesbian women are human beings that made of different kind of material, capable of resistance. "  -M.K.

                             Butch Dyke-M.A.
Skin and bones and womonflesh, sinew, and muscle and fat, fierceness and determination standing our ground. Sensible shoes and boots, cotton, denim, leather and silk. Ties and flannels and vests and jean jackets, overalls, uniforms and jockey shorts and boxers. Sleeveless tees and tattoos, sometimes rough hands for us Butches working construction. Ground breakers and pioneers and fearlessness.

Worshipping of the Sacred Yoni, INCLUDING OUR OWN. Multi Orgasmic both giving and recieving. And never EVER backing down to men if we can help it. If boys could do it, SO CAN WE. Teaching ALL WOMYN WE ALL ARE CAPABLE GIVEN A CHANCE!!!

Loving the Female within and without in mind, body, soul and spirit!!! In.passion and ecstasy!!! Defending our Female spaces and spirits and bodies to.our last dying day!!! Modern day Amazons, Labryis in hand. Never forgetting our Forebearers and their struggles...

Butch Dyke

"Please remind them that butch/other lesbians are not transmen or transwomen stuffed with pills from pharmaceutical companies that made profit on them, but butch and other lesbian women are human beings that made of different kind of material, capable of resistance. "  -M.K.

                             Butch Dyke-M.A.
Skin and bones and womonflesh, sinew, and muscle and fat, fierceness and determination standing our ground. Sensible shoes and boots, cotton, denim, leather and silk. Ties and flannels and vests and jean jackets, overalls, uniforms and jockey shorts and boxers. Sleeveless tees and tattoos, sometimes rough hands for us Butches working construction. Ground breakers and pioneers and fearlessness.

Worshipping of the Sacred Yoni, INCLUDING OUR OWN. Multi Orgasmic both giving and recieving. And never EVER backing down to men if we can help it. If boys could do it, SO CAN WE. Teaching ALL WOMYN WE ALL ARE CAPABLE GIVEN A CHANCE!!!

Loving the Female within and without in mind, body, soul and spirit!!! In.passion and ecstasy!!! Defending our Female spaces and spirits and bodies to.our last dying day!!! Modern day Amazons, Labryis in hand. Never forgetting our Forebearers and their struggles...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Does it Piss me Off???On FTM Transitioning/Detransitioning and Butch DykeAmazons

Yes, it does:  Does it piss me off? Why should I just blindly give my energy to detransitioners? THEY GOTTA PROVE THEY WANT TO BE PART OF THE DYKE AND FEMALE COMMUNITY AGAIN!! NOT ONE FOOT IN OUR WORLD AND ONE FOOT IN THE TRANS WORLD!!'
A response to L.T.:

I AM communicating that I would much rather put my energy into stopping the trans nonsense in the first place by OWNING our Butch/Tomboy/nonfeminine Selves as Butch Dykes who LEARN to be Female proud, than every young one who thinks its trendy and cool to transition,genderqueer, identify as transmasculine, ect ect ect, who.put us Butch Dykes down who object to seeing our entire communities of Butch Lesbians vacated, and overrun by those sporting their new facial hair, their born again announcement of scheduling breast surgeries, their new found machismo, ect ect ect. You dont KNOW HOW THIS CUTS TO OUR BUTCHDYKE SOULS!!!

Does it piss me off???YES.  Doesthe name change to male, Then insistence on male pronouns piss me off? YES. ESPECIALLY WHILE DEMANDING ACCESS TO FEMALE AND LESBIAN SPACES DESTROYING THEM IN THE PROCESS.

Does seeing handsome Butch women destroy their bodies including some of my former  partners, acquaintances and friends piss me off?? YES. 

DOES begging them, pleading with them NOT to transition and they do anyway cuz its trendoid and IT'S NOT as a Butch Dyke piss me off?? YES.

Does it make me nervous looking around as there are fewer and fewer REAL TRUE BLUE BUTCHES while everyone else drank the koolaid and our asses as nonconforming to het roles Females more and more alone with no Butch progeny to follow us or pass  on our Butch DykeAmazon ways to piss me off? YES!!!
CUZ IT GIVES THE MESSAGE THAT THE ONLY WOMEN OR FEMALES THAT EXIST ARE FEMME OR SLIGHTLY ANDROGYNOUS.

Not strong Amazonian womyn who take no shit from men, who DEMAND we be treated as equals, love womyn openly with all the gusto only men are allowed, and dress as we please in clothes we feel handsome and strong in that dont limit us or make us vulnerable sex objects.

DOES IT PISS ME OFF THERE ARE SQUADRONS OF FEMALES SO SELF HATING THEY WANT TO CUT OFF OR BURY THEIR FEMALENESS? YES.

Do I want to BE around self hating females who so identify with men rather than throw their lot in with the remainder of their Butch brethren, Lesbians and womyn as a whole? NO.

So you want to know where I am coming from L.T.? Surviving as a Butch DykeAmazon while so many are identifying as male or my brethren are transitioning to male, one, after another after another.

So I am supposed to feel sorry for them when they wake up and find out they bought a bill of goods, injected the Patriarchy into their own bodies with testosterone and hated their breasts so.much they bound them or cut them off, but PUT ME DOWN AFTER I TOLD THEM NOT TO, COME INTO OUR DYKE OR FEMALE SPACES, OR TO DO IT IN THE FIRST PLACE???

You bet I'm pissed, as Ive watched more and more Butch Dykes disappear from our communities in droves since the 1990s, destroy Michfest and all our Female spaces by AT ONCE INSISTING THEY ARE MALE, AND YET DEMANDING ACCESS TO US.

I have limited energy. MY energy will go into STOPPING this bullshit IN THE FIRST PLACE AND TALKING TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET DRUNK THE KOOLAIDE. 

AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE WHO GENUINELY have sorted things through thoroughly and coming back to their Female and Lesbian proud Selves, honoring US BUTCHES WHO NEVER DRUNK THE KOOLAIDE AS THE AMAZONS WE ARE AND STUCK IT OUT AS FEMALES WHO WILL NEVER CONFORM TO PATRIARCHAL MORES AND TAKE UP.OUR SPACE FULLY!!!-FeistyAmazon

Friday, July 15, 2016

Butch 3, no such thing as "Butch privilege" especially in het society....

BUTCH 3:   So while SOME Butches imitate het roles to a T, there are NO  society wide social mores to enforce this. She walks out her front door she can be a victim of a hate crime, or ignored, derided, made fun of, threatened, dismissed, not hired, never promoted, rarely seen in media or acknowledged, dismissed by gay males unless she kowtows to them and so much more.

I am SICK of Feminists, especially het feminists comparing THEIR oppression from men WHICH IS ENFORCED SOCIETY WIDE, to us Butches and having ANY say so over Lesbian sexuality. It is no wonder that long ago many Butches did not want to get politically involved with the Lesbian Feminist community, though there were MANY MANY BUTCHES OF ALL STRIPES at Michfest. Even the type that can "pass" as men, whether naturally hirsute or from their hard masculine look...WHO ARE NOT FTMS. Who are still Female deep in their souls AND ONLY THERE did they feel safe coming out from their camoflage and REVEALING THEMSELVES in a place they felt safe...until women started ASSUMING they were FTM instead of the Amazons they are...women who hide in the society at large because they would be threatened if they did fully reveal themselves.

There are MANY MANY VARIED FORMS OF WOMONHOOD..FROM ULTRA BUTCH, TO HIGH FEMME AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. Like the color palette and the Goddess of 10,000 Names whom I worship, womonhood is VAST AND VARIED with many different aspects from Warrior to Lover, Great Mother, Amazon, Lady of the Wild Beasts in the Woods, to Healer AND SO MUCH MORE.

Contracting what ANY Female can do or be, or how she is permitted to appear and express herself LIMITS US ALL and is anti-Feminist. Our lives have been limited enough BY MEN and their patriarchal systems!!!!

And I want EVERY Female to be free to be who she is...down to her soul...so that NONE EVER feel the pressure to transition to male! And she can be FULLY in her Power AS A FEMALE!!!THAT is my life's Work as a Butch DykeAmazon Warrior/Witch!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Define Butch I was asked in a Radical Lesbian group so here it is:

My definition of Butch:  Nonfeminine. Resisting femininity...MODERN DAY AMAZON. Us Female proud Butches describe our lives to you, but you refuse to listen. Not all of us are into femme women or exclusively into femmes...some of us prefer other Butches or enjoy BOTH Butch and Femme womyn. But every true Butch IS a Dyke/Lesbian. We do NOT conform, nor ever really have from a young age to hetro feminine roles...period.  We RESISTED..and ALL of us have paid a heavy price FOR resisting!!!

Part two:

Its a Tribe..either you are part of that Tribe or you are not..it is beyond merely feminist....there are signs and signals and Ways of Knowing...and us Butches KNOW and recognize our Tribal Members...there are Initiations and lifelong ways of Being...very akin to Amazon...we take up our space and stand up to men and sometimes compete with them if need be in ways other women do not. Or fear to...like initially breaking into the Construction Trades, before feminine women did so.

We are also used to shame other women into complying because Butch Dyke is about the scariest thing feminine women(especially hetro) can be accussed of, if they refuse to comply, or compete with men for jobs, position or status.
As in "Your a Dyke, Your Mannish, a Virago, Amazon, Shrewish, A Bitch, a Butch, a Lesbian, trying to be a man, ect ect ect and women respond all too often and defensively: " I'm a Feminist but not the ugly Butch manhating, hairy legged, unmade up kind." In other words, just like the L Word Lesbians, sexually pleasing for men to look at it. We are NOT HERE to please men!!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Jeanne Cordova and Butch Voices

Yes Ok...I will update you on Jeanne Cordova..I allied with her at Butch Voices in 2011 since practically all our Female Identified Butch workshops had been TURNED DOWN both in 2009 and 2011. There was NOTHING explicitly FOR US. SO Jeanne Cordova along with detransitioner Sasha Goldberg had a workshop 10 stories above the 2011 Butch Voices  Conference which I attended along with 50 Female Proud Butches, one or two Femmes, AND one "Butch" MTF who went on about their "Butch" MTF trans "sisters". The "Butch" MTFS GOT THEIR OWN WORKSHOP along with all the genderqueers, FTMS ECT BUT THERE WERE NO FEMALE IDENTIFIED/FEMALE PROUD BUTCH WORKSHOP CUZ WE BEEN CENSORED BY THOSE AT THE TOP. 

When there was the final plenary, both Sasha Goldberg and especially Jeanne Cordova were VERY UPSET that they had been kicked off the Butch Voices board for advocating for Butch LESBIANS who were  Female Identified!!!It was pretty disgusting.

I supported Jeanne especially, but then in her blog she began taking on the term "transmasculine" and I confronted her on this since her work previously had been so Butch LESBIAN identified, AND she had risked her status with Butch Voices advocating for us...I felt a bit betrayed by her in this regard.

We lost touch and the next thing I knew was her making that statement publicly about her impending demise due to poor health...

My Butchness is WHO I AM as a Dyke. I myself prefer other decidely Butch womyn, though I have dated and partnered with Femmes as well. It is NOT predicated on any sole attraction to Femme womyn...but it IS decidely Lesbian for me..but I have been this way from childhood, just about like EVERY Butch I know, whether they are into other Butches, Femmes, both or Lesbians in general...we RESIST femininity and being forced into femininity from a very early age. We SEE how we are discriminated against in favor of boys, and DARE to compete with them and INSIST on being their equals. We are NOT "young ladies" nor do we want to be those fragile delicate things fearful of getting dirty or exploring or roughhousing. Like boys and men WE WANT ALL AVENUES, TRADES, OPPORTUNITIES, SPORTS, JOBS, HOBBIES AND EXPERIENCES OPEN TO US.

But UNTIL we found Feminism or the Dyke community we found others feared us and often denied us said opportunities, especially parents, family members, teachers, employers, peers,  AND MALES.

Monday, June 13, 2016

I Take It Personal: My Feelings After Orlando Shootings at Pulse Gay Bar

Yes I DO take it Personal:  I am sick about it..just sick about it..it has weighed heavily on me all day. As I told my pals at lunch I TAKE IT PERSONAL. 8 Lesbisns killed, IT IS PERSONAL. 44 countries around the world where Lesbianism is punishable by death, imprisonment, "corrective rape", murder or enslavement in a het marriage to a prick!!!ITS FUCKING PERSONAL. Years being harassed as a Butch Dyke by family, on the street, by men at various venues, discriminated against on the job continually by men, ITS PERSONAL. Leered at, threatened, hit upon, EVEN BY GAY MEN, ITS PERSONAL. And now my People wiped out and targeted by a gunman espousing masculinist woman, Lesbian and gay hating  murderous ideology, ITS PERSONAL. Now that at least one Michfest Sister has died, ITS PERSONAL.

WE HAVE FEARED FOR TOO LONG, THIS BUTCH LEATHER DYKEAMAZON WARRIOR/WITCH IS TAKING BACK HER POWER, AND SHARING IT WITH LIKEMINDED SISTERS!!!

I have stood my ground as a DykeAmazon Warrior/Witch and I will unto the next lifetime and perhaps beyond. Let the Tribe of Amazons EMERGE AGAIN in our rightful place.

                -In Sisterhood, 
                  M.A.

San Francisco Pride Official Statement on Orlando Shootings

SF PRIDE: I have been to many.many San Francisco Prides, including the cover pic I am in with my Spousest. We are watching Pride together in the Viewing Stands when we had that pic taken. I have watched it, marched it many many times.

Here is San Francisco Pride's Statement about the shootings.
                -In Determination. 
                 -MasterAmazon

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JUNE 12, 2016

CONTACT:

media@sfpride.org

SF PRIDE STATEMENT ON ORLANDO TERROR ATTACK

There is a giant hole in our hearts as we learn of the act of terrorism and hate against the LGBTQ community that has unfolded at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Our sympathies and thoughts go out to the victims, their families and friends, and our LGBTQ brothers and sisters around the world.  



Our democracy is built upon the right of freedom of assembly, freedom of belief, and freedom of speech. A terrorist gunman filled with hate attacked the LGBTQ community in Orlando and took the lives of innocent men and women. This was an act of cowardice and callousness.



President Obama was right in his statement: Orlando is an act of terror and hate. It is an especially heartbreaking day for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. But this is not only an attack against our community-which has fought and won so many historic battles for civil rights-it is an attack on democracy itself. 



We must remain strong and vigilant in the face of such hatred. We must be good to one another, we must speak up for one another, and most importantly we must look out for one another. As members of the LGBTQ community, as Americans, and as those who believe in freedom and the rule of law, we must continue undeterred in our quest for full and equal rights for everyone. We are unbowed and unbroken by this attack, and will continue on in the memory of those who lost their lives for simply expressing their true selves.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Rebuilding our Sisterhood

We having ARE having a Dyke Summer Solstice ritual and Gathering on Dykeland. The ANSWER, is  building OUR OWN Gatherings on womyns Land or campgrounds solely US...grassroots, like Michfest was in the beginning, as Lisa passed onto us at the holy of holies at the Acoustic Bowl as we all shared Flames together originated from HER FLAME off the AMAZONS TORCHES, and BUILDING OUR OWN SACRED Dyke and Womyns Gatherings...Michfest last year was ENTIRELY MAGICAL, Dyke centered, Sacred, beyond words Matriarchal Amazonland..and so is the Michfestie Anazon  Sisterhood. Gathering by small Gathering WE ARE REBUILDING.

I have VERY LITTLE to do with the het, mixed or queer Pagan communities..only Female and Dyke Positive ones...do I feel free, ESPECIALLY ON LAND. I LIVE for Ritual, raising Sacred Energy with Sister Witches and DykeAmazons, a bonfire at the Center and drumming in the background.

Last year at Michfest it was THE LARGEST WOMYN ONLY RITUAL CIRCLE I HAD EVER BEEN IN!!!400 strong..and I felt intense grief entering it as a gauntlet of at least 10 singers sung to us "We All Come from the Goddess" as we entered the Circle and upon entering and FEELING THAT ENERGY OF SOUND I cried and cried because I KNEW THIS WOULD BE THE LAST LARGE GATHERING OF OUR DYKEAMAZON TRIBE
 before we were all scattered into the Amazon Diaspora...once again...but WE WILL RISE, and we are building embers of small WBW ONLY Gatherings once again.

And I am PROUDLY  doing that again with a DykeAmazon Sister!!!But there are many many more being organized this summer in lieu of the loss of Michfest, and SOME are quite close to that Sacred Land. And some ARE the week Michfest would have been....

I will try to pass on that information Sisters so you can make your plans and be renewed. Michfesties are a creative bunch, and they take  Amazon Sisterhood very seriously!!!