Censorship

At times I thought maybe the men’s rights people were hyperbolic and that by considering them seriously I was making a slippery slope fallacy; my supposition was just because society is predisposed to be more protective of women and prioritize the feminist narrative, this tendency does not mean they will censor countervailing ideas.

My supposition was proven false.

As I said in my previous post, I was looking forward to meeting the Honey Badger Brigade at the Calgary Expo. I’ve been going to the con since I was a teenager. I am a gamer, an artist and a writer, who has been interested in producing my own comic book. When I found the badgers online I was instantly attracted to their courage to push the boundaries on current narratives.

I share a willingness to explore new frontiers and crave the unconventional.

Alison Teiman, one of the founding Honey Badgers, has an online comic called Xenospora. She is an amazing artist and you should check it out.

Alison is also very much an advocate of women, along with being a men’s rights activist (MRA). There is palatable irony that she was thrown out of the Calgary Expo with the Badgers in their stand against censorship. Though she believes women can be agents in their own life stories without a victim-hood narrative, people at the con and others tweeting about the con, excluded her from the in-group from which they claim to speak for all women.

I am a woman. I wanted to see the Honey Badger Brigade and if I was at the females in comic books panel, I’d love to hear a wide variety of perspectives.

The Badger’s basic human rights have been violated, and with it, my ability to show public support of them at the Calgary Expo. Bullies using the feminist narrative are more than willing to take away the rights of others, including “dissenting” women.

This is what intolerance looks like. In-group preference wins out and the group undermines another’s humanity.

Alison is not a “token woman” of the MRA. Nor is she a demon. She is her own person, and a kind, talented and courageous one at that:

Even if you have no interest in gender politics, on either side, please at least take a stand against censorship.

More information:

Go Home, Gamer girl: Press release on unjust banishment from Calgary Expo

WELCOME TO CALGARY EXPO (ALTERNATE OPINIONS UNWELCOME) : THE HONEY BADGER AFFAIR

The Panel Discussion tweeted in to @calgaryexpo as harassment

The Examiner – Calgary Expo censors The Honey Badger Brigade’s anti-censorship message

Mundane Matt’s Part 1 on the Badger’s removal

Women creator group banned by “inclusive” Calgary Comic Expo

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15 thoughts on “Censorship

      • It looks like the expo security called the cops to go interrupt the Badgers at the meetup site. False police reports are a crime.

      • It was fine. They just came to talk to us and once they were assured there wasn’t a plan to go back on the grounds they left.

  1. The charter rights of the honey badgers, namely Alison are being violated:

    As per the Charter – Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
    (a) freedom of conscience and religion;
    (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
    (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
    (d) freedom of association.

    I hope they sue the organizers of the event.

    • It seems like it is a violation of human rights. At very least, the event organizers are hypocrites for their expoequality sentiment. How can con-goers feel safe if they have potential to be thrown out for their beliefs or opinions, especially when they aren’t being revealed until prompted? Should you not even go if you sympathize with gamergate? What about feminism?

    • I would be very happy to contribute to a legal fund for this. It also belongs with the Human Rights Tribunal. Nonetheless, the media seems to have a blackout of this important issue of censorship and oppression – because they, too, engage in it in everything they now report.

      Whatever happens, the settlement should NEVER be sealed, as this serves to keep the oppressive force alive.

  2. “At times I thought maybe the men’s rights people were hyperbolic and that by considering them seriously I was making a slippery slope fallacy; my supposition was just because society is predisposed to be more protective of women and prioritize the feminist narrative, this tendency does not mean they will censor countervailing ideas.”

    The only reason people are having this conversation is because it was a woman who was invalidated, made to feel unwelcome and made an example of. Example after example of men dragged through the mud, statistics that show ridiculous biases like 30-to-1 for female vs male victimhood in headlines, … the evidence is overwhelming, yet, people have a built-in need to rationalize this away that somehow it really can’t be that bad. It is. It has always been like this. Go back 100, 200 years, look at actual sources, you won’t see a society of wife beaters, you’ll see the exact same society of men beating themselves up just to keep the women happy. The only difference was, men were afforded a modicum of respect in return for this duty and self-sacrifice.

    Feminists how now taken away even that token gesture, and only now are men finally saying “nope, I’m checking out”. Yet plenty of women are still in absolute, blissful ignorance about what exactly has made men keep on indulging women’s petty insecurities all these years.

    TL;DR: Yes sweetie, your ass does look fat in that.

    • TL;DR: Yeah, I already know that hon.

      If women stand up to it, not just on behalf of men, but upon their own longing to contribute to a meritocracy, the hypocrisy becomes exposed to the masses. I agree, society is completely blind to male vulnerability and disposability.

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