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Victoria Smith on breast-binding

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Glinner Fri 20-Nov-20 01:38:24

Hi, Mumsnetters! I was very proud to publish this typically brilliant piece by Victoria Smith on Google promoting the barbaric practice of breast-binding to billions of people. Facebook just forced me to take it down so please share it with your friends and family

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Glinner Fri 20-Nov-20 01:39:01

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Weatherwarning Fri 20-Nov-20 07:15:01

Thanks Glinner. The double as standard in how breast binding is viewed is sickening. It is mind boggling that this is legal.

SunsetBeetch Fri 20-Nov-20 08:10:18

Facebook forced you to take it down???? On what grounds?

ThatIsNotMyUsername Fri 20-Nov-20 08:32:17

Because is didn’t say what a fabulous idea it was?

Apollo440 Fri 20-Nov-20 10:15:38

Utter bastards. Never used Facebook so I can't boycott them. What reason were you given? Hate speech? Jeez.

FamilyOfAliens Fri 20-Nov-20 10:28:41

Excellent article. This jumped out at me:

After all, you’d have to be a massive racist to think mainly African communities are following sexist, regressive rules while mainly European/North American ones are engaged in some complex, sophisticated act of gender discovery.

gardenbird48 Fri 20-Nov-20 11:24:52

thanks for sharing - I shared it on Facebook.

HecatesCats Fri 20-Nov-20 11:50:36

Glosswitch's newsletter is one of my regular reading highlights. She nails it again here.

JellySlice Fri 20-Nov-20 11:58:41

I don't understand this part:

A transgender identity is understood to transcend the usual compromises female people make with the body they have and the ways in which others see it. It has no relational context; it demands nothing from others.

A major problem with 'transgender identity' is that it is almost entirely dependent upon external validation - it is demands everything, total capitulation, from others.

DaisiesandButtercups Fri 20-Nov-20 12:50:15

I agree Jellyslice, I am a bit confused too.

I think I get the first part. I mean few women are actually comfortable with their body let alone happy with it, so we have to “make compromises” also we are constantly subject to the male gaze and male judgement from a young age until the point at which males choose not to see us at all because we lose all value to them.

Is it that she is referring to the female body having no relational context and demanding nothing from others as opposed to identities which are entirely reliant on validation from others?

DaisiesandButtercups Fri 20-Nov-20 12:58:56

This makes me think of “pretty privilege”, in my opinion a liberal feminist nonsense concept. When proponents of this concept talk about the privilege conferred by beauty and youthfulness, they are really talking about the group of women and girls in that phase of life who currently enjoy positive regard and favours from men in positions of genuine power. It really is no privilege at all by comparison to those men in the positions of power, wealth and influence from which they are able to confer “pretty privilege” on the chosen beauties. A bit like a Miss World contest. The grand prize is positive male attention.

Apologies, I hope that is not diverting too far from the topic.

And exactly what did Facebook do? That really has my curiosity piqued!

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