Why no normal women?

USF’s ‘Global’ Women’s Forum: Lesbians, feminists, drag queens

California Catholic Daily exclusive.

On Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco will host their annual “Global Women’s Rights Forum.” The event will be held in the University’s McLaren Complex.

The “Global” in the name is a misnomer, unless one believes that the majority of women find “Feminism of Color and the Politics of Print” or “the intersections of sexuality, race, and gender with different forms of citizenships and borders” or “Gender, Sexuality, and the Latin American Left” to be synonymous with their rights.

The March 7 program is “Hookup Culture, Culture, Sexual Politics and Campus Rape: A discussion with Leah Fessler and USF students Angela ‘Anju’ Kasturiraj and Kay Nilsson.” The page includes short bios of the panelists:

Kay Nillson at the Queer Open Mic

Leah Fessler: “… is initiating an important national dialogue on how young people really feel about modern sexual expectations, the intersection of hookup culture and feminism, and more broadly, campus sexual politics.”

Anju Kasturiraj “..a third year Critical Diversity Studies and Sociology major, the Intercultural Center Arts Intern, and host of Lyricist Lounge. She uses her poetry to express her identity as a queer woman and diasporic identity…”

Kay Nilsson  “…a poet and performer currently attending the University of San Francisco. He’s performed at poetry slams and readings across the Bay Area. He has featured as a literary performer at Queer Rebels Festival, Radar Productions, the San Francisco Queer Open Mic…”

The workshops and workshop presenters on Wednesday, March 8  are:

“Not Your Mother’s Feminism: New Intersections in Media, Art and Activism: Talk + Q&A by Kim Tran of Third Woman Press: Queer and Feminist of Color Publishing.”  From the description: “Kim Tran, UC Berkeley, works on race, gender and coalition building. Her writing has been published locally and nationally in Vice News, Vox and Mic. In 2008 she helped establish the LGBTQ Youthspace, a safe-space and therapeutic program for queer youth of color…”

That’s followed by: “’Writing the Walls Down’: Poetry/Spoken Word Performance.” From the description: “Helen Klonaris, Amir Rabiyah, Celeste Chan, and Janine Mogannam will read their excerpts from the collection Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, which brings together poets exploring the intersections of sexuality, race, and gender with different forms of citizenships and borders…”

Drag queen known as Monique Jenkinson.

The day’s final workshop is “Contesting the Transformation: Gender, Sexuality, and the Latin American Left: A Panel Discussion.” Panelists are Constanza Tabbush of the University of Buenos Aires, who will discuss “LGBT Rights Yes, Abortion No: Explaining Uneven Trajectories in Argentina under Kirchnerism (2003-2015)”; Rachel Elfenbein of Simon Fraser University, “Towards Feminist Socialism? Gender, Sexuality, Popular Power, and the State in Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution”; and Annie Wilkinson of UC Irvine, “Ecuador’s Citizen Revolution (2007-2017): A Lost Decade for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.” The panel is moderated by Elisabeth Jay Friedman of USF.

The day will close with a theatrical performance by Monique Jenkinson, called “The F Word.” From the USF website “The F Word is FEMINISM! No longer unmentionable, now on everyone’s lips – let’s hear it from the painted mouth of a lady drag queen….Monique Jenkinson (Fauxnique) is a multi-genre performing artist and choreographer whose work uses drag to consider the performance of femininity as a forceful, vulnerable and subversive act.”

In the years that CalCatholic has been covering USF’s “Global Women’s Rights Forum”, (see “Abortionfest at USF” or “Queer Art & Abortion”; it has grown ever more bizarre. The increasing search for ever more remote categories of aggrieved victims brings with it a corresponding shrinking of general relevance to women in general. At the same time, the subject most universally, one might even say ‘globally’, relevant to university-age women, marriage and family—which would also be of interest to any genuinely Catholic university, is completely ignored. 



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  1. Steve Robinson says:

    All the regular women are at work or dealing with stuff surrounding their kids.

  2. This is what is called Cultural Marxism. It is what happens to society when you abandon God and Chiristian Civilization.

  3. helen wheels says:

    per USF website, to go to USF & live on campus, just shy of $60,000 per year.
    Wow !!! what you can get for $60 K !
    maybe next year cannibals

  4. Ann Nash-Smalling says:

    What ever has happened to the God redeemed human race!

  5. the normal ones aren’t thrashing out identity issues. since they already know who they are, they are free to look outward to goals and pursuits that help society and enrich themselves. by gather the in-search-of=myself crowd, organizers of such forums can appeal to funding to support political positions, when needed in future elections. like spurious fund-raising causes, organizers can live off percentage generated from cause-donors like bankers and brokers .

  6. Mary, the mother of Christ, would not be welcome.

  7. Basically these creatures are disagreeing with God and how he created them. These forums are nothing but the gathering of the “mentally ill” hence no normal women.

  8. Your Fellow Catholic says:

    I can’t make sense of what they are trying to communicate, but then again, why should I care?

    I believe in the first amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, and I honor the values of open dialogue within a university.

    I’m not a fan of snowflake shutting down of speech that doesn’t comport with my ideas.

    Why would I oppose this even if I find it bizarre?

    • TheVeiledThreat says:

      Of course they have the right to hold the event.

      But I can still find it bizarre. Especially at a purported Catholic university.

    • from today’s lead article in lanuovabq.it, riccardo cascioli says that faith lived in Christ ‘generates (in us) a judgment on the world that must be communicated with clarity and decisiveness’. if jesus has told us that he is the Way, and to follow him, we must reach out to those who have lost the way, because they might lose happiness in this life and the next.

  9. YFC:
    Were USF a public forum, I would agree with you, but a Catholic school has an obligation to witness Christ. The money-changers had every legal right to their business, but Our Lord chased them from His Father’s house.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      Then you quite simply don’t believe that universities should encourage the free exchange of ideas. I do. If the Church wants everyone to say and do only one thing, maybe it shouldn’t be in the business of higher education.

      • Ann Malley says:

        Then you quite simply believe that the Catholic Faith is just one of any other “ideas”. If you want the Catholic Church to pretend that all ideas are equal, well, perhaps you should just get out of the business of calling yourself “Your Fellow Catholic.”

        • Your Fellow Catholic says:

          A person who holds the truth should not fear an exchange of ideas. An appeal to reason is central to true faith. That is the entire point of a university, even a Catholic university. Only those insecure in faith needs to pretend that I ever said that the “Catholic Faith is just one of any other ‘ideas'”, something I never said.

  10. Michael McDermott says:

    USF Tenure Track mirrors the Misandry (separatist / exterminations Hatred of Men & Boys, Masculinity & Normal Heterosexuality) with a viciousness publicly demonstrated during the gridlock created by the annual tax subsidized (although they refuse to apply for permits, post warnings of clean up afterwards) ‘SF Dyke March’

    Men told not to rain on parade Unity key to Dyke March / 50,000 expected at S.F. Dyke March 50,000 expected — MEN NOT ADVISED
    Women rule the world, if only for a little while – SFGate
    For a few hours Saturday night, Vicki Noble got a fleeting glimpse of a WORLD DEVOID OF MEN –
    – she came away…

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