A long-haired femme with enormous hoop earrings leanings into the camera. She searches annoyed, albeit slightly indignant. She claims in a thick-witted New York accent that she’s “one of the most detested lesbian women on the internet.” The video soon exposes why: she misses Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court as Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s true successor.
“The greatest method in my opinion to honor her life would be to appoint another strong bride to the Supreme Court, like Amy Coney Barrett, who is a pinnacle of female success, ” the woman says. “But progressive feminists assault her because she’s a baby, she’s traditional, she’s Catholic, and most of all, she’s a republican. That’s not the kind of woman they want her to be.”
The moment I find that video I recognized the face. Damn, that’s what happened to lesbian YouTuber Arielle Scarcella? She’s originating videos for the Log cabin Republicans in support of Amy Coney Barrett?
Her turn to the far-right is appalling, but it’s a indication of a proliferating question: republicans are increasingly building a gas pipeline to radicalize radical women who have bigoted misgivings with the left. And in Scarcella’s case, that pipeline started with transmisogyny, was bolstered by TERFs, and preceded her to share her full-throated support for Barrett’s nomination.
It’s a course that she not only cuddle, but is now promoting. From her result, many more liberal maids will abandon the left and increasingly turn to the far-right, establishing life more dangerous for the marginalized women who face the Christian right’s scorn
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Scarcella, whose YouTube career goes back about a decade, wasn’t always a Log Cabin Republican “OUTspoken” about Trump’s Supreme Court pick. Years ago when trans sex education material was rarely available on-line, Scarcella did a great clip where she sat down with a post-op trans woman and talked a bit about her vaginoplasty surgery. And then in 2018, she interviewed a trans gal who enjoys using her penis during fornication, and the two talked about what that mean for trans sexuality. Both clips destigmatized a good deal around trans woman and transitioning, and were clues of good faith on her percentage to the trans community.
But something ugly happened that same year: Scarcella started to shift focus away from talking about trans topics in an educational( albeit somewhat difficult) nature, and moved more toward negative videos about trans feminine beings. First, she brought on right-wing trans YouTuber Blaire White to defend lesbians who do not want to have sex with trans women who have penises. Then, she posted a rant video complaints about “trans activists” and feminine penis. Scarcella stumbled onto a sticking point: was it OK for lesbians to scorn a trans wife based solely on her genitalia? Soon after, her videos became more and more conservative in sort, from blaming solid positivity to claiming trans beings “want to erase women.”
How do we get from a very complicated conversation about ignorance in the lesbian society, and end up with a video for the Log cabin Republicans praising Donald Trump? Not by coincidence. Scarcella’s radicalization began through TERF rhetoric: like TERFs, she claimed trans women with penises have “male” body parts. But as novelist MerriCatherine interprets, this sort of rhetoric relies on anti-scientific bioessentialism that neglects “the hundreds of other examples of’ transgender’ behavior and genotypical ‘anomalies’ in other categories of cosmo, ” not to mention “excluding cis women without uteruses, breasts, dates, two x chromosomes, etc.” In other words, Scarcella and her friend transphobes must first sacrifice reality to defend their bigotry.
This, extremely, is true for dictatorship. In a syndicated essay for Salon, journalist Chris Hedges describes Amy Coney Barrett as subservient to firms, supportive of labor suppression, antagonistic to civil liberties, and more importantly of all, established with a religious gallantry around “restoring law and order” and “right and wrong” that challenges free democracy as we know it. She is a Christian fascist.
“The Christian tyrants, like all despot pushes, seek to create their own truth. It discredits verifiable reality, science, statute, and rationality, ” Hedges says. “The reality-based world, as in all totalitarian advances, is snuffed out.”
TERFs too appoint their own truth. They, as Hedges writes of Christian despots, likewise “abandon the world of cause and effect and supersede it with a world-wide of occult, ” a sorcery world where women are defined by whether they were born with a vagina or still remains to their penis. The far-right has mobilized TERFdom because TERFs make for good fascists, and they disseminate tumult among radical women who struggle with trans rights.
“Trans dames are the wedge issue used by the far right to alter middling radical women around conservative reactionaries, ” Twitter user @9BillionTigers said in a viral thread that engendered such articles. “To be clear trans dames are, or rather the concept of trans girls is, abused specific to reactionarize cis brides, more specifically cis lesbians, and most feminist and/ or lesbian parishes have in no way undergone any self-reflection about this; many consciously refuse to.”
The far-right has sounded into this wedge with plenty of funds to go around. Grace Lavery, an assistant professor of English, Critical Theory, and Gender& Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley, says the conservative Christian Heritage Foundation and the transphobic Women’s Liberation Front have “well known” associates, pointing to a Washington Post article on the two. Similarly, the Alliance Defending Liberty offers funding to feminist groups for anti-trans events, as long as they offer no lipservice to LGBTQ titles nor feminist reproductive privileges, she asked( Vox similarly points out ADL’s connections with WoLF ). Combined with the Catholic Church’s push against so-called “gender ideology, “ conservatives have successfully turned transphobia into a flashpoint issue to divide-and-conquer the LGBT characters and filter anti-T gays into right-wing radicalization.
“As a result of this enormously strong move to split transgender liberties from those of the LGB community, a number of LGB notorieties have found themselves–as has Arielle Scarcella–in full MAGA rioting paraphernalium, ” Lavery told me. “And a larger cohort of straight humen have jump-start into the fight, leaved enough include by the TERFs to import fashy ‘debate-me-bro’ tricks, coupled with hateful persecution and libel.”
Scarcella’s descent into dictatorship is a sad portrait indeed. But there are many Scarcella’s, one for every woman who, too, detects one point she merely can’t agree with on the left. Maybe it’s women with penis. Maybe it’s sex workers’ liberties. Maybe it’s Black Lives Matter. Usually it’s a mixture. The far-right has discovered these women as the weakest association in the left, and are picking them off, one by one, preying on their internalized bigotry and letting it fester.
The irony, of course, is that for all of Scarcella’s rage, she is just a puppet for the Barrett’s of the world. She plays the role simply as far as she’s helpful. If she somehow acquisitions her way out of the totalitarian grapevine, another “OUTspoken” Log cabin lesbian will certainly supersede her, parading the right onward, persuasion milquetoast radicals that their bigoted tendernes is just a moral holler against the “woke left.” All the while, the far-right pipeline will continue to bring disillusioned liberal women into its fold, controlling them into supporting republican moral crusades around abortion, trans gals, fornication use, and religious freedom
“I’m not sure what hope there is, given the influx of money, but the first and most urgent thing is for feminists of all backgrounds to confront the Trumpists armies that are forcing their nature into our communities and organizations, ” Lavery said. “It is sometimes hard to remain optimistic.”
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