In Canada, our tribunals are deciding whether it is a human right for a transgender male who identifies as female to have his genitalia waxed by an unwilling female esthetician.
More specifically, Jessica Yaniv has filed 16 complaints with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal after 16 female estheticians declined to perform their Brazilian waxing services on Yaniv after finding out he does not have female genitalia.
In some cases, Yaniv, who approached the estheticians via Facebook Marketplace, still had his profile set with his former name, Jonathan, and a male photo.
Yaniv has more recently been accused of doxxing transgender YouTuber Blaire White after they did a livestreamed debate together. In that debate, Yaniv brandished a Taser, and, according to Yaniv the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were at his door and arrested him for the possession of a prohibited weapon within three minutes of the end of the livestream.
There are also leaked Facebook message screenshots where Yaniv—still named Jonathan Yaniv at this point—solicits advice from women about how to approach preteen girls in female washrooms. Yaniv uses crude and sexualized language to refer to the female body, which is a hint that he may not be acting in good faith.
I’ve also been on the receiving end of Yaniv’s disgusting and lewd language. In July 2019, Yaniv tweeted that I have a “loose vagina” from having a baby, but that he has a “tight pussy.”(Remember: Yaniv has male genitalia). I replied that if Yaniv would like to sound like a woman, this is not the way to do it, as he was speaking like a male who hasn’t had a functional romantic relationship with a woman.
Yaniv then replied by mocking a reproductive abnormality I have called a septate uterus, a condition that increases the risk of miscarriage. I responded, “at least I have a uterus, you ugly fat man.” I was permanently banned from Twitter the next day for “hateful conduct”—likely for “misgendering” Yaniv, although I was never told which tweets were the exact problem. Misgendering means using sex-accurate pronouns for someone instead of ideology-demanded pronouns. I filed an appeal, which was quickly denied.
Prominent Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy was permanently banned from Twitter for misgendering the same individual, and tweeting “men aren’t women though.” She took Twitter to court, arguing that her ability to thrive as a journalist and writer has taken a hit, but lost. She is now appealing that decision.
Canadian registered psychologist and public speaker Dr. Oren Amitay was likewise banned for misgendering.
Trans-identified individuals who oppose gender ideology have also been banned from Twitter. British transsexual writer Miranda Yardley formerly had a verified Twitter account with approximately 10,000 followers before being banned for tweeting “Aimee Chancellor is a man” in reference to a transgender Green Party candidate. As in my case, this ban was on the grounds of “hateful conduct.”
Jenn Smith, a public speaker, gender ideology dissenter, and trans-identified male was banned for tweeting that he wouldn’t refer to Morgane Oger (a trans politician) or “any other male” using female pronouns.
Even though Twitter explicitly states that their verified badge, also known as the blue checkmark, “does not imply an endorsement by Twitter,” Quillette editor and writer Jonathan Kay had his badge removed after posting several tweets in support of Murphy.
Although I did violate Twitter’s terms of service by misgendering, it’s not such a simple matter of rule-breaking: should people using social media platforms be forced to act as if biological sex is meaningless, and anyone with dissenting views must either keep her mouth shut or have her account closed?
Do we really accept that Yaniv is allowed to make whatever sexist, anti-woman, anti-heterosexual comments he wants, but gets to keep his Twitter account with no repercussions?
Why is it okay for transwomen to hurl insults at biological women, but not okay for biological women to hurl insults at transwomen?
Some may say it’s just a Twitter account, but Twitter is the current public square, where journalists, public figures, authors, writers, and everyone in between can discuss issues and happenings. Individuals like Murphy, Yardley, and Smith are offering us criticisms of the trans activist movement: are we really alright with the idea of transgender males entering—and often winning—women’s sport competitions?
Do we believe that a girl barely out of her toddler years should be offered puberty-blocking hormones if she likes to wear her hair short and play with trucks sometimes?
Should women’s rape relief shelters or women’s prisons be required to accept biological males into their facilities?
These are important questions that we are facing today, and one side of this conversation is consistently repressed on a major public forum.
My account was reinstated, likely because I had a relatively large Twitter following of more than 75,000 individuals, and because public figures like Dave Rubin and Dr. Jordan Peterson, who have even larger platforms, spoke out in my defense, and because Yaniv is considered a deplorable figure by pretty much everyone on the planet.
I was lucky this time, but what about those who remain banned?
Lindsay Shepherd is a campus free speech fellow at the Justice Centre in Canada and a columnist for The Post-Millennial. She runs identitygrifting.ca.