As I understand it, Butterflywings has objected to the characterization of her as a troll, and has suggested that it’s impossible for a woman to say the things that Helen and I have said that she said on our blogs. She has also blamed us and accused us of bullying her because someone is allegedly commenting under her name and framing her. She has also demanded that I post the text of the comments because posting them would prove her innocence? That I’m lying? That what she put in my comments queue wasn’t really hate speech?
I just want everyone to know that I have a clear trail of trolling and sockpuppeting comments that go back 16 months on QT alone, that I can tie back to someone posting under the name Butterflywings to the Transphobic Tropes posts last September. Helen has similar logs pointing back to a history of trolling on Bird of Paradox, and the two of us have communicated extensively about the trolling on both QT and BoP over a period of months. Helen has also discussed Butterflywings’ history of trolling The F Word. I have also spoken with Genderbitch and Jill from Feministe (link, link) and have been able to link the trolling comments on QT and BoP to Butterflywings’ comment history elsewhere, including her recent protestations of innocence. Comments protesting her innocence have also been posted to Feministe, but not published, and again these are easily cross-referenced with the trolling comments. Also, while her comment was deleted from this Feministing discussion in May of 2009, you can determine the context from the responses (short version: She told a trans woman that it was misogynist to like her own breasts, and said that trans women don’t experience sexual harassment). She may believe I have no evidence, but the truth is that multiple people have evidence stretching back over the past 16 months.
If someone’s trying to frame Butterflywings as a transphobic troll, they’ve put a lot of time and energy into it, especially since Butterflywings didn’t notice until now?
She also insists that the trolling has nothing to do with feminism. But I didn’t make this about feminism, but rather the feminists who chose to troll. A notable amount of Butterflywings’ trolling itself draws upon radical feminist writings and theory. Butterflywings herself uses the language (actually, hate speech) adopted by the feminist blog “A Room of our Own” used to describe trans women. Feminism is very much at the center of this, specifically Butterflywings’ attempts to use feminist concepts to bully, harass, threaten, and abuse trans women.
Her blog is named “Feminist Response to Trans Activist Terrorism.” She’s trying to blame Helen and I for calling out the trolling. I have death threats on my blog, Helen has ominous threats to take down her post about the trolls or something bad will happen, and neither of us have gone looking for Butterflywings or anyone else, let alone posting comments anywhere she reads that say anything like what was left in our queues. At worst, I’ve mocked her attempts to troll QT.
Apparently, having abusive, threatening trolls attack you and being able to identify them by name is just like being a terrorist.
Also, I would appreciate it if no one trolled her back. I’m not posting this information to mobilize retribution, but to ensure that people know what she’s been up to. To know, more generally, what anti-trans radical feminist dogma is all about. And to know what to expect if she comes around to your blog.
If anyone has any questions, my e-mail address remains qt dot lisah at gmail dot com