Ida Hammer attempts to talk to Cathy Brennan after the NYC Dyke March 2012
New York City—On June 23, 2012, Ida Hammer approached Cathy Brennan in Washington Square Park after the Dyke March in order to clarify that the NYC Dyke March supports all women whether they are cis, trans or otherwise.
This interaction was prompted by a number of women who attended the march coming up to Ms. Hammer to express concerns about how Ms. Brennan has been targeting women and girls because they are trans. Ms. Hammer asked if these people would like to go talk to Brennan in person.
Ms. Hammer approached Ms. Brennan and said welcome to the New York City Dyke March where we support trans women. Ms. Brennan did not seem intimidated or threatened by this welcome and said she too supports trans women. Ms. Hammer tried to have a discussion with Ms. Brennan about the concerns the women who approached her had with her aggressively targeting and harassing women and girls.
As you can see in this video captured by a bystander, Ms. Hammer is unable to communicate these concerns as Ms. Brennan continues to talk over her. So Ms. Hammer exits the conversation. Ms. Brennan continues to talk with the other women moving to another area of the park.
Later that night, Ms. Hammer posted on Twitter:
“The @NYCDykeMarch is for ALL women! self-identified women are welcome. All lesbian, bi and queer women whether cis or trans.”
Ms. Brennan replied on Twitter:
“@IdaHammer @NYCDykeMarch except wbw are not welcome. And you assaulted me. Well done dyke march! Video forthcoming.”
Ms. Brennan is encouraged to post the video she has of her interaction with Ms. Hammer as a video response.
Ms. Hammer has not interacted with Ms. Brennan before or after the conversation at Washington Square Park, yet Ms. Brennan has since been aggressively targeting Ms. Hammer with the very harassment that Ms. Hammer wanted to have a discussion about with Ms. Brennan.
Ida, I’m so sorry you had to take all that bullshit. I’m really glad you and some other friends stood up to those bullies.
If CB actually acted like the feminist she claims to be, she wouldn’t coin defensive reactions to her own hate mongering “violence against women.” Being called out in public is, in no way, equitable to the gendered violence women around the globe face every day. By using these confrontation as an example of violence against women, she is totally minimizing the violence of patriarchy.