If every single radical feminist, hell if every single woman in the world suddenly and unanimously agreed that trans women were 100% definitely women/female there would still be endless amounts of violence directed at trans women.
And if you don’t understand why that would be, and how incredibly unhelpful all these violent arguments you have against gender critical women are to your cause you don’t really understand how the system of patriarchy and sexism works at all.
Racism is not in your intent. Your intent is immaterial in how racist your actions are. This isn’t about you BEING a racist. It’s about you DOING A THING that is racist. Your intent doesn’t change it. Your ignorance of its meaning doesn’t change it. It’s got nothing to do with you as a person and everything to do with the meaning of your action in the context of sociocultural history.
A Maritime New Zealand spokesman for the oiled wildlife centre in Tauranga said they had received a box of the handmade sweaters and that should be more than enough. “The vets have expressed appreciation [but] they haven’t used any,” he said. “They haven’t been required and I just don’t know that they will be used at all.”
A keeper at Auckland Zoo said the idea of making the little birds wear the jerseys might cause them extra stress. Natalie Clark, New Zealand bird and mammal keeper at the zoo, who has recently finished a four-day stint at the Te Maunga oiled wildlife centre helping care for birds affected by oil from Rena, said the woollen concept was new to her. “When I was down there [at the Tauranga wildlife centre] they certainly weren’t using them.”
She said the cleaning process strips the birds of their natural oil and can make them cold but the facilities at the centre were set up to cater for this. “They are getting washed and rinsed and then they go into a warmed tent under heat lamps.”
She says there are also portable dryers which are stationed over the birds to dry and warm them. “At this time of the year it’s quite warm. Once they’ve been washed and rinsed they don’t really need anything else to keep them warm,” she said. The oiled wildlife centre currently has 288 live birds in care and 223 of those are penguins.
Miss Clark said she had never seen a vest on a penguin and she wondered how much the birds would appreciate the costuming. “Putting something like that on a penguin, it’s probably only going to stress it out even more than they already are. These are wild penguins, they haven’t had any interaction with humans. There’s already enough stress on a bird without trying to put a sweater on it,” she said.