Last Saturday I attended the Let Women Speak event. Two days later, I am still reeling from the actions of a small but incessantly celebrated section of society and their so-called ‘allies’.
We all saw the media in hyperdrive over this issue during the past week. Celebrity tweets and mainstream news articles grossly misrepresented the speaker, Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, AKA Posie Parker, repeatedly calling her a “Nazi” and “transphobe”, among other hateful descriptors. These deliberate lies were then weaponised and used to encourage people not only to attend but actively disrupt and shut down the event.
Like many other women who came to Albert Park, I had prepared a speech. Our voices and our speeches weren’t welcome. We were yelled at, called vile names and told to go home.
This is what I was going to say:
Hello wonderful people. My name is Alia Bland, and I am a mother of three teenage sons, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and one of the three co-founders of New Zealand’s largest freedom organisation, Voices for Freedom and, more recently, a new alternative to the mainstream media — Reality Check Radio!
I am a mother, NOT a birthing individual.
I am a happily married woman, NOT a ‘cis’ woman.
I have considered myself a crunchy lefty my entire life. I am into healthy living; home birthing; extended BREAST feeding, NOT chestfeeding; taking responsibility for my family’s health, education, and values; living lightly on the earth; cultivating positive relationships, and building strong, connected communities.
I have voted Green Party in every election, bar one, since the Green Party began. I thought it was part of who I was. It turns out I was wrong.
Something happened that left me and so many others standing in a world that we no longer recognised. A place where we were invited and expected to participate in bizarre contortions of language to be considered inclusive to a group of people we were told were being oppressed by our lack of acknowledgement of them in all that we did.
Prior to covid, I had a business designing crochet patterns for the international market. Little did I know that these creative roots would soon see me labelled a danger to society and on a government watchlist for my supposedly ‘far-right’ views!
It was through this crafting community that I received my first lesson in how nasty and toxic the so-called “inclusive” community of “allies” could be.
The self-appointed inclusivity police began rewriting the rules of engagement. The rules weren’t publicly shared as such, but people soon learned these rules through observation of what happened to those who made the mistake of breaking one or more of them.
Within a very short space of time, people around me became very fearful and started to self-censor and disengage. They became quiet at public events and in online spaces as they saw the awful things that happened to others who accidentally said or typed the “wrong” thing.
People I knew and cared about were hounded and harassed for refusing to play the game or bend to an ever-changing list of illogical, nonsensical rules.
In NZ and around the world, non-conforming businesses came under attack, some were destroyed, and in at least one case, those targeted by the mob found themselves in hospital on suicide watch.
Since then, things have only got worse.
Women daring to stand up to advocate for women’s only spaces such as bathrooms, changing rooms, competitive sports, women’s refuges, and prisons in the name of safety for ourselves and our sisters, daughters, granddaughters and nieces are viewed and portrayed as far-right, nazi, fascist, transphobic, misogynistic, TERF extremists.
Heaven help you if you suggest that the medical transitioning and bodily mutilation of minors is a dangerous and really bad idea.
Trying to engage with people on the erasure of women and the well-being of our next generation is like arguing with overtired and sugared-up toddlers. (I mean, look →)
We have lost the ability to discuss important issues rationally without melting down, shouting down, and lobbing labels like grenades at those we disagree with in order to smother, obliterate, and cancel people and perspectives that go against the narrow scope of permitted opinions.
This government is in on it.
The mainstream media is in on it.
Social media platforms are in on it.
Our health and education institutions are in on it.
And many private businesses are in on it too.
We could have stood around whinging and complaining about how wrong this all is, but quite frankly, that is not my style, nor is it the style of my VFF partners in crime, Claire and Libby.
When our voices are constantly silenced, our intentions constantly misrepresented, and the conversations that Kiwis NEED TO HAVE are constantly shut down by the captured media and the voices they amplify, there is only one thing left to do – start our own platform to cover the issues the establishment won’t and to challenge the voices the media don’t.
Reality Check Radio launched this week and is already a lifeline to those whose voices have been distorted and silenced.
It is a place where we can hear different points of view on critical issues.
It is a place where we believe you can discern the truth for yourself when given the full story.
It is free, it runs 7 days a week, and it is for YOU!
Go to realitycheck.radio
Comment by co-editor Geoffrey Churchman: I went to the VFF meeting in Paraparaumu on Saturday, a pleasant social event where attendees discussed activities like setting up a bookclub, gardening, vegetable swap meets, table tennis, and pot luck dinners. When I got home and switched on the news there were all the assaults, abuse and aggression that TV One and Newshub’s Leftist reporters had been inciting all week. They were clearly pleased with themselves — stoush is what they wanted and what they got. What a world of contrasts we have now.
Posie Parker should be New Zealand “Woman of the Year” for the way she has woken so many up so quickly to the reality of the way our society is being subverted by this flood of mental illness and the sheer nastiness that goes with it. Thank you Posie.
Wonderful Alia. A true freedom fighter. Without you and VFF there would be so many good men and women who would have been lost and alone during these past years of madness and propaganda. I was one of those women, who luckily joined VFF, attended meetings, protests, pop-up protests (and the freedom village). I regularly still do. VFF was and continues to be my lifeline. I have made wonderful friends. Thank you. I am saddened and ashamed of the way Posie Parker was treated. A shameful day for New Zealand. We must all stand tall and keep fighting for our freedoms and democracy.
thank you for posting this
Unvaccinated Alice said:
How glad it makes the heart that the detestable water melon party seems to have lost a member.
Chris Walker said:
The events of last Saturday have show the world how far down the rabbit hole our society has gone down. Knowing that James Shaw would come up with some political trick to absolve his party’s obviously closet racist co-leader, I was forced to create this poster. I would rather there was no need for it but there it is.
A Statement By Green Party Co-Leader & Racist,
James Shaw On Events At Auckland Protest
Saturday 25 March 2023.
The Green Party stands with violent
transgender thugs. NZ should be a place
where everyone can live their lives without fear
of hate or discrimination unless they are white.
Following a public rally stopped by violent
trangender thugs in Auckland today, it
appears a motorcyclist knocked known racist
party co-leader Marama Davidson to the ground.
We will ignore the queer violence she was
involved in & focus on this bullshit accident
to deflect the public’s horror at what
our party really represents.
The Green Party’s commitment to non-violence
has always been a sham to harvest votes.
We hate all white people & actual women so
of course we don’t give a fuck about what
really happened in Auckland today.
“Vote Green, The Violent Queer Racist Party”
I don’t expect anyone to like the sentiments it expresses but you cannot deny the truth of it in our little racist heaven…
People need to boycott rainbow tickers who now could be viewed as supporters of violence against women.
If at all possible kick ’em where it hurts – in the wallet.