Saturday 26 October 2019

Justice and a grifter

Viewed one way, justice has been met.

Viewed another way, a serial and malicious grifter has been able to use the legal system and new cultural norms at very low cost to impose substantial costs on others.

Jessica Yaniv is a transgendered Canadian woman who bullied aestheticians, often migrant women, with threats of legal action if they refused to wax her scrotum.

The Human Rights tribunal came to what I think was obviously the right decision:
"Self-identification does not erase physiological reality," said Jay Cameron of the the Justice Centre. "No woman should be compelled to touch male genitals against her will, irrespective of how the owner of the genitals identifies."

The ruling also found that Yaniv engaged in improper conduct by misleading the tribunal, by being untruthful, and by engaging in extortionate behaviour and scurrilous attacks.

It was also noted that she brought most of her 15 complaints against women described as "not white," while expressing racial animosity on social media and in her testimony.
Yaniv appears to have used Canada's antidiscrimination framework to threaten and extort people she didn't like. A $2,000 payment to each of three respondents seems... light.

I do my best to stay out of the trans-wars. But I would hope that Yaniv's actions would be condemned by all sides.

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