Homework: Marxism & feminism

I do love presents.

Someone sent me these after seeing my outline of the quarrel between Magdalen Berg and the Edinburgh university feminist group over Scottish prostitution laws. https://genderdesk.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/some-sources-for-magdalen-berg-controversy-at-edinburgh/

These are supposed to explain the difference between Marxism and feminism, so I look forward to being enlightened, assuming I get through it (although I did skim the first page and had to make myself stop and do the uploads).

There are by Catharine MacKinnon:

They are PDFs and you should be able to just click on them

So I am putting them up here for everyone else to look at too.  Spoilers and/.or explanations are welcome.


Some sources for Magdalen Berg: controversy at Edinburgh

Magdalen Berg was a British activist notable for her contributions to transgender issues, published via a series of videos.

Her YouTube channel had over 30,000 subscribers, and her videos were boosted by such luminaries as Irish comedian Graham Linehan and author J. K. Rowling.

Personal life

Berg grew up in London, and attended university at Edinburgh, graduating in physics. While at university she contributed to various programming projects, and won three boxing titles. She died at the age of 36, of a rare type of brain tumor.

Controversies at Edinburgh

Conflict with Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) in 2015: http://www.butterfliesandwheels.org/2016/guest-post-let-them-call-me-whorephobic/ Issues centered on self-definition and the Scottish prostitution question.

Issues from this source (guest editorial by Berns):

Candidates – Edinburgh University Students’ Association: Megan Atkins. Magdalen Berns (need to register account) https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/representation/elections/elections2016/candidates/

FemSoc does EUSA By-Elections: Questions to Women’s Liberation Convenors Candidates https://edunifeminists.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/femsoc-does-eusa-by-elections-questions-to-womens-liberation-convenors-candidates/

University Feminists Are Betraying Their Movement’s Liberal Past:For opposing the legalisation of the sex trade, dissident feminist Magdalen Berns has been banned from future feminist society events. Feminists on campus have treated her like a sub-human traitor to women.” https://quillette.com/2016/04/02/university-feminists-are-betraying-their-movements-liberal-past/

” She is a lesbian and has gone up against Ada J Wells and been banned from the Edinburgh LGBT society. ” https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/womens_rights/2715832-magdalen-berns Ada J Wells: https://www.thecollegefix.com/student-leader-says-cops-killed-dallas-sniper-bastards-draws-outrage/ ” Ada, who is trans and prefers to be called “they”, labelled women with vaginas as “cuntscum”, has also called women who refuse to have sex with gender-neutral people with a penis – like Ada – transphobes, and has advocated for them to be expelled from the University of Edinburgh.” https://thetab.com/uk/edinburgh/2016/08/23/ada-wells-resigns-eusas-lgbt-officer-25017 https://genderidentitywatch.com/2016/03/14/ada-j-wells-adajwells-uk/ http://www.studentvoices.co.uk/2017/03/outrage-at-ex-nus-delegate-who.html

“…describes herself as ‘a critic of religion, capitalism, identity politics, conservatism, neoliberalism and socially imposed gender norms.’” https://theothermccain.com/2017/12/29/the-problem-with-gender-equality-and-how-sjws-reached-their-stalingrad/

” Ironically, it is university students who seem to be leading the charge — bullying radical feminist students into silence, banning women from their campuses for challenging liberal doctrine (something Magdalen Berns speaks to in her talk, as she was banned from just about every women’s and LGTB group at the University of Edinburgh in her final year — an institution that has apparently placed a “trigger warning” on radical feminism itself).” https://www.feministcurrent.com/2016/09/27/need-braver-feminists-challenge-silencing/

More social media with profile


Other stuff

Note: Crossposted to RIP Magdalen Berns https://genderdesk.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/rip-magdalen-berns/

Alexandra Whittingham

Alexandra Whittingham (red link) is a British classical guitarist. She has won the  Edinburgh Guitar Competition, placed second in the Carpathian International Youth Guitar Competition, and was named guitarist of the year at the Gregynog Young Musicians’ Competition.

Whittingham studied music at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester from age 11 to 18, then at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Artists she credits as influences include guitarists Julian Bream and David Russell, Brazilian violinist Fabio Zanon  (Polish Wikipedia),  and Marcin Dylla.

Whittingham has a number of music videos, some filmed in an old mill, which have over a million views.

Official website: https://www.alexandrawhittingham.com/



The cromorne is a baroque French instrument.

It has an internal reed, a nasal sound, and seems to be vaguely in the bagpipe family.

“straight” ebay cromorne

It supposedly has a straight bore and the bell has an open end. It is supposed to be similar to the rauschpfeif and the cornamuse, but the rauschpfeif has a conical bore and corresponding distinctive loud voice, and the cornamuse has a bell with a closed end and holes in the sides of the bell, giving it a soft voice.

None if this is checked out of course, I got it off of ebay.

Meanwhile, on the internet there are a lot of warnings not to confuse the cromorne with the crumhorn or “tournebout” in French.  But confused they are.

Here is a much published image of a woman playing a … something. Here it is from Commons. The name of the file is File:Cromorne.jpg and the description is “Joueur de tournebout, détail d’un tableau de Vittore Carpaccio, 1510”, but it is actually used on the article for tournebout in the French Wikipedia.

The image is also used on an album cover, now out of stock, for “Krumhorn Cromorne / Storto Tournebout” by Syntagma Amici.  Looks like they covered all the bases. The album is a showcase of standard pieces for the double-reed, in this case all four voices – bass, tenor, alto, and soprano (and maybe a recorder or two and a shawm?). As far as the selections, there seems to be a playlist here (Japanese?) and another here (UPenn libraries). The recording is said to be not the best, but more than compensated for by its rarity, at least among cromorne (tournebout?) aficionados.

Digging a little deeper we find the cover image is part of a larger image, a painting by Victor Carpathius that includes another popular image of a boy with a lute: File:Dettaglio Presentazione di Gesù al Tempio di Vittore Carpaccio (2).JPG

After still more digging, the painting is revealed to be La presentazione di Gesù al tempio”, and in the possession of the Accademia di Venezia.

And wouldn’t you know, this just happens to be on Commons as well. Seems to be more than one:

Oh dear, it’s a whole category.

So where can we hear this wonder of all wonders, preferably played by women.

Oh my, here is a collection of quartet-type nasally instruments, all with an image of our Vittore_Carpaccio lady playing the…whatever it was.  I do believe we’ve hit pay dirt.  The first is In den Cromhorn: Allemaigne I. If you like the first one, they will probably auto-play, otherwise this seems to be the playlist.

There are some more shawms and crumhorns here, from the same uploader, with the unlikely addition of a tenor sackbut.  Odd name, that.

The cromorne seems to have made it onto the organ stops of the day as well.   The composer François Couperin (1668-1733) only wrote two works for organ, both parish masses, at the age of 21, before shifting to harpsichord and chamber music. The parish mass has four major sections, Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei, the cromorne solo is a fugue “en taille” (alto) in the Gloria (no. 18).  A trio in (no. 10) has two sopranos on cromorne.

Here you can listen to it and follow along on the music, (and believe me, you won’t find this music printed anywhere else)(okay, on second thought, here you go…)
…the cromorne kicks in after a short introduction and you can hear the nasally tone of the organ stop. The organ stop is described here: “les jeux d’anches—a reed combination, much employed in fugues, including the brilliant trompette on the grand orgue and the sardonic cromorne on the positif. Each of these reeds could also be used as a solo stop.”

But do listen to it on a famous organ.  Here it is on an organ built by François-Henri Clicquot (1732 – 1790) at Poitiers Cathedral.

Here is on an organ built by Jean-Baptiste Le Picard (1706-79) (red link) at the monastery church of the female Benedictines in Liège, Belgium.

Check out the keys, the black and white keys are reversed.

So where exactly are these female Benedictines in Liège, Belgium?  Liège is supposed to be in the Dutch-speaking section of Belgium. Well of course they have left out the women, haven’t they. Do you suppose it’s the one in this listAbbey of the Peace of Our Lady, Liège. (a big fat red link). Let’s try in Dutch, shall we?  Abdij van de Vrede van Onze-Lieve-Vrouw, Luik. Yep.

“Het orgel, gebouwd door Jean-Baptiste le Picard, van 1737.”

(The organ, built by Jean-Baptiste le Picard, from 1737.)

And the French article is very nice, map and everything.

But poor Jean-Baptiste le Picard is a red link, even in Dutch.

See here (in Dutch)

In September 1750 the chapter of the Basilica of Our Lady signed a contract with the Liège organ builder Jean Baptiste Le Picard for the construction of a completely new organ. Jean-Baptiste and his brother Jean-François Le Picard had a great realization in 1739 in Saint-Pierre in Liège (1739) (4 manuals, a pedal attached and 39 registers), an instrument that was so appreciated that they were later asked three times to make an identical organ, namely for the abbey of Herckenrode in Kuringen (1744), the Basilica of Tongeren (1750, completed in 1752) and the Benedictine abbey of St. Truiden (1753).

Also see here (in English) for the le Picard family of organ builders.  Jean-Baptiste le Picard (1706-1779) was the son of Philippe le Picard II (between 1650 and 1668 – 1729), and the grandson of Philippe le Picard I (born between 1620 and 1630, d 1701 or 1702). From The Organ: An Encyclopedia, By Douglas Earl Bush, Richard Kassel, can’t get much more “notable” than that.

Oh look, the nuns’ organ is even a national treasure, a protected heritage site:

“Het orgel is geklasseerd in 1983 als Patrimoine exceptionnel de la Région wallonne“.

(The organ was classified in 1983 as Patrimoine exceptionnel de la Région wallonne).

It’s on Commons,

for the sanctuary, about as baroque as you can get.


Is she chewing on a jalapeño?

“…an alternate Wikipedia called Engole”, says Crow.

What?  This doesn’t really google. And I can’t resist asking, is there an end goal to Engole?

“He [Corbett] seems to have since taken over the domain…That alternate wiki is still chugging away, … from July he was back on en.wiki in an extremely limited way,…”

This is supposed to explain Corbett’s absence from enwki…here is the last few months of his editing history, screenshot of this courtesy of RfB.

Who knows, maybe this also explains all the admins who resigned their tools at the height of the Fram madness, only to quietly return later.

But Corbett is on Wikipediocracy now of course; after a rocky start, they seem to be taming him. Initially he annoyed the moderators, but not quite to the point of being deplatformed.  He seems to now be a little less triggered by the whole Wikipedia thing, and settled down to actually making useful comments that aren’t all of the “Jimbo is icky” variety. So we will see if he has any talent beyond simple copy-editing.

So what is this engole thing?  Is it really a encyclopedia?

More like a blog really. It’s sort of a cross between hobbits and re-enactors, sort of a British version of the SCA, only with playing soldiers, and the usual “God is on our side” theme.


Here is their mission statement.  Seems like some sort of quibble about Wikipedia’s methodology “not designed to provide correct information”.

So if their goal is to produce the “best information available” in the topics that they do cover, how do we know they did that?  What is their expertise and what are their qualifications?

They do have an article on the Manchester Mark 1, which seems to be some kind of computer, but it does not even come up on the third page of a google search.  Plus it seems largely scraped from the Wikipedia article, and without the customary attribution, so you really have to wonder what they are about, if not simple plagiarism.

The site is at https://engole.info/ . There is a Facebook presence as well, the page having been created on July 2, 2018.  https://www.facebook.com/ElvenKnowledge/ .  Is Corbett in there?  Who knows.  There is no contact info, no attribution anywhere.  The commenters on the Facebook page all seem to know each other. There is one archive capture, in June, which would seem to predate the FB page.  http://web.archive.org/web/20190628163716/https://engole.info/ The website seems to have been fairly well populated even at that time.

Although there is no “recent changes” — it is not a wiki as such, there does seem to be a feature for recent additions.  The last update to an article was today, so the site is active.

So, a group of friends sets up a small Wikipedia, that they can edit the way they like, without the usual suspects to annoy them.  Why not.

“I’m not no f***ing cis woman”

The intersection of race and gender.

This is about an interview with Malik Yoba on New York hip-hop radio station Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club on 9/11/2019.  I almost closed the window, but could not stop watching.

NSFW, obviously.  Lots of f-bombs and n-bombs throughout.

It did not go well on their Twitter feed either. It was entirely negative, lots of negative reaction gifs. This could get interesting.


LOL she has now gone viral, @Glinner is retweeting her: