Updated with links to ScienceBlogs.com via the Wayback Machine instead, which preserves their original formatting.The first use of "gender traitor"
as a label--and the use of that term that still reverberates to this day throughout the gelatinous minds in the slimepit--was by skeptifem on July 3rd at ERV on a post titled "Bad form, Rebecca Watson":
Yawn. Enjoy your fate as a gender traitor, erv. You'll find out eventually, same as the rest of us, that its a game you can't win. You'll never really be one of the guys and you can never really overcome what being a woman in this culture means. The high fives and social approval you get from sexist jackasses won't be worth it in the end.
Posted by: skeptifem | July 3, 2011 4:54 PM
As you can see, all the usual names took that single
use of it very
badly and repeated it sarcastically multiple times. However, skeptifem was not someone I would consider a well-known Pharyngula regular at that time. So what really got the slime oozing at the pit
and effected real life consequences for Ophelia Benson who allowed it to exist as a form of free expression on her blog (please note the irony there!) and despite her dismissal of it
as a useful term (again, note the irony!) was when "gender traitor" was used at Butterflies & Wheels by Pharyngula regular and Molly winner SC (Salty Current)
on a post titled "Getting and not getting":
SC (Salty Current)
July 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Unless I’m wildly misinterpreting things (which I doubt, but is possible), Miranda Celeste Hale is, like her pal Abbie Smith, a moron and a gender traitor, as skeptifem so graphically put it.
Salty Current repudiated her own usage of the term
only three days later on a post titled "Focus" at Butterflies & Wheels:
SC (Salty Current)
July 8, 2011 at 6:47 am
Re: gender traitor
It’s been pointed out that “the term…looks so similar to St*rmfr*nts idea of a “race traitor”,” which is just…ew. So I won’t be using it anymore. Until an equivalent of Uncle Tom appears, I’ll just have to content myself with describing the behavior: using and encouraging sexist epithets, attacking feminists, trivializing sexism, painting yourself as different from and better than other women, etc.
As I was just saying over at Pharyngula, this silliness over “gender traitor” being bullying and so forth reminds me of the responses to people calling out Chris Stedman for attacking those who criticized Sojourners for going along with religious homophobia. They tried to make it not about the organization’s anti-human rights actions or Stedman’s sellout attack on those critical of them, but about people having called him names and Aquaria using *gasp* swear words. It’s a transparent attempt to derail the discussion.
As far as I know, besides the post of skeptifem's linked in the first comment above (a post which I note I commented on myself with multiple reasons given against the term), those two
times by only two people are the only times anyone was called a "gender traitor" (all of two people being on the receiving end: Abbie Smith and Miranda Celeste Hale). And both of the users of that term backed off after getting lots of thoughtful comments on it from people on their own side. The rest is all slimepit myth.