A trans woman in Canada has filed 16 human rights complaints against various waxing and aesthetic salon workers, accusing them of transphobic discrimination for refusing to wax her testicles.
Jessica Yaniv has claimed that the female salon workers shouldn’t be allowed to refuse contact with a penis, whether it belongs to a man or woman.
It’s reported that one of the businesses taken to court has already shut down, while others have settled out of court for amounts ranging between $1,000 to $5,000.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been set up to help the remaining businesses and those affected with the legal costs of contesting Yaniv’s lawsuit.
The story is causing a considerable amount of outrage, particularly as Yaniv’s social media comments have revealed her to hold bigoted views. In one posting, under her masculine name of Jonathan Yaniv, she wrote: “We have a lot of immigrants here who gawk, judge and aren’t the cleanest of people, they’re also verbally and physically abusive, that’s one reason I joined a girl’s gym, cause I DON’T want issues with these people … They lie about shit, they’ll do anything to support their own kind and make things miserable for everyone else.”
The controversy prompted comedian Ricky Gervais to weigh in with some social media postings of his own. Gervais tweeted: “How did we get to the point where women are having to fight for the right to choose whether they wax some big old hairy cock & balls or not? It is not a human right to have your meat & 2 veg polished.
“Surely real feminism also covers a woman’s right not to have to wax someone’s knob & bollocks if they don’t want to.
“It is a woman's right to say 'I don't wax testicles. On a man or a woman'. End of discussion. No sexism. No homophobia. No transphobia.”
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