“No woman should be compelled to touch male genitals against her will, irrespective of how the owner of the genitals identifies.”
Back in July, Mike blogged about Canadian transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv sued beauticians in British Columbia because they would not wax his male genitalia.
Not only did the Tribunal side with the beauticians, but they found violations against Yaniv. They ordered him to pay the three women $2,000 each.
The decision noted, “human rights legislation does not require a service provider to wax a type of genitals they are not trained for and have not consented to wax.” The decision further found that the complainant Jessica Yaniv “engaged in improper conduct”, “filed complaints for improper purposes”, and concluded Yaniv’s testimony was “disingenuous and self-serving.” Finally, noted the Tribunal, Yaniv was “evasive and argumentative and contradicted herself” while giving evidence.
The Tribunal noted “Yaniv made numerous comments against immigrants” during the hearings. He accused those immigrants of using “their religion to discriminate against trans people because they refused to wax the make genitals of those who identify as women.”
The estheticians Yaniv targeted are all immigrants, but they had no experience or training in waxing male genitalia.
An expert told the Tribunal that a person with no genital waxing training should not perform the procedure “due to serious risk of serious injury to the customer.” JCCF continued:
The expert also testified that the necessary prolonged manipulation of a client’s penis and scrotum often results in sexual arousal and a request for sexual services. The expert said her salon’s refusal to provide sexual services has resulted in name calling, intimidation and customer requests to masturbate in her salon.
Most of the women who were the target of Yaniv’s complaints work out of their own home, are of immigrant background, and have small children with them in the house during the day.
The Tribunal also ordered Yaniv to pay the three beauticians:
The Tribunal ordered costs against Yaniv in the amount of $2000.00 payable to each of Ms. Benipal, Ms. DaSilva, and Mrs. Hehar Gill.
“Self-identification does not erase physiological reality,” stated Jay Cameron, the Justice Centre’s Litigation Manager, and counsel for the estheticians. “Our clients do not offer the service requested. No woman should be compelled to touch male genitals against her will, irrespective of how the owner of the genitals identifies.”
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