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[personal profile] miss_s_b
I am a cis white feminist, like Julie Burchill. I have quite a lot of privilege, although perhaps not as much as Julie Burchill, given that national newspapers don't give me a platform for my views. Also like Julie Burchill, I do not pretend to understand the experience or feelings of transfolk

Where I differ from Julie Burchill appears to be that I consider trans people to be human beings whose thoughts and experiences are just as valid as my own. I can't understand but I can empathise and I can listen and I can try to not be an ignorant hate filled shitstain. The article printed in today's observer under Burchill's name is filled with the kind of prejudicial language that makes any person with a heart feel sick. The observer would never have printed an analogous article on the subject of (for example) race. If somebody wrote a piece saying niggers and pakis should shut up and stop whinging and making "jokes" about curry, the observer would rightly refuse to publish it. Why in the name of Cthulhu they thought this article was acceptable, then, I can't even begin to fathom. Perhaps it's Daily Mail style link bait. Perhaps it's talking up controversy for the sake of website hits. Whatever it is, it's naked and unadorned hatred, and it's unacceptable from a newspaper which claims to be progressive.

Julie Burchill does not speak for me, and if she speaks for you then you are not a person I want to pay any attention to whatsoever.

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ginasketch
Oh, how did I know Julie Burchill would stick her oar in?

Oh yes, it's because she's a vile, hateful unapologetic transphobe and has been for years.

My finger is seriously hovering over the defriend button at some people on FB.

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC)
ginasketch: (flirt)
From: [personal profile] ginasketch
Tumblr has its own problems, but at least they are easier to ignore.

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
ginasketch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ginasketch
And hilarious gif sets :D

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
ginasketch: (surprise)
From: [personal profile] ginasketch
Also, I heart you for writing this.

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
royalmarriage: (Default)
From: [personal profile] royalmarriage
I got as far as "dicks in chicks' clothing" and gave up. What a vile disgusting article, from someone who I'm led to believe is a pretty vile, disgusting woman.

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stephmog.livejournal.com
Agree entirely, couldn't have put it better myself. Mainly because I was too much torn between tears and vomit on reading it to form words.

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
shishmish: (Blackadder - *headdesk*)
From: [personal profile] shishmish
Seems to be the day for journalists being arseholes; there's this and Liz Jones slagging off Claire Balding because she supports horse racing. From what I've heard and seen, she starts by saying she doesn't hate Balding because she's a lesbian and has 'appalling' dress sense. So why the fuck mention it?

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
shishmish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shishmish
Oh it really was, good for her! How anyone would want to be interview by anyone from the Daily Fail is beyond me.

Normally these things come in threes so I wonder what's next.

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] staceyuk

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
There is a fairly heated discussion going on on my Facebook right now about this. I'm horrified by the attitude of some people who are liberals.Some who aren't,too.

Burchill's article is horrible and hate filled. And may well lead to trans people being beaten up or abused in some way, more than they are already.

But having two lots of people shouting at each other isn't going to tackle the prejudice and bust the myths. We need illumination, not conflagration, as they say.

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] sassy_scot
Ok, that Anon was me. Here's my response to all of this - linking to you, of course... We all post one thing that will lead to greater understanding of trans people and the issues they face every day this week. Not going to change the world, but it's better than doing nothing. What do you think?


Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] sassy_scot
I'm going on the assumption that if I do fuck it up in some way, someone will tap me on the shoulder and tell me so and I'll listen to what they have to say. Let's face it, we can't be any worse than Moore and Burchill...

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Given that it seems to be blatant clickbait, I figured complaining to the readers' editor at The Observer was a better response than posting in the comments section.

Edited Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
evilawyer: young black-tailed prairie dog at SF Zoo (Default)
From: [personal profile] evilawyer
Just heard that there are protests in France today protesting against gay marriage. I don't have many regrets (being somewhat provincial in terms of recognizing world figures is one of them), but it does make me sad that I won't live long enough to see the day when a person's gender isn't an item of consideration for anything.

Date: Monday, January 14th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
shishmish: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shishmish
Have you seen the article has been withdrawn and an apology issued?

Date: Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
kankurette: (Luffy)
From: [personal profile] kankurette
Thank you for writing this, Jennie. (Found this through Complicity.) I'm furious about Burchill and her apologists, but glad that so many people are telling them where to get off.

Burchill does not speak for me as a Jew, a cis woman or a feminist.

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