Owen Jones is a leftwing journalist who’s been a steadfast trans ally, and recently posted a tweet mentioning online TERF radicalization and also when he recently interviewed trans author Paris Lees talked about TERFs spending all their days immersed in online echo chambers feeding each other’s obsessive hatred of trans women. It’s been a far to frequent occurrence that we’ve seen spree killers in the United States who before committing mass murder have spent an enormous amount of time immersed in online White Supremacist message boards, in fact we don’t even have to look to the United States as recently we had the incel killer who shot dead five people in Plymouth and beforehand had spent months obsessing on incel message boards about his microcystic grievances, so one has to start asking how long before transphobic terfy bigots with their ever increasing obsessive cult of hate towards trans women ends up resulting in one of them actually doing some serious physical harm to one or more trans women?
According to supporters of the raft of proposed laws targeting trans youth in state legislatures around the country, the answer is emphatically yes: Transgender children are a liberal American fad.
Are they right? Is the Family Research Council, a powerful right-wing organization that supports many of these bills, correct when it claims that children like mine are the result of “a resurgence of postmodern thinking”? Is it true, as a best-selling book has argued, that my daughter is part of a “transgender craze” sweeping America’s youth?
Dear Jen de Critique,
I am a committed socialist, and I hate prejudice of any kind: racism, homophobia, classism, sexism, ageism, ableism, you name it. However, I find trans people a bit yucky. Can you offer any advice about how to reconcile my pro-equality views with my feelings about trans people?
Tribune of the People
I’m glad you asked! Actually, I have lots of advice. So much, that I’ve divided it into a multi-point plan!
For those who don’t want to see it, the article includes example images from homophobic and transphobic tiktoks.
Ray Blanchard, the man behind the “autogynephilia-“theory, recently took part in in a YouTube livestream hosted by the British racist and white supremacist Edward Dutton. Needless to say, doing so effectively destroyed what was left of Blanchard’s reputation as a researcher. But why would he do such a thing?
The author of the iconic book on trans life, “Whipping Girl,” beams up to The Trans Sporter Room podcast to discuss writing and the reality of being trans in 2021 America.
Transphobia is an evil in its own right, but where else was it going to end? It was obvious when anti-trans organizations allied with Tory MPs like David Davies, whose voting record is anti-abortion as well as anti-gay. It was obvious when prominent UK “anti-trans feminists” hooked up with the Heritage Foundation with its long history of agitating against LGBTQ rights. It was obvious when gay supporters of trans rights, like myself, were constantly attacked on social media as threats to children. And it’s very obvious when a queer father co-parenting with a lesbian couple and myself are dog-piled by a cult which is obsessive and it is hateful. The gruesome truth is this: in 2021, in the here and now, there are all too many who simply do not think that LGBTQ people should be parents at all.
A flurry of legislation claiming to “protect” women in sports by potentially requiring athletes to prove their gender through invasive exams threatens the bodily autonomy of all girls in sports.
“The only thing to be gained from this legislation is to traumatize young people who are already at increased risks of depression and suicide,” Torres says, referring to the high rates of suicidality among trans youth. “This is not what our legislators are for. We are supposed to protect our children from predators, not subject them to predation.”
Transphobia is surging through the United States with a record-setting number of anti-transgender legislative bills, many of which pit vulnerable communities against one another. Proponents of a bill in Tennessee, for example, say that allowing trans children to participate in youth athletics would “destroy women’s sports,” casting cisgender women as the victims in a disingenuous claim to a feminist politics. Others attempt to exploit divides in the LGBTQ community. Leaders of the British group LGB Alliance warn that lesbians are “going to become extinct” as individuals increasingly identify as trans, a fear echoed both by trans-exclusionary groups and by lesbian feminists who in other ways advocate for trans rights. Feminist writer Aimee Anderson frets about “the extinction of an entire people,” and Cherríe Moraga worries that butch lesbians, self-actualizing as transmasculine, might “become a dying breed.” Tomboys, too, have become a point of contention,seen by some as a “rarer and rarer species” that is “going extinct” as more tomboyish children identify as trans and/or nonbinary.
News flash: The “super straight” trend on social media, where users claim a “new sexuality” which demands the same respect as those with marginalized sexual identities, is actually just blatant transphobia mocking LGBTQ people and their activism.