It’s Bad enough to Have Burchill spewing Her Crap, But Here we have Riki Wilchins Proving herself to be an Anachronism in the Advocate

Op-ed: Where Have All the Butches Gone?

In defense of resilient butches or effeminate fairies.

From The Advocate: http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2013/01/14/where-have-all-butches-gone

BY Riki Wilchins
January 14 2013

When I was doing more public speaking, I used to do a little experiment. I’d be asked to address gay groups on the problem of gender. As they all looked at me expectantly, I would invite them to discuss their problem with gender.

This inevitably drew a lot of blank looks, especially with all-male groups.

So I would ask them, “How many of you are gay?”

They would all proudly raise their hands, proudly. Then I’d ask, “How many of you are bottoms?”

Everyone’s hand went down, fast. Really fast. So fast, in fact, that all the oxygen was suddenly sucked out of the room and we all had problems breathing.

Then they’d all look at the one self-identified fairy who still had his hand up and laugh. Apparently gay male communities are composed entirely of tops and tough guys. No wonder dating is so difficult!

And then I’d ask them, what was so humiliating, even here in the 21st century, to admit that just once — you were young, drunk, didn’t know what you were doing — just that once you were … a catcher instead of a pitcher?

And it was the gender thing. Being a bottom meant taking the “woman’s role” in bed. No one wanted to admit to that publicly. No one wanted to be recognized as being any way visibly womanly, of being gender-nonconforming. That was stretching gay pride too far.

Where have all the butches gone?

Blah, blah, blah, blither, blither….  Then comes the following sentence.

But that turned out to be largely an artifact of surgery and history. The first tiny waves of trannies who came out as such — from the early, early Christine Jorgenson to the later but still early Jan Morris. And it is simply (and unfortunately) much more practical to do MTF “bottom surgery” than FTM.

Gee Riki I guess you’ve been so buried in Judith Butler’s jargon babble you missed the memo.

“Trannie” has become like the “N-word”, something that doesn’t get tossed into casual conversations and which merits at the very least quote marks to show you are either quoting some one or are using in perhaps an ironic context.

The other accepted usage which you might argue in this case is historical context.

Maybe Riki needs to do some catch up but her relevance has  seriously slipped since the days of Read My Lips.

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Transphobia Is a Goddamn Embarrassment to Us All

From Jezebel:  http://jezebel.com/5975828/transphobia-is-a-goddamn-embarrassment-to-us-all

Lindy West
Jan 14, 2013

In case you missed it, for almost a week now there’s been a jolly olde shitstorme a-brewing between a couple of British feminists and a whole lot of angry trans activists and allies. It started off innocuously enough—it could have begun and ended with a whimper if certain parties hadn’t been such unyielding, bigoted babies (but more on that in a minute). Last Tuesday, journalist Suzanne Moore published an essay about “the power of female anger.” In it, in the service of a mediocre metaphor, she referred rather clumsily (but plausibly with no ill intent) to trans women:

We are angry with ourselves for not being happier, not being loved properly and not having the ideal body shape—that of a Brazilian transsexual.

Now, I think it’s fair to acknowledge that for a lot of non trans people, this reference might not immediately jump out. Moore’s meaning is clear—the modern “ideal woman” is a tall, thin, bronzed, busty impossibility—and, I suppose, the stereotype of a “Brazilian transsexual” conveys that image tidily (though, obviously, ugh). But to anyone even rudimentarily versed in the current social justice dialogue, the statement has some very clear problems:

1) Stop trafficking in shitty stereotypes to make your point. It’s selfish and dehumanizing and gratuitous. Stop. Trans women in Brazil are actual individual human beings—a staggering number of whom are murdered every year just for existing:

Continue reading at:  http://jezebel.com/5975828/transphobia-is-a-goddamn-embarrassment-to-us-all

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It’s Not the Size of Your Suffering; It’s What You Do With It

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/bj-epstein/julie-burchill-suzanne-moore-transgender-row_b_2470369.html


14/01/2013

News flash: Suffering is not a competition, regardless of what Julie Burchill and her ilk would have you think. Suffering is not really something you can quantify and compare and, even if it were, what would be the point?

Burchill, Suzanne Moore, and Julie Bindel recently have gotten into an(other) argument with transgender women, who they feel are bullying what Burchill terms “natural-born women”. Burchill also seems to have an issue with people who have PhDs, and she refers to them as “[e]ducated beyond all common sense and honesty”, perhaps due to some inferiority complex, and/or an inability to recognise the importance of education.

The main concern here is that in a recent article in the Observer, Burchill suggests that transgender women don’t have the right to talk about being women or to complain or to compare themselves to other women, and in particular, to cisgender women, a term which means women whose birth sex aligns to the gender they feel themselves to be (and note to Burchill: “cis” comes from Latin and means “on this side”, rather than having anything to do with cysts, so this is a case where a little more education would be helpful and certainly not “beyond all common sense”).

In her piece, Burchill goes on to say: “We know that everything we have we got for ourselves. We have no family money, no safety net.” “We” refers to her and her friends, and also seems meant to encompass other cisgender women. In other words, she implies that transgender women don’t work for what they have and that they all must rely on family money.

While that is, of course, patently ridiculous, what is at the heart of this argument is the definition of a woman. And I’m not sure about why this is worth arguing about to the extent that some people believe it is.

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/bj-epstein/julie-burchill-suzanne-moore-transgender-row_b_2470369.html

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The crass hypocrisy of Julie Burchill

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To Julie Burchill, Suzanne Moore and all feminists: The absence of trans people in the media is as important as the absence of women in the media

From The Independent UK:  http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/to-julie-burchill-suzanne-moore-and-all-feminists-the-absence-of-trans-people-in-the-media-is-as-important-as-the-absence-of-women-in-the-media-8450401.html

This week has seen feminists such as Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill fail to support trans people – but we should be supporting them

Louise McCudden
Monday 14 January 2013

The recent, controversial comments about transgender people by the usually fabulous Suzanne Moore, are just the tip of this particular iceberg.

Given the prominence of feminists like Moore and, then later, Julie Bindel, and finally, Julie Burchill – feminists who, whether intentionally or otherwise, come out with statements about trans people that are deeply discomforting to many of their own supporters, the time has come for feminists to actively speak up about the shameful and sometimes deliberate failure to engage with, listen to, and support trans people within our own communities.

Suzanne Moore may or may not have intended any offense with her original comments, and it’s easy to see how when someone is on the end of a twitter-storm, they might lose their cool a bit. But even to the most generous mind, Julie Burchill’s defence of her friend in the Guardian can’t be explained as anything other than deliberate bigotry.  She deliberately called trans people “dicks in chicks’ clothing”, she deliberately decided to trivialise the protests from trans people against those who deny they even exist, she deliberately dismissed the right to define yourself as you are instead of having it dictated by others as “semantics.”

People cannot help their ignorance, but Julie Burchill isn’t ignorant. She’s an educated person. She has thought actively about sex, gender and sexuality for years; it’s not that she’s never met a trans person or thought about what it must be like to go through something so lonely and terrifying as gender reassignment surgery. Those people, the ones who are ignorant or naïve or ill-informed, perhaps we should have some sympathy with. But that’s not Burchill. She has the luxury of awareness and education. She still seems to choose to be transphobic.

Enough is enough. Trans women have been excluded from female spaces, portrayed as predatory, called traitors and perpetuators of patriarchy, accused of having male privilege, had their surgery compared with gay cure therapy, and, of course, constantly been on the receiving end of that boring old chesnut hurled, at some point, at pretty much anyone who ever speaks out about anything, ever: accusations of “distracting” from the “real” issues.

Yet surely we ought to be natural allies. Not only does transphobia shine bright lights on sexist assumptions about us all and help so often to show them up as inaccurate nonsense, but trans people live through a reality of gender-based oppression that most cis women can barely imagine. We should be on their side. Far from its victims being part of the problem, the culture that facilitates transphobia is so very often the same culture that perpetuates sexism.

Continue reading at:  http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/to-julie-burchill-suzanne-moore-and-all-feminists-the-absence-of-trans-people-in-the-media-is-as-important-as-the-absence-of-women-in-the-media-8450401.html

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Daily Telegraph republishes Julie Birchill’s transphobic column removed by the Observer

From Pink News:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/14/daily-telegraph-republished-julie-birchills-transphobic-column-removed-by-the-observer/

by
14 January 2013

The journalist and free-schools campaigner Toby Young has republished a column by Julie Birchill that was removed earlier today from the Guardian/ Observer website after accusations of transphobia.

The editor of the Observer, John Mulholland withdrew the column and apologised for the upset that it caused.

In a brief introduction to Birchill’s column, Toby Young wrote on his Daily Telegraph blog: “Julie Burchill has given me permission to reprint the article the Observer has seen fit to unpublish.”

Burchill was roundly condemned on Twitter during Sunday for describing members of the transgender community as “a bunch of bed-wetters in bad wigs” and “dicks in chicks’ clothing” in a column in the newspaper yesterday.

Today John Mulholland, released a statement, saying: ”We have decided to withdraw from publication the Julie Burchill comment piece ‘Transsexuals should cut it out’. The piece was an attempt to explore contentious issues within what had become a highly-charged debate. The Observer is a paper which prides itself on ventilating difficult debates and airing challenging views.

“On this occasion we got it wrong and in light of the hurt and offence caused I apologise and have made the decision to withdraw the piece. The Observer Readers’ Editor will report on these issues at greater length.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/01/14/daily-telegraph-republished-julie-birchills-transphobic-column-removed-by-the-observer/

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UK trans media storm: Observer withdraws Burchill article and Moore apologizes

From Gay Star News:   http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uk-trans-media-storm-observer-withdraws-burchill-article-and-moore-apologizes150113

‘We got it wrong’ says Observer editor and Suzanne Moore apologizes, no apology from Julie Burchill

By Anna Leach
15 January 2013

The editor of UK’s Observer newspaper has withdrawn an article riddled with trans slurs, apologized and said ‘we got it wrong’.

‘On this occasion we got it wrong and in light of the hurt and offense caused I apologize and have make the decision to withdraw the piece,’ said John Mulholland in a statement released yesterday.

Mulholland made the statement following calls from former equalities minister Lynne Featherstone for him and Julie Burchill, the journalist who wrote the offending article, to be sacked.

Chair of Trans Media Watch Jennie Kermode described Burchill’s article as ‘hate speech’ that has ‘no place in a national newspaper’.

Burchill wrote the piece in ‘defense’ of her friend fellow columnist Suzanne Moore who was the subject of criticism from the trans community for a reference to ‘Brazilian transexual’.

Moore herself returned to Twitter yesterday to apologize ‘to those I misrepresented’.

‘I did not set out to offend and the murder of all women trans or not is clearly something I DO care about,’ Moore said, adding that there had been ‘much bridge building’ between her and ‘several trans people who I deeply respect’ and she is meeting with more trans people.

Complete article at:  http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uk-trans-media-storm-observer-withdraws-burchill-article-and-moore-apologizes150113

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