I will be back later with the shears.
There is something utterly vile, odious and, frankly dislikeable about some of the stuff going down on the comments over the last day or so and, whether those visiting from the US care or not, their behaviour here impacts directly on the reputation of the UK trans community.
I really, really hate this, but either i or another – if someone else is happy to come on in and do some of the work – will be putting an end to this.
Simple. This blog began as a personal journey. It still is – and there will still be posts from time to time about the lovelier side of life, from raspberry blush to vajazzling. However, it has also become a journalistic project.
Its part showcase for my work: part parking place for stories i believe OUGHT to be out there, but which the national press aren’t interested in paying for.
Anything you see on here tagged as “news feed” has been circulated to some 150 national and international press titles, including nationals and lgbt niche publications.
There is a further set of prominent types – MP’s, bloggers, other writers – getting the feed as well. The focus is at present on trans issues. But as you should have noticed, I am interested in other areas: the law on sexuality, censorship (ironically), violence against women – all from an increasingly feminist perspective.
So its not just “my” blog: and the commentary also reflects (today very badly) on entire community for whom it is written.
I have next to no interest in this angels on pinheads attempt to define “real” womanhood, transhood or riding-hood, red or otherwise.
A good deal of that seems to be a particularly american obsession.
Or rather, there are some aspects of it that do interest. I have a post about the trans umbrella i have been meaning to put up for some while. But what i cannot stomach is this instant aggressivity: the recourse to insult as pretty much first resort.
The only thing that has holding me back is that I have an absolute innate distaste for erasing anyone: but it cannot continue like this.
I will try on an individual post by post basis.
Meanwhile, i will leave you with a thought provided by feminist writer Bidisha (I am paraphrasing) at a conference a year or so back: talking about internecine feminist rows, she suggested that women have enough ranged against them in terms of traditional oppression that she had neither time nor desire to expend energy adding to it.
Amen to that!