The biggest story that got most people talking in Trans Land this week featured JK Rowling and absolutely no trans people, again.
The noise around trans lives is relentless.
That’s why people like Martin Samuel, the Daily Mail’s Chief Sports Gammon, can write, about a protest at an open training session with England Women’s rugby team at Twickenham over their trans ban, that “trans voices are heard all the time.”
Simply put, that is a lie.
Trans voices are rarely heard. What Samuel is thinking about are cis voices talking about trans issues.
That’s a totally different thing that never shuts up.
So, last weekend, a religious extremist brutally stabbed Salman Rushdie, leaving him on a ventilator and likely to lose an eye, amongst other long-terms ramifications such as nerve damage and wounds to the 75-year-old’s liver that follow being stabbed multiple times.
Another religious fanatic then tweeted JK Rowling ‘you’re next’ and Rushdie was flung to the side as the papers, and Rowling’s minions, activated swarm mode to defend the ‘real’ victim and attack who they believed to be responsible – trans people.
Number of trans people involved so far: 0.
You could point to the Daily Mail for kicking it all off on Monday with their editorial saying there was little difference between an Islamic Extremists and a ‘trans rights extremist’ (that’s you if you’re trans, btw), but we all knew it was coming within a few hours of Rushdie being stabbed.
In the same edition, the Daily Mail showed us clearly where they planned to take things:
The chair of the Society of Authors, Joanne Harris, then had the temerity to highlight that many writers get death threats. This wasn’t done to minimise what happened to Rowling, but to highlight a wider issue that impacts more than just one or two authors. It also included Rowling, you know, like how the word ‘person’ also includes ‘women’.
They hate that, too.
The Critters swarmed, aware that Joanne Harris had expressed support for trans people in the past. Despite offering no criticism of Rowling, repeatedly condemning the threat against Rowling and stating, clearly, that she would represent Rowling regardless of their differing views, they harassed her relentlessly.
They called for Harris to be removed from her elected position because of her views on gender, despite the legal cases GCs have brought against those who have fired people due to their views on gender. They’ve even got a new one on the go:
Another GC grift being supported by the Mail on Sunday. Bet she wasn't sacked because she just said this.
Also, drag queens and trans people – not the same thing. You'd think Sanchez Manning would have more of a clue given how obsessed he is with trans people. pic.twitter.com/HFXBaX9G5Z
— Lee Hurley (@WeeMelter) August 21, 2022
Not content with merely harassing and threatening Harris, they also forced her to out her own child as trans.
Kathleen Stock enjoyed this. She made it clear that trans people are a thing to be declared should you ever find yourself related to one.
I am glad this is now declared. It's more honest. At least two other high profile people, both very fond of the word "transphobia", have undeclared trans-identified offspring. They are not unbiased. It is relevant information for onlookers. https://t.co/30y4fcz6rV
— Kathleen Stock (@Docstockk) August 16, 2022
What’s next, some sort of marker on our clothing?
Number of trans people involved so far: 0 (I’m not counting Harris’s child as they have nothing to do with this).
Next up, a letter in support of JK Rowling was drafted and signed by the usual suspects. This generated more media coverage from the Telegraph.
After devoting this half page on Wednesday to the letter JK Rowling’s chums sent to the Society of Authors trying to get Harris removed for not being a transphobe, the Daily Telegraph then completely ignored a letter sent in support of Harris, which was signed by significantly more authors and industry professionals, rather than just a list of people who have made their name being awful to trans people.
Number of trans people involved at any point in this entire spat that was blamed on trans people: 0.
By Thursday, an author few people had ever heard of wrote a full page article in the Daily Telegraph claiming that YES! She too had been cancelled after showing support for JK Rowling. Her ‘successful career’ had been flushed down the toilet all because of those nasty trans people.
Gillian Philip, with a full page in the Daily Mail, complaining how she used to be a successful writer before she supported JK Rowling while using the attack on Rushdie to further demonise trans people. pic.twitter.com/fdppaIXHzj
— Lee Hurley (@WeeMelter) August 17, 2022
What actually happened, it turned out, was that Gillian Philip had been part of a collective of writers who worked on a series of YA books under the pen name Erin Hunter.
Philip then took it upon herself to tweet her gender critical views under the pen name, the other authors didn’t like that, and they decided they weren’t going to work with her any more.
— Miss Hardware Nan 🏳️⚧️ (@LottieOTootle) August 17, 2022
Number of trans people involved: Yep, still 0.
On Saturday, the Daily Mail gave use two full pages to tell us all about “JK Rowling and the female feud tearing the literati apart” which isn’t actually a thing that is happening. The vast majority of authors are not on Rowling’s side, as evidenced by the two letters that were sent.
There were, of course, many other stories doing the rounds that failed to attract as much attention as anything JK Rowling gets involved with.
The Mail on Sunday ran a story about trans people that just flat out lied in the headline, claiming, hospitals are using words like ‘pregnant people’ INSTEAD of ‘mother’ when their own article shows that this is not the case. The words are being use IN ADDITION TO.
Number of trans people involved in any of these stories: 0
Other trans stories that made the media this week:
- ‘They treated me like I was David Icke’: Father Ted creator Graham Linehan slams BBC for ‘making him look insane’ during Newsnight interview about the Tavistock Centre as he continues to cry about the consequences of his own actions. [Mail Online]
- Utah parents triggered SECRET probe into the gender of a school girl who outclassed opponents at a sports event to determine if she was biologically born a boy (she wasn’t) [Mail Online] NYMag.com‘s headline for this story was much more accurate – ‘Transphobic Utah Parents Launch Witch Hunt Against Teen’ (somebody tell Americans that capitalising every letter in a headline went out of fashion years ago).
- Ted Cruz joked Elizabeth Warren might have a penis because ‘in today’s Democrat Party how do we know she doesn’t’ during Nevada rally [Mail Online]
Away from the papers
After it was announced that the Scottish Government would provide free sanitary products in all schools, hospitals, government buildings etc to combat period poverty, Maya Forstater laid out her feminist credentials by declaring ‘period poverty’ as something that doesn’t exist.
"Period poverty" is not a thing in the UK (as I have said before, poverty is a thing)
– sanitary products are relatively cheap, and widely accessible.
– employing government /voluntary sector functionaries to distribute such products is wasteful make-work/distraction https://t.co/fVq7Nw44Ty
— Maya Forstater (@MForstater) August 18, 2022
More anti-trans campaigners then decided that free sanitary products would be harmful to women:
“the current obsession with women’s biology is tampon-shaped virtue-signalling, and no one needs a period dignity officer to tell the Scottish government where they can bloody well stick it.” My latest for @TheCriticMag https://t.co/Axnw8Y0pVF
— Jo Bartosch (@jo_bartosch) August 19, 2022
You might have noticed that I seem to focus mostly on the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Mail Online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. That is for a few reasons:
- It’s impossible to keep on top of everything in every paper/website.
- The Mail titles are the largest in the country, their website one of the biggest on the planet and what they publish has real world impact.
- I have access to The Telegraph and Mail hard copy papers in ways I don’t for the Murdoch rags and I won’t give Murdoch any money.
This list was in no way meant to be definitive. Nobody has that much time on their hands, except, perhaps, GCs.
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