Suppose most will have heard about the article written by Julie Burchill ! http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/13/julie-burchill-suzanne-moore-transsexuals
Burchill’s piece was written in defence of her friend and fellow writer, Suzanne Moore, who attracted hostility on Twitter for suggesting in a New Statesman article that women were too often expected to look like “a Brazilian transsexual”. Moore then said she was quitting the social networking site because of the abuse she had received.
In her column, Burchill wrote of transsexuals as “screaming mimis”, “bed-wetters in bad wigs” and “dicks in chicks’ clothing”. She added that “the very vociferous transsexual lobby and their grim groupies” reminded her of “wretched inner-city kids who shoot another inner-city kid dead in a fast-food shop for not showing them enough ‘respect'”.
She also compared the attacks on Moore to “the Black and White Minstrels telling Usain Bolt how to run”.
What I personally found funniest and not to say a little ironic was the last few lines that stated – “but we’ve experienced a lifetime of PMT and sexual harassment and many of us are now staring HRT and the menopause straight in the face – and still not flinching. Trust me, you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
After the article was published came all the upset and a call for Burchill to be sacked by Lib Dem minister Lynne Featherstone!
Personally I find the whole thing amazing! First there are a lot of Trans people of all types lambasting ‘journalists’ for speaking freely on a topic – at very least the opinions published reflect the personalities of the writer rather than the real circumstances of the topic being written about. At the most they are a reflection on how much people don’t understand the difficulties some Trans people go through and the various issues they face. All that said everyone has issues and we all have problems – the hardest thing to understand is that they are all relative. Now I know the last line sucks, but my issues (and yes I have had lots) are nowhere near as difficult as people facing a life time of hunger, torture or anything else ‘worse’.
Secondly, why oh why, should this woman be sacked? I don’t in anyway like what she wrote, I do find it hurtful bias and misinformed but surely she is allowed to be all of these things, or are we all asking for a press that is sanitised to the point of ridiculous. I don’t buy papers nor read the stuff contained on press websites as a rule (radio for me) – papers are designed to sell advertising and make people richer, that’s it! But remove the right to publish freely – NEVER!
In my mind people who don’t like what she’s written should simply walk away and understand that the article is simply the tip of the iceberg – there’s far worse out there! She has no more social responsibility in my mind than the next hack or someone like me who blogs – free speech must remain. Just because she writes for a big paper doesn’t mean she should be more PC or more aware, same goes for TV. If I don’t like it I vote with my feet and leave people to it.
I beg the trans community to first leave the shadows of the LGB groups, gain an individual identity and agenda and secondly to leave sad old journalists to be the puppets of the fat cats. BUT PLEASE – don’t add to the tide of minority groups pushing towards a world of PC this and PC that. We should simply understand just because ‘they’ have their mouth closed doesn’t mean they close their minds too!
It takes all sorts to make a world – I don’t want the ‘uneducated’ and ‘uncaring’ to be hushed I want them to make themselves known and then I can vote with my feet – better to know your enemies than let them lurk in the shadows.