If that headline sounds a bit convoluted, don’t worry: it’s not really. Rather, it’s just another everyday story of how a sensational media exposé of wrongdoing in the public sphere may yet backfire with the unintended and unfortunate consequence that some trans people get killed as a result.
The only surprising thing about Friday’s parliamentary debate on ratifying the Istanbul Convention is the surprise expressed at the blatant attempt by Philip Davies MP to prevent Parliament from doing so. Perhaps that is the point: we should be so appalled by the ramblings of a reactionary buffoon that we miss the deeper skullduggery being worked by the Conservative Party against equality and diversity. Continue reading
Well, of course it would: why would anyone think anything different?
Except this time, they seem to have revealed something new, subtle and disturbing about the future of censorship, and it is this:
You will be silenced – and you will never know you have been silenced
Which is really very scary indeed.
The stereotypes are emerging already. Allegedly, Theresa May is a nasty right-winger: the only reason she is likely to look less reactionary in this election, is because she is up against an even nastier, more reactionary right-winger in the form of Andrea Leadsom.
But is that true? Do the facts bear that out? Continue reading
One response, from those saddened by this all too predictable turn of events – stoke up the fires of racism, don’t be surprised if racists emerge from the gutter – has been to urge the wearing of a bare safety pin. As i understand it, primarily to show solidarity: maybe, too, to make a more positive statement of “you’re safe with me”.
As always, the UK’s progressive cohorts have split two ways on this. Some think it’s a great idea: some think otherwise, condemning it as variously tokenist, virtue-signalling and not especially helpful. I disagree. Continue reading