This happened. These people are so incredibly horrible I don’t even want to quote them on my blog.
Suzanne Moore is a writer, and, as such, she should know how to accept criticism. She received some very politely-worded, proportionate criticism on Twitter and responded by showing just how hostile and bigoted she is.
Then her pal Julie Burchill saw Moore’s ass-showing on Twitter and said: “I can do better than that.” How anyone can put language like “you’re lucky I’m not calling you shemales or shims” in a written publication and still call herself an activist for social justice is well beyond me.
I don’t expect Julie Burchill to listen to anyone who doesn’t already agree with her. She’s full of hate and viciousness. Trans* women, especially young women of color, are some of the most likely people to be murdered, and that is precisely because of attitudes like the one she has put on display in the Observer. The bigger question is why the Observer ran her bile-spewing in the first place.
If you want to know what’s so bad about referring to a “Brazilian transsexual,” read Heather McNamara’s piece.
If you’re thinking Burchill has a good point about being called “cis,” read Natalie Reed’s piece.
Finally, if you don’t want to be “monstered” on Twitter, don’t act like a monster on Twitter or any other networking site. If you don’t want to be called out for bigoted behavior, then don’t contribute to a climate of treating trans* women like sub-humans. Having the “working class” badge pinned to your shirt doesn’t exempt you from having blood on your hands.