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Guardian Article today - bullying of GC women

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PlateSpinnin Sun 19-Nov-17 08:32:54


I've name changed but I'm an occasional poster. I regretted closing my account (worried about security after someone made a veiled threat about being able to trace any poster a few months ago) but there have been so many interesting discussions of late in which I was desperate to get involved. I have learned so much from everyone. Thanks so much. I've also been feeling a bit isolated - I think some of my friends think I'm obsessed and I have had others keeping their distance.

I'm in the public sector and this issue is completely monopolising my job. I've gone public regarding my concerns - I've had a lot of private support at a senior level but I think everyone is just so shit-scared (and also happy for me to fight it on everyone else's behalf).

Anyway. This is interesting in todays Guardian. I wonder if the headline was deliberately vague as to the nature of the bullying that she was going to discuss. Love that she cites Owen Jones as an example.

cuirderussie Sun 19-Nov-17 08:44:21

I was just going to link that article...looks like the Guardian is starting to belatedly get it. The whining Owen Joneses are complaining about an "onslaught" in the press against trans people when all it is is people actually debating it openly. Which is where their unreason and bullying comes into the open.

morningrunner Sun 19-Nov-17 09:02:16

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badbadhusky Sun 19-Nov-17 09:13:30

Well said Catherine Bennett! It is great to see some solidarity emerging publicly between journalists who have concerns about this.

QueenLaBeefah Sun 19-Nov-17 09:13:36

I wonder if the guardian has seen a significant drop in their female readership?

It was a good article and the first time I've clicked on a Guardian article for well over a year.

Knusper Sun 19-Nov-17 09:35:00

Well done Bennett. I wish that the Guardian wasn't so scared of comments. I'd love gauge reaction to this article.

DamsonGin Sun 19-Nov-17 09:49:05

Good article.

busyboysmum Sun 19-Nov-17 09:59:28

This in The Times today as well.

busyboysmum Sun 19-Nov-17 10:00:51

And this 😁

Natsku Sun 19-Nov-17 10:01:00

Good article, like how it references Janice Turner and her articles saying it was "reported brilliantly"

Natsku Sun 19-Nov-17 10:01:35

Can anyone share those Times articles with share tokens please?

busyboysmum Sun 19-Nov-17 10:01:42

And this:

busyboysmum Sun 19-Nov-17 10:02:25

The Times is amazing at the moment. Finally people are waking up.

AssignedPerfectAtBirth Sun 19-Nov-17 10:03:39

Brilliant. And I love Catherine Bennett. She like a terrier on a ratting and doesn't give up.

Catsrus Sun 19-Nov-17 10:06:42

I’ve just read it. Thank goodness, belated by the guardian, but the penny is finally dropping that we need to have a public debate about the GRA.

AssignedPerfectAtBirth Sun 19-Nov-17 10:13:26

Peter Hitchins in the Mail

AwkwardSquad Sun 19-Nov-17 10:15:33

There’s this article in the Guardian/Observer today as well, about the Tavistock clinic Tavistock

Whilst I have some issues with the article (for example, it cites examples of transphobia as reasons for a hostile environment in which to attempt a more discursive approach, but no reference to TRAs’ role in this), it is at least more nuanced than much of the recent debate.

Particularly this, from the Trust’s head of psychology: “We cannot be too sure in promoting physical intervention for young people when we feel there are development possibilities in which they may come to feel differently.”

ferntwist Sun 19-Nov-17 10:19:53

Excellent article by Catherine Bennett. I bet Owen Jones is furious that a Guardian woman has stood up to him so publicly and dared to be labelled a bigot by him. Bravo to Catherine for breaking cover! More please and I might start buying the paper again after giving it up because of their biased stance on this issue.

Mumsnut Sun 19-Nov-17 10:37:11

Unfortunately, Linda Bellos is getting a kicking today@

The right-wing is an ally to women on this issue, the left an enemy. It's an incomprehensible world.

Tinycitrus Sun 19-Nov-17 10:44:00

I’m pleased the debate has reached mainstream media.

Love that she calls out Owen Jones - and it is brave of her.

BetsyM00 Sun 19-Nov-17 10:55:47

Today's Times article with share tokens:

Trans prisoners
(stats from:

Scottish therapist risking being struck off by going against the Memorandum of Understanding

Children and schools

FizzyWaterAndElderflower Sun 19-Nov-17 11:08:56

worried about security after someone made a veiled threat about being able to trace any poster a few months ago

I think that was me under another name - it wasn't a threat, but a warning that the threat exists that if you follow an external link (say to a personal blog), then that person can see your IP address - which in many cases will narrow down to a town, and in some, to a street - which when combined with information you might have put in posts about yourself can lead to a doxxing risk.

It's why I namechange frequently these days. Of course if someone hacks mumsnet (as they did a couple of years ago) then your email address will likely be exposed, if someone paid to put up a malicious advert up, bad stuff can happen etc. - The internet is full of nasty people (as I frequently tell my kids), so it always pays to be careful. Closing your account and creating a new one is extreme, but not a bad measure (assuming you're using a new, dedicated email address)

Blanchefleur Sun 19-Nov-17 11:09:42

Great article! Love the highlighting of misogyny and the actual naming and shaming of Owen 'call women transphobes' Jones.

the degree to which this debate has legitimised intolerance, targeting and recently, the physical harassment of women surely indicates a responsibility, on the part of undeviatingly debate-averse progressives, to do more than offer synonyms.


To suggest that transphobe makes the more acceptable insult is like saying the Telegraph should have written slightly different words over its target practice; that the Daily Mail should have called its three pilloried judges something a wee bit nicer than enemies: the intent to bully remains.

“Stop, speak, support”, then. Though not if the banter has only escalated as far as transphobe. That’s just the progressive way of telling women to shut up.

FizzyWaterAndElderflower Sun 19-Nov-17 11:16:32

That's a fantastic last line.

I almost wish the article was shorter so more people would make it down to it though.

DJBaggySmalls Sun 19-Nov-17 11:23:03

''LGBT Labour said that Ms Bellos’s views and perceived threats of violence were seen by many as ‘deeply offensive’.''

Oh really? What about Ada Wells tweet to Jess Philips? Will Labour be investigating those?

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