Language, transphobia and hurting others (even if unintentionally)

I haven’t heard the podcast so cannot comment on that yet, but I’m reblogging because of the importance of the issue and it’s worth consideration. I certainly haven’t been perfect in this department but I’m working on it. It’s not coming from a hurtful intention, but to some degree that doesn’t matter, because we do have to take responsibility for the way in which we communicate as well as our messages.

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EDIT (22/3/15): The producers of the podcast in question have said that they will edit it to remove the slurs (see latest comment on this post). I know that a lot of trans people and their allies will appreciate this. Thanks to Damh for this.

A podcast I admire has engaged in language that has hurt some of its trans listeners. Language that the producers could have edited, but chose not to.

At the same time, I’ve discovered that a polytheist group I used to think very highly of has been expressing violently transphobic sentiments about camps/conferences and women-only spaces. (I’m not linking to the places where, as I haven’t talked to members of this group since it happened so I don’t want to highlight them without right of reply – but the evidence is out there for everyone to see anyway.)

You’ll probably remember the trans-phobic incidents that…

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