One of my colleagues is a TERF and she’s been writing anti-trans op-eds for a religious journal and the school has been promoting them on our webpage.
The students complained. I complained.
We were told that the school would continue to promote her hateful op-eds and they had reviewed them and decided they weren’t dangerous, despite comparing trans people to sharks and repeating every rumor and lie JK Rowling has ever told.
I don’t know what to do. So I donate another $25 to get books about trans kids and teens into the hands of kids in red and purple states.
I want to leave this place so badly.
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The onion part 1 (not really funny at all, in the way that their mass shooting headline isn’t)
The onion part 2 (funny)
February 22, 2023 at 6:18 am
Aw… Ugh… This inexplicable hate for trans people and trans kids makes me so sad. It never made sense before but now as a parent and teacher I’m scared all the time. Thankfully, my institution is (publicaly at least) welcoming. Thank you for speaking up and contributing $$.
February 23, 2023 at 8:02 am
It’s so awful. I’m glad your institution is welcoming. I would hate to be a K-12 teacher in Florida right now.
February 22, 2023 at 6:32 am
I have to admit, I am little confused about all these acronyms these days (getting on a bit) but I am a great believer in live and let live. Why some people become so bellicose about something that cannot affect or harm them, I just don’t know. Perhaps they could better direct their attention to all the terrible things that are happening in the world right now and the things do have an impact on all of us one way or the other (war, rape, murder, disease, natural disasters – the list is long). I just hope for a more peaceful and tolerant world. Some hope!!!
February 22, 2023 at 6:46 am
Trans exclusionary radical feminist, aka people who think they’re feminists but are actually hateful bigots.
I suspect the hate is the point. These are bullies who want to pretend they’re not bullies by going after the truly marginalized.
February 22, 2023 at 7:17 am
Oh dear….I am approaching 70 and I have never known a time when there is so much anger and hate. I fear it’ll get worse before it gets better…
February 22, 2023 at 8:38 am
Thank you for the link. I’m depressed and sickened by these people — many of them claiming to be Christians — who are attacking my son for political reasons, or no reasons at all, except that it makes them feel good to hate someone. As the kid says, “Love having my existence made into a talking point.”
I cancelled my subscription to the NYTimes, which I’ve been reading since before they required subscriptions.
February 22, 2023 at 8:47 am
It’s so awful. And people who claim to care about racial injustice are totally fine with both sidesing trans people’s right to not be labeled as villains, or even to just exist. There aren’t actually two sides to this! Just people asking for normal rights on the one side and super villains and the admin magnifying their voices on the other.
And we have HAD trans students and trans staff, it’s not like this is some abstract concept. Though maybe they didn’t feel comfortable enough to come out to these evil banal people. That said, these articles and their publicity started happening after our trans staff member graduated and moved on. So that might be related.
February 22, 2023 at 2:52 pm
Less than 3 days left to support the Tempe, AZ teacher. https://www.donorschoose.org/project/expanding-our-minds-through-literature/6945208/
February 22, 2023 at 4:17 pm
UGH. They all suck. It’s ridiculous that they’re allowed to spread their hate like that despite complaints.
February 23, 2023 at 8:02 am
It’s crazy to me how our admin don’t understand that “Free speech” and “academic freedom” don’t extend to providing platforms for intolerance.
February 23, 2023 at 1:30 pm
It is! I don’t understand why these institutions feel so compelled to conflate free speech with spreading hate. There really IS a difference.
February 22, 2023 at 6:10 pm
I work at the University of Toronto, Jordan Peterson’s former institution (before he very publicly retired and tried to pretend he was forced out). It was really appalling to see how the university promoted his efforts when he first started speaking about anti-trans/misogynistic issues. It appeared that the university took an ‘all attention is good attention’ approach, inviting him to be part of an annual, well-advertised public debate and generally promoting his media appearances. Administrators never called him out for incorrectly saying that he was being forced to use preferred pronouns or he would be fired (there isn’t such a policy) nor did the university public ally support the trans students and others he was railing against. Instead they happily let him use his position and university’s PR team to raise his profile.
February 22, 2023 at 6:32 pm
February 23, 2023 at 7:39 am
Two days left:
If the amount still needed gets lower it will start showing up in more donors choose searches so more people will see it.