Transphobia and sexism – Jenni Murray & Sarah Dittum

I’m commenting on the article linked here written by the journalist Sarah Dittum about another journalist / presenter Jenni Murray.  At the weekend, Jenni Murray published a piece about transwomen not being actual women.  There have been calls for her to be fired from the BBC over the article (Jenni Murray present BBC Radio 4’s Women Hour).  I don’t believe that she should be fired though.  I don’t agree with her on the piece she wrote, and wished she’d never written it / had it published, but it’s done now, and there’s nothing can be done to stop it.  What this blog post is about is about more than one article I disagree with.  Sarah Dittum writes defending Jenni Murrays piece and goes so far as to say calls for Jenni Murray to be fired as “institutional sexism”.  I’m sorry Sarah, Jenni wrote a transpohobic article, there’s calls for her be disciplined, and you’re saying the people calling for her disciplining are being sexist?  What planet do you live on?  If the article had been about race or religion, she’d have been fired in a heartbeat by now, but because it’s only about transpeople, say what you want, that’s fine.

By the way Sarah, I’d have posted this in the comments section of your blog, but it appears that you’ve disabled any feedback to it.   A blog is for discussion and debate, yet you seem scared by any opposing voices.  Shame.

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