Justine Judgement

The Court of Appeal on 27th June 2013 issued the written judgement on why it reduced the sentence on Justine McNally, but did not doubt the soundness of the original conviction. Already there are social media murmurings of this meaning that trans people who are not open about their status cannot have sex without breaking…

Which Side of Broadchurch Are You On?

The thrilling crime series Broadchurch has presented two views of under-age sex in the last two episodes. Last week we were presented with a convicted sex offender who had sex with his later wife 4 weeks before her 16th birthday, with whom the writers want us to sympathise. Then this week we were presented with…

We Unhappy Trans

I have been thinking that the two campaigns that most of my Trans Scribe articles have been about in 2013, Suzanne Moore and Lucy Meadows, and their common source in Twitter Storms. Over the Easter Weekend I was trying to focus on my theology blog, Faith in Doubt, and take time out from writing trans…

Comedy and Drama Masks Within Forbidden Sign

Bethany, Are You Having a Laugh?

Not for the first time I find myself writing about the ill-conceived protest against Richard Littlejohn and the Daily Mail (aka vigil for Lucy Meadows). When LGBT.co.uk advertised it the only person that they cited in evidence of the unproven claim that Lucy Meadows took her own life was the comedian Bethany Black. Not, you…

Beauty

[N.B., this post is a former page that I wrote in 2009 and as I no longer want it to be a page I am putting it up as a post. These are my views from nearly four years ago, but I would still hold to most of them. It is not the best written…

Palace of Westminster from across the River Thames

Parliament (Maybe) Gets It Right

Graham Jones, Labour MP for Haslingden and Hyndburn, has posted a blog article about his raising in Parliament the press treatment of his constituent Lucy Meadows. In the article he notes that he expects there to be a three hour backbench debate on press mistreatment of trans people on the basis of an online petition…

Palace of Westminster from across the River Thames

No Respect in Death

The online trans activist community is once more furiously tweeting, writing hastily put together articles for online news outlets, and planning the picketing of newspaper offices. The difference this time is that the target is a member of the trans community who tragically died shortly after transitioning to live as a woman. The cause of…

Where Have All the Comments Gone?

In January there was a huge controversy over Suzanne Moore’s use of the phrase “Brazilian transsexual” in her New Statesman article “Seeing Red: The Power of Female Anger.” If you have clicked on the link to read Suzanne’s article you will notice something odd in the comments section – they are mostly about people complaining…

Person Digging a Hole

There Is No Hole

In The Matrix, the hero Neo encourages himself as he leads a seemingly impossible rescue attempt by repeating a line that he heard earlier in the film from a boy philosopher; “There is no spoon.” The journalist Suzanne Moore would have done well to have learnt from Neo and realised that, in the dispute raging…