Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Washington Times editorial refers to transgender woman with male pronouns

Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison
The Washington Times is not exactly a purveyor of intellectual honesty. It is content to provide far more heat than illumination. This evening it has shown itself to be petty and mean spirited.

Writing about the new options provided by Facebook to accommodate transgender and intersex users, the title of their editorial is “Facebook’s gender confusion — Social-networking site panders to the loony left.” It manages to go downhill from there. One portion strikes me as particularly offensive:

It’s all designed to make fringe groups feel better about their choices. “There’s going to be a lot of people for whom this is going to mean nothing,” Facebook software engineer Brielle Harrison told The Associated Press. “But for the few it does impact, it means the world.”

Harrison, who helped compile the list, is in the process of swapping his male parts for female ones, and it’s not clear which of the 50-plus boxes he, she or they checked.

Of course, in the end, the far right Washington Times blames the Obama administration. They go so far as to criticize the President for opposing Uganda's draconian anti-gay laws. What a surprise. With minimal intellectual honesty, they link this to a transgender issue. I guess that, at the Washington Times, all queers are about the same.

It occurs to me that the Washington Times would never employ someone like Brielle Harrison, irrespective of how brilliant she might be. Perhaps if they did they would demonstrate more intelligent discourse. They might realize that her sometimes fragile dignity is our dignity as a society. It is much easier (and far simpler) to solely appeal to white-male-heterosexual-conservative-Christians.
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