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UK Writer Suggests Being Trans is “Problematic” : Twitter Firestorm Ensues

By Wildgender @wildgender
UK Writer Suggests Being Trans is “Problematic” : Twitter Firestorm Ensues

Suzanne Moore

By Gustavo Calvo

On January 8, author Suzanne Moore found herself amid controversy following a transphobic slight published in Seeing Red, an article by the New Statesman . In the article, Moore jokes that women are fooled into thinking an  ”ideal body shape” is that of a “Brazilian transsexual.”

Immediately, the expression drew ire from trans activists and Moore was forced to defend herself on Twitter, arguing that the idea of being Trans is “problematic.”

@jonanamary wrote: ”you used a trans woman’s body as a punchline then tweeted vile shit about mutilation.”

Ms Moore goes on to say:

“!) People can just fuck off really. Cut their dicks off and be more feminist than me. Good for them.”

She continued, “I use the word transsexual. I use lots of ‘offensive’ words. If you want to be offended it ['s] your prerogative.”

Yesterday Moore tweeted: “I am not going to apologize. Get it?,” and said in response to two more Twitter critics, “read my essay. It is NOT about trans anything. Are you utterly thick? Dont bother answering that.”

In the essay Moore is referring to (published in the Guardian) she denies being “transphobic,” and that her original article was meant to be about “female anger” rather than trans issues. She also expands on her problem with the use of the word “intersectionality.”

“To be told that I hate transgender people feels a little … irrelevant,” she continued in the Guardian. Other people’s genital arrangements are less interesting to me than the breakdown of the social contract. I am asking for anger and for alliances. Less divide and rule. So call me a freak.”

Earlier today she Tweeted again about trans issues. She said: “Not one trans activist has engaged with economic argument or attack on welfare. Why not?

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