On why I think I’m starting to get why #fuckcispeople is a thing – A response to Helen Lewis

A thought provoking essay on Helen Lewis’ transphobia and what the controversy means to him as a cis man.

The Queerness

As the row over Germaine Greer refuses to go away, Jonathan Boniface writes in response to New Statemen commentator Helen Lewis about the continued failure of cis people to truly empathise with what’s at stake here.

PLEASE NOTE – This article makes direct reference to transphobic comments, violence and sexual assault.

As a white cis gay man, I found #fuckcispeople uncomfortable. I’m not saying that because I want anyone to feel sorry for me, or to make any apologies for it. I mention it because, in recent weeks, I feel like I’m starting to understand what motivated it. I stress starting because even though I pride myself with having empathy, I can never claim to understand what it feels to be trans.

Recently, I wrote about how, in my opinion, calls to “no-platform” Germaine Greer at Cardiff University were completely justified. The debate over this issue has continued to spin, with Greer…

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About Fairy JerBear

A disabled, trans/agender fairy bear living in the American Southwest and passionate about social justice, the environment, Trans/ LGBTQIA+ equality and combating bullying.
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