Brazilian transexual, feminist anger, the ‘arrival’ of the trans lobby, and a journalist leaving twitter. Did you get it all this week?

In case you didn’t, here’s the summary (without commentary/opinion for now) with all the links you need:

A few days ago Suzanne Moore (a journalist for the Guardian) wrote a piece on ‘the power of female anger‘. In this otherwise unremarkable post, one line has sparked controversy:

We are angry with ourselves for not being happier, not being loved properly and not having the ideal body shape – that of a Brazilian transsexual.

The comment sparked a Twitter frenzy with many calling it transphobic. Moore published a response defending her position. Via Twitter, she also further justified her choice to use ‘transsexual’ rather than ‘trans woman’, as well referring to a trans body as the punchline of a joke. After tweeting about solidarity, she added:

I don’t prioritize this fucking lopping bits of [sic] your body over all else that is happening to women.

Julie Burchill came to Moore’s defence/made things worse in a piece that likened Moore’s critics to “a gaggle of transsexuals” and compared their criticisms to the “Black and White Minstrels telling Usain Bolt how to run.” Continue reading