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The Rebuttals to Burchill have been made, but what of the future?

To follow up from today’s news, it feels as though things are beggining to calm down. There have been a number of blogs written in response to Burchill’s article, and we have had some good responses are now online from Ruth Pearce, Roz Kaveney and Paris Lees. I’d also like to link this blog as an example of the excellent rebuttals we have seen online today.

Whilst these articles have calmed me down somewhat as it seems to round the whole thing off with a nice, calm response from the trans community, and I really do hope that this draws a line under everything, I cannot help but feel dissatisfied with the outcome.

Yes, trans people have had their say, and I suspect that the Guardian/Observer will think very carefully before allowing another tirade of transphobia onto their pages. But the fact is that we have been here before: The Guardian publishes a transphobic piece, the trans community get angry, and then a trans commentator is invited to give a rebuttal, we all get on with our lives, that is until the heat cools off and an editor allows another article to slip through the regulations…

Surely there must be a way to not only draw a line under this individual incident, but to ensure that the paper never again allows itself to be used as a platform for hate speech?Some good responses are now online from Ruth Pearce, Roz Kaveney and Paris Lees. Whilst these articles have calmed me down somewhat as it seems to round the whole thing off with a nice, calm response from the trans community, and I really do hope that this draws a line under everything, I cannot help but feel dissatisfied with the outcome.

Yes, trans people have had their say, and I suspect that the Guardian/Observer will think very carefully before allowing another tirade of transphobia onto their pages. But the fact is that we have been here before: The Guardian publishes a transphobic piece, the trans community get angry, and then a trans commentator is invited to give a rebuttal, we all get on with our lives, that is until the heat cools off and an editor allows another article to slip through the regulations…

Surely there must be a way to not only draw a line under this individual incident, but to ensure that the paper never again allows itself to be used as a platform for hate speech?

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