Really Julie Burchill? Privilege On Parade
Dear Ms. Burchill,
Actually, having read some of your history, I can only presume you were thinking that someone else was getting more negative attention than you and you felt the need to rectify that situation. Well done.
Please allow me to begin by giving you some information which should not matter but about which you will most certainly care a great deal. I am a cis gendered female. You appear to be the type of person who thinks that information makes a differences as to whether I am or am not a “real” woman and thus qualified to speak on feminist topics. I am also what you would call “working class,” and what most Americans would call poor. Further, I am of mixed race. Most important I am a human being with a brain that connects to my eyes and controls the things I type from my fingers. You might want to look into that because clearly your control program is defective.
Lady, you have made a profound mistake. In truth, you have made several.
I understand the basis of that mistake. You are not the first, nor will you be the last to leap to the defense of a friend who is wrong. She was wrong, by the way. She used a term that was hurtful to others. The correct response when one finds oneself in that situation is to apologize and not use that hurtful term anymore. To her credit, Ms. Moore did attempt to do just that. Then she messed it all up by typing without engaging her own brain to finger control program.
As a writer you should be aware that the failure of an article to extend its point to the reader is entirely the fault of the author. Thus your claim, that Ms. Moore was “misunderstood,” is truly and indictment of her abilities. Point of order; we didn’t misunderstand either of you. She said a stupid thing and you said a bunch of hateful things. Both of you were wrong. None of us were confused.
When you say something stupid or hurtful and people point out your stupidity or the hurtful nature of your words that is not bullying. That is what adult human beings call consequences. You might want to meditate on that word, consequences. In the coming days, when the world responds to your vitriolic hate speech I want you to hear that word in your mind often. Consequences. They are what happen when you descend into the worst, most blatant kind of privilege, the kind expressed by someone who actively pretends to know better. Your cis, formerly working class, white woman’s tears are not impressive.
Don’t get me wrong; trolls gonna troll. I don’t mind. Hell, if I could make a living by being a bitch in public, I would be all over it. But I wouldn’t hurt people for fun and profit. That is what makes you a troll. You litany of words designed to do damage to the trans community, and don’t think that I missed that little racial slur there.
Given your behavior, I’m revoking your feminist card. You are free to continue to troll the whole of Internetlandia for attention but could you stop pretending to do it in our name because you’re clearly not one of us. The blatant disrespect you’ve show to other women, just because you don’t consider them as validly female as you are, makes it clear that respect and support for other women are beyond your limited abilities. So troll your troll self onward. Just stop pretending you give a shit about women in the process. If you can fill up a moron BINGO card in one post, you don’t get to use our name for street cred.
So here’s the thing. We don’t want you on our team anymore. You’re embarrassing us.
I very much hope you read your friend’s article on female anger closely. You are going to see some outstanding examples of it very soon.