Bindel offends bisexuals, cat-fanciers, devil worshippers

Julie Bindel November 11th, 2008

Julie Bindel, the centre of the recent Trans protests against Stonewall, this weekend published her response to the protests, and in doing so has managed to offend not only the trans community but practically everyone who does not identify as exclusively heterosexual.

Explaining the history of LGBT campaigning in the Comment is Free section of the Guardian, Bindel writes:

“It is all a bit of an unholy alliance. We have been put in a room together and told to play nicely. But I for one do not wish to be lumped in with an ever-increasing list of folk defined by ‘odd’ sexual habits or characteristics. Shall we just start with A and work our way through the alphabet? A, androgynous, b, bisexual, c, cat-fancying d, devil worshipping. Where will it ever end?”

In the same article, Bidel also defines Queer as “anyone who is into ‘kinky’ sex” and Questioning as “those having a think about who and how they might shag in the future”.

Bindel ends the article “I just want to be left alone. I am not in your gang, I did not ask to be, so please don’t tell me I am one of yours, and then tell me off for offending your orthodoxy. Let’s have an amicable split, instead of ending up carrying on like The Judean People’s Front. Or is it The People’s Front of Judea?”

“We’re quite happy to leave her alone,” said Zoe O’Connell from the London TransFeminist Group. “The protest was very much against Stonewall and not Bindel.

“Stonewall having appropriated the name of a riot started by transgendered people and also gaining funding on the basis of being a champion of diversity, we would quite appreciate it if they did not give out awards to people who are actually opposed to transgender people and diversity.’

“If she does want to make it [the protest] about her, then I feel I should point out that although she has apologised for the ‘tone’ of the 2004 article, (Presumably because the Guardian forced her to) she has never apologised for the content of the article and has gone on in 2007 to say on Radio 4 that “Sex change surgery should not be available” and that it was. “unnecessary mutilation”.

“This year she used her platform as a Guardian writer to complain about the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival’s nomination of one bathroom at the Southbank as unisex for the duration of the festival.”

 comments

  • I didn’t interpret her reply as offending anyone who wasn’t heterosexual- it was useful to get her version of the history of events-we need to discuss issues without fear of being branded bigots

    louise evan-wong ∼ November 11th, 2008 12:19 pm
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