This blog post outs several transwomen with both pseudonyms AND legal names, their photos, where they can be found at the festival, and in some cases their profession and employment. Being on this “hitlist” of transwomen was not consented to by any of them, and it associates them with accusations of volatile behavior that the author has absolutely no proof any of them participated in. The blogger refuses to use female pronouns and asserts that these women, who live in one of the most marginalized segments of our society, are “chest pounding” and trying to assert male privilege in invading a womens’ space – as if people who’ve survived gender dysphoria and live outside of our binary ideas of gender have any male privilege to speak of.
Here’s the original post in question (tw for transphobic and cis-sexist bullshit). This is absolutely ridiculous on so many levels. Regardless of how you feel about transpeople, you should absolutely be concerned that Wordpress is allowing defamatory, person-targeting practices like this to happen, despite a clear violation of their Terms of Service.
You can report GenderTrender to Wordpress for violating terms of service HERE.
Two specific clauses you can cite:
Types of Blogs that violate our advertising policy:
Personal attack blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of attacking an individual or group of individuals are not welcome on WordPress.com. We have a particularly low tolerance for anonymous bloggers who make personal attacks without standing by their words with their real name.
Terms of Service: inciting violence/making threats:
By making Content available, you represent and warrant that…the Content does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party.
Please fill out the form, mention those clauses, and reblog.
IF YOU HAVE THE STOMACH FOR IT (big if, because they ask you to quote passages from the blog entry in question in the report form), PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM. I read in one of the notes that one of the women in question lost her job due to this hateful post (but I couldn’t reblog from that person because of formatting nightmares.) I just don’t get people sometimes.
i am at a loss for words. i can’t believe such hate-filled people can think doing this is okay, and i’m disappointed that a company like wordpress cannot clearly see hate speech in its face.
hey y’all, this is a thing that is happening! please help me spread the word and finish this project!
Special Edition Book! & CONTEST FOR AWESOME THINGS!
The Outliers: West Coast (Special Edition Book) is now on sale for a range between $10 and $50.
This special edition book of the west coast portion of the trip is being offered to help raise funds to finish the project. The project is expected to take an additional 3 to 4 months of major travel to complete by March 2012 for an exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland that will be open to the public and free of charge.
The funds that this zine raises go towards processing fees, printing fees, and most importantly, travel costs associated with reaching as many people as possible, like car rentals to reach those who are out of city centers. Plus if you get one you will hve my eternal love and adoration, y’all. And also an awesome book.
For those of you who would like a book but cannot afford to pay for one, I’ll be giving away A FREE COPY, + Other Outliers project related goodies to 3 wonderful people who re-blog this and are following The Outliers Project Blog. Winners will be chosen at random on September 18th, at 11:59pm EST. Goodluck!
support elle’s work! they are an amazing person and incredible photographer! when i ate too many pot brownies at ida, i spent all of dinner telling everyone in earshot that elle had made the croutons, and they were the best croutons i’d ever eaten. a fact i had completely forgotten about until they reminded me last night. thanks for that, elle.
Description of the Outliers: "The Outliers is a photographic project focusing on the genderqueer identity in America. People who identify as genderqueer identify as neither male or female, both male and female, transgender men, transgender women, intersex, two spirit, and other identifications as individual as the person who claims them. The project is currently in progress, and I am currently traveling the United States with a medium format camera, photographing as many people as I am able to. My hope is to be able to include an incredible amount of people of all sorts of identifications in the final body of work."
sounds incredible! i tried to buy it/donate but it doesn’t ship to canada unfortunately. either way - signal boost this great work!