No really, it’s you
November 10, 2008
Dear Julie Bindel,
Some people are trans*lesbians.
P.S I’ve never read the 2004 article you reference. Rather, I’ve read a later article you wrote arguing that transpeople are really cisgendered gay people who have been brainwashed by systemic homophobia into undergoing a sex-change operation so they can be “straight.” And your evidence for this was your contention that such a thing was happening in Iran. Not only does this whole line of argument rest on the assumption that all trans*people are heterosexual (which they aren’t), but it also rests on the assumption that homophobia has the exact same effect in a country where being gay carries the death penalty as it does in a country where civil unions are legal. And also that you know what you’re talking about vis a vis trans*people in Iran, which I have my doubts about.
So rest assured, I’m not judging you to be transphobic based on your 2004 article. I’m judging you to be so based on everything I’ve ever read or heard by you on the subject of trans*people.