TERF Julie Bindel withdraws from a porn debate blaming trans people and allies for threats

The highly respected UK organization TransMedia Watch tweeted about TERF Julie Bindel’s announcement that she was withdrawing from a university debate on whether or not porn is empowering for women.  In a revealing set of tweets Bindel revealed her true motivation for withdrawing.

Source The Independent: “Bindel was invited to speak at the Manchester Debating Union event against the motion that porn empowers women, but her role in the lineup alongside No More Page 3 founder Lucy Holmes and former porn actress Renee Richards was met with fierce criticism from students and transgender activists.”


“The opposition is thought to stem from an article on transgender issues that Bindel wrote for The Guardian in 2004, in which she described gender reassignment clinics as places where lesbians can go to ‘have their breasts sliced off and a penis made out of their beer bellies”.

Further controversial comments included the apparently dismissive conclusion, “I don’t have a problem with men disposing of their genitals, but it does not make them women, in the same way that shoving a big of vacuum hose down your 501s does not make you a man”.

It’s unknown what if any protests were made to Bindel’s approaching appearance by trans peoples and our allies or whether there was in fact any protests planned in the event she appeared like the ones in 2008 here and here. However Independent, repeating a byline does not make it the fact.

The Independent reports on death threats made against Julie Bindel in relation to her writing on trans issues: http://t.co/N8m1sRluWJ
— Trans Media Watch (@TransMediaWatch) September 17, 2013

@TransMediaWatch No. it was because of my feminist views on porn as violence towards women – made by trans and allies
— Julie Bindel (@bindelj) September 17, 2013

I want to reiterate my strong condemnation of violence or the threats of violence. If it were in fact a trans person who made those purported threats against Bindle I would advocate for justice, but with that being said, its a all to common practice of TERF’s to put themselves in a position where they can claim rape and other threats were made against them, usually by trans people.

Bindel’s ltweet on this qualifies may last statement all too well

What a coincidence that as soon as the (tiny minority) of trans activists start on me again the pro-porn and pimp lobby do at the same time!
— Julie Bindel (@bindelj) September 17, 2013

She later tweets trying to qualify ‘tiny’.

Re last tweet, I mean a ‘tiny minority’ of the trans community, rather than of the whole
— Julie Bindel (@bindelj) September 17, 2013

Which to some extent is true. There is a contingent within our community who are, like myself, rather militant in response to TERF rhetoric but for good reason. TERF’s like Bindel have honed there skills in provoking angry responses, obfuscating truths and derailing conversations to a fine art. And just like this instance, in hopes of placing themselves in the victim role.

And for the record it’s not a tiny minority Bindel. The overwhelming majority of trans people respond to TERF transphobia in one way or another be it cerebral or militant in nature. That may seem like a ineffectual response to you since we are in truth a ‘tiny’ minority but even more ineffectual is your worn out dog eared victim card.

And isn’t sad that we agree on so many feminist issues like the one you could have spoken up about?

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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