|The Burnaby Now fails again
||[Feb. 24th, 2011|08:14 am]
The Burnaby Now tries to be progressive, fails massively, and attempts to derail and justify their offense.|
This week's letter to the Editor:
When a member of an oppressed minority tells you that something you did was offensive, that means it was offensive.
In your latest editorial (Live and Let Live, the Editor's Law), you wrote:
We also published a cartoon that some folks on the pro-transgendered rights side felt was offensive.
They, as well, are entitled to their opinions.
But, frankly, I thought the cartoon reflected a real, but stupid, fear and was neither cruel nor oppressive.
And humour, as many oppressed people have found, is not only a way to get through the oppression, it is also a great way to build bridges.
What you just did is an attempt at derailing. See http://www.derailingfordummies.com/ for a full explanation of the term. You are a member of the privileged group. You have done an offensive action. You have been called on that offensive action. Your proper response should have been to learn from the situation, appologise and never do the offensive action again. Instead you tried to derail and re-state your privilege. You decided to defend your right to be offensive. You decided that your right to be offensive outweighs our right to be offended. You re-stated your privilege and attempted to keep a disadvantaged group disadvantaged.
Your cartoon played up to that "real but stupid" fear. Your cartoon told people that the "real but stupid" fear is indeed justified. Your cartoon restated the Media's longstanding "Deceptive transsexual" trope. Your cartoon reprised the "men in dresses" trope. All of these things keep alive the very dangerous attitude that transsexuals, particularly trans women, are less "real" than so-called "normal" people. That transsexuals are open to being the butt of jokes because they are less "real". That it is okay to laugh at us. It also does a great disservice to trans men by completely erasing them from the public's consciousness.
You believe that your cartoon was neither cruel nor oppressive. Well, you too are entitled to your opinion. Your opinion, however, is utterly wrong. Where you failed is that upon being approached by a member of an oppressed group and being told that your action in fact is oppressive, you did not appologise and retract it, you defended your right to continue being oppressive despite all the rest of your fine-sounding words in your editorial.
Shame on you yet again.
If you wish to let the Burnaby Now know how offensive they are, e-mail editorial @ burnabynow.com. (remove the spaces). They require a daytime phone number in your letter before they'll accept it.