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Extra, extra: Birth of the Trans Journalists Association

Its new style guide is a propaganda manual

Did you know that if you criticize transgenderism you “push a fringe, radical agenda”? The Trans Journalists Association launched yesterday with a style guide that says presenting both sides of the transgender debate is wrong: Giving anti–trans groups a platform isn’t being unbiased, but rather giving fringe ideology outsized influence.”

Many feminists criticize the trans movement, and the style guide says they should be either excommunicated or disparaged: “Some anti-trans rights groups and individuals use the euphemism ‘gender critical feminism’ to describe their hateful ideology. They are also sometimes called ‘trans exclusionary radical feminists’ or TERFs. This ideology should not be elevated in the press. When reporting on fringe groups and hate groups, instead of calling them TERFs or gender critical feminists, use language like transphobic, anti-trans, etc.”

The style guide also disapproves of “born male” or “born female” references: “When necessary, you can refer to someone’s assigned sex at birth using terms like ‘assigned male at birth’ or ‘assigned female at birth.’ These can be abbreviated as ‘AMAB’ and ‘AFAB’ after first reference.” 

And on it goes.


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  •  Marlene's picture
    Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 10:52 am

    Sad, but not surprising. And shouldn't journalists know something about language and grammar? As someone has said: Nouns have gender, people have sex.

  • RC
    Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 04:10 pm

    In answer to your question, “…shouldn’t journalist know something about language and grammar?”  Not if you are transgender.  Why would you expect anyone who denies who they are as a human, to not deny accepted human language rules?  If you are not going to be rational about one thing (gender) why be rational about anything else?  Hopefully, these "trans” will wake up to reality, before their lives are totally ruined.   

    Posted: Thu, 07/02/2020 04:57 pm

    So true, RC. From the style guide's introduction: "The language some trans people use to describe themselves and their communities might be different from or even contradict parts of this guide." It would be funny, if it weren't so sad (as you observed, Marlene).

  • JM
    Posted: Fri, 07/03/2020 07:24 am

    Aw come on, it's as cute as toddler antics. They have taken a left turn and never straightened. It's like a four year-old trying to dress a cat, or to switch illustrations, a dog chasing it's tail. However, while they attack themselves we get to take a break.