Okay, I realise y'all are going to think I'm obsessed with Feministing. I'm not, honestly. But, they are a major feminist site (to the extent a classmate emailed our my class one of the comment-failtastic threads on stealth trans women having sex when I was co-teaching the class lectures about transsexuality), so it's not like they can be ignored. They provide a community and resource for feminists online, especially younger feminists in the US. So, as a feminist, I can't ignore them. That said, let's move on to what I'm on about this time, because it's not just a repetition of how they hurt trans people, especially trans women.
Quixotess has posted asking people to please boycott Feministing because of their bad faith in engaging with feminists who attempted to get Feministing to stop failing on disability issues (I know, it's shocking that they fail on more than just trans issues). This is important for me because of something I've never mentioned here: I'm a person with disabilities (PWD). Feministing's failing on disability directly affects me, insuring that I'm doubly marginalised there. But, even more importantly, it highlights how Feministing is unwilling to change their behaviour when the harm they are causing is pointed out to them and how they are willing to give lip service to change without actual change. It is one thing to be unaware of one's privilege, another thing to have trouble dealing with it once one's privilege is pointed out, but it's altogether a different kettle of fish to claim you're going to work on changing your hurtful behaviour and then continue as though you never said anything. I detest hypocrisy and Feministing, especially in the person of Courtney Martin, is swimming in hypocrisy (read Quixotess' linked post for details).
As part of the effort to let people know of Feministing's problems, I am also linking to meloukhia's open letter to Feministing, which started the attempted engagement of Feministing on disability issues in the first place, in the hope this will help raise it on the Google results page. Unlikely, I know, but it's better than doing nothing. It also provides a good history of the effort.
If you're not already boycotting Feministing for their trans failures, then I hope the realisation that this is neither an isolated problem nor that they are people of good intent who just have problems understanding is enough to join the boycott.
(h/t to Questioning Transphobia)
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