Surprise! Bilericofail strikes again (and again, and again…) *updated*
MORE update! Turns out that Bil never really learned the meaning of too little, too late. Seriously? It took massive fisking and your own contributors threatening to leave for you to realize that trans hate language wasn’t okay? Really? It took your fauxpology being rejected blogosphere-wide? I really can’t see much sincerity here. It looks like you’re covering your ass. That’s it. That’s all it looks like to me.
Update at the bottom. It would be at the top, except that it doesn’t change anything and is merely more fail piled on top of the old. A fail tower, if you will.
Normally the latin phrase Ad nauseam is used to describe an argument that is repeated over and over until one becomes nauseous of it. But it can also be used to describe something that happens just as ridiculously much. Often it’s a fallacy phrase, used to describe the logical fallacy of thinking that repeating the same stupid shit over and over somehow makes it true.
Oh don’t worry, all of the above applies to (The post was finally removed, if you are masochistic and want to read a transcript pdf, there’s one here at Pam’s House Blend) this useless cisfail bullshit.
Ad nauseam describes the fact that these fucking failures think repeating this same, oft disproven, easily crushed and refuted nonsense will somehow make it true. Eventually. (Not even touching the strawman fallacies, begging the question fallacies and other fails involved, which are immense). It also describes Bilerico itself, as in “this transphobic bullshit happens so much, I’m nauseous due to simply its frequency alone.” Cisfail transphobia ad nauseam is Bilerico in a nutshell. Yes they have some trans people on staff and some contributors. Much like an oceanic minefield has a few safe spots where your boat won’t become a violent fireworks display. This doesn’t do much to change the fact that your fucking ocean is full of mines. Ahem, an ocean full of cissexist transphobes are not canceled out by a few trans folk fighting the tide with a few spoons. Fuck, I feel the worst for them, because they’re on a site that doesn’t give a shit to such a huge degree that it will allow garbage like this to be posted up while having trans folk on staff. It’s akin to being a feminist in a workplace with a boss who puts up sexual pictures of women being beaten. Boy oh boy, that’s a great boss right?
Wait, it gets better. Cuz you see, when you complain to him, he waffles on it and understates it. “Okay, I’m aware that this may be an issue. We’re thinking about it.” BECAUSE YOU KNOW, IT MIGHT BE AN ISSUE TO HAVE HATE SPEECH ON A GLBT SITE. MAYBE. SORTA. KIND OF. A BIT? Hey Bil, maybe I’m being unfair. I mean, it isn’t like there’s this expectation by the community (which should be GLBT instead of GL….b….. [t????]) that hate speech won’t be present on a site that acts as a spokesperson and newsite for the community, right? Oh… oops. I guess there is.
But you see, it isn’t just trans issues. Failerico (Yes, we’re calling it that now. Credit to La Sabre) is a plethora of flavors of fail. Like Brynn’s wonderful little spurt of Polanski favoring rape apologism. This was back in September (09, for when next September comes by) by the way and it’s still up there. Yep, that’s right, Failerico not only glibly allows trans hatred past the filters, it also is a-okay with rape apologism (provided the rapist is a well known celebrity of a liberal slant). I can safely bet you that other marginalized groups have felt the fail of Failerico
So one really has to wonder, is the Editorial Staff drunk off their asses over there? Are they high? Or is that site just such a goddamn festering cesspool of failure when it comes to actually handling intersection that doesn’t directly impact cis gay folks that they literally could not conceive of how putting this article up would be a problem? Or hell, maybe they just don’t read anything that goes up on the site and spend all day playing flash internet games. It’s a mystery to me.
I’m not going to bother actually fisking the post itself. It’s the most colossal failure of a strawman fallacy I have ever seen, the ages old “OMG WY R U CHAINGING UR BODEE WHEN U CUD JUST BE FEMMY/BUTCH/GAY AS A MAN/WOOMAN (as the case may be)”. This is not new shit folks. This strawman has been guarding the cornfields of Cisfailtopia for centuries, keeping the ravens of logic and rational thought as far away as possible. If you have even the slightest level of knowledge regarding trans folk (from actual trans folk) and you aren’t a willfully ignorant piece of shit, you’ll notice that it isn’t about being feminine, or “gendered personalities” or even better, “omg I dun wanna be gay!” (you’ll also notice that many of us transitioned into gayness). In fact, you’ll notice that the entirety of that internet shitstain of a post (and much of the transphobic garbage of slightly less obvious caliber that has made an appearance on Bilerico time and time again) is entirely nonsense, has nothing to do with the whys of transition or the whys of dissonance and dysphoria (even ignores those two things) and just really is the same old same old same old same old shit.
Ad nauseam. Phrase of the day.
Stay classy, Failerico. It isn’t like the cisGLB community as a whole is going to stop you anyways.
Oh look a fauxpology from Bil himself wherein he tells us how good Ron’s intentions were, that this was his fault (sorta kinda, not really thought because Bilerico is about challenging people, apparently), and that this isn’t a safe space (even though many anti gay things haven’t made it through the ed staff).
For fucking serious, this reeks of cis privilege. “You people can handle it, we’re challenging you!” No. You’re not. This is the same old same old shit. Every trans person and their mother has seen this bullshit spout out of the mouths of bigots. This is not new, this is not edgy, this is run of the mill. Mediocre.
Here’s my cross posted comment response (because why write two separate things?):
You think that you’re being edgy and challenging. You are wrong, Bil. This is not challenging. This is not edgy. Even moreso, this is not new. This is the same old tired shit that is said by the same old tired bigots. These are arguments that were refuted in the stone age, ten thousand times on nearly every trans blog in existence. They are the ultimate old school classic crap strawman argument directed at trans folk.
What you allowed through from Ron Gold is a historical fossil of bigotry. At great cost to us (like Tobi pointed out, a cost that wouldn’t have been repaid by him being convinced to drop his hate or by dialogue) you allowed something through that doesn’t create any new dialogue, that didn’t promote him to drop his hate (judging by his comment responses), that didn’t challenge anyone.
In fact, I imagine the only challenge experienced by anyone out of this situation was the challenge you experienced to spin this in a way that doesn’t look absolutely abhorrent for Bilerico. But that’s the problem. You can’t spin this as discussion. If you knew anything about trans issues, you wouldn’t have green lighted Gold’s post for “challenge” and “discussion” and “discourse” because you would have known that all of this has been dealt with ad nauseam (there’s that word again. It really seems to connect well to this site’s repetition of the same old transphobic tropes) by trans activists in the past and now.
When something is so old, so oft refuted, so same old same old and so horrifyingly common that it’s found its way onto bingo cards and has copy paste responses readied for it then it is not challenging. It is not new. It is not diversity. It is not a discussion starter. There was no discussion. There was copy paste same old same old refutations, because of how ancient and flawed those claims are. But that isn’t discussion. That isn’t a challenge.
So we’ve paid a cost in our well being, for absolutely nothing. Literally, nothing. It isn’t even an unequal trade, we have literally paid the emotional tax to the hate monger you let in for absolutely nothing. It was theft, not a barter. Gold stole my time and the time of others. Gold stole a chunk of my well being and the well being of others. This was no trade. We got nothing in return, not even unequal discourse and challenges.
And you, as the middle man, allowed this to happen. It might be wise to rethink how things work here from now on.
Stay classy Bil. Everyone loves a fauxpology.
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