Author: <span class="vcard">Libby DownUnder</span>

No, you’re not transphobic

Whatever your views are on transgender issues, chances are, you’re not transphobic. Real transphobia involves irrational behaviour, and denies trans people a ‘fair go’ not at the expense of others. Real transphobia is physically hurting someone because they’re trans, or not hiring the best job candidate just because they’re trans. Transphobia can be real, but fake transphobia is also real, and throwing (or threatening to throw) fake transphobia accusations around, especially in public discourse, does not help the transgender cause.

As a transsexual woman, I am sick and tired of seeing people being subject to character assassination because apparently they’re transphobic. In many cases, these people are either absolutely not transphobic, or accusing them of transphobia is a stretch (or somewhere in between). Unfortunately the trans “community”, now run by the Regressive Left, does not call out on fake transphobia often enough, if at all. For this reason and … Read the rest

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The anti-diversity manifesto that wasn’t

I recently read that a James Damore was a software engineer fired by Google for writing an “anti-diversity manifesto” for the company. I decided that before jumping to conclusions on this highly criticised individual, I should read the document concerned in full:

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/08/exclusive-heres-the-full-10-page-anti-diversity-screed-circulating-internally-at-google/

I don’t agree with everything he wrote. Sure, he was being ‘politically incorrect’, but more importantly, he was sincere and polite in his writing. There was no malice. It read more like a diversity improvement manifesto, not an anti-diversity one, as slightly misguided as it may be.

So instead of encouraging Google’s employees to have a respectful and robust discussion on the matter, and keep it in-house (why does the world need to know about it?), in its infinite wisdom, Google sacked Mr Damore when word got out, instead of defending the value diversity of opinion brings to the table.

Having read the “manifesto” with an open Read the rest

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