The comments section of one of Twisty’s posts festered into a pile of vile crap. Several bloggers have been discussing this. Many people have rightly condemned the hateful things said in that thread.
This is not a post about radical feminists versus transpeople. I can’t go there yet. My purpose here is to beg all of you to walk your talk. It is not possible to advocate for the humanity of one group of people by denying the humanity of another group. In fact, that exact sentiment was expressed repeatedly by people who were objecting to Twisty’s commenters. In one of the attacks on Twisty’s blog, someone equated a transperson with a “nutjob”. Yet the same types of slurs showed up on the blogs of people condemning Twisty and her commenters. Here’s an example:
The slurs against those with mental illness weren’t that frequent, given the number of comments. But they were there, and what broke my heart is that I never saw a single comment objecting to them. You know, when you throw around words about mental illness, like crazy, psycho or psychotic, frootbat, and nutjob, you’re mocking disability. You’re spitting in the face of everyone who suffers from a mental illness. You’re equating horrible behavior with mental illness. Stop it.
Do people care about doing more than paying lip service to respecting the rights of disabled people? I really don’t know. I was feeling isolated enough before reading those blogs.
Comments: Please remember, this is about disablism, not about the original conflict.