Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Free Speech: Transphobia Edition [TRIGGER WARNING]

This is what happens when you give the right to free speech to hateful people:

Talk show: KRXQ, Sacramento, Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning

Williams and States took turns referring to gender dysphoric children as "idiots" and "freaks," who were just out "for attention" and had "a mental disorder that just needs to somehow be gotten out of them," either by verbal abuse on the part of the parents, or even shock therapy.

"Allowing transgenders to exist, pretty soon it becomes normal to fall in love with the animals."

States bragged that if his own son were to ever dare put on a pair of high heels, States would beat his son with one of his own shoes. He urged parents whose own little boys expressed a desire to wear a dress to verbally abuse and degrade them as a viable response.

"Because you know what? Boys don't wear high heel shoes. And in my house, they definitely don't wear high heels. I'm going to go, 'You know what? You're a little idiot! You little dumbass!'"

"I look forward to when [the transgender children] go out into society and society beats them down. And they wind up in therapy."

"I'm not open-minded once I look into sumpin'. I have every right to call you a freak and judge you on that. It makes me sick. 'Mommy, I'm a girl trapped in a boy's body, I want to wear a dwess.'"

"You're actually defending allowing people to become freaks? A boy who wants to wear a dress is a freak. A nut."

""transgenders [sic] did not exist four decades ago."

"If the kid ever gets to be eighteen, and says 'I still feel like a woman!' you say, 'Get out! Go be a freak! And understand, SON, that society will never accept you because we still have some moral judgment."


h/t Feministe

Free speech is a right. Hatred is not. I bet that now, as advertisers are pulling their slots, the shock jocks are saying something to the effect of, "it was just a joke!"

In the aftermath of two young boys killing themselves for being teast and taunted for being gay (when they may not actually have been), this is a shameful use of the free speech right.

The horrible thing is that these people believe their views are marginal because they have to share speaking space with those who call for a kinder, more compassionate view of life.

The horrible thing is that these people think they're right and it's perfectly okay to abuse young children for not subscribing to strict gender behaviours.

The horrible thing is that trans-people and others who do not conform are being abused, misused, discriminated against, ignored, killed, everywhere.

And that spewing out hatred is just a joke.

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