Misgendering a Murderer

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~On Tuesday I was reunited with my old EIB comrade Mister Snerdley – James Golden – on Bo Snerdley’s Rush Hour at New York’s legendary radio powerhouse 77 WABC. The main focus of discussion was the school shooting in Nashville, and the sin of the local police in misgendering a woman who identified as a man as a man who identified as a woman. There will be a lot more of this in America’s future.

As to what I called the “rage” that’s out there, here is a fairly random example from Steven Shaviro, Professor of English at Wayne State University in Michigan:

So here is what I think about free speech on campus. Although I do not advocate violating federal and state criminal codes, I think it is far more admirable to kill a racist, homophobic, or transphobic speaker than it is to shout them down.

I don’t suppose Professor Shaviro is minded to get off his arse and kill transphobes himself – he seems the usual blowhard slacktivist – but there is a disturbing heartlessness to media coverage of three slain children at a Christian grade school that suggests the Marxist formulation of Who-Whom is well advanced along the lines the “English professor” recommends.

It’s not clear, for those of us less homicidally inclined, that it’s worth attempting to share a society with the likes of Steven Shaviro. The problem is it’s unlikely to be an amicable divorce.

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