Dusk Is Falling

My email to Matt Mullenweg, owner of Automattic and Developer of WordPress:

Dear Matt,

I assume you are aware that popular blogger Gallus Mag of GenderTrender ( has been locked out of her blog and no longer has access to her account after a concerted campaign by transgender activists and their supporters. This is deeply concerning to me. The tensions between transgender issues, feminist politics and lesbian concerns are fraught and seemingly increasing rather than decreasing. Debates are heated. Opinions vary widely. That does not make it okay to silence dissenting voices. GenderTrender is a blog that is dedicated to exploring transgender politics from a trans-critical perspective – from a questioning perspective. Not everyone likes this. Not everyone has to. The blog does not support or condone violence against transpeople. There are no threats made against transpeople, though there have been plenty of documented threats made against Gallus Mag and…

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  1. Thanks for sharing this; my email to Mullenweg:

    I’m writing to object to the suspension of posting privileges on the part of blogger GallusMag, who administers a WordPress blog called Gender Trender. Supposedly, GallusMag’s account was suspended in response to a complaint regarding the unauthorized use of a photograph that may belong to someone else. In reality, this complaint is part of an organized effort by transsexual activists to silence women who oppose their political views. This selective enforcement of a TOS provision that is routinely violated by WordPress bloggers — and which some might argue is a sine qua non of the whole blogging concept — reflects very badly on the commitment of your organization to basic freedom of speech. Please take a closer look at the issues surrounding this controversy, and reverse this patently unfair decision.

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