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ATH appeal for travel bursary for trans women. Not trans men.

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MinesaBottle Tue 19-Dec-17 21:49:48

I normally just lurk here but this has incensed me

twitter.com/ryanjohnbutcher/status/942714839109128192

*ATTENTION CISGENDER PEOPLE.
Can you imagine what it's like leaving your home in constant fear of assault, harassment and ridicule? This is what trans people experience every day of their lives. Help our trans siblings. Read this thread and share, please.*

Er, well yes, actually, I can...

And links to an appeal by Action for Trans Health for donations to fund a travel bursary for transwomen and trans feminine people whatever that means (no mention of trans men of course), because apparently they're always being attacked and harassed on public transport. Obviously I can't even begin to imagine what that must feel like hmm

MinesaBottle Tue 19-Dec-17 21:50:44

Sorry, link didn't work

SonicBoomBoom Tue 19-Dec-17 21:55:28

I know, and a massive £200 a month he spent on taxis for his safety!

So, about the price of a monthly train ticket, or to run a car. Boo fucking hoo.

But back to the point, I'm sure no women anywhere could imagine having to shell out for a taxi to get home because we're told if we walk alone in the dark we're asking for trouble and it would be our own fault. Especially if we were wearing a skirt.

IrkThePurist Tue 19-Dec-17 21:59:11

120,000 children are homeless this Christmas.
Working parents on Universal Credit wont get any money in December because the month has 5 weeks in it. (You cant make this shit up).
DV refuges are closing.
But yeah give us your money for taxi fares.

AssassinatedBeauty Tue 19-Dec-17 22:05:23

I don't really care if that's what he thinks would be helpful to other people who are genuinely afraid of leaving their house. But, I don't think it's the right response to that as an issue. I also wouldn't give a single penny to an organisation that actively promotes and supports violence (of the actual physical kind).

I see they've raised £1,200 or so of their £1500 target so there are clearly enough people who disagree with me!

Thehairthebod Tue 19-Dec-17 22:05:58

Oh that Ryan John Butcher bloke comes across as a right bellend doesn't he? Loved him getting called out by that intersex poster and falling over himself to use the right terminology!

Also saw that he writes for The Independent. Final nail in the coffin for my readership of that utter dirge as well!

MinesaBottle Tue 19-Dec-17 22:36:05

Making public transport safer for everyone - women, trans people - everyone - would be a much more laudable goal. But as that would require actual work in changing attitudes, much easier to ask for money so you can go on a night out without ever leaving your bubble. Until you get to the pub/club I guess.

Gacapa Tue 19-Dec-17 22:38:39

He's being absolutely slaughtered on there. Many brilliant responses!

Ereshkigal Wed 20-Dec-17 02:32:45

But back to the point, I'm sure no women anywhere could imagine having to shell out for a taxi to get home because we're told if we walk alone in the dark we're asking for trouble and it would be our own fault.

If you remember Eamonn Holmes actually told a rape victim live on air "you'll take a taxi next time won't you?" As if she had been remiss.

blackdoggotmytongue Wed 20-Dec-17 02:40:35

This happened to me at work. We were called to a gender inclusivity workshop where a 36yo transwoman (lived 34years as heterosexual male, married) wailed to a large group of natal women about how awful it was to be at a pub and not know if you were going to be attacked on the way home on your own. With not a single trace of irony.

Cloud fucking cuckoo land. We’ve lived it every day of our lives, princess.

GuardianLions Wed 20-Dec-17 06:54:26

I just dived into that twitter thread and although I read some great responses - I am actually left feeling a bit despondent that males can be so ignorant about the reality of women's lives. I was starting to take for granted that mass disclosures like the everyday sexism project and #metoo actually made a difference. Has he been living under a rock? Maybe he avoids women wherever possible and successfully filters out women's voices (by thinking about what he wants for dinner or just saying "blah blah blah boring" to himself) whenever he is unable to avoid us.
I wonder how many other men have no clue? shocksadangry

RedToothBrush Wed 20-Dec-17 08:07:22

The response to a woman saying this on an internet forum would include rape threats and telling the woman to get counselling for her phobia.

Thehairthebod Wed 20-Dec-17 08:26:08

I just don't get how that level of irony can be missed! Did the whole #metoo thing completely pass them by? I guess so, looking at Travis Alabanza's twitter, he might be in the running for most self obsessed person alive, so I guess it probably did.

And then Butcher's GIF aimed at the 'trans exclusionary feminists' which is completely blind to the fact that the whole reason trans people might need this bursary because of MEN!

And now Butcher is retweeting some of responses from his critics, as if the whole thing is just some big old larf.

I am tempted to contact The Independent to complain about his misogynist views, but tbh they arent really a credible media outlet anymore are they so won't care anyway.

SpartonDregs Wed 20-Dec-17 08:30:01

I'd already screenshot it and replied.
Man:I mean, can you imagine?
Women: Yeah we can all imagine it because we live it each day
Man: But Trans.
Women: Sigh.

QuentinSummers Wed 20-Dec-17 09:45:36

Travis Alabanza is an utter cockwomble.

The whole thing is "I wanna get a taxi but I don't wanna pay.....i'm too special for public transport...."

What is it with these GoFundMe type campaigns? It's just begging. It really seems like a lot of these SJWs have them and it's huge entitlement. Grrr

GuardianLions Wed 20-Dec-17 11:15:17

That butcher bloke deleted his post about TERFs and I can't find all the great posts related to it

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 20-Dec-17 12:05:28

To be fair, we are always saying that TRAs should campaign for their own things...

WillowWept Wed 20-Dec-17 12:08:04

To be fair, we are always saying that TRAs should campaign for their own things...

No issue with anyone campaigning for anything they're interested in.

HUGE issue with some idiot asking "cis" people whether we could try and imagine what it might be like to be abused and harassed. Because no women could have the faintest idea could they?!

Thehairthebod Wed 20-Dec-17 12:13:54

Yes this is true!

But you don't see women begging for cash for taxis because they are too speshul for public transport do you? Funnily enough we have bigger things to worry about.

Travis Alabanza strikes me as the sort of bloke who will get on a bus and start being really loud, obnoxious, annoying and 'loooooooook at meeeeeeeee!' and then when people start raising eyebrows because his presence is getting a little irritating will claim that everyone is 'harassing' him because he is 'different' and he 'just wants to get on with his life in peace'.

Jog on mate, no one cares.

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 20-Dec-17 12:18:13

God I really should stop reading these threads they are making me so bloody angry all the time blush

We aren't "cis"

Fuck off

And we don't have to imagine it's a reality and has been from day one. We can't just shove on a pair of jogging bottoms and shave our heads and identify out of it.

It's almost as if they realise that for the most part no one actually gives a shit about what they are wearing so they have to go out of their way to make themselves such dick heads people give them hell on Twitter and on newspaper websites just so they can actually play the victim.

Ffs hmm

QueenLaBeefah Wed 20-Dec-17 12:29:29

I don't normally do twitter but he really has had his arse handed to him on a plate. Very encouraging.

lunamoth581 Wed 20-Dec-17 13:02:36

WillowWept:

*No issue with anyone campaigning for anything they're interested in.

HUGE issue with some idiot asking "cis" people whether we could try and imagine what it might be like to be abused and harassed. Because no women could have the faintest idea could they?!*

Yes, this. Raise funds for anything you want. Don't have the gall to say "cis" women can only imagine being fearful of assault, harassment and ridicule when leaving the house. Hell, women are subjected to that inside the house, too. It shows a complete lack of awareness of the daily lived reality of women.

Which women have been talking about for ages.

Which recently has received a lot of media attention thanks to a lot high-profile creepers being exposed and the #metoo campaign.

So that info is out there and readily available.

Copperkettles Wed 20-Dec-17 13:03:50

The responses are fucking brilliant. I don't understand how in his mind responses in a public sphere = hijacking, particularly when they might be firm responses but they're mostly polite (and consist of women sharing their experiences of being assaulted). He has interpreted them as hate. hmm

RestingGrinchFace Wed 20-Dec-17 13:05:41

Welcome to the club. It's not about being a trans woman. They are being harassed because they are women end of.

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 20-Dec-17 13:22:27

Anyone else confused as to his explanation as to him using the word people so as to not upset his non binary friends which makes the phrase cisgender people kinda nonsense really doesn't it cos how can you be cis and non binary at the same time? Or am I missing something again