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18th-Apr-2010 08:05 pm
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Would you be upset if a long-term partner confessed that s/he'd committed a serious crime before you met? How do you think it would affect your relationship?

when first posted this, question read:

Regardless of your sexual identity/orientation, would you be upset if a long-term romantic partner neglected to tell you that s/he'd had a sex change operation before you met, and why?

If you don't believe me, check debunkingcis and darkwaterfairy, or go bacvk and look at the early answers to the question ( I just had to go back to skip=90 to see questions that were obviously about gender identity

That's right, ladies and gentlemen and everyone else, LiveJournal ran a immensely transphobic and hateful writer's block question on their front page. Because trans people only exist to give cis folks an excuse to play oh-so-fun hypothetical moral games with them. Obviously. Note the word 'neglected', for extra fail.

Presumably having been called out of how hateful that behaviour is, they changed the question - not posted a new one, but changed the wording of the question without de-linking the answer list. And what they changed it to?

Equates transitioning to serious criminal behaviour.

Fuck you, Livejournal. *Goes to figure out how someone complains in this situation*


I have sent to following message to LiveJournal Abuse:

I believe the entirety of today's Writer's Block question violates Livejournal's own Terms of Service according to XVI 1), because it encourages and propagates a discussion that is hateful and objectionable on gender discrimination grounds.

The original question -

"Regardless of your sexual identity/orientation, would you be upset if a long-term romantic partner neglected to tell you that s/he'd had a sex change operation before you met, and why?"

- is intensely offensive to transgender/transexual people and to anyone who regards transexual and transgender people as actual people and not objects of interest to be othered and used for hypothetical 'what if...' scenarios. Especially the wording 'neglected', implying that someone's past gender identity is, rather than a private situaiton, something that belongs to their current partner. More than that, though, it promotes the kind of rhetoric that permeates anti-trans culture and encourages the idea that transsexual status is something to be ashamed of and the domain of cis sexual people to complain about.

I can only presume someone worked out how offensive this question was, only to make the whole situation infinitely worse by changing the question to:

"Would you be upset if a long-term partner confessed that s/he'd committed a serious crime before you met? How do you think it would affect your relationship?"

Equating someone's gender identity to committing a 'serious crime' is beyond offensive, and I'm sure I don't need to explain why.

Why on Earth did LiveJournal choose to make a bad situation worse without any sort of public acknowledgement or apology?

-- SON OF EDIT: Link round up --

sparkindarkness: When you ask a question like this, in this fashion, you are presenting it as a legitimate argument for debate.

silverflight8: Talk about nasty.
tralfamadore: Take Me As I am (My transphobia inclulded)
mors_litterae: LJ, your cis privilege and transphobia is showing.
allieflowlight: I am used to LJ screwing up and doing wrong by their users, but I never thought I'd see such naked bigotry from them.
aopt: this is just fucking rich
witchy_abriel: My Letter to LJ Regarding Yesterday's FAIL

spiffynamehere: But I also have an icon to contribute

If I've missed anyone, let me know!
18th-Apr-2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a special kind of fail. FFS.
18th-Apr-2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
18th-Apr-2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
soserious. 'o'
18th-Apr-2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Hello, troll. Pull up a chair.
18th-Apr-2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, LJ. Every time I turn around, they have found a fresh way to fail.
18th-Apr-2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
See also: english_vampire!

That's just ridiculous, why would they change it?
19th-Apr-2010 06:06 am (UTC)
I'm guessing they got enough negative backlash to figure out they effed up with the first question- so rather than apologizing and retracting it, they tried to cover it up only to make it worse. :/
18th-Apr-2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
I don't know you at all, but thank you for posting this.
18th-Apr-2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for commenting.
18th-Apr-2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
It's now reverted back to the sex change question again.
18th-Apr-2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ugh, really? I still see 'serious crime'. Though apparently it stays stuck as the original for some people due to cache issues?
18th-Apr-2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
I also notice this. Here's my original post: http://deusabscondidum.livejournal.com/149727.html

And then a second one when people pointed out that it had been changed to one about a person committing a crime: http://deusabscondidum.livejournal.com/150108.html?mode=reply

This is so epic fail.
18th-Apr-2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the links. And for dropping by.
18th-Apr-2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I was extremely bothered by it, too.
18th-Apr-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm going to bed now, because sitting and stewing in impotent anger isn't helping me.

But seriously.
18th-Apr-2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. I've also sent a message complaining to LJ abuse and linked my friends to this. Make noise!
18th-Apr-2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh bollocks, I literally just answered the 'serious crime' question without knowing about all this *gestures to the previous crap LJ had spewed before* and now I feel like a right ass. :c

Like it would matter if you loved them anyway. ¬¬
19th-Apr-2010 01:30 am (UTC)
It would matter to me. If my significant other kept any secret of that magnitude from me, it's a deal breaker. It would seriously make me question all kinds of things; their ability to relate to someone honesty and integrity among them.
18th-Apr-2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
May I quote/link your post in my journal? I found your post on the "read other answers" thing. I'm making a angry post right now. This is really unacceptable for lj to do.
19th-Apr-2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Yet another angry message has been sent to LJ.

I'm sickened. I don't see it as them equating trans people to crime but it does seem as if they see trans people as a joke.

Its disgusting. I want a front effing page apology.
19th-Apr-2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for sending that message to Livejournal; at this point in time, I don't think I could've pulled off a calm rebuttal. And I totally agree with everything you said. This is all kinds of not okay.
19th-Apr-2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Hello, stranger! I made it here through a friend-of-a-comm list. Thank you for the summary -- I'd heard bits and pieces, but not enough to get a clear picture.
19th-Apr-2010 05:46 am (UTC)
I plan to link back to this post in my journal, I hope that's okay.
19th-Apr-2010 06:41 am (UTC)
It is absolutely OK, thank you.
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