It’s the end of the world as we knew
The Times of London recently
reported that the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) altered a rape victim's quotes to avoid
her biological male transgender attacker.
The venerable newspaper reported that the BBC's “diversity
team” made what it termed the "unethical and disrespectful" decision
to change a rape victim's quotes in an October 2021 article about lesbian
women who feel pressured to have sex with biological men who identify as
In said article, a lesbian woman recounted her experience
with a biological male who presents as female. The biological male physically
forced her to have sex with him after a date and allegedly threatened to
ostracize her if she refused.
The victim described the horrific experience to the
BBC using "he" and "him" pronouns for her assailant, which
the BBC, unbeknownst to her, changed to "they" and "them"
Got to be politically correct, no matter what,
right? The BBC's updated style guide reportedly mandates that its writers
use an individual's preferred pronouns in their reporting. Even when referring
to a rapist. Because, sexual assault is one thing, but misgendering a faux-person
is beyond the pale!
(The writer apologizes for using the word “mandates”
in the previous paragraph. In light of the story’s sensitive subject matter, it
was clearly inappropriate.)
That said, however, it is endlessly amusing when one
faction of the LGBTQIIA+ Community is at odds with another-- in this case the
Ls vs. the Ts.