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While I appreciate the appeal of this narrative, people have been digging into that episode forever, and managed to shrug it off enough to sing the praises of several of us regularly.

The actual turning point was when he started reading stuff from the hate site 4th Wave Now.
And yes, I realize I'm ruining a perfectly good joke with that, but seriously, the VAST MAJORITY of transphobia in the world all traces back to the way the entire world keeps treating this one small insular hate group like dignified intellectuals, and their lies like plain facts.
Bathroom bills? Literally these dozen or so women, going door to door meeting with lawmakers to pitch it.

Conversion therapy? Same group, passing around the same fake studies to rationalize it.

Penis stickers with razor blades stuck behind them? Them.

"Researchers" on TV? Them
The people who collect pre-transition photos of trans teenagers, and distribute them if they switch schools to avoid stalkers? Again this game group of a dozen or so people.

If you pay attention to this sort of thing, you get used to seeing the same names again and again. Zucker
Greer, Blanchard, Brennan, Singal, Raymond. Each behind years and years of utterly deplorable acts of raw hate, often serving as the backbone of entire careers in, essentially, terrorizing trans women for a living.

In the general public perception though it is exceptionally rare
for any of these people to ever be held at all accountable for any of it, because mainstream media never focuses in on this. Not because it isn't major news, mind. The consequences of their actions often see coverage. Stories like this are common enough:…
What you notice though in these stories, again, with rare exception, is that they are loathe to name names. "Lobbyists" push bathroom bills. "Anti-trans activists" hijacked this pride parade. Specifically this small group who threw a fit demanding to lead the parade, and got what
they wanted, due to their names and reputations as dignified intellectuals. Which is the same reason those names are left out of headlines. These people have very strong press connections, regularly appearing on panels, in interviews, writing their own columns, acting as editors.
They regularly receive press coverage in a positive light, from their friends. Those friends don't want to name them when they pull this crap, burning those bridges, and frankly making their publications look terrible for having printed them so often in the past, so they preserve
their reputations, and continue building them up as distinguished intellectuals, which further broadens the gap between how they act, and how they're perceived, making it easier to deny that they could possibly have done whatever the next thing is they inevitably do.

The result
is the exact sort of social invulnerability all fascists aspire to. You can draw a direct line from neo-nazis terrorizing strangers on the internet from behind anime avatars, too scared to use their real names, to doing it under their real names, and holding public rallies, to
Donald Trump's boast about shooting someone in the middle of Times Square, to walking up to a trans person on the street, delivering a savage beating, filming it all, and having reporters write about you as an "elderly grandmother assaulted by activists."
The difference is that most fascists try to seize this sort of power by force. If the average nazi punk ever reaches the point where they can just pull a random stranger out of a crowd like that and not face any consequences when his friend uploads the video to youtube, he first
has to wait until his friends create such an atmosphere of fear and violence, or so thoroughly infiltrate the state, that it's just a widely known fact that trying to punish any nazi for anything is going to blow up in your face. This crowd doesn't have that sort of back up. Just
the immunity from consequence that comes from being "dignified adults." That can be taken away from them overnight if we all start actually naming the people writing blogs about torturing their children, plastering penis stickers in women's restrooms, hijacking pride parades,
and telling the whole world about how they've been plowing through archives of trans woman porn trying to find snuff films in the mix.

Stop acting like this terrorism is all coming from nameless faceless hooded bigots, and start pinning it on the major media figures behind it.
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