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So Katha Pollit accidentally included me on an email advocating for continuing to exclude major trans writers from her journalism listserv. Her bigotry against transwomen is not a surprise. The issue, though, is one of ingroups. She sent it to MAJOR journalists.
I have liked a lot of Katha's work. I will likely continue to read it. I think "PRO" is important, even as the two of us often debate about disability and prenatal testing. It's a place where the two of us can disagree but have productive conversations. I love that.
But as the days have gone on, seeing Katha mis-characterize my position makes me wonder to what other elite journalists she's sending such comments. Here's the email. an email. Key part:
What I want to know is whether any of these other elite journalists pushed back? Whether a single one took a stand here? I am not tagging them deliberately at this time and I have blocked Katha, because I do not think she's trusthworthy in my network.
Sorry, a work distraction. Continuing:

Katha's slander against Parker here is unconscionable. If Parker agreed to join a confidential list, there's no question she would keep it confidential.

I am pasting Katha's email because she was talking behind my back and CC'd me.
And confidentiality, like off-the-record, is a two-party agreement.
Parker and Katha have disagreed on various subjects (around whether trans women are women, I suspect). But calling someone's professional ethics into question over such disagreements is bad conduct.
Moreover: I have never seen Parker advocate for Jesse's removal from the list. She and others have just advocated for more trans inclusion on the list.
I, on the other hand, advocate this: There are ethical implications related to who you keep in your ingroups, in your closed networks. I would like people to think through those ethical implications then make conscious decisions.
Journalism often functions behind the scenes, at parties and watercoolers (now mostly virtual ones), by who you know and whose work you see, by who recommends you to the right editor, lifts you from the slush pile.

I have benefited from these networks in my weird career.
And having zero chill about bigotry and harm has hurt me in my career. I'd do better to never take anything personally, to show up as the designated liberal on panels to argue with Nazis, to keep calm. After all, white cis-dude with a phd here, I can float above.
But to do that is to make ethical choices that I am not comfortable with.
So I hope that folks receiving these kinds of emails push back. That they tell Katha, or whoever, that Parker is a good journalist and belongs in the ingroups too. And when JS posts his anti-trans pieces, that you push back actively. Otherwise you are complicit.
And now I have to fucking get to work.
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