Friday, 9 May 2014

Once Again Cissexist Media Failed, Now They Finaly Strat To Admit It …

Mail, Telegraph, Sun, Mirror and Record admit wrong to mention transgender status of stag attack victim

Six national newspapers have acknowledged it was not relevant to state that a Cambridge academic who was attacked by a charging stag was transgender.

Dr Kate Stone was charged by the cornered animal, which gored her in the neck and left her in a coma and fighting for her life, in Scotland on New Year’s Eve.
Most national newspapers in England and Scotland reported on the incident, and six – the Daily Record, Daily Mirror, The Sun and Scottish Sun, The Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail – highlighted her transgender status.

Headlines included “Deer spears sex-swap Kate”, “Sex swap scientist in fight for life” and “Sex-swap scientist gored by stag”.

Dr Stone complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the coverage of the six newspapers was in breach of Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors’ Code of Practice. This states that details of a person’s transgender status “must be avoided unless genuinely relevant to the story”.

The All About Trans group said: “For decades journalists have been in the habit of pointing to the transgender status of an individual as being sensationally newsworthy in itself. As the PCC notes, epithets such as ‘sex swap’, invented by and exclusively promoted by the tabloid press, can trivialize complex medical processes of gender transition.
It is therefore extremely welcome that the papers, who got it wrong, have acknowledged that Kate’s transgender status was not relevant to the story and agreed that ‘sex-swap’ was a highly inappropriate term to use.”

All About Trans adviser Sarah Lennox said: "If Apple CEO, Tim Cook, were involved in a car accident tomorrow, you wouldn't get headlines: 'Homosexual CEO in Car Accident' and you certainly wouldn't get: ‘Pansy (or Faggot) CEO in Car Accident’...

“We're living in the 21st century and the press have rightly moved on from that kind of finger-pointing and name-calling. ‘Sex-swap' headlines are not okay."


Author / Source: William Turvill for Press Gazette

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