Notes 對應於 Original article 對應於 Summary 的同一句話，我標同樣的顏色。
aspects, debate, transgender rights, others
politicians, bring reason, civility, unbalanced
saddest, not nasty to him
dozen articles, gender debate
common theme, changes, law, excluded
articles, shared, no one, threatened
abuse, routine, comment, transgender issues
other people, women
Many aspects of the debate about transgender rights, and how they interact with the rights of others, are troubling and even saddening. The anger and fear felt by so many of the participants. The lack of reliable statistics and evidence, and the hostility faced by those seeking to gather better evidence. The unwillingness of many politicians even to try to bring reason and civility to an unbalanced, vitriolic conversation. Personally, the thing I find saddest, and most telling, is that people aren’t particularly nasty to me.
This year I have written a dozen articles for British publications about the gender debate: around 15,000 words. The common theme has been that women who ask questions and express doubts about changes in law and custom on gender issues to favour transgender people, and the implications for those born female, are excluded from political and public debate, sometimes through violent means.
Those articles have been read and shared several hundred thousand times, and brought me more social-media reactions than I can count. Some were negative and a few were outright hostile. Yet none involved threats of violence and none expressed the hope that I die in a fire. There were no meditations on my being raped. No one called me a “transphobic c***” or, indeed, any other sort of c***.
Such abuse is routine for others who write and comment about transgender issues. And indeed, that was part of the reason I took an interest. The vitriol of the debate, especially on social media, has had a chilling effect that should not go unremarked or unchallenged.
Yet I have largely escaped that vitriol. Other journalists who have written about the topic and said similar things have experienced all of the aggression I describe above, and more. Several say they have sometimes feared physical attack by people unhappy at what they wrote. Those journalists are women.
There are many aspects of the debate about transgender rights, and how these rights interact with the rights of others. On top of that, many politicians are unwilling to try to bring reason and civility to this unbalanced conversation. The author thinks that the saddest thing is that people are not nasty to him. The author has written a dozen articles about the gender debate. The common theme is that women who ask questions about changes in law and custom on gender issues are excluded from political debate. The articles that the author has written have been shared several hundred thousand times but no one has threatened him. However, such abuse is routine for others who comment about transgender issues. These other people are women.
John Carpenter, Halloween, 40th anniversary
few, achieved, similar notoriety
film, kicked off, stream, slasher flicks
audiences, witness, murder, masked man
X justice, victims, X rebalancing
spend time, money, reminders, unfair
John Carpenter’s iconic horror film “Halloween” celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Few horror movies have achieved similar notoriety, and it’s credited with kicking off the steady stream of slasher flicks that followed.
Audiences flocked to theaters to witness the seemingly random murder and mayhem a masked man brought to a small suburban town, reminding them that picket fences and manicured lawns cannot protect us from the unjust, the unknown or the uncertainty that awaits us all in both life and death. The film offers no justice for the victims in the end, no rebalancing of good and evil.
Why, then, would anyone want to spend their time and money to watch such macabre scenes filled with depressing reminders of just how unfair and scary our world can be?
John Carpenter’s horror film “Halloween” celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. This is an iconic film, and few other horror movies have achieved similar notoriety. This film kicked off the steady stream of slasher flicks that followed.
Audiences went to theaters to witness the random murder and mayhem a masked man brought to a small town. The film does not offer justice for the victims, and there is no rebalancing of good and evil. Why would anyone want to spend time and money to watch such horrible scenes with reminders of how unfair our world can be?
Dr Fiona Hu
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