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With the help of Jared over at the Emerald, I found this Register Guard story that implies that we are intolerant, hate-mongering homophobes. Guess who supplied the information.

Quote: Toby Hill-Meyer, another member of the city work group, has encountered more direct ridicule as a result of gender identity. A student government senator at the UO, Hill-Meyer was recently mocked in The Commentator, a conservative student newspaper on campus, that used vulgar language in a person-on-the-street parody.

Since when is penis vulgar?

  1. Olly says:

    And now this comment thread has come full circle.

  2. Timothy says:

    The “we” makes you sound like a queen.

  3. Olly says:

    “Us” like us? Or “us” like just you? Was that a rhetorical question?

    Best go back to the third person. It makes Dan Atkinson sound more like a professional athlete.

  4. Danimal says:

    Oh, okay. Well, how about the editorial “we”? Does that suit us?

  5. Timothy says:

    It looks like that sweater your grandma made you for Christmas when you were five, but with one fewer rabbit.

  6. Danimal says:

    Dan Atkinson’s just trying it on to see how it feels on him.

  7. Olly says:

    It’s still surpassed by Dan Atkinson’s nascent campaign to refer to himself in the third person, though.

  8. Danimal says:

    Maybe there’s something we’re missing here. Some grand skewering of identity politics? If so, it puts Dan Atkinson’s long lost campaign for Left-Handed Rights squarely in the shade.

  9. Timothy says:

    This is true, the dude parodies himself.

  10. Olly says:

    Oh, that’s golden. [Ze] was born male but today identifies as neither male or female. “I don’t fit into the available categorizations,” said Hill-Meyer, who prefers the term “gender queer.” Right. Exactly. Unless we’re missing something dramatic here, he’s (oops) a gay man. Which is fine. More power to Toby Hill-Meyer! But the definition of transgender they’re using – “someone who feels trapped in the wrong gender” (emphasis mine) – strikes me as subject to abuse by silly, self-aggrandizing people, as is my reading of this case.

    And “ridicule” is relative, anyway. As my officemate observed, it sounds quite a lot like ridicule when you just quote the guy (dammit!) directly.

  11. Timothy says:

    Must be doing something right.

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