Tag Archives: Leveson

The Importance of Trust in the Media

On Friday evening, after I had delivered a TEDx talk in Corsham, I found that I was listening to myself on Radio 4’s Today in Parliament. The programme had decided to summarise recent events in the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into freedom of speech and no platforming in universities – something you may […]

I had thought that by the time I reached my 50s the bullying would stop

I still remember all the feelings of being bullied at school – the constant attacks while the teacher wasn’t looking; the general low-level nature of the abuse, so that any reaction was viewed as extreme, but with some peaks where fights break out. All the time you feel powerless. No-one seems to do anything to […]

Tragedy in Beauty

On Wednesday morning, I was giving a talk at a Westminster Forum. The topic was broadly how media coverage of trans people has changed. Near the beginning I repeated one of my favourite quotes, from Gray Cavendar, an American academic: broadly that the media defines what we see as problems, and shapes the solutions we […]

The Framework Created by Media

In the middle stages of an incredibly long, drawn-out general election campaign, it can be interesting to reflect on the media’s role. In the early part of Trans Media Watch’s Leveson evidence, we quoted Gray Cavendar – the media helps us “to define what we think about, what we see as problems and the solutions […]

I fear this isn’t going to end well

From the publication of a letter from 130 academics in The Observer on Saturday decrying the “no platforming” by some universities (or, more specifically, student unions) of various people because of views they espouse, to a letter rather gratuitously headlined “Twitter mob who vowed to kill me over transgender letter have got it all wrong” […]

Regrets, I’ve had a few

It’s not often that I write about an individual. In general I try to steer well away from such pieces. It stems from a fundamental belief that people should be free to make their own decisions in the awareness of their own circumstances. Matthew Attonley was interviewed pretty sensitively by Philip Schofield and Amanda Holden […]

Accuracy? Public Interest? Nah – just sell the story…

The tabloid press have been remarkably silent regarding the outrage around the Lucy Meadows story.  They reported her death with the usual deliberate misgenderings and pictures of her as male.  Since then – nothing in the redtops. One tabloid journalist has put fingers to keyboard and blogged “an alternative view“.  In it he quotes the […]