The newspaper, which portrays itself as the bastion of liberalism and tolerance and is openly judged by other media, was hoisted by its own petard today when one of its top columnists stopped in the middle of a "transphobia" series.
Suzanne Moore left the paper today after being the center of a storm over a column about trans-extremist abuse of feminists.
In the article published in March under the headline, “Women Must Have the Right to Organize. We are not silenced, ”she wrote of gender as a biological classification and“ no emotion ”.
However, the comment caused 338 Guardian employees to write to editor Kath Viner complaining about the "pattern of publishing transphobic content".
Ms. Moore, who won the Orwell Foundation's 2019 Journalism Award and has written for the paper for more than 25 years, also announced that she and her children had received threats of murder and rape.
Their departure comes amid a series of high-profile arguments between feminism and transgender lobbies. Harry Potter writer JK Rowling was criticized earlier this year after mocking an online article that used the words "people who menstruate" instead of "women".
Others criticized by transgender rights groups include Professor Selina Todd of Oxford University and feminist blogger Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull.
When Ms. Moore announced her resignation on Monday night, she tweeted, “I have left The Guardian. I will miss some of the people there very much. "Right now that's all I can say."
Suzanne Moore (pictured 2016) resigned months after receiving a backlash for her column on trans-extremist abuse of feminists
When she announced her resignation on Monday night, she tweeted, “I've left The Guardian. I will miss some of the people there very much. "Right now that's all I can say."
Suzanne Moore was at the center of a storm in March after publishing this column: “Women must have the right to organize. We are not being silenced. & # 39;
“Women must have the right to organize. We will not be silenced & # 39 ;: Guardian pillar that sparked a backlash
Suzanne Moore's column, “Women Must Have the Right to Organize. We're not being silenced, ”was posted in the Guardian on March 2 of this year.
In it, she answered the question of how an Oxford historian was forbidden to speak at an event in feminist history.
Selina Todd, professor of modern history at St. Hilda & # 39; s College, received reassurance after allegedly making "transphobic" remarks.
Women trans rights activists have been believed to have questioned their ties to women's rights group Woman & # 39; s Place UK – some of whom claim are "transphobic".
She was due to give a two-minute speech at an event at Exeter College, but the day before Professor Todd was due to speak, she was "not on a platform."
Ms. Moore wrote: "I am very saddened to look at the fragmentation of the landscape where endless struggles, rejections and non-platforms have obscured our understanding of who the real enemies are."
Her column concluded: “Women have the right to call out the violent men who rape. We have the right to speak and organize without being told that language itself is dangerous. You can tell me to die in a ditch if you like everything, as many have for years, but I identify myself as a woman who doesn't go quietly down.
She added, “It was entirely my decision to leave. I'll tell you all about it one day. For now, thank you for this great news. I feel like at my own funeral or something.
“Anyway, I will of course keep writing! The efforts to silence me don't seem very well thought out. & # 39;
Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh, ex-soccer player Gary Lineker, rock band Primal Scream and MP Jess Phillips shared their support for Ms. Moore, among others.
Journalists Polly Toynbee and Ian Dunt and writer Giles Paley-Phillips have also expressed their sadness over the departure of Ms. Moore.
Ms. Moore's Twitter biography now reads: "She left because she understood the value of defiance."
The employee letter denouncing "transphobic content" and not naming Ms. Moore was forwarded to Buzzfeed and Pink News following her column.
Ms. Moore later named the signatories online.
Her March 2nd column states, “We went through the mirror and learned that sex is a construct.
“It is said that sex is only assigned at birth and is not a material fact – but in fact, sex is detectable in the womb (which allows the fetal sex to be selected).
& # 39; Sex is not a feeling. Female is a biological classification that applies to all living species. If you produce large immobile gametes, you are female.
“Even if you are a frog. This is neither complicated nor spectrum, although there are few intersex people who should definitely be supported. & # 39;
She adds: “The materiality of a female body can mean rape or childbirth – but we still strive for liberation from sex.
In some transgender ideologies we are told the opposite: gender is material and therefore can be obsessed by anyone who claims it, and it is sex as a category that is a social construction. In this way, legally protected gender-specific rights can be abolished.
“I know from my own experience the consequences of being classified as transphobic by an invisible social media committee. It meant death threats, rape threats for me and my children, and police involvement. I also know that the worst things happen online rather than in real life. Still, I can't watch.
“Most people want the tiny percentage of transsexuals to lead the best possible life.
"Male violence is an issue for women, so we want same-sex spaces."
Ms. Moore was supported by a legion of fans after announcing her resignation
The debate began after Ms. Moore spoke about Oxford historian Selina Todd, who was banned from speaking at a feminist historical event
In an article for The Spectator on March 14, Ms. Moore wrote, “A look at Twitter after my Guardian column went online indicated that I was either the savior of all“ birthwives ”or had committed some sort of transphobic hate crime .
“My offense was to say that biological sex is a thing. Scientists tend to believe that it is.
After all this online abuse, I thought someone could call me and see if I was okay, but they didn't. But then I never go to the Guardian's office. Apparently there had been melodrama.
A trans woman who appeared to have resigned a few weeks earlier resigned again. My words made her feel insecure, she said. More than 300 employees of the newspaper signed a letter condemning the decision to publish my article.
& # 39; I like freaks. I like fluidity. I just don't like it when one rule set is replaced by another.
"I was hurt that so many of my 'colleagues' denounced me, but I suppose everyone needs a hobby."
A Guardian News and Media spokesperson said: "We wish Suzanne all the best in her future career and we are sorry she left."
Suzanne Moore: The newest high profile name to catch up in the line of transgender rights and the larger “abandonment culture”
Guardian journalist Suzanne Moore is the latest known name to be implicated in a series about transgender rights.
In June, Harry Potter writer JK Rowling hit the headlines after mocking an online article that used the words "people who menstruate" instead of "women".
She was hit by what she termed "relentless attacks" after she wrote, "I'm sure there was a word for these people before. Somebody help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"
Her tweet immediately sparked a barrage of criticism from her LGBTQ followers – who argued over what they viewed as an attack on transgender women.
Rowling's remarks sparked backlash from a number of stars including actors Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Eddie Redmayne.
The acclaimed writer then penned a deeply personal essay to address the controversy. She revealed that she was sexually assaulted in her twenties and said she still felt the scars of "domestic violence" in her first marriage.
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