It’s High Time The Walking Dead Got Woke

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Tomorrow night the long awaited second half of Season 7 of The Walking Dead comes back to our screens. And I for one cannot wait. However, let us not forget that TWD is a problematic show in many ways.

For example there is its habit of killing off black guys the moment another black character joins the cast (I mean c’mon, did Bob, Tyreese and Noah have to die so Morgan could come back?), the way the plots have become repetitive, the way they no longer bother with detailed character development, and instead manipulate our emotions by subjecting us to escalating violence and sadism which has driven down ratings as even the loyalist fans can stomach no more. Don’t get me started on Glenn’s fake death back in Season 6.

But, the real elephant in the room here, is WHERE are all the trans people?

Oh I know TWD has made some tokenistic gestures by including poc and a few LGBT characters, and having strong female characters like Carol, Andrea, Michonne, Maggie etc, But really TWD, isn’t it time to be a bit more inclusive and introduce some trans and non binary characters?

I mean, just think of the potential! All those medical supply runs could involve an urgent search for lupron and estrogen? In what ways would cis privilege come into play during a zombie attack? How could tensions within Alexandria over shared facilities be resolved? What if it turned out Carol was a TERF, would she have to leave her community and strike out alone, again? Imagine the dramatic tension when Negan gets called out for misgendering someone and is requested to self crit? Such plot lines could inject some new energy into the show and raise awareness of the kinds of issues that would be faced by trans and non binary people in a post apocalyptic wasteland.

So come on AMC, it’s high time you folks got with the program and stopped being so damned exclusive.

 

 

 

The Working Class Movement Library Is Literally Trying To Kill Me

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Like most members of the Woke Community, I am aware of the impending talk being given by mass murder advocate and arch TERF, Julie Bindel, at a venue named the Working Class Movement Library, in a place in England called Salford. Now until recently I had never heard of the Working Class Movement Library, or Salford for that matter, and I still have only a vague idea of what this Library’s purpose is. I know libraries are for storing books that you can’t buy and have to give back and that they tell you off for using highlighter pens (even pink ones), but that is not the issue here.

Now that I know Julie Bindel is going to be speaking at this library on the 4th of February as part of TQBGL History Month, the very existence of this building is causing me fear, pain and trauma. And this travesty must be stopped. Already, brave transactivists have tried in vain to educate this organization into cancelling the event, where the demonic trans oppressor Bindel will surely attempt to erase our trans and non binary siblings by talking about ‘Growing up as lesbian and working class in Northern England’, yet the library has had the temerity not to immediately send Bindel packing and offer a grovelling apology. This is an act of aggression, and the Working Class Moving Library must not be allowed to get away with it. If shown leniency, others may follow.

Oh, I know some cis privileged collaborators will point out that Bindel’s talk will not be addressing trans issues, but that isn’t the point. Bindel has already committed acts of word violence against our fragile community, she continues to incite suicide and murder via the fascist hate rag which is The Guardian newspaper, and until such time as Bindel fully recants her transphobic hate speech, she should not be permitted to speak publicly, about anything.

There are cis apologists who might make reference to ‘free speech’, and who dare to question the ethics of trying cut off the WCML’s funding and damage its reputation by our trans brethren and their allies leaving 1 star reviews on WCML’s Facebook page, and bullying pressuring its public benefactors to withdraw their support. To this I say, HOW ELSE are we to defend ourselves against oppression? By peaceful protest? By engaging with Bindel’s toxic lies and rationally disproving them? When was the last time peaceful protest, or reasoned debate achieved anything?

No, Bindel has offended the trans and non binary community, and she has offended ME. Ever since I became aware of Bindel being invited to talk at a venue I’ve never heard of, about subjects I know nothing about, I have been distraught. I have been bursting into tears several times a day, and unable to do anything except look at funny cat videos on YouTube. And I am by no means the only one, two days ago a young student in Ohio learned that Julie Bindel would be speaking in public during TQBGL history month, and xe spontaneously combusted!

For all our sakes, the Working Class Movement Library must be shut down and punished for their defiance to our will! Only by driving them, and all other venues that give a platform to transphobes into bankruptcy and destitution can we protect our transiblings from the harmful opinions which encourage bad things to happen.

Because that, is what inclusivity is all about.