Thursday, July 17, 2008
Off Our Backs or Out Of Business?
I just found out from The F Word that the venerable bastion of transphobic, biphobic and ablist writing that it is Off "Our Backs" may soon have to stop publishing due to financial problems.
Personally, I am absolutely delighted at the possibility of hearing that the death knell might soon be sounding for "Off Our Backs". In almost every transphobic theory, there's also a great big dose of ablism to go with it and oftentimes there a bunch of classist assumptions, too.
Off Our Backs could easily accomplish the positive things it had to offer without de-legitimizing so many women's lives and experiences. Maybe, just maybe, if they hadn't alienated so many women, there would still be more people interested in keeping it alive. I don't have a lot of funds to send to all of the organizations that I admire, so I'd rather support those that don't actively work against the other things I believe in.
I can't wait to pull out the Patrón and have a nice toast to its end. May it come sooner than later!