House of TERFs?

From The Hill:

For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.

Anonymous users operating from an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House were banned from editing the site for a month late on Wednesday.

The action came after a series of edits people using the IP address made to pages on the user-generated encyclopedia about transgender people that many on the site considered offensive.

The final straw came on Wednesday afternoon, when someone from the House edited the page for the Netflix hit show “Orange is the New Black” to change the characterization of an actor from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.”

Earlier this week, the account had been used to edit pages for “tranny” — a derogatory term for transgender people — as well as the annual festival Camp Trans and transphobia, the opposition to people who are trans.

“An obvious transphobe is using this IP to edit the article on transphobia,” a Wikipedia user wrote earlier this month, urging administrators to block the account.

Now I actually do want to know: Do any members of Congress employ any TERFs?

Someone using the House IP address defended the edits as an attempt to provide fairness on the subject, and said the moves were “official business” endorsed by a member of Congress.

“There’s nothing illegal about editing Wikipedia to promote official business that has been explicitly authourized [sic] by the Representative,” someone working in the House wrote in a dispute this week over some of the changes.

Hmmmm…

A pathetically bad attempt to use the ‘speech or debate’ clause to immunize terrorism against a website.

That sounds as off the mark as a claim that Maryland state sex discrimination law covered trans people even in the absence of the 2014 law which removed the special right of Maryland non-trans gays and lesbians to discriminate against trans people.

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3 Comments

  1. If it’s official business – the name of the Rep should be disclosed.

    • Bingo.

  2. […] House of TERFs? […]


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