My email to Matt Mullenweg, owner of Automattic and Developer of WordPress:
I assume you are aware that popular blogger Gallus Mag of GenderTrender (http://gendertrender.wordpress.com/) has been locked out of her blog and no longer has access to her account after a concerted campaign by transgender activists and their supporters. This is deeply concerning to me. The tensions between transgender issues, feminist politics and lesbian concerns are fraught and seemingly increasing rather than decreasing. Debates are heated. Opinions vary widely. That does not make it okay to silence dissenting voices. GenderTrender is a blog that is dedicated to exploring transgender politics from a trans-critical perspective – from a questioning perspective. Not everyone likes this. Not everyone has to. The blog does not support or condone violence against transpeople. There are no threats made against transpeople, though there have been plenty of documented threats made against Gallus Mag and other trans-critical feminist and lesbian activists. Why has your company seen fit to silence her voice? Why are we not allowed to publically discuss controversial issues such as medical and surgical interventions carried out on gender-non conforming children who are labelled ‘trans’, the experiences of de-transitioners, the responses of lesbians who are told we have an obligation to consider sexual relationships with male-bodied persons who believe themselves to be women and lesbians? This is part of a growing trend towards censoring lesbian and feminist activists who speak out against the new cult of gender, and it is very frightening. I hope that you will look into the matter and think carefully about what sort of world your company is building through their actions. Because I can tell you now it is not a pretty one.
If anyone else wants to try, you can contact Matt here: http://ma.tt/contact/