All entries for April 2014

April 25, 2014

The Rosenberg Appeal + CN Lester + support

I'm running a super-cool mixed-genre gig in Leamington on Friday 2nd May. There is a Facebook event page here.

lamp gig


April 16, 2014

After Kinsey: (Re)Theorising Sexuality and Gender in a Post–Closet Context

Registration for the final seminar in the ESRC-sponsored seminar series Retheorising Gender and Sexuality: The Emergence of 'Trans' is now open. This will be the fourth and final event in our series, and will revisit themes from previous seminars whilst further exploring the discusive and social possibilities of "trans" identity and experience.

After KinseyT


April 15, 2014

#transdocfail at BSA Annual Conference 2014

I'll be talking about some of the initial findings from my PhD research at the British Sociological Association national conference, Changing Society, next week.

I'm speaking in the 11am-12:30pm session as part of the Social Divisions/Social Identities stream. A copy of my abstract can be found below.


#transdocfail: What makes a Twitterstorm important?

In January 2013 hundreds of trans people took to Twitter to share stories of alleged medical malpractice. The catalyst
for this outpouring of anger and accusation was the creation of #transdocfail, a hashtag intended to promote
discussion of issues faced by trans people accessing medical services in the UK. Within weeks #transdocfail was
being discussed within the mainstream media and the General Medical Council had launched an investigation. How
did an expression of outrage from members of a small minority group so rapidly result in wider recognition and
concrete action?

This paper draws upon a range of qualitative data – from Twitter, Facebook, bulletin boards and newspaper opinion
columns – to explore how #transdocfail was constructed as an ‘important’ and ‘meaningful’ event by trans activists,
allies and community advocates. I argue that several factors contributed to the impact of #transdocfail beyond the
social media platform from which it originated: these included the prior existence of widespread discontent, increasing
publication opportunities for trans journalists, and a strong belief in the importance of the event amongst participants.

I also explore how online discussion of #transdocfail intersected with a contemporaneous controversy over articles
about feminism written by Suzanne Moore and Julie Burchill. The resulting dispute between journalists, news editors
and trans activists ultimately served to provide a wider platform for the dissemination of complaints originating with
#transdocfail.


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