Earlier this year, I wrote a piece about cisprivilege and how it showed up in a print article wherein Victoria Brownworth was curious about what the genitalia of a trans kid looked like – someone she says she believed to be a minor – and got the kid to allow her to gawk at his genitals. She detailed what the minor’s genitals looked like for her readers and our culture wholly endorsed and supported what would be, had this not been a trans kid, viewed as a crime. I additionally detailed the way TERFs rushed in to support an adult’s right to look at the genitals of a minor.
That story can be read here:
In the article, Brownworth says – numerous times – that she believed the kids to be minors. I ask she if she believed that the youth she talked into exposing himself to her was a minor and she said yes:
Note that she herself says that her actions made her feel “wrong” and “creepy.”
Brownworth then tried to change her story. She then began claiming that these kids were emancipated minors. It should be noted that this is never mentioned in the article. I’d like to also note how preposterous it is to assert that these homeless and/or poor kids had the legal wherewithal to go through the court system and become emancipated.
I guess she thought that changing her story to say that all the kids were over 18 was a strategy worth trying:
“I assumed everyone was 18 or over” – which is the exact opposite of what she wrote in the article I critiqued:
As I scanned the room, I realized the 24-year-old Rolanda was likely the oldest person there except for me… Two young boys — or girls on the way to being boys — looked sullenly at me from a corner of the room. But the others — all budding MTFs — swarmed around me like I actually knew Oprah and not just her favorite spritzer… They remained in the corner, trying to look as tough as their 16- or 17-year-old selves could muster… I ask him how old he is. He turns away as he mumbles “18” and I subtract two, possibly three years. – Victoria Brownworth
Brownworth responded – not by offering an apology for her behavior – but by going on the offence. She felt that it was incredibly mean of me to point out that her actions were privileged, unethical and that I reported her actions to Child Welfare.
In retaliation she took to twitter and began a concentrated, purposeful campaign of libeling me that has continued for most of this year.
It began with Brownworth publicly lying, claiming that her paper was filing suit against me. I fact checked that and it was proven false.
She then freaked out and publicly claimed that I had threatened to rape, assault and murder her. That’s a lie and for more than 100 days, I’ve asked that she produce evidence to support those claims. She claimed that my threats scared her so much that she had to file a police report. That too, turned out to be a lie.
She then began claiming that I told her that I want her to die in a fire. After she made that public lie, I challenged her to provide any evidence to support her assertion. She’s failed to do so.
Lately, Brownworth has begun claiming that maybe the article I critiqued was actually “revised” by me in photoshop:
Which a strange claim since, until today, I had not published any scans of her print article. I’d love Brownworth to explain how I photoshopped this word document. Others, of course, joined her bandwagon in demanding that I publish the print article – as if I were hiding something:
Here’s the print article with this one caveat: the Philly Child Welfare department informed me that it may be illegal to reproduce Brownworth’s descriptions of the minor’s genitals. I have therefore censored the parts which may be illegal. If you would like to request an uncensored copy of the article, you can do what I did: contact the Philly public library for a copy. Send a request for this article to erefNEWS@freelibrary.org and for a small fee, the library will scan and email you a full copy of the article.
For those who wish to quibble over whether it would be legal for you as an adult reporter – not a doctor, not in a hospital and not with parental consent – to talk a 15 or 16-year-old to letting you look at their genitals, please post into a reply an example of where a reporter – without parental consent and outside the context of a hospital – gained access to a minor’s genitals and then went on to report, in explicit detail, what the minor’s genitals looked like.
If you can’t do it, I’d say there’s a reason for it (even if you refuse to acknowledge that reason). I’d also say that there’s a reason that when this was done to a trans kid, it suddenly became both legal and ethical, to the point where the adult is given an award for it:
And, to add to the various lies Brownworth keeps spewing, now she claims that I’m a stalker and a slanderer:
Notice that Brownworth again fails to support her assertion with any evidence, even when she @s me on twitter to inform me that I’m a stalker.
For an AMAZING overview of Brownworth’s lies around this article, check out this Storify!