In case you wondered who the most fragile “T-slur” is, its name is Hex and it lives in Chicago. That sentence may or may not have contained multiple slurs.
“That was one of the most hurtful parts,” Hex said, explaining the perceived insult was that Cox used the slur to refer to the group of people she joked about. “In that context, it was like being applied to all transgender people,” it said. (“It” is Hex’s chosen pronoun.)
In a statement, the IOP said, “A guest used language that provoked a spirited debate. The speaker was discussing how hurtful words can be repurposed and used to empower; at no point did he direct any slurs at anyone.”
Hex asked Savage and Cox to use the term “T-slur” instead of the actual word. According to second-year Sara Rubinstein, an executive director of QUIP (Queers United in Power), and Hex, Savage then named other slurs, asking if they were suitable to use instead. “Obviously [he attempted] to threaten me and make me feel uncomfortable in that space, which was pretty successful,” Hex said.
Sadly, no one told the aspiring speech fascist to grow the fuck up.
And I would advise any employer not to hire any of the people who signed this ridiculous petition.
Melissa Grossbarth GOLDENS BRIDGE, NY
Allowing students to feel dehumanized and unsafe is unacceptable. The IOP – and campus as a whole – needs to stand with students and prioritize their safety on campus