Sunday 6 June 2021
Women descended on ABC headquarters in Sydney today in protest over biased media coverage of gender-related issues.
Organiser Eileen Haley says she tipped off Media Watch to the issues in a recent Australian Story episode on Michelle Telfer’s gender clinic.
Ms Haley says “This broadcast covers up and misrepresents what Dr Michelle Telfer did in 2014. She told a patient there would be no long-term consequences to the use of puberty blockers. Experts now admit the long-term consequences of puberty blockers are unknown. The very positive treatment accorded Dr Michelle Telfer in ‘Australian Story’ was enhanced by distorting her 2014 professional performance to make it look more nuanced and fact-based than it actually was. It surely isn’t, or shouldn’t be, the role of the ABC to misrepresent and cover up deficiencies in a high-profile featured subject’s professional performance in this way, particularly when it involves such a serious issue as gender dysphoria.”
Another protestor commented “it is homophobic to say that a feminine boy should become a girl”.
ABC News also failed to report on the landmark Keira Bell court case in the UK where it was found that children could not consent to puberty blockers.
Signs read “No child is born in the wrong body” and “Don’t leave it to Murdoch to blow the whistle” on puberty blockers, unfairness in women’s sport, and female erasure in response to the ABC silence on these issues.
The women demanded representation of feminist perspectives from the ABC, naming Holly Lawford-Smith and Janet Fraser, Feminist Legal Clinic and Womens Guild NSW as parties who are ready, willing and able to participate in panels and discussions.
Other protesters asked to remain anonymous because they fear repercussions from online mobs.
IWD Brisbane Meanjin held a similar protest in Queensland.
‘our’ ABC’s editorial policy states it will “present a range of views with impartiality” and that it “presents a diversity of perspectives”. But on gender identity ideology, the ABC refuses to interview women from women’s and lesbians’ organisations who actively oppose gender identity ideology. How about some balance from ‘our’ ABC?And guess what? As we take it to the streets, “we’ve only just begun ….”IWD Brisbane Meanjin