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Consequences of Vilification: The Transphobic Mob Attack in Paris

This video has shocked France. Last week, Julia, a transgender woman in her early 30’s was trying to get on the subway when a group of young men blocked her going down the stairs. One asked if she was a man or a woman. Another grabbed at her breasts and buttock. Another exposed himself. Two onlookers, including a young woman, tried to help.

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17 comments on “Consequences of Vilification: The Transphobic Mob Attack in Paris

  1. Kaian
    April 7, 2019

    As she said in subsequent interviews, this video isn’t the half of it. I’m adding some context, from, one of several news sites that covered the story:

    “I knocked away the hand of the man who was groping me, whereupon he exposed himself to me and told me to ‘give him pleasure’. I wanted to leave and go back up the [metro] stairs, but other men were flinging beer at me from above, and insulting me. One man slapped me. And that’s when the video starts.”

    Protestors struck up a chant with the aim of sexualising and humiliating her, but Paris Transport Security agents came to her rescue before things could get worse, firing tear gas to disperse the crowd.

    Having got her to safety, the agents were allegedly extremely insensitive, even sexist, towards the victim.

    “Even with them, I was humiliated. They called me ‘sir’, and asked me why I’d been at the Place de la République during the protests, given how dangerous it could be for me,” said Julia. “They then told me ‘You shouldn’t dress like that, sir’, implying that I wouldn’t have been assaulted if I hadn’t worn those shorts,” she recalls.


    Anyone who can start off reading this and find it appalling, but change track on discovering this is a trans woman, needs to reevaluate their sense of decency. Of those who aren’t appalled either way, the less said, the better.

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  2. Steve Ruis
    April 7, 2019

    Egad, I have always considered France to be one of the more enlightened countries! It seems the anonymity offered by the interest as emboldened the few people who have such abhorrent attitudes to enact some of those behaviors. We need to use the most powerful weapon we have as a society against these people–shame. I say bring back the stocks and public humiliation (I will donate rotten produce to fling at them).

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 7, 2019

      Part of the absurdity of it is that the attackers were members of a protest against the abusive regime in Algeria (Bouteflika).

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  3. Anony Mole
    April 7, 2019

    Here again I find myself wondering if I should “like” such a post. I wish there was another word that we could use instead. Appreciate? Value? Acknowledge? Thank? But “Like”? Doesn’t really fit does it.

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  4. Bela Johnson
    April 9, 2019

    What leaps to mind are these old Phil Ochs lyrics, “…ignorance is everywhere, and people have their way/ success is an enemy to the losers of the day/ in the shadows of the churches who knows what they pray/ and blood is the language of the band.” So sad.

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  5. Curious Mother
    April 9, 2019

    I want a ‘sigh’ button. Transphobia is not just in the US. I think it exists everywhere and it can certainly be fanned anywhere. In our cosy Australian community, O (my 14 year old trans son) was recently threatened by a group online that said they knew where he lived and they were going to come and beat him up (?). O said, “Don’t worry, if they have guns, we’ll just hide” (???). I didn’t grow up expected people to be violent towards me. No one should. It’s crap 😦

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 9, 2019

      Is that not a crime in Australia? I think in France it would qualify as a criminal threat. And in the case of O, hate crime enhancements would probably apply. It might be worth investigating?

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      • acflory
        April 11, 2019

        It should be a crime, Pinky, but I’m not certain that it is, esp. if the group are underage. I hope the little monsters aren’t from O’s school. Kids can be like sharks at a feeding frenzy. 😦

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  6. Judi Castille
    April 10, 2019

    You think people would have got over these stupid ideas in this modern and thankfully more diverse world. They must have huge insecurities as all bullies do.

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  7. acflory
    April 11, 2019

    Rotten eggs as well. However I do have to say that [some] Parisian men were, and I assume still are, absolute pigs. Early 70’s walking down the Champs Elysee in the early afternoon, a man walking towards me tweaked my boob as he walked past. Not the only instance but one of the most unpleasant. There is a mindset of entitlement that is just plain sick. Amplify that by a mob egging each other on, and the consequences can be deadly. I’m so glad Julia was rescued before she suffered physical harm, although her rescuers were hardly much better. :/

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