Let's Make Julie Bindel's Hatred History

Yesterday, Julie Bindel linked to this site in her most recent column for the Guardian urging, "Let's Make PETA History." The thing you need to know about Bindel is that she is notoriously opposed to justice for both trans people and sex workers, and in her own words claims to "hate vegetarians." While it's obvious to any anyone who searches this site that I have no love for PETA, I was surprised that Bindel would link to this site since the majority of what I've written over the last year is in support of justice people who are trans and/or sex workers—not to mention that this site is The Vegan Ideal, a radically pro-vegetarian website. Given all this, I can't help but feel like Bindel is cherry-picking only that information supporting her own personal agenda.

The thing is, Julie Bindel's hatred is not unique to her as an individual. Bindel's hatred of trans people, sex workers and vegetarians (which is really hatred of other animals) is supported by ideologies and social structures, which her hatred also perpetuates. So while it is important to call out people like Bindel on their hatred, it's at least as important, if not more so, that we also challenge and change the very systems of social oppression that perpetuate and are bolstered by such hatred.