Former Labour whip Rosie Duffield is trying to reclaim the moral high ground by playing the victim and we need to reject her.
She has given an interview in The Times in which she claims that she is the victim of misogynistic abuse and death threats over her opinions about anti-Semitism, Brexit and – particularly – transphobia.
The article points to her Commons speech about domestic abuse – for which she received a standing ovation from teary-eyed fellow MPs – as a sign that she’s on the side of the angels.
It doesn’t mention the fact that she broke lockdown in order to commit adultery with a married lover last May. Is her new media appearance an attempt to rehabilitate her image?
Many seem to think so, and the article has triggered a storm on the social media – mostly, it seems to This Writer, between opponents on the transphobia issue.
I stay out of that discussion as much as I can. My personal opinion is that the way a person identifies their gender is nobody’s business but their own.
Nobody should receive death threats for the simple holding of a belief; if their belief is against the law, or encourages people to break the law (especially in violent ways) then there are legal remedies. I wonder whether the Times reporter responsible for the article has seen evidence of such threats, though.
I have seen many tweets like this:
Well done for speaking out Rosie.
“It feels as though women’s voices aren’t particularly wanted here, that’s what’s so frightening,”https://t.co/ar6VgDjDFU
— Keep Prisons Single Sex (@NoXYinXXprisons) October 12, 2020
I have also seen t
More evidence Rosie Duffield actually just doesn’t want to be an MP anymore. She’s not really keen on representing all of her constituents and seems she’d prefer being a media personality. https://t.co/uWLIi7lCnG
— Looking California, Feeling Minnesota (@ijclark) October 12, 2020
And then I saw these two…
Rubbish. Rosie Duffield was called out for her transphobia, dug her heels in, and was criticised for it!
It’s got NOTHING to do with being a woman.
Now she’s just playing the victim card for sympathy – It’s called DARVO.https://t.co/WjKLrQBX3T
— Helen🧜🏻♀️ (@mimmymum) October 12, 2020
… and it made sense.
If you check the Metro article, DARVO stands for “Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender“.
It states: “First you have Deny – that’s pretty self-explanatory. You’ll see the person accused of wrongdoing simply denying that that’s the case; ‘I do not hold those views’, ‘I never said that’, ‘I did not do that bad thing’.
“The Deny stage is where gaslighting starts to come into play, with the person often trying to simply deny someone else’s lived reality. ‘No, that doesn’t happen’, ‘no, you’re making that up’, or ‘that might have happened, but it’s not as bad as you say it is’.
“Then there’s [the] Attack bit. This is when the accused person will turn around the criticism to focus blame on the person calling them out. So let’s say a celebrity was called out by someone on Twitter – they might go into attack mode by accusing that person of just being jealous, or bitter, or a liar.
“Finally, you’ve got the Reverse Victim and Offender stage. This is where things get sneaky and subtle. Suddenly, the accused person will turn things around and say that actually, they’re not guilty of doing something terrible. In fact, they are the ones being treated poorly.
“In this stage, you might see someone introduce their own trauma as an excuse or a distraction tactic. They’ll respond to accusations of racism, for example, with a story about how they faced gender discrimination when they were younger. Or they might focus their statement on how they feel ‘bullied’ by the accusations, so those reading feel that the person who has been called out is actually the victim, facing online abuse rather than being challenged on their actions.”
Metro goes on to give an example that is pertinent to Duffield’s case:
“Let’s say an influential person is accused of transphobia. They issue a response in which they deny that they are transphobic – ‘I love trans people! I have many trans friends!’ – then attack their critics – ‘people saying I’m transphobic are just cruel, hateful people who want to cause division’. Finally, they Reverse Victim and Offender: ‘I’m receiving so much online abuse because I’m a woman and we live in a sexist society’.
“Now, as a critic, you’re stuck. If you continue to call that person out, you’re ‘cruel, hateful and want to cause division’. You’re being sexist. You’re piling on the online abuse.”
Isn’t that exactly what Duffield is trying to do?
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