Unintended consequences

Why kneejerk reactions to tragedy do not help

jane fae
7 min readFeb 19, 2024

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Painting showing the arrival of the wooden horse at troy. A crowd is pushing the horse forward. Captions read… Man at back: “Doncha think it a bit suss? After 10 years, the Greeks just piss off home and leave a great big wooden horse behind!”. The horse replies: “Less chatting at the back, more pushing, please!”. Random bystandeer adds: ”Personally, i blame the trans”
Adapted from The Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy by Giovanni Tiepolo (c.1760): public domain

Proposals to ‘do something’ to prevent tragedies of the sort that befell Brianna Ghey are very seductive. Yet trans people, more than any other, must treat these with caution.

For the history of passing laws to protect minorities is fraught with danger. All too often, the ‘solution’ ends up making life more difficult and

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jane fae

Feminist, writer, campaigner on political and sexual liberty who also knows a bit about IT, the law and policing. Not entirely serious…