The Post's insensitivity to lifestyle issues

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The May 17 Style article "The other site of the Swann St. crime" began on Page C1 and ended on C9, which faced a Comics page on C8 and was the reverse of KidsPost on C10.

The conclusion of the story on C9 contained a graphic description of the killing of Robert Wone, including details that had no business in a newspaper section likely to be read by children -- or perhaps anywhere else, for that matter.

I wonder how many parents had to explain some of the details to their 9-year-olds? Haven't you been criticized for inappropriate content in this section before? Such salaciousness seems to go beyond simple obtuseness.

Kevin Shattuck, Vienna

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In the May 15 news story "Transgender bill worries some Democrats in tough election year," reporter Mary Ann Akers missed an opportunity to roll back a trend of ignorance and bigotry.

Am I to feel guilty that my modest demand for dignity is making legislators uncomfortable? Any pre-civil rights era white legislator from a racially intolerant district who recognized the justice of equal rights for African Americans faced similar political inconvenience. Now no legislator would deny the equal humanity and dignity of Americans, regardless of their skin color. Many people, and obviously some of our legislators, know little of the transgender phenomenon.

Had Akers explained that transgender people do not view their gender expression as a choice, that they grow up experiencing a painful dissonance between their subconscious sense of gender and their bodies and that this dissonance is easily cured by living in the gender that they know themselves to be, perhaps everyone would move a step closer toward understanding gender identity.

Chloe Schwenke,

University Park


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