Hi MTH,

Hi MTH,

Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to read. I would like to clarify why I chose the language I used in the headline and why I have not changed it.

I had covered multiple stories regarding this author and a string of repeated behaviors that strongly implied a specific anti-trans belief system.

In the final story, after yet another event wherein the author actually actively followed other, well known and notorious anti-trans twitter users, to me, that was confirmation on her stance. It wasn’t click-bait or a term I used frivolously. With all do respect, please allow me t share with you the definition of stance according to Merriam Webster:

stance

/stans/

noun

  1. the way in which someone stands, especially when deliberately adopted (as in baseball, golf, and other sports); a person’s posture.
  2. A way of standing or being placed POSTURE

b: intellectual or emotional attitude

  1. The position of the feet of a golfer or batter preparatory to making a swing

2 .the position of both body and feet from which an athlete starts or operates.

I’d like to emphasize the “Deliberately adopted” part of the definition. An intentional stance is an deliberately adopted position that is observable. We needn’t be told which stance an individual has taken when we can observe this using visual cues. To me, on the third instance of repeated offenses that aligned herself intentionally with trans exclusionary radical feminists, I observe that as confirmation of her stance. It wasn’t an error or mistake, no comment was offered or explanation as to why she had deliberately adopted this form of social media behavior. Thus, I felt safe in asserting that, after multiple offenses, her stance was self evident and able to be confirmed from external observation of her self evident position with those she consistently engaged with despite criticism. That is how I arrived at “..confirms her stance.”

I hope this helps you understand why I chose to use the verbiage in the headline.

Regards,

Phaylen

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