Business Insider is the latest publication to retract a story that offended transgender advocates. What are the new rules, and who is making them?
The Chicago Sun Times retracted a column in 2014 by conservative writer Kevin Williamson, in which he argued that transgender actor Laverne Cox is not a woman. At the time the newspaper said it erred in running the opinion article, because it failed to mention that some medical professionals believe transitioning is a necessary procedure, and because the paper’s editors did not wish to cause pain to transgender people. The message sent was that the belief that changing one’s gender is impossible, which millions of people hold, is too offensive to put in print.
Fast-forward to this week.