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Suzanne Moore returns to Twitter after 'Brazilian transsexual' furore

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Suzanne Moore has temporarily returned to Twitter.

The Guardian columnist had quit the social networking site after she was criticised for arguing in an essay that society urged women to look like "Brazilian transsexuals".

Moore has asked people to "please read for yourselves" both the original essay - republished in the New Statesman - and her post for The Guardian about why criticism of her use of language was "irrelevant" to the wider social picture.


Moore said: "I did not set out to offend and the murder of all women trans or not is clearly something I DO care about. I think readers know this?"

She added: "I am grateful for the support of I have had from many top notch people gay straight trans who cares?

"As I said I less concerned with peoples genital arrangements than the breakdown of the social contract. Which hurts."

Following Moore's original departure from Twitter, her friend and fellow columnist Julie Burchill wrote a controversial piece defending her, which contained several uses of transphobic language.

That article, which included the phrases "a bunch of dicks in chicks' clothing", "trannies" and "bed-wetters in bad wigs", is now the subject of an inquiry by The Observer's readers' editor Stephen Pritchard.

Burchill's article bemoaned those who "have your cock cut off and then plead special privileges as women - above natural-born women" and added: "Shims, shemales, whatever you're calling yourselves these days - don't threaten or bully us lowly natural-born women, I warn you.

"We may not have as many lovely big swinging Phds as you, but we've experienced a lifetime of PMT and sexual harassment and many of us are now staring HRT and the menopause straight in the face - and still not flinching.

"Trust me, you ain't seen nothing yet. You really won't like us when we're angry."

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