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So, Barnaby Dixon is a puppet designer with a youtube channel that has over a million subscribers. He recently released a gender critical video in which he interviews Sasha Ayad, a professional child psychologist. The video is about children transitioning.

The video is 20 mins long but a few of the points made in the video include …

Some trans kids change their mind about transitioning. https://twitter.com/BarnabyJDixon/status/1400143713800704001

The false dichotomy of “transition or suicide” is unethical and dangerous. https://twitter.com/BarnabyJDixon/status/1400450731602169858

We don’t need to validate everything a trans kid says. https://twitter.com/BarnabyJDixon/status/1400240581578743813

Unfortunately, it turns out a lot of Barnaby’s audience is made up of TRAs. The comments on Twitter and Youtube and completely full of …

“I’m so disappointed.” “You better apologise.” “This is disturbing.” “Why would you interview this psycho?” “Please interview an actual trans person.”

Barnaby doesn’t need to interview a trans person for the same reason he doesn’t need to interview a flat-earther or an anti-vaxxer. Being trans does not make anyone inherently more qualified to speak on this subject. Sasha is a professional psychologist and it’s insulting that so many people dismiss her qualifications purely because she’s gender critical.

And now they’re angry at Barnaby because, on Twitter, he replied to a “transphobe” and no one else. The “transphobe” was me. I just said the video was good and he thanked me. I imagine it was because I was one of the only people who said something positive about the video. But it just goes to show how stubborn they are with their “how dare you ignore us!” type replies.

https://twitter.com/Genuine_Fake_/status/1402700057493786629

Despite the backlash, Barnaby hasn’t backed down and I’m so happy he hasn’t. It’s just really great that such a popular and creative person is normalising being gender critical and giving a platform to a really awesome woman. Also, the fact the video was realised at the beginning of pride month makes things extra amusing.

So, Barnaby Dixon is a puppet designer with a youtube channel that has over a million subscribers. He recently released a gender critical video in which he interviews Sasha Ayad, a professional child psychologist. The video is about children transitioning. The video is 20 mins long but a few of the points made in the video include … Some trans kids change their mind about transitioning. https://twitter.com/BarnabyJDixon/status/1400143713800704001 The false dichotomy of “transition or suicide” is unethical and dangerous. https://twitter.com/BarnabyJDixon/status/1400450731602169858 We don’t need to validate everything a trans kid says. https://twitter.com/BarnabyJDixon/status/1400240581578743813 Unfortunately, it turns out a lot of Barnaby’s audience is made up of TRAs. The comments on Twitter and Youtube and completely full of … “I’m so disappointed.” “You better apologise.” “This is disturbing.” “Why would you interview this psycho?” “Please interview an actual trans person.” Barnaby doesn’t need to interview a trans person for the same reason he doesn’t need to interview a flat-earther or an anti-vaxxer. Being trans does not make anyone inherently more qualified to speak on this subject. Sasha is a professional psychologist and it’s insulting that so many people dismiss her qualifications purely because she’s gender critical. And now they’re angry at Barnaby because, on Twitter, he replied to a “transphobe” and no one else. The “transphobe” was me. I just said the video was good and he thanked me. I imagine it was because I was one of the only people who said something positive about the video. But it just goes to show how stubborn they are with their “how dare you ignore us!” type replies. https://twitter.com/Genuine_Fake_/status/1402700057493786629 Despite the backlash, Barnaby hasn’t backed down and I’m so happy he hasn’t. It’s just really great that such a popular and creative person is normalising being gender critical and giving a platform to a really awesome woman. Also, the fact the video was realised at the beginning of pride month makes things extra amusing.

14 comments

[–] istitchandi1200 14 points (+14|-0)

WOW those comments on his twitter.

"LISTEN TO US" "APOLOGIZE" "DONT TRUST THE EXPERTS, LISTEN TO OUR LIVED EXPERIENCES"

Facts don't matter, apparently. Watching the video now, it's great.

"Why are you listening to a professional psychologist when you could be listening to some random trans youtuber who has opinions!" /s

[–] NewMa 10 points (+10|-0)

To support this man, I have begun a playlist of 96 of his videos. I even turned my ad-blockers off. Hah.

[–] chronicskeptic 10 points (+10|-0)

Aww, he's a young kid. He seems very sweet. I like this tweet of his:

My last video dealt with a complicated topic, so I’ve posted a few clips to try and add more context to the interview as a whole. Whilst I’m not responsive to abuse and threats, I’m always happy to hear constructive feedback. Feel free to leave thoughts below. All the best! B

More people should adopt this approach. I've wasted so many potential good conversations online because I was busy arguing with someone who made a negative comment. He sounds wise.

[–] RawSienna 3 points (+3|-0)

Yep. Let them gnash their teeth all they want and don’t get lured into fighting one of their umpty quadrillion bullshit arguments. Don’t explain, defend or apologize.

[–] v_o_la 8 points (+8|-0)

The video was wonderful. Sasha and Barnaby are kindred spirits — such gentle, curious, compassionate people both. Frustrating to see so many viewers spitting venom without even bothering to rebut Sasha's points beyond "this bothers me," but it's nice that Barnaby has the spine to stand behind their work.

The podcast Sasha hosts with Stella O'Malley (Gender: A Wider Lens) is a treasure. Every week they cut through the noise of the gender wars with clear eyes and open hearts. Huge recommend to anyone who hasn't yet subscribed.

[–] Rag3 7 points (+7|-0)

I’m going to watch and leave some support. I’m surprised to see such a large channel covering this. 😆

[–] platypus 7 points (+7|-0)

Oh wow, I remember him! I used to watch his interesting little bird puppet videos with my little brother. So glad to hear he's peaked. That's honestly really uplifting, especially compared with Maya Forstater's victory!

[–] jvsmine 7 points (+7|-0)

okay. interview a trans person. I'm gunna pick the biggest manliest grossest unshowered AGP looking dude in a dollar store wig with his balls falling out of his skirt. preferably homeless. not Contra, not Blaire White.

is that guy more qualified to speak on trans people than an educated professional?

[–] KissMyOvaries 0 points (+0|-0)

Ugh. That skirt must be pretty darn short if his balls are falling out! (Then again, they all wear super short skirts as if anyone actually wants to see what’s underneath.)

[–] BellaBoo 6 points (+6|-0)

I watched it yesterday! And subscribed to his channel. :)

[–] slendernan 5 points (+5|-0)

Thanks for the info about it! Time to go watch the vid and leave some thoughts on it :)

[–] KissMyOvaries 3 points (+3|-0)

I love how they’re getting increasingly mad that Barnaby isn’t responding, as if he OWES anyone his attention?!

[–] Chickpea 1 points (+1|-0)

Oh wow, never thought I’d see that title. I love Barnaby Dixon’s videos, I hope he doesn’t back down either! He’s never posted anything so political before though, so I’d imagine he must be well-informed enough to know the risks that come with it.

I don’t know about Twitter but the silver lining to the hate comments on YT is that the YT algorithm doesn’t differentiate between positive/negative comments or likes/dislikes, they’re all just counted as “engagement”. The more engagement a video has in a shorter amount of time, the quicker it’s boosted to a wider audience. So even a quick emoji comment or literally just “comment for the algorithm” will work all the same to boost the videos engagement!