At the risk of being somewhat ornery, and with some discomfort to be writing about this, I wonder why other British trans bloggers are not protesting Lucy's casual bigotry? There was a hue and cry at Julie Burchill's willfully insulting characterization of transsexual and transgender people, but when Lucy Melford asserts that "enough" Jews have hooked noses for that derogatory stereotype to remain "true" - I'm the only one who points out how offensive such caricatures are?
I noticed I was the only one who objected to Dru Marland's use of "Jews Ears" awhile back; I tried pointing out how offensive that was - and yes, I know that's the traditional name for that fungus, but that doesn't make it any more 'correct' to use it without providing a context. Dru was also casually and unwittingly offensive in her words. (At this point, I believe that while Lucy's anti-Semitic remarks were casual, they were not unwitting.) I don't find those things offensive simply because I married into a Jewish family; the characterizations are offensive even at face value - even though their contemptuous deprecation goes much deeper than that.
Where is the line on such language? Is there a line? Why is "chicks with dicks" offensive, and "hooked nosed Jews" not? Why is "trannies" hurtful and "Jewish race" not? Why is Lucy's characterization of Jews, and her astonishment that a member of that "tribe" deviates from some mythical racial feature acceptable, and the derogatory generalization of "transvestites and drag queens" not? Is it because the insult is not directed at you? Is it because some, many?, people in Britain, in particular, haven't figured out there's no "Jewish race"? That they do think of Jews as a distinct race? Unlike Christians. Is it restricted to Jews, or are Muslims a distinct race as well? Or is it just that all Semitic peoples have hooked noses? Or is it because the insult is not directed at you, and hey, who cares, it's only Jews being insulted? Perhaps you don't think it's an insult at all - perhaps that's how you think of Jews? Because, hey, stereotypes exist for a reason, don't they?
Where does it end? Does it? Where is the line where you will realize that such racial profiling, blatant racism, is offensive? I'd settle for that, to be honest. The realization that racial stereotyping is wrong because it's the basis of racism and that's wrong and immoral. The acknowledgment that individuals deserve respect simply for being. That such insolent generalizations have no place in decent conversation. To be honest, I'll settle for simply knowing that "hooked nosed Jews" is deeply offensive. You can work on figuring out why it's anti-Semitic and racist later, if you wish.
As I've said, I've heard those particular and profoundly offensive canards more often in England than anywhere else.