Dear Jessica Van Sack of the Boston Herald…

Hello Jessica!

I read your “article” entitled “Undercover ‘John’ takes on trannies, pimps” on the website for the Boston Herald. It was widely circulated after you succeeded to piss off the LGBTQ community starting with your opening line “James Fong has been trapped inside houses of ill repute by giant naked trannies… ” And the transphobia didn’t stop there.

Geez, Jessica? Could this article be anymore terrible? It’s salacious and ignorance portrait of sex work and transgender sex workers, I feel like I am reading a tabloid. Or the NY Post! Did you not realize as you typed away you were being lascivious and derogatory? Hard day at the office? Do you have a repressed sexual desire you want to share with the group?

“Fong arranges a meeting through a pimp who’s inevitably at the other end of an ad. The pimp will direct him to an apartment or hotel, wherever the call girls have set up their brothel. ” I mean… COME ON! If you just wanted to use the words “pimp” “call girls” and “brothel” in the same sentence, you have other options besides this sentence. Did you realize a huge percent of your readers might have had experiences soliciting sex, and might be laughing at your attempt for 101? Did you realize the Boston Herald might have advertisers who identify as queer, transgender, or have half a brain to see your article is tasteless and trash?

I understand you are new to journalism, and I am sure you are frustrated with a journalist entry level job as a court reporter. I am sure you cannot wait to get out of this low rung staff job, and I can see you are willing to write anything to do it. I ask you, how low are you willing to go?

Listen Jess… can I call you Jess? You are cute, I see your little picture up there next to the article. You are young, blonde, you can write (when you aren’t spreading transphobia I think you have real talent), I am sure you have a huge student loan to pay off…. ever consider sex work??? I don’t think you belong in newspapers.

You could channel your pseudo erotica into your advertising, or write a revealing tell-all book about your life as a call girl after you pay off your loans in six months. I think you would like it. It’s safer than court reporting, you don’t have those bosses at the Herald who grope at you, and you can make your own hours so you will have all the time in the world to do what you really want to do…. write. Think about it. You don’t have to listen to police scanners to see an accurate portrayal of the work. Just open your eyes to the world.

One more thing: Stop disrespecting our transgendered sex workers by making a mockery of their viable career choice. You only wish transgender sex workers were cop drama extras. In reality, they have more suitors, more money, and more femininity than us bio girls can muster. So stop hating. You of all people should know “a girls got to make a living”.

Love, kittenINFINITE

______________________________

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) are encouraging people to contact the Boston Herald and ask editors to apologize for the paper’s offensive slurs and sensationalistic coverage of transgender people and sex workers.

See the full press release here.

CALL THE BOSTON HERALD!

Boston Herald Contacts:
Jessica Van Sack
City Reporter
jvansack@bostonherald.com
(617) 619-6461

Joe Dwinell
City Executive Co-Editor
jdwinell@bostonherald.com
(617) 619-6177

Kevin Convey
Editor in Chief
kconvey@bostonherald.com
(617) 619-6403

9 Responses

  1. For the record, the Boston Herald *is* something of a tabloid. It’s comparable to the NY Post.

  2. great take down of some sheer stupidity.

  3. Not all transwomen are or consider themselves to be feminine. (Or rich or with tons of suitors…huh?). People are just people. The article you’re talking about was awful of course, but your response overgeneralizes in a gender-expression-absolutist kind of way, and also might be taken as patronizing.

  4. You tell her, Kitty! Great letter.

  5. I guess there’s some useful information for Boston hookers in there- if a john makes an excuse to leave for a few minutes (to make a call, go to the ATM or re-set an alarm) proclaim loudly that you’ve had a change of heart, can’t go through with it, and walk him to the door so you can lock the door behind you. They may still be able to arrest you, but it could help your case to have it on the recording they (presumably) have as evidence.

    Either that or you could insist that your clients put on women’s undergarments before you’ll discuss compensation with them. Funny that Sgt. Fong draws the line there. Methinks he has issues with his own gender-identity. If Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo can do it, you would think an cop (even a wimpy vice cop) could handle it.

  6. Not all transwomen are or consider themselves to be feminine. (Or rich or with tons of suitors…huh?). People are just people. The article you’re talking about was awful of course, but your response overgeneralizes in a gender-expression-absolutist kind of way, and also might be taken as patronizing.

    I am only speaking about the transgender sex workers that I know… and they are ALL hot, feminine, and rolling in it. There is nothing gender-expression-absolutist intended here.

  7. […] Herald has an article up on an Undercover Cop Who Poses As A John and kittenINFINITE at BnG has an awesome response and a call to action to address the article's ugly transphobia and anti-sex worker […]

  8. Jessica,

    Good Goddess!

    Now, I’m ashamed to be both blonde and named Jessica!

    Thanks!

    Lucky for me, I’m way cuter and I bet I make more money than you too deary!

  9. I’m glad kit is on our side!

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