How The Media Promotes Transphobia

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A video about transphobia, the British media’s obsession with the so-called “trans debate” and What is a Woman? by Matt Walsh and The Daily Wire.

Written, directed and presented by Tom Nicholas.

Editing and music by Neil Farrell.


00:00 Introduction: Transphobia in the Media
01:14 1. What is a Woman?
13:22 CuriosityStream & Nebula
16:09 2. The "Trans Debate" in the UK
29:38 3. How to Make Hate Sound Respectable
43:16 4. Re-Humanising the Trans Debate


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The so-called “trans debate” has come to dominate the news media.

In America, right-wing provocateurs at outlets such as Fox News and The Daily Wire release constant attacks on trans women, trans men and non-binary people. In the UK, this trend is even more widespread, with many outlets which describe themselves as “impartial” or even “liberal” similarly filling airtime and column inches with spurious “debates” about trans rights and healthcare.

But, how does the more openly cruel and hateful transphobia that is more prevalent in the US compare with the supposedly more “polite”, “respectable” transphobia which cloaks the anti-trans moral panic in the UK?

In this month’s video, we take a look at a bunch of interviews which have been conducted by mainstream journalists with senior British politicians over the past 18 months and compare them with excerpts from What is a Woman?, the provocative transphobic pseudo-documentary presented by Matt Walsh and released by The Daily Wire earlier this year.

In doing so, hopefully we can uncover something about the dangers of the so-called “trans debate” and what journalists and right-wing politicians are really trying to achieve with this current obsession with questions about the definition of womanhood.

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