Who on the Hill is making transphobic Wikipedia edits?

The internet can do some cool things. For example: @CongressEdits automatically posts every time someone using a Capitol Hill IP addresses changes an entry. On the 18th, the bot posted about two changes to trans-related pages by someone on a House computer:

Unsurprisingly (unless you have a hell of a lot of misplaced faith in Congress), the edits were hateful. One added to the Gender Identity Disorder a note on “Species dysphoria, a similar disorder where people think they are a different species than they actually are rather than a different gender than they actually are.” And the other edited the  Transphobia page, writing that “Vice magazine cofounder Gavin McInnes desribes transphobia as a perfectly natural response to someone pretending to be something that they are not,” with a link to McInnes’ now-removed awful Thought Catalog piece

This, friends, is what our tax payer dollars are spent on.

Both additions have since been removed, but I wonder if any internet sleuths can track down from which representatives’ office these edits were made. If you find out, let us know.

AlexandraAlexandra Brodsky is a Feministing editor, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/aeiantgoni/ Aeian T’goni

    Based on the editor’s other comments, (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?diff=622194286&oldid=622165630) they seem to identify as a TERF and a woman. Quoting a noted anti-feminists, Gavin Mcinnes, and referring to Anita Skarseesian is a little strange, though. Skarseesian is a popular Youtube figure that anti-feminists seem to believe is taking over the world, but she’s hardly the most prolific feminist, and I don’t even know if she devotes much of her shows to trans issues. It could just be a stupid troll using words they saw on Tumblr to pretend to be a TERF. Either way, they’re quite terrible. It would be interesting to find out who they work for.