Fact Check: Appeal To Dog Owners To Stop Using 'Gendered Language' Was NOT Authentic

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Appeal To Dog Owners To Stop Using 'Gendered Language' Was NOT Authentic Spoof Tweet

Did a woman named Titania McGrath post a tweet demanding that dog owners stop using gendered terms like "good boy" and "good girl"? No, that's not true: The @TitaniaMcGrath account is a satirical jab at "wokeness."

McGrath is a fictional character made up by comedian and columnist Andrew Doyle. All kinds of people have been fooled by the account: They are angered or perplexed by the tweets because they think she's a real 24-year-old expressing genuine opinions.

The tweet was originally posted on September 10, 2019. A screenshot of it has been circulating on Facebook in the spring of 2021. One post (archived here) was published by "Working Class for Trump" on April 7, 2021. Simply captioned, "what?" the text of the tweet reads:

DOG OWNERS!
Stop saying "good boy" and "good girl"
to your pets.

This kind of gendered language is
normalising the myth of canine sexual
dimorphism, and delegitimises the lived
experience of transdogs.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Apr 9 13:49:47 2021 UTC)

The @TitaniaMcGrath account's bio is:

Activist. Healer. Radical intersectionalist poet. Nonwhite. Ecosexual. Pronouns: variable. Selfless and brave. Buy my books.

McGrath's book, "Woke: A Guide to Social Justice," was released on March 7, 2019. The dynamic of the account's satirical tweets was written about by the DailyMail.com the same day in the column, "The spoof snowflake who made a fool of the Lefties: 'Titania's' right-on Twitter nonsense was swallowed by an army of gullible followers... but she's really the satirical creation of a (male) Oxford academic."

This week we finally learned the identity of the person behind Titania. She isn't even a woman (or, as she would put it, a non-binary feminist icon). She was unmasked as Andrew Doyle, 40, a former private school teacher with a doctorate in early Renaissance poetry from Wadham College, Oxford.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Southeastern Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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