Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CLASH:Transgender Women vs. Drag Queens

HuffPo reports:
In March, RuPaul’s Drag Race, a reality competition show in search of “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” featured a mini-game called “Female or She-male.” Contestants looked at pictures of bodies and tried to guess whether the person in the picture was a drag queen or a cisgender (not transgender) woman. This prompted a backlash from many transgender activists, who were upset by the nature of the segment and its use of the word “shemale,” which GLAAD explains is a term that “dehumanizes transgender people and should not be used.”

After an initially weak response to the outcry, Logo TV, the LGBT-focused network that airs Drag Race, announced it was pulling the episode and also cutting the “You’ve got She-mail!” segment that has been part of every episode of the show over its six seasons. Despite the resolution, the incident has continued to be a flashpoint about how the visibility of drag culture on Drag Race impacts public understanding of what it means to be transgender. Questions about the appropriate use of words like “shemale” and “tranny” speak to a larger conflict over media representation and the authenticity of identities.
I wonder on which side of this burning issue the libwaps will come down on "to help advance libertarianism."

1 comment:

  1. I've been seeing BS about this for months. "Tranny" is the new faggot, queer, homo- and I prefer all three to "homosexual". I am NOT who I sleep with. Hell, I get 3-6 letters a month from Gaymerican Express threatening to revoke my queer card just because the Gay Agenda is (mostly) bullshit I don't support it, and in fact disagree about "gay rights" when I'm too busy fighting for INDIVIDUAL rights.

    Try including that rant in your GRINDR app and see how many times guys try to hit on you.