SNL’s Transphobic Punchline

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  1. GLAAD has a petition to sign:

    http://www.glaad.org/tellsnl

    Jokes are supposed to be “the emperor has no clothes.” Making fun of people who are already victimized by society isn’t being subversive. It is just reinforcing the same old power dynamic—it isn’t comedy, it is bullying.

  2. Frogwart Bevenshire III says:

    I’m MtF and I was prepared to be offended but I actually found myself laughing.
    The only thing I would bother to point out is the “nature got in your way” line.
    It’s not really nature, it’s the taboos of an ignorant society.
    Many cultures throughout history, and in many non-western cultures still today, more than two genders are recognized. This allows people to express themselves as they are, and in any fashion they wish, without being labeled sexual deviants or seen as repugnant. For some reason in western cultures females can express themselves in any way they want without having their sexuality come into question. And while a particular butch female might be presumed to be a lesbian, she won’t be presumed to be a child molester. However, males cannot so much as wear an unbifurcated garment.. a skirt.. originally worn by men in the first place.. without getting sent home from work or called names or worse. The desire to express oneself and to wear clothes that one likes or finds comfortable is human, not exclusively female. However in western culture gender roles are militantly dictated. Freedom of self expression and emotional sensitivity are mandated to be only in the domain of those with vaginas, so humans who just happened to have been born with a penis are forced into feeling they must become a women just to keep from having to hide who they are as a person. The ignorance of western culture in denying the most basic realities of natural human behavior and need is astounding to me.

  3. Randy Rodolfa IX says:

    Frogwart Bevenshire III: Darling, no. Whether you realize it or not, you just made a highly generalized assumption about the motives of every MtF. And the skit’s offensiveness comes primarily from showing people defying Western gender as s-i-l-l-y, “oh look at the funny man trying to be what he’s not!” Not human beings.

  4. Jemma Howitzer says:

    Frogwart Bevenshire III,

    1) stop using the term MtF. You do realize that stands for -> (MALE TO) <- Female. You hurt every single trans woman when you encourage that inaccurate line of thinking.
    2) I can't believe you laughed. WHY? Was it the laugh track? Even my cissexual friends didn't laugh at that stupid skit. Would you laugh at a trans woman walking down the street? I don't see how this is any different.

    3) "females can express themselves in any way they want without having their sexuality come into question". First of all, STOP SPEAKING FOR ALL WOMEN EVERYWHERE.. Second of all, try being a lesbian and telling men to stop hitting on you because you're a lesbian. They will not stop. Try telling your dad you are a lesbian. He will question your sexuality.

    4) "humans who just happened to have been born with a penis are forced into feeling they must become a women just to keep from having to hide who they are as a person." I don't even know what this trainwreck of a sentence means, but quite a lot of trans women get bottom surgery because they hate their bodies. Quite a lot of trans women transition because they want social recognition. It just stands to reason, duh! And even if they have a lot of emotional sensitivity, and they jump rope, they will still hate their penis.

    5) FORCED INTO FEELING?!!?! Oh my god, that is SO STUPID. Honestly, trans women get beaten up, raped, victimized, bullied SO SO SO MUCH, and you honestly think society somehow brainwashes trans women into becoming trans?! HOW?!

    6) Stop speaking for groups you do not belong to.. What is wrong with you?!! God, go read http://tranarchism.com/2010/11/26/not-your-moms-trans-101/ before you keep posting about the trans community.

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