Friday, June 29, 2007
Bet you never thought you'd hear anyone be encouraged for saying that, huh?
A video on CNN proves that, for moonbattery, no low is too low.
Paula Zahn interviews a "transgendered" boy and his family. All right, fair enough. Transgenders can make that decision for themselves and their family should love and accept them for it, right?
Except, in this case, the boy is seven. Let's start with his parents. They have five boys, and then have a sixth Paula refers to as "George". And his parents started dressing and referring to him as a girl at around the age of two when they "realized" that he liked pink, pretty, and feminine things -- which clearly was a sign from their eighteen-month-old that he wanted to be a girl, not a boy. And the mother gushes about how she "let" her four-year-old boy dress up in a pink gown, there was sheer joy in "her" face and how "she" came out of "her" shell.
More evidence that "George" supposedly wanted to be a girl was that he wanted to go to the bathroom in public with Mommy instead of Daddy -- because, you know, little boys never use public bathrooms with their moms. That's a rare sight, right there. They say "George" became depressed and angry, and attempted to cut off his penis with scissors. And the mother states, very seriously, that if she didn't "let" her son become a girl, he/she would take his/her own life... "whether it be tomorrow, or the next week, or the next month". . . .
A few hours after this week’s Scene hit newsstands, I received a letter from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (posted in its entirety after the jump) regarding our cover story . The story is about El Dos de Oros, a South Nashville bar that caters to immigrant laborers and attracts...
A few hours after this week’s Scene hit newsstands, I received a letter from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (posted in its entirety after the jump) regarding our cover story. The story is about El Dos de Oros, a South Nashville bar that caters to immigrant laborers and attracts women and transvestites who are paid for their companionship. The letter takes us to task for the use of the term "transvestite," saying that the word “is a perjorative [sic] term and is considered insulting.”
They preferred that we use the term “cross dresser.” At least one gender studies expert says that either term could apply to men who dress as women (or vice versa) and that the label "transvestite" is not an insult, per se.
The second part of the letter finds fault with the use of the pronouns “he” and “him” when we refer to Gracia and Ashley. “The Transwomen described in the article should have been referred to as "She" in every single instance,” says the TTPC, even though the “transpersons” in question referred to each other with male pronouns and often used the masculine forms of Spanish words when talking about themselves and their friends.
It seems that this is an unsettled matter even among those who are experts in the field. We’d like to open the floor to you folks, and if there are any cross dresser/transvestite/transpeople out there, we’d especially like to hear your opinions.
What follows is the email (titled "Incorrect Use of Gender Terminology") that I recieved from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition:
It was with interest that I read the story in the June 28 issue about El Dos de Oros. It was with great dismay that I saw the totally incorrect use of terminology regarding the transgender customers of the club. . . .
How Noel became Noeleena, the story of the 60-year-old married builder who had gender reassignment surgery, is at heart about how important it is to assert our true identity.
Noel had always known he was different, a girl born in a boy's body. But as a child it would not have been wise to go public.
As Noeleena said this week: "Back then in 1958 I would have been thrown in Lake Alice if I said anything, and I knew no one would know what I was talking about."
By all accounts, when Noeleena returned home to Waimate nobody batted an eyelid and she has taken another step in her new life, happy at last to be acknowledged as a woman.
However, it is worth noting that though many will applaud Noeleena's forthrightness and support her decision, there are many in the transgender community who change their name and live as a woman (or a man) without surgery.
Gender reassignment surgery is a serious and expensive step to take. Many transgender people, whether those in transition from male to female like Noeleena, or female to male, either cannot have surgery for financial or health reasons, or don't see surgery as the path they need to take. . . .