I’m really not up for writing tonight, I wasn’t planning to put up a long post… been that sort of day… but.
In reading through my feeds, I happened upon an story I had heard about on a podcast I subscribe to last night at work. I am not going to link to it here, nor am I going to name the podcast. There are a number of reason for this, not the least of which is the fact the story was titled in a way as to grab page views. Another is the fact that in many ways I enjoy the program from which said podcast is taken, where I am taking issue in in the way they resound to any and all stories where there is a mention of the word Transgender.
The story was about a Transwoman who, for as yet unknown reasons, married a man without bothering to mention her past and was recently outed. Now I have my own thoughts on the issue of discloser and for now I am going to keep them to myself. This post really isn’t about that part of the story, it’s about how this is being seen in the media and how people are choosing to respond through comments.
First to the podcast. As much as I love this show I have found myself offended more than once over the past few months by the way the hosts have responded. In the comments they have made, in the crass jokes and tasteless banter. I’m also mad over the fact these people insist on referring to Transwomen with male pronouns, to speaking of them as male no matter how they identify or present. To them, Trans people are a joke, seeking to scam people and the system. Trying to pass themselves off in a dishonest manner. I’m not even going to get into how they speak of the Trans population of Thailand… I’m at a point where I am tempted to email them and tell them I am going to unsubscribe…
Now to the issue of the comments…
Now I know, more often than not, I shouldn’t go into the comment section of any articles. Somehow the majority of them are full of ignorant trolls who are just looking to get under people skin. They are also those people who are so willfully ignorant and hateful they should be put on medication. I read so much which is half truths, myths, misconceptions and down right lies it makes me want to reach though my screen and bitch slap someone.
This is something which really bothers me, the way I see so many people respond to the very thought of people who see themselves and the world differently. It makes it okay to ridicule, belittle, and verbally assault others. Somehow, in this PC world, it’s perfectly acceptable to use slurs and hateful language towards Transgender people when those same thoughts and words would have them being berated off line if they are directed toward people of color or gays and lesbians… It’s disgusting.
I don’t have a solution to this, I wish I did.
I’m sorry to rant like this, but these sort of things just rub me the wrong way. There are things I can’t stand and people choosing to be ignorant jackasses who would rather talk out their back sides than take the time to understand the issues, who would rather spend time in forums, chat rooms, and comment sections spouting stupidity because it some how makes them better about themselves.