I get a number of News Feeds for Transsexual and Transgender news. Many are pre-filtered by TS/TG sisters before they are sent out and contain news stories and blog posts. Those particular news feeds rarely if ever include news about TS/TG porn or porn stars.
But I also get the Google News Feed.
I’ve watched the porn industry become ever meaner and nastier over the years, not that its material was ever exactly up lifting or really even sex positive.
Over the last few months starting with the release of Israel Luna’s “Ticked off Trannies with Knives” I’ve watched TS/TG folks rebel against being labeled “Trannies”. I won’t even try to defend the term, which actually grew out of the bar scene and was an inclusive term years before the coining of Transgender as umbrella.
We shouldn’t have waited as long to complain about the term. Folks should have started complaining about the time Christian Siriano started his tired “Hot trannie mess” crap.
How come we treat the Porn industry which has taken to requiring performers engage in unprotected sex as some sort of sacred cow when they peddle “Trannie Porn” using the offending label?
“She-Male” is another grossly offensive term.
Generally speaking reputable and responsible bloggers will shut down commenters who insist on using that term as a descriptor of either transsexual (pre or post) and transgender women. On my blog that is a term that you had better use with care and not apply to an individual or class of people with out some serious qualifying or I will throw you on moderation.
Yet it is plastered all over the world of not only pornography but is used in the sex ads that appear in the backs of the freebee newspapers.
That sort pornography degrades us, objectifies us and turns us into sub-human garbage.
All pornography dehumanizes those who appear in it. I separate eroticism from pornography by how it places sex within the context of the lives of human beings. Pornography divorces sexuality from the context of full lives of complete human beings.
Indeed it is a rare day that one of those news piece from the Google feed doesn’t include an item including either “she-male” or “trannie”
One doesn’t have to be a religious fanatic or radical feminist to see this as having a negative impact.
“Chicks with Dicks”… Ever wonder where that not terribly amusing trope came from?
Again we can thank the wonderful world of TS/TG Porn and TS/TG porn stars.
Yes I know the porn corporations exploit the porn workers, underpaying them for their degradation while making billions off of the filthy product they produce. Yet there comes a time when people have to say, “Enough.”
There comes a time, when the people who participate in the making of a product that so damages the public image of transsexual and transgender people have to be called upon to cease their participation in the churning out of that product of oppression.
It is time to ask our TS/TG sisters who work in the Porno Industrial Complex to cease doing so..
“Trannie Porn” is a tool of oppression that objectifies and degrades not only those involved in its production but all transsexual and transgender women.
It reduces the public image of all of us to hyper-sexualized plastic fantastic sex toys with huge tits and huge hot hard dicks.
It is every bit as viciously negative an image of TS/TG women as the oft circulated radfem/religious right image of us as sexual predators prowling the bathroom.
The idea that TS/TG women are pornographic sex toys helps create the image of our being worthless scum, which in turn contributes to the violence perpetrated upon so many of the people we wind up memorializing each year.
Yes, I think pornography degrades all women and I include TS/TG women in that context.
No I am not channeling Andrea Dworkin or Catherine MacKinnon.
Yes the damage has been done and it is probably too late to undo it.
I also recognize how there is a complex relationship of money, poverty, dubious fame and the creation of an idealized image of hyper-sexuality that is instilled in even very young girls.
I don’t have the answers and I’m only pointing out that if we are going to banish these degrading terms and images from our language perhaps we need to start with the industry which uses them as it stock and trade and which is responsible for much of the degrading image of us.