Well…I loved it.
The positivity… the humour…. what a lovely bunch of people.
I look forward to seeing Sarah blossom… felt the same heartwrench as her housemates when she walked in all self conscious and barely able to maintain eyecontact…. how lovely it would be for each and every individual if they could make their first steps in such a supportive environment.
But best of all I loved that every time they said tranny I could hear the distant sound of a certain sort of trans activist popping in apoplexy.
Where i grew up…. when i grew up…. tranny wasn’t an insult unless it was meant as one. It was interesting to see an Australian commenter somewhere saying tranny is used in Australia with affection. That makes the fact Tim Minchin (who was raised in Perth Australia) was pressured into believing tranny is a taboo word that shouldn’t be used (unless you are trans and even then possibly not at all) even more of a shame.
Sorry… whats that?
I shouldn’t use the word becuase I’m not trans?
I have 3 answers to that…. I think many many people have a touch of the trans about them…and who is to judge who has or who hasn’t… its a very wide spectrum.
I’ve lived the transitional experience as a partner…. its taken over my life…my family’s life for a couple of years…. I’ve taken the insults (never ‘tranny’ as far as i remember) hand in hand with my partner… that gives me the right to use any word i damn well please.
Oh…and a general ‘fuck off’ – no-one tells me which parts of my vocabulary I’m allowed to use and when.
I think Transsexual Summer could be the making of ‘reclaiming’ the word…. it was used with joy and positivity…. I think anyone has the right to use it in that context…. shouldn’t we all be able to feel and share the joy of being trans?
In fact I think anyone has the right to use it in any context…. when its used with hate… its the hatred that tells you something about the person rather than the words.
Just the same as I’m a huge believer in allowing the BNP and EDL the same platform as any other group…. not becuase I agree with them… but I think they should be allowed to get up and allow people to see what ignorant fuckwits they are.
If that makes me an ignorant fuckwit in your eyes dear reader…I’m happy with that. I know where I’m coming from and being given a big pointy hat with a ‘C’ on the front (c for cis dontcha know) doesn’t make any difference at all…. playing the cis card in a discussion is what some trans people do… ‘is it becuase i is trans’? etc etc.
Hilariously I even saw the cis card played on my partner last week…. they couldn’t accuse her of being cis… but did imply she had transitioned late enough and recently enough to have held on to her cis privledge (ie not conformed to the trans re-education and language enforcement rules to the letter).
What playing the cis card does is say – behave the way ‘I‘ say or I‘ll presume you hate me. Isn’t that a bit neurotic and passive aggressive at the very least? Its just a single word…. I know how I am with people…. all people… (I don’t count trans as a special group who I need to behave differently to as a rule). Cis can be as big a loaded judgement call as tranny can…. its tit for tat. Same as a lot of feminists aren’t interested in equality…. but changing ends on the pitch and being top dogs for a while.
I guess its the gut reaction of an oppressed minority…. unfortunately as a bisexual woman I’ve never felt oppressed or part of a minority… I just don’t have a victim mentality I guess. (but maybe thats becuase I is trans and therefore a middle aged, middle class white male misogynist inside) 😉
Gosh what a conflict.
Anyway I look forward to the next in the series of Transsexual summer….