We all grow up around stereotypes, whether it’s the toys we are given to play with or the morals we are taught to follow, we are surrounded by them. But many of us are lucky enough to grow up in an environment where we are told that we don’t have to abide by these stereotypes. I remember being 9 and suddenly hating the colour pink. My friends and I had been hit with a sudden desire to rebel in our own little way. I told myself that pink was too “girly” and distanced myself from everything stereotypically feminine.Read More
In a recent interview with Channel 4 News, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, accomplished Nigerian novelist and activist, explained why she believes the experiences of transgender people should not be equated with the experiences of cisgender people. However she does this in quite a harmful way.
In the interview, when considering the question of ‘are trans women, women?’, Adichie states that “trans women are trans women”. It is implied that trans women are not actual, real women, but are just “trans women”. It is as if she’s playing along with the idea that transgender people are valid, but ultimately she others them as being separate from “women”.
This is a harmful idea that continues to perpetrate transphobia today. All too often in the media, transgender people are depicted as trying to deceive and trick cisgender people, usually into sleeping with them. In an episode of Family Guy, Quagmire’s father comes out as “a woman trapped in a man’s body”, and undergoes gender affirmation surgery, now going by Ida Davis. Brian, who has been out of town, comes back and he and Ida engage in sexual intercourse. However, once Brian finds out that Ida is a transgender woman, he vomits onscreen for 29 uninterrupted seconds.Read More