Through A Back-Alley Entrance

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on January 24, 2012

Facebook was hit by a tsunami of nouns, verbs, and adjectives yesterday, all because of the expression “tranny”. Some people, both cis-gendered and altered, do not like that word. (FYI-The word cis is the opposite of trans. A cis-gendered person is one who functions with the equipment they were born with.) Some people like tranny, and don’t care if others don’t. Esteemed elder Ru Paul is ignored. It goes on, and on, and on, and on.
A couple of passages from this snowdrift of syntax are worth quoting.

“I also don’t see how continuing to give essentially innocuous euphemisms so much power to hurt one’s own feelings is supposed to be liberatory…. And maybe it’s not even my place to have an opinion, but is it not just a stupid fucking semantic distinction? Is it really wise to make it everybody else’s job to keep you from hearing a word you don’t like because it triggers icky feelings? Doesn’t that make your happiness dependent on factors outside your own control, and ultimately frivolous ones at that? Isn’t that kinda the ultimate abdication of agency?”
I view the contextual argument to be rather persuasive. When I was in prison most of the heteronormative population referred to me and other queers as sissys. I found that to be offensive because it was used as way or form of emasculation and thereby stripping me of equal privilege and rights in the prison industrial complexes sub culture. It was a term I denied and abhorred. Now, with the evolution of my thought processes and the de-conditioning of my overly sensitive personality I embrace the term at a level of personal empowerment and encourage its use by non heternormative peers because it is used as an identifying tool in our plight of personhood reclamation.”

PG got the memo on tranny a while back. It goes into the laundry list of language looloos, those words that polite people do not say openly. The N word, anatomical inventory, reproduction, excretion, alternate uses of all the above…. and this just gets started. The language police are everywhere, kicking ass and taking names.
While this facebook tragedy was transpiring, JoemyG-d had a related story, VANCOUVER: Transgender Activists Glitter-Bomb Dan Savage Again . You have to give Dan Savage credit for one thing…people pay attention to him. Four years ago, he wrote a sex advice column for an obscure Seattle alternative newspaper. When Prop 8 passed, he wrote a piece, commenting on the people of color who voted for it. Overnight, he was an icky racist, the poster boi for post modern political incorrectness. Here is the story.

“Dan Savage was glitter- bombed  before his appearance at The Vogue theatre in Vancouver Jan 21, the third such action against the high-profile sex columnist and political commentator in recent months. A group of six activists, who named themselves The Homomilitia for the event, said they confronted Savage as he entered the theatre through a back-alley entrance. In an interview with Xtra after the confrontation, activist Fister Limp Wrist accused Savage of “ableist, racist, transphobic, fat-phobic, sero-phobic and rape-apologist attitudes and views.” Activists handed audience members bright pink pamphlets outlining their accusations as they entered the theatre.”

Ableist, racist, transphobic, fat-phobic, sero-phobic and rape-apologist. Werq that word. This is so powerful, it doesn’t have to mention gay white male cis-gender privilege.
As this is written, there were 255 comments. Some people seem to have read all of these, and make comments on those posted later and later. The last comment, as of now, says
“reading this thread has probably been the biggest waste of time of my entire JMG carreer.”
At the start of the thread are two choice items.
“You don’t understand, ish. “Discuss it” is cis-male priveledge dogwhistle for “shut up”.”Many of us born male and female find the addition of the prefix “cis’ offensive… we all know who we are… we do not need you to add terms that many of us see as hateful. The funny thing is… we are accused of being phobic and using words that the Trans community does not like… yet they are comfortable using their own phobias and terms to hurt us’
Chamblee54 made one contribution to this thread. “Drew” wrote a few hundred words, describing the yukky things that Mr. Savage had written about transpeople. At 1100 pm, Chamblee54 asked
“Do you have links for any of that?” This was followed by “Of course not, because if there were links, you’d go read the original source and find out that it’s either 15 years old, or a total twisting of what Dan actually said.” .
Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

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  1. Cisgress | Chamblee54 said, on June 21, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    […] Gender non-conformance is a sensitive, emotional issue. PG expressed concerns about the c-prefix at least twice. Once, he was told “Butch up Mary.” Getting back to facebook, there was a bit of […]

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