Tuesday, June 14, 2011

There Is None So Blind...

Well, Pam's House Blend has updated their TOS, apparently in an attempt to look a bit less fascist in their attempts to censor.  Among other things, they are specifically codifying the right of transsexuals to self-identify as "not transgender" while still, rather actively, forcing the label on them.

And in order to justify this, "Autumn" Sandeen resorts to his cherished GLAAD Media Reference Guide (emphasis is his):
Transgender: An umbrella term (adj.) for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. The term may include but is not limited to: transsexuals, cross-dressers and other gender-variant people. Transgender people may identify as female-to-male (FTM) or male-to-female (MTF). Use the descriptive term (transgender, transsexual, cross-dresser, FTM or MTF) preferred by the individual. Transgender people may or may not decide to alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically.
Transsexual: An older term which originated in the medical and psychological communities. While some transsexual people still prefer to use the term to describe themselves, many transgender people prefer the term transgender to transsexual. Unlike transgender, transsexual is not an umbrella term, as many transgender people do not identify as transsexual. It is best to ask which term an individual prefers.
Now, I don't know about you, but I personally consider it a very serious insult to be referred to as Gender Variant.  Worse even than having the "transgender" label forced on me.  And, since they chose to use the word "and" to link transsexuals to that term, that is exactly what the bigots over at GLAAD are doing.  Clueless?  Yes, they are...

Of course, this is all completely lost on Mr. Sandeen.  While he is patting himself on the back because the GLAAD Guide to Insulting Transsexuals for Fame and Profit actually says you should ask how people identify, it still effectively forces two labels on us.  Of course, in his mind, along with being a legend, he is also Mr. Politically Correct.  But, he remains deliberately blind/

1 comment:

Not your friend said...

Sandeen has only one goal, that is to minimize the status of men and women to those of men with vaginas and women with penises, and to force intersex folk into a sex and gender no mans land.