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Ticked Off Trannies




Recently, I was sent a copy of a film entitled "Ticked off Trannys with Knives". I was furious.

And then I watched it.

And I wasn't so furious.

GLAAD has come out against the film, and as it's on it's way to the Tirbeca Fim Festival, there's a huge movement to stop that from happening. I decided to write a letter and spread it across the interweb.

Here's that letter:





Dear GLAAD,

Let me start off by saying how much I abhor the term “Tranny”. It’s demoralizing, and pejorative. It doesn’t belong in my life nor any of my Transgender friends lives. And strangely, I was having a conversation with a pal of mine from out of State (Utah of all places) with whom I was discussing this very thing. As I went on my rant about Tranny and its offensiveness and how hurtful it was personally and morally, and how hate crimes are almost born from the foundation of that word, she had a quizzical look in her eyes.

“Why do you look like you’ve just seen Doris Day in the backyard?” I asked.

“Well…don’t take this wrong, but I never knew that term was offensive.”

This wasn’t done from a place of malice or forethought, this was an innocent statement said by someone who had no preconceived idea about our Trans history. She just simply didn’t know it was hurtful.

This isn’t about backlash, this is about education.

When I heard about “Ticked off Trannies With Knives” I was furious. I was angry and wanted immediate retribution. How, in this day and age, can we accept a film by our own community with that word in the title? What’s wrong with us? I was hysterical. Susan Hayward Hysterical.

And then I was sent the film. And I watched the entire thing.

Before the first word is spoken there’s a famous quote by Helen Keller flashed on the screen:

“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”

This sets up, and quite frankly, sums up the heart and soul that is this movie.

In a scene in a crowded bar, about 10 minutes into the film, we get what is probably one of the most beautiful and spiritual explanations of who we are as Transgender women I’ve ever heard. A small speech done in exquisite off the cuff style about God, Adam, Eve, and the third sex: Ava- who in this version is a combination of both Adam and Eve.

When “TransAmerica” hit the theaters and Felicity Huffman (a wonderful actor) tipped and gestured and whispered her way into an Oscar nomination, I was livid. To be perfectly honest, I don’t know one Transgender person that walks, speaks, or acts the way she did in that film. This was an actresses “idea” of how Trans women are. In Israel Luna’s film, these women may be crass, they may be uncomplicated, they may be verbose, but coming from that community, I actually know people that actually behave, sound, and act that way. And let’s face it, when you have a Trans person playing a Trans person, it just makes more sense. We don’t have to act it. We ARE it.

We are doctors, lawyers, housewives, entertainers, construction workers, policemen, and authors. There’s also one of us in the White House. We are mutli cultural and diverse. There’s no such thing as the One Transgender Experience. Was “Precious” the ultimate Black experience?

As a working actress in Hollywood I know the box and I know how it fits and after 35 years in show business, I know what it’s like to bust it open. I’m sick and tired of our community being portrayed as victims, or hookers, or having Hollywood actresses take voice lessons so they can sound more like a man pretending to be a woman. That’s more dehumanizing than anything in this film.

Toward the end, the protagonist tells Bubbles why she can’t ultimately kill him:

“You don’t have it in you…” he says menacingly, “…you NEED me. You need a man to tell you you’re worthless, to beat you, to hit you. There’s a part of you that’s attracted to me. Face it.”

Those words rang in my head and were words I lived by in my early twenties that caused years of self abuse and drug-filled weekends. I ran from that truth. And in the end (without spoiling the film) Bubbles has a moment of clarity and self-worth that’s absolutely gorgeous.

The film is violent in both its content and its language. But it’s supposed to be. It’s an old fashioned revenge chick flick beautifully and skillfully directed by Israel Luna, who at every moment has the Transgender girls on the right track. And safe in his heart.

They win. They conquer. And they do not go gently into that good night.

Before we start silencing people, let’s get past our own prejudice, and remember where and by whom this whole movement was started: By a bunch of Trans people in big wigs and sequins in a local New York bar. This is part of our Gay history. It may not be the only part, but it is the truth. And that’s Art. Speaking your truth and doing it loudly and clearly. You may not like it, you may not appreciate it, you may not agree with it, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be heard. And it certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t Art.


Sincerely

Alexandra Billings

Comments

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jamitx
Mar. 27th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
AMEN!
I was unsure about this film, what with all the negative brouhaha being raised about it. I, too, am not at all happy with the term "tranny" but I'm not happy about terms used to delineate a lot of other groups of people, either. But now that I've read your letter, I'm going to go out and see the movie. (Unless you send me your copy and then I'll watch it at home.)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 27th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Brilliant!
I knew I loved you on sight! Thank for that insightful and eloquent letter!
THE Ezra Buzzington
(Anonymous)
Mar. 27th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry
The title, the use of dead trans women to promote the film in the trailer, the complete and utter refusal of anyone working on the project to engage the trans community in any meaningful way, the deceptive-transsexual set-up (you know, he didn't know she was trans when he drugged her and had to beat her for it)

These are all real problems pointed out with the film that no person is actually addressing. I'm glad you found a moment of "you go!"

"A small speech done in exquisite off the cuff style about God, Adam, Eve, and the third sex: Ava- who in this version is a combination of both Adam and Eve." - Is this really what we need right now? A movie about trans women staring (some) trans women confirming that we aren't *really* women, we get to be some mythical 3rd sex? And that's empowering?

Really??
abillings
Mar. 27th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry
We AREN'T Real Women. We are Trans Women. Period. You can talk yourself into anything you want. You can have all the surgery and all the signatures and all the laws in the land proclaim you to be Female, and that will never, ever change the fact that we are Transgender.

That's the truth. That's not an opinion, that's the truth of our situation.

Are we the third sex? I don't know. I didn't say it was true, I just thought that in the middle of this campy, violent, hilarious film, for them to even take the time to speak about it was very brave and very though provoking.

And yes...I believe it to be very, very empowering.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
I'm quite proud to be a trans woman. Full.stop. I'm not an HBS Classic Transsexual woman of history...

I'm sure it must have been empowering watching trans women talking about 3rd sexes as written by a gay man. That's some thought provoking right there.

I'm glad you find the use of dead real-life trans girls to market a movie where the excuses of their real-life attackers gets played out - and it's TRUE the trannies say so! The guy picks them up and beats them when he finds out they are mythical magical 3rd sexes.

And the excuse was planted for him - cuz they aren't real women after all!! Yup - empowering stuff all over the place. I guess I really should just let gay men define me, my culture, my history, my language... it sounds like a good case for trans women being "failed gay guys" anyway.

pickypenelope
Mar. 28th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
I suppose it depends on what one's definition of "real woman" is, yes?
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
are you saying that depending on some guy's definition of "real woman" he could actually be justified in murdering a trans woman? Is that really where you are going? Or are you going to stop at severe beating? DV Shelters, justified in not letting fake women in?

Good to know that folks killing gals like me have such support.
lisalee18wheels
Mar. 28th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
I didn't give you permission to include me in your ghetto. I'm as real as the next woman, uterus or not. Next time you decide to generalize, count me out.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
lisalee ~ Where does one go to get authority over other people's opinions? Clearly, you've been there. Otherwise, your kvetch about not giving permission would be ludicrous, right? I mean, dude--really? Do you really want to live your life as a vigil against the thoughts of strangers? No wonder...
lisalee18wheels
Mar. 28th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
No ~dude~, I don't live my life as any kind of vigil. In fact, if it wasn't for my friend Penny linking to this blog entry, it wouldn't have hit my radar at all. Oh by the way, if you want to be taken seriously, it only takes a few minutes to create a profile shell to use here...hiding in an "anonymous" persona is really lame...
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
Don't worry - if you actually read, you would understand I was making a clear difference between my positive, proud of where I've been and what I've become self, from the closeted "stealth" lyres-by-omission -urm HBS of Classic History Transsexuals Electric Boogaloo.

- get a haircut
lisalee18wheels
Mar. 28th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry
So what you're implying is that because I don't wear my trans history on my sleeve, I'm ashamed of it?? Go back to your ghetto, I'll live in the real world.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
"I just thought that in the middle of this campy, violent, hilarious film, for them to even take the time to speak about it was very brave and very though provoking."

Parroting what the mainstream already assumes about trans women is brave and thought provoking. sounds lazy and ham-handed to me. Unless there is nuance here that you haven't mentioned in your review, I'm just not seeing how a gay man is qualified to write about trans women's perceptions of their genders and sexes. Given the baggage mentioned before, it seems rather dangerous.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 29th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
Hmmm,
I am not sure exactly what classifies one as a "real" anything or a not-real anything either.
I am not a third sex. Technically there are about 36 ways to be born not entirely male or female. I do not buy into sex as binary. That is now and has always been a myth. Both of the two largest intersex organizations in the world accept that transwomen meet the definition of intersex.
Studies of the Sox9 indicate a strong genetic linkage. Studies of brain structure repeatedly show linkage.
I had three transwomen friends murdered in 18 months.
As for me, I am a transactivist, not a tranny.
I like that word (tranny) as much as I like getting the question about what is in my panties (are you post-op?).
I accept queer, as it means different. A tranny is what is part of my car.
I also do not accept the concept that some are either autogynephile or gay.
Those are my positions. You add the $1 + tax and you can get a micky-ds coffee.
nodesignation
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry
Um, I like to use the term "cis" or at least "non-trans" specifically for this reason. There is nothing fake about my womanhood. I am 100% a real person. I am just as real a woman as any other woman. I am a trans woman and I have no interest in denying it.

Women of color are no less women then white women. Queer women are no less women than straight women. And trans women are no less women than cis (non-trans) women.

Back to the main topic, I appreciate your commentary. As another expample, I managed to quite enjoy Killer Drag Queens on Dope despite all the transphobia. I'd still say that it was quite transphobic, but I found a similar thrill in seeing a trans character as an action hero played by a trans actress (even if she wasn't out at the time), but it still played into typical trans tropes and stereotypes, furthered the image that trans people are irrationally dangerous, prone to violence, mentally unhinged, etc.

Can I ask you, as someone who's seen the film, would you say this is similar? You talk about the sense of empowerment to have strong willed trans characters with some discussion of what it means to be trans, but you don't mention the presence or absence of transphobic tropes, perpetuation of stereotypes, use of trans status for "shock," etc.
ankhetsa
Apr. 13th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
That is absurd. You are absurd.
newdance
Apr. 18th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
We AREN'T Real Women. We are Trans Women. Period. You can talk yourself into anything you want. You can have all the surgery and all the signatures and all the laws in the land proclaim you to be Female, and that will never, ever change the fact that we are Transgender.

With all due respect, this is where I'm going to have to disagree with you. An analogy I like to use is with orchids, which is actually a Family is flowering plants with several genus and literally hundreds of species and sub-species. All are "Real Orchids", but they're all distinct enough from each-other that you don't even have to be a well-trained botanist to tell the differences in many orchid species.

And this is why a lot of TS/TG persons use the term "cisgender" to differentiate people who aren't transgender — or, as somebody I know on-line once put it, "we need the term 'cisgender' for much the same reason we need the term 'heterosexual'." Legal gender recognition and biological sex are two different things, and science is discovering that biological sex is a bit more complex than chromosomes and that there are indeterminate but definitely biochemical factors for gender identity separate from sex.
newdance
Apr. 18th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry
A lot of TS/TG persons (both Trans- women and trans- men) really don't identify as being the same kind of women and men as cisgender women and men. Are you really saying that those who ARE third-sex-identified (or otherwise "Other and Proud"-identified) should be silenced so that the rest aren't in danger of "feeling bad"? Are you even reading what you're saying? If the TS/TG community is going to insist that Transgender is an umbrella term that covers *all* atypical gender identities, then the TS/TG community has to start accepting TG persons who aren't just longing for a world where they're "no different from anybody else" — some people REVEL in their differences with REAL PRIDE rather than hiding their differences in shame.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 27th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
I love this. I have friends that are in the movie so that is why I went to so far the only showing of the film. I saw the trailor and thought, this is going to be a train wreck but I support my friends so I went. I was shockingly suprised by the movie. I love it. I like Grindhouse/Tarrantino?John Waters films and this film goes in those lines. Would this film of gotten the attention it was with a different title? I dont know. But I do praise the film festival circuit for allowing ADULTS to see or not see what they will and make up there own minds from it. Anyone who takes this film more then at face value is dillusional. It is a film, everyone will get something from it, some more then others. Some may be informed, some may be outraged, some may be entertained. But isnt that what films are supost to do, draw an emotion? I had a conversation with my mom once about Marilyn Manson. She asked me why does he do the things he does? My response, so that 55 year old women know who he is. Its self promotion. You maynot like it but you know it is out there. I have friends that missed the first screening and can not wait until June when Q Cinema has it in the line up of movies.








(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
possible typo
I was going to comment on how many "anonymous" people were leaving comments but then realised this system does that automatically... whoops!

Just a small - and possibly pedantic - point on your very well-written letter, but I'm guessing when you say "the protagonist tells Bubbles..." you probably mean antagonist? A protagonist is generally ther hero of the story and the antagonist the villain and I'm assuming Bubbles is the protagonist.

(Mind you, I'm sure there's many writers out there who would say I've grossly oversimplified that).

Sam
newdance
Apr. 18th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: possible typo
Just a small - and possibly pedantic - point on your very well-written letter, but I'm guessing when you say "the protagonist tells Bubbles..." you probably mean antagonist? A protagonist is generally ther hero of the story and the antagonist the villain and I'm assuming Bubbles is the protagonist.

I was going to say this, too -- Bubbles would be the "PROtagonist" while the other character mentioned in that sentance would be the "ANtagonist".
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)
Its' about time someone spoke some sense about this banning campaign. If I had to read one more blog about banning this movie, I was going to become a ticked-off tranny with a knife!

Thanks for standing up for artistic freedom.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
Apart from a few particular reservations, eg whether the Zapata family were asked for their goodwill, I'm sure its an ok movie that doesn't wholly make out trans people as drag stereotypes. But that's hardly the point. One movie describing a afro-american slave community as happy, clowning, but real people isn't a big deal,and, who knows, maybe some small strange little corner was home to such in truth, but it's the unfortunate uses that people might make of it that renders it problematic. Every reiteration of 'tranny' stereotypes has the effect of normalising prejudice, unless there's considerable care taken. No-one so far has suggested that that's true.
And the comment about 'real women' is one I could have lived without. EVERY SINGLE WOMAN is put down this way. You are a mother? You're not a mother? You're a virgin? You're a slut? You can't do housework? You're disabled? You're neurologically variant? All these and a host of others have run down the ages of men telling women they're not 'real'. As a trans woman not only do I not want to enter some arcane debate over whether I'm real or not, but I will not give aid and comfort to such internalised kyriarchic constructs.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
"As a trans woman not only do I not want to enter some arcane debate over whether I'm real or not, but I will not give aid and comfort to such internalised kyriarchic constructs."

Well here you can just let gay men do that for you I guess... Alexandra seems perfectly fine with gay men talking about this through trans women's mouths.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
Ticked off Tranny
I'm sorry but this is one Tranny who find's no offense with the use of the word Tranny. Am I missing something? Why am I supposed to be offended by a term that to me is merely short for transsexual? Do we need to continue to search for reasons to be offended or maybe just take offense when it is truly intended?

Darcy
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Ticked off Tranny
And nobody cares one way or the other what words you use. Should that actor who was fired from Grey's Anatomy get an apology since he was let go for calling a gay guy a fag. That's a real lost job over a silly word.

Honestly, the issue here is your use of "I" and "to me". *I* use "tranny" among my trans friends all the time, it's short and cute and get the job done. *I* have also had the word slung at me right before a fist by a gay guy (ironic huh). It's about one group of people telling another group of people that they have no right to be upset/uncomfortable with the use of a word that has a loaded and sometimes violent history.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
WOW!
Very beautifully written!
denise3755
Mar. 28th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the perspective
Alexandra,

I have seen all the hand-wringing going on over this movie, and for two basic reasons, didn't question it: 1) I don't like any movie that is promoted with a butcher knife dripping blood from it; I get that there is a large target audience for such films, I'm just not in it and 2) I heard no countervailing opinions. Nevertheless, I did NOT take any action. I didn't post about it, I didn't express any offense to family and friends, and I didn't write to the producers of the Film Festival expressing my outrage. I didn't take any action, again for two reasons: 1) I am, generally speaking, a fan of free speech and believe that it should be supported and not limited; and 2) I secretly liked the fact that these women got "ticked off" and "did not go quietly into that good night".

As for the comment that we shouldn't portray the murder of women due to the fact that their murderers "didn't know!", I actually think that's OK, too. That's the reality of many. Or, is it simply that the defense lawyers made up that excuse after the fact and that wasn't really the reason that asshole took a fire extinguisher and bashed in Angie's head after he already thought he "had killed it"? It serves no purpose for us to hide the fact that we are beaten and savagely murdered because some people are not only violent and evil, but stupid as well.

So, I will continue on in my blissfully ignorant state about the actual content of this movie, for it is unlikely that I will ever actually see the film. But, I will no longer harbor some feeling that I should speak out against it.
eveofmusicnart
Mar. 28th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
Beautiful!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Censorship at it's finest.
This has got to be the funniest hypocrisy ever. I thought the Right wing republicans and the Christian Right were the people that were trying to censor everything. Nope. It's time to look at your own back yard folks. You gay liberal establishment are the real ones that want to censor what you don't like. (excuse the misspelled words if any but you get the point.)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Censorship at it's finest.
I'm sorry but do you actually feel that gays and transgendered people are "establishment"? On what planet>

Your comment reeks of "right wing republican" resentment, the sort of sneering you hear from the right side, with poor logic, and incorrect assumptions.

and yes, your comment is also poorly spelled, with bad grammar. Which no, I do not excuse, especially when the tone is so repugnant.

Alex is talking here about an issue that affects her community specifically. It is a problem within the community, one that has a long history of this type of struggle - which has to do with language and oppression - all typical of other minority movements. This is what she is talking about. What on earth does "hypocrisy" have to do with it? This is a typical tactic of the right these days: try to discuss an issue with some seriousness and someone blazes in with a comment like yours that seems pointless on the face of it.

Where in the post does Alex say anything about the Christian right?



-- Sheila
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Censorship at it's finest.
To your first point. Yes, the gay community is an establishment. You know it as well as everyone else.

Yes, I am a Christian Gay Republican. Which coming from an angry liberal I am sure you have absolutely no understanding.

Your comment on my misspelled words. You obviously got my point.

My point is how GLAAD at first decided to back the film but now is coming out against it. They are wanting to censor the film. You and I know that is censorship. I will definitely go and support this film because I have a lot of friends that are gay and transgendered.

My other point is It is not always the christian right wing republicans that are censoring any and everything that comes out of the gay community. The Gay establishment needs to look in it's own back yard.

As far as being anonymous? Name is Steve. as in Adam and Steve? LOL Have a good day.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Censorship at it's finest.
I got your point already, although you didn't really MAKE a point in your first comment. And spelling does matter, if you want people to pay attention to what you have to say. Additionally, Alex's letter to GLAAD addresses exactly the issues you bring up in your first comment, yet in a far more articulate and measured way.

And please don't make assumptions about me or my background or political views - you're quite wrong on all scores.

Thanks.

Sheila


(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Censorship at it's finest.
Also typically cowardly to leave the comment Anonymously.


-- Sheila
eveofmusicnart
Mar. 28th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
OK, I just read through the comments and I have this to add: I'm straight, I didn't know Tranny was offensive to (some? many? most?) transgender people. When I read Alex's (a woman I respect and admire very much) blog, she educated me on how offensive she found it. I never use it any more out of respect. In my world, I never once hurled it as an insult, but if it might be perceived as such, it's no big deal to take it out of my vocabulary.
The anger I hear in many of the comments must come from a place of great hurt. I can only imagine, and no doubt come nowhere close to the reality of what you transgender women have experienced. I might have been born with all the parts that gave me a pink outfit instead of a blue one in the hospital, but that, ladies, was the end of my battle. You are far, far stronger, braver, and inspiring than I will ever be. To me, you are all Amazonian examples of womanhood and, those of you who can still have compassion and love for a world which largely does not understand you or accept you, you are shining examples of humanity. Brava!
oneloveonelight
Mar. 28th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I don't have anything too deep to say, just wanted to share a few thoughts. :)

Count me in on the "I didn't know" camp. Until you mentioned it in a blog post about a year or two ago, Alex, I also had NO idea that the word "tranny" was offensive. Same with "fag hag" and a few others. I just never thought of those terms as offensive since my friends within the LGBT community used those words too (and still do). It did give me pause.

But onto this film. Willam (who is also a friend of yours), has one of the lead roles and he asked me to support this film. And I did. At the time I was not aware of the building controversy over this film. I was worried how my Trans friends would view this movie since I really wanted to support it. I'm so glad you said something, Alex, and I'm happy that you were able to see the film ahead of time. I've not seen it yet but I did have a feeling it was a misunderstood piece of art.

Thanks for your review, Alex. I'm looking forward to seeing it!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Ticked Off Niggers With Knives?
Just change the word "Tranny" to other derogatory slang and see if you still feel like it's OK. How about, " Ticked Off Fagots With Knives"? Or "Ticked Off Beaners, Whops, Spics, Chinks, Nips, or other derogatory name, With Knives". Does it still sit OK?

If "tranny" is short for transsexual or transgender, is "nigger" just short for black negro of African decent? I've not heard the word "tranny" used outside trans circles but it doesn't mean someone couldn't use it in a negative way. They're just words right? And a gun is just a gun until someone uses it in a destructive way.

Camp can be fun until you step in poison oak. Good to watch where one walks. Anyone else feeling itchy?

Teri
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Ask Angie Zapatas Mom.
Ask her if tacking her child's body to this "comedy" is funny.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 29th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Ticked off...
Alexandra Billings is my friend. I never knew Scott Billings but I know that he is there. I don't disregard him or dismiss him, neither does Alex. Alex has always been a woman to me, a real woman. Being honest about Scott does not make her any less real. Of course, when "real" is equated with biologically born female, then yes she is a Transwomen, and proud of it. She never tries to fool anyone or hide it. She always assumes people know (believe me they do not.) Alex is the first person I ever heard say that she wasn't born in the wrong body. She is the way she is supposed to be. I never forgot that and it can't get anymore honest or real than that.
Thanks Alex, for the heads up on this film. If you say it is about honesty from your community, that's enough for me. Honesty is one ingredient we are scared shitless of in America. We hide from it and we can not progress.
A movie with Nigger in the title would tick off everybody I'm sure. But, that name exists like tranny does, both can be hurtful and symbols of oppression. But maybe we need to go there for some honesty. Stop hiding from the truth, be jarred out of our box to hold up a mirror. That's what art is for.

Jackie
bettysgrrl
Mar. 29th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
will cross-post
Alexandra

Thanks for this post. I'm not sure I agree, but I appreciate the thought. With your permission, I'll link to it from TGB.
http://transgroupblog.blogspot.com/

Helen
gender_euphoric
Mar. 30th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
trans enforcer of cissexism.
yawn.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 6th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Real woman
I don't know how I feel about this movie. I'm not really into violence on screen, but as a politically incorrect John Waters fan, maybe I would like the movie. From the little I have seen (the trailer and one clip), perhaps even the title is appropriate, since I've always thought of "trannies" as a word for drag queens, which is what the protagonists [sic] seem to be.

I do know how I feel when someone says I'm not a real woman and that's just the Truth. It's your choice as to how you see yourself. It would be nice, however, if you didn't claim to make that choice for the rest of us.

- Véronique
(Anonymous)
Jul. 27th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)
Term papers
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