Friday, 25 February 2011

Transphobia: Just A Bit Of Fun?

Fagburn has noted endlessly before how transphobia now occupies the same place in The Sun's demonology that homophobia used to.
If someone is trans it's a news story in itself.
And being trans is always either funny or frightening.
It continues today with a "fun quiz"; 'Tran Or Woman'
"THIS bevy of beauties are all blessed with good looks, style and figures to die for.
"Well, most of them... but believe it or not some of these lovely ladies are actually LADDIES.
"Yesterday we told how Bosnian male model Andrej Pejic has been causing a stir after hitting the catwalk in DRESSES at London Fashion Week.
"Here are 14 more ambiguous beauties, some who were born male and others who are 100 per cent female.
"Can you guess the genders?"
I thought The Sun had cluelessly coined a new word today in "tran" - as opposed to trans.
I was wrong.
The Sun were using it four years ago - in the same stupid fucking quiz!
'Tran Spotting: Ladyboy Or Lady?'

The Daily Mail's beyond parody columnist Amanda Platell writes today; 'Fashion's ultimate insult to women: The latest way of demeaning real women is a male model dressed as a girl'
And manages to resurrect one of the most tired homophobic cliches in the stupid columnist's quiver; "Size zero turned out to be an apt term as the most feted designers, mostly brilliant gay men, effectively tried to squeeze women out of the fashion equation. And now they have."

Update: That tired homophobic cliche was resurrected on Saturday in Richard & Judy's column in The Daily Express - but with a twist;
"Some fashion writers suggested this week that many designers are gay men who want their models to resemble teenage boys with absolutely no visible female attributes such as breasts, waists, hips, and buttocks.
"I have no idea if this is true, but this week the ultimate in androgyny was revealed in the papers. A fashion model with long blonde hair, high cheekbones and a softly beautiful mouth, wearing designer women’s clothes."
Steady on, Richard!

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