It’s funny how, after a while, capitalism looks completely indistinguishable from feudalism.
Only without Noblesse Oblige.
pantstheterrible said: Wait...how is Cassandra offensive as a transgender character? She's a nasty piece of work but that has NOTHING to do with her transgenderism. In fact, like Canton, the only reason you even know she's trans is from one line.
It’s made out as a massive joke, she’s inherently evil and obsessed with her looks, and she’s gotten so many surgeries that she’s no longer human.
By equating surgery with a loss of humanity AND casting Cassandra as a transgendered character who has LOST her humanity, RTD is essentially making a tie between the two concepts. Body Altering Surgery = Loss of Humanity. Surgeries, by the way, are basically a necessary part of undergoing a successful sex change.
And if you think there was no intentional tie there - think about it like this. What are the only common images held the contemporary narrative about Male to Female transgendered individuals? Surgeries, ‘difference’ from the majority, and low-voices. Well, we see here Cassandra is obsessed with surgeries, she is INTENTIONALLY othered from the rest of humanity (her entire character concept), and she has a low, raspy voice. None of these things are true (even the low voice bit is a case-by-case thing depending on the individual’s original vocal range), but instead aim to perpetuate negative stereotypes for the sake of a cheap joke at the expense of a population with an over 50% suicide rate in several studies.
Now, this would be entirely different if, for example, we saw realistic, positive portrayals of Transgendered characters OUTSIDE of Cassandra. What I mean by that is, if we had seen the wealth of TG experience represented already, casting an overly surgically-obsessive Cassandra would be only mildly offensive.
However, Russell T Davies believes that Transgendered characters need to be kept from the public eye.
When asked why he was unwilling to do a female Doctor, he said it was “because it is ‘a family show’” and that “[fathers] will then imagine they will have to describe sex changes to their children.”
So, reading this critically, Russell T Davies is saying that Transgendered characters are INAPPROPRIATE for family television. That they exist OUTSIDE of the acceptable human experience. While he feels comfortable including bi and gay characters, Transgendered ones appear “just too weird.”
In fact, the only way TG people get represented at all is if they’re expressly villains and their humanity is taken away, lest people have “weird conversations” at home by making them remotely identifiable.
I’m feeling so disgustingly dysphoric right now.
Just days after we marched in Detroit with Netroots Nation, National Nurses United, and Mark Ruffalo, this happened.
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I see a hell of a lot of commonality between radscummy trans women and ultra-right-wing trans women.
Both are chasing the dream of jumping on board and assimilating into movement that largely hates them.
Joss Whedon has done it all - he’s written countless beloved cult-hit TV shows, he’s written one of the greatest X-Men runs ever, and he’s directed one of the highest-grossing films of all-time. However, he’s ALSO a genius in the 140-character limit arena of Twitter. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? How can one guy be good at EVERYTHING?!
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Whereas if I met someone exactly like me, I’d probably fall in love with her!
I’d make out with her so hard.