Transgender representation in media and literature is experiencing a cultural shift as more representations of transgender people become visible in mainstream popular culture. A cultural narrative is formed through the increase in transgender representation, depicting a social norm that is not inclusive for all transgender people and severely stigmatized. Janet Mock, in her book Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, explores her truth and advocates the importance of living an individually based authentic existence, while erasing the bigoted stigma associated with mainstream medias representation of transgender people. This paper will focus on the representation of transgender people in media, the influence of Mock’s autobiography, and why representation is important in academia, especially for youths. The importance of representation of transgender and non-conforming gender identities is vital to the mental, physical, social, and economic well-being of individuals who identify themselves as transgender, nonbinary, or genderqueer. Research demonstrates that LGBTQIA teens that do not have their identities reaffirmed “have higher rates of suicide, mental health, homelessness and school dropout rates” …show more content…
In an interview with Tina Vasquez, Mock exclaims “I wasn’t just a trans woman; I was a trans woman of color.” Throughout her autobiography, Mock refers to all her identities to demonstrate how they have impacted her experience growing up as a transgender woman of color, while acknowledging her privilege when necessary. The intersectionality of identity and identities are significant in demonstrating the social and cultural norms that act upon the individual and reflect in their experience to the world around them. Perspective is always influenced by experience, which is why representation and education is essential to growth and
The article, "Mean Ladies: Transgendered Villains in Disney Films" by Amanda Putnam examines multiple characteristics that villains demonstrate from body shape, makeup or attitude. Putnam examines the villains and makes the connection that they are demonstrating characteristics that are associated with transgendered people. In addition, Putnam uses multiple Disney films such as Cinderella, the little mermaid, and other films to show the different ways women are being portraited. In addition, Putnam addresses that there's nothing wrong about being transgendered; however, it's more about the message that it's being provided to children. The message is that those who are transgendered people are evil and shouldn’t be approached.
Even in my local community, I had the chance to participate in protests and events to show my support. I have attempted to actively work for these causes in the tradition of Ida B. Wells. In addition, I have focused my attention on the present issues in the Transgender community. To the best of my knowledge, I have attempted to educate myself about the injustices these individuals face, the laws that will affect their livelihoods, the statistics of homelessness in Trans communities, and other predominant issues that infiltrate their community. In the present day, Americans of many backgrounds face discrimination and injustices, and I feel that it is our job to educate ourselves on these problems and combat them in many ways, just like Ida B.
Hate violence is a predominant issue against transgender women who wish for acceptance from society. Individuals believe they have the right to perform violence against these transgender women because of their gender identity. For example, in the novel Stone Butch Blues, Jess Goldberg is physically a women but prefers to live life as a male. Since Jess chooses to live life as a male, or butch, she is frequently a target of policemen and other individuals because of her identity. The society views Jess as a criminal because during the 1960’s homosexuality was illegal and it was considered a mental disorder.
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual) youth homelessness makes up only 5 to 7 percent of the general youth population, yet up to 40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness. Many LGBTQ youth face harassment, victimization, violence, social stigma, rejection, and discrimination in their families, schools, employment, and social settings. LGBTQ identified youth ages 13 to 17, provides important information regarding how LGBTQ young people experience life in their communities. Nearly half of LGBTQ youth (47 percent) surveyed they do not “fit in” in their community, while only 16 percent of non LGBTQ youth reported feeling that way. 63 percent stated that they will need to move to another part of the country in order to feel accepted.
The group's presentation on transgender healthcare covered a wide range of topics, including fear mongering in the media, the struggle of receiving gender-affirming care, and mental healthcare for transgender individuals. Olivia's individual presentation specifically discussed fear mongering in the media and could have delved deeper into the debates and rhetoric surrounding this issue. In this essay, I will provide a critique of the group's presentation, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses, as well as assess Olivia's individual performance within the group. The presentation and discussion post provided new knowledge on transgender healthcare, particularly the difficulties transgender individuals face in accessing gender-affirming care and the positive impact that such care can have on mental health.
The article written by Susie O’Brien uses language that convinces readers that teaching children of gender and sexuality is unnecessary and improper. O’Brien considers children to be “too young to discuss gender fluidity...and spend class time challenging cisgenderism”. These thoughts can impact what a nation believes, and may leave an impression that will rescind all that this country has done to advance. O’Brien construes that “[talking] with children, families and carers about gender, identity and sexuality” is a joke. She asks, “since when has it been the job of educators to take on that role?”.
The Stonewall Riots are said to mark the beginning of the modern LGBT rights movement, and it was largely initiated by transgender women of color. Over the next few decades, legislation would be enacted to aid the cause for equality. By 1977, trans athletes could play on the teams of their gender identities, and by 1993 anti-discrimination laws were extended to transpeople in Minnesota. In the 21st century alone, transpeople were getting invited to the White House, playing in college sports, and serving as judges, all without having to hide who they were (“Milestones in the American Transgender Movement”). Hardships are still all too common, unfortunately, but much progress has been made nonetheless, and the fight continues to this
Christian parents who refuse to understand, or simply can not understand that their child is a female/male in the body of a male/female is the number one reason for transgender youth suicide. More than 50% of transgender youth in America will have had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday. The exact number is impossible to know because LGBTQ youth who are sexuality and gender minorities are often hidden and even unknown, espesially in that age group. People who grow up in very strict christian households with institutionalized homophobia or transphobia gets to hear how bad it is being gay, bi or anything else than straight and cis for their whole lives. And then when they realise that they actually are gay or trans themselves
Today, gender inequality in the workplace still remains a popular discussion within institutional and social realms. In Just One of the Guys? by Kristen Schilt, through a variety of methods she shows how transmen are susceptible to systemic gender inequality even if they go through different experiences. Schilt performs in-depth interviews with transmen in the workplace to show how the types of experiences transgender people go through, good or bad, can be influenced on what race or social class they are in. She uses informational tables showing yearly statistics, real life examples of transmen’s stories, and her own observational data to provide an explanation of how individuals participate in the reproduction of gender inequality within
Summary of Main Points Growing up Trans is about this generation of children/teens who have gender dysphoria. That is they do not identify with the gender of their biological sex. (Knox p. 51) “Just a generation ago, it was adults, not children, who changed genders, usually late in life and often in shadows. But today as transgender adults gain wider acceptance, many children are transitioning...”(2:59-3:28)
Transgender is the term used to describe an individual whose gender identity does not align with their sex assigned at birth. The documentary, “Growing up Trans”, is a sensitive clip to watch about young youths who attempt to navigate family, friends, gender, and the medical decisions they face at puberty. “Growing up Trans” focuses mainly on transitioned young youths. The transgender youth from the documentary links to many theories from chapter eight. Theories such as socialization, gender, sexuality, homophobia, transphobia, and microaggression are associated with “Growing up Trans”.
School victimization has been linked to a host of negative outcomes for LGBT youth, including poorer academic achievement, poor emotional health, refusal to go to school, and suicidal ideation (Russell, Ryan, Toomey, Diaz,& Sanchez, 2011; Szalcha & Westheimer, 2006). Though few studies have examined suicidality among transgender youth, Grossman and D’Augelli (2007) examined
The term “transgender” is a label that was never used until the mid 1960s. According to history, “Psychiatrist John F. Oliven of Columbia University coined the term transgender in his 1965 reference work Sexual Hygiene and Pathology (“Transgender”)”. When a transgender person desires to be the opposite gender, they may get an invasive surgery to fully transition into their new identity. Multiple transgender people have started to announce the having of the surgery has destroyed their future (Bindel). People have the right to be whatever gender they aspire to be, but transgender people should do public activities and should stay grouped with their biologically assigned sex.
In the article, “What Makes a Woman?” , American journalist, Elinor Burkett, addresses the topic of transgender females and natural females, along with their contrasting views. The article argues that transgender women can not transition and automatically generalize the entire female population. The purpose is to show that there is more to a woman than just her physical anatomy which is accomplished by Burkett. The rhetorical feature that influences the audience the most is pathos, such as when she talks about the struggles of changing from a young lady into a woman, and how a transgender can never truly understand this transformation.
People are constantly discriminating against transgender people, believing that they are not true human beings and so on. Often, transgender people are even denied medical care, and in Kristen’s case with her many injuries, this could be detrimental. To try to end this bigotry, people could start to view transgender people just like they view the other people in their lives. People could start to look at the achievements and the positive things that transgender people have done in order to look over the fact that they are transgender. Online, people should say only nice things to everyone rather than saying mean things in order to avoid bigotry on the Internet.