~ by Servetus on June 25, 2020.

28 Responses to “Trans-positive”

  1. [This tweet demonstrates exactly why it’s a problem for someone like me to write in detail about BLM, mutatis mutandis.]

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    • As in: It would’ve been better if he had stopped after his second sentence?

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      • Yeah. This tweet really left me queasy and not because I’m opposed to equality / equity for trans-people. Along the lines of “what a relief that a good white man is going to come along and fix this for us all.”

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        • I didn’t exactly feel queasy, but I thought to myself that sometimes support is more meaningful when the word “I” is not mentioned. His promise is noble, and I don’t doubt his sincerity but he kind of made the tweet about himself and not trans gender issues.

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          • I think if he’s going to produce crime-related stories this question and questions like it will inevitably come up — let’s hope he hires a good consultant.

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      • but then again I can’t assume that he’s been involved in discussions on this topic for years — university life makes one really sensitive to the nuances. I know he meant well.

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    • I’m not sure how Twitter works, however last night minutes after he tweeted, someone commented that she hoped he would not become like the rest of Hollywood and not respect or allow others to speak if they disagreed. Couldn’t be found an hour later in the timeline.
      Not sure if she got muted. There is no note saying the tweet is unavailable .

      Any thoughts on what might have happened?


  2. sigh There are days when I wish he’d let a publicist handle his social media.
    And yeah, I also think he should’ve stopped after the second sentence. I cringed when I read the rest of his tweet.


    • I do think meant well and might be a bit idealistic. I think he speaks from experience on some sets where it might have been uncomfortable for him or maybe others.
      I do think he does want to emulate some directors he’s worked with example Peter Jackson. I wish him the best in his pursuit as a producer and mentor.

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      • There may also be some inner pressure to indicate that he’s not one of those gay men who insist that trans-identities aren’t real.

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        • True.
          I keep asking myself, why is it impossible to realize every o e has a story and a journey even if we do not agree or understand.
          It makes it no less real.

          I believe bi persons still also have this issue. Constantly being told they need to choose one. They can’t be attracted to both.
          I understand the pressure of having to clarify and justify your stance. It is however exhausting.

          As a black person, t hurts to see anyone being excluded from BLM and assaulted because of who they sleep with.
          It hurts as a mere human being. Hoping we get to a point when we respect every one and their life choices.

          This world is just frustrating.

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          • I think a lot of the marginalizing occurs because of the (necessary) struggles for political equality. It is much easier to convince the majority political culture that one’s needs can and should be met if we argue that (a) the needs are natural and unalterable, i.e., non-straight gender choices are not so much a choice as an organic reality, i.e., people are innately “gay” and (b) the needs are neatly packaged and parallel to (white) heterosexual rights — i.e., if straights can marry, gays should be able to marry, too. In that sense any non-binary identities / affiliations become a problem because they don’t fit into the neat scheme of “nature” and heteronormativity that many gay activists have created for their own path to equal representation. (To me anyway this is why JK Rowling has flipped out lately — she can’t read any needs outside of a very narrow framework as legitimate, and in part that occurs because those needs have been addressed in very narrow ways in order to gain social “approval”). The concrete problem is that if anyone is seen to be making choices, people feel called upon to evaluate those choices, and that’s where we run into trouble.

            (My personal feeling on this is that gender orientation has to be protected as a choice, because who knows what “the science” is going to say about this in another generation. Are we going to change all of our laws because “the science” changes? But protecting decisions on the basis of the right to make choices independently of the implicit social contract really rubs up against centuries if not millennia of political practice.)

            Lately I’ve been teaching intro to philosophy once a year in a compressed term and there’s a “week” on ethics and the culminating assignment is to discuss toilet / bathroom access from competing perspectives of ethics. The answers that come out are very interesting and they reveal a lot of anxieties that people have about different genders and non-binary genders in particular (which often get focused as concerns about the welfare of children or other vulnerable people — without considering the possibility that adults themselves could be vulnerable or rights that might be vulnerable).

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  3. And again, this exemplifies why I hate twitter. It just brings out the worst in people, even people whom I might agree with, or who might mean well. I’m not even talking about by the people who at least have the integrity to voice their own opinions, whatever they are, but about the people who engage in unprovoked grousing about what they assume to be the opinions of other people (that largely haven’t even been expressed). People who haven’t been active in the fandom for years crawl out of corners to accuse the core fandom of being homophobic, but never in so many words. It’s all hints and innuendo.

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  4. I’m getting increasingly uncomfortable with twitter these days, though i can’t seem to stop myself from checking in, mainly on the local burning topics ūüė¶ But i realise, probably including from myself it’s everyone talking for themselves and few listening and it feels very much like highschool or ever increasing peer pressure. Everyone feeling like they have to say something and be on the ‘right’ side of things in increasingly exclusive views. Views seem ever increasingly acute and there is no space for grey and there is no tolerance for reflection. Not talking about racism and anti-racism. On which i prefer to listen, read and learn, because it feels more relevant than saying anything which coming from me would be completely irrelevant. What i am trying to say is that i have a lot of trouble with believing many opinions, especially of the statement kind are completely genuine, especially when voiced on trends and with no prior history or context. As with everything, twitter chat is cheap, actions are much harder and i really only believe the latter. And i need to take another break from twitter. Not at all related to his i am sure well intentioned statements, but to conversations on local topics always turning quickly toxic, sigh.

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    • Twitter is very frustrating to anyone who wants to see the “world as it is” for all the reasons you suggest — it seems like nothing but short bursts of ideology. I want to know what people are thinking. Kind of. But I don’t think people’s best selves come to expression there, I think many people can get hooked to the dopamine that comes from rapid tweeting, and in the melee reality gets lost.


  5. Will be interesting to see if this tweet will survive

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  6. Je n’aime pas l’id√©e de quota, quelque soit le milieu incrimin√© … En France on parle de “discrimination positive”. Il est malheureux que les √©victions, les in√©galit√©s perp√©tuelles obligent √† avoir recours √† ces m√©thodes, ces subterfuges pour que chacun soit √©quitablement trait√©, repr√©sent√©, que chacun ait sa chance.
    Derri√®re un casting o√Ļ chaque minorit√© est repr√©sent√©e, reste √† sortir de notre pens√©e: “Est-ce la bonne personne pour le bon r√īle, le bon emploi? “

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    • I don’t know what to say because I’ve been in rooms where hiring decisions have been made and it’s clear to me that unconscious bias is at work. I always said, “don’t hire me because I have ovaries” but it’s clear that having ovaries is often considered a significant job disadvantage. I don’t know if there’s a solution.

      Orchestras in the US have an audition procedure where prospective members play behind a curtain so the judges can’t tell their gender or color. Nonetheless the majority of orchestra musicians in the US are white men.


      • Un biais est un moyen d√©tourn√©, une mani√®re de contourner un obstacle ou un probl√®me. Je d√©plore ce fait, dans un nombre croissant d’exemples. Combien de personnes regroupant plusieurs caract√®res particuliers discriminatoires seront embauch√©es pour contourner les obligations l√©gales de quotas. Une femme de couleur en surpoids, une personne de petite taille LGBTQIA…)
        Cette cause dispara√ģtra, le jour o√Ļ les personnes embauch√©es ne seront plus surqualifi√©es ou ne devront pas assurer un surcro√ģt de travail. Nous en sommes loin.


        • I was very hostile to quotas until I was an academic advisor and saw first-hand the results for students of having same-ethnicity role models in the professoriate. It really does make a difference for them. So we have to keep trying until we figure it out.

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  7. Hé sounds better when someone else writes his lines

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