By Tal Fortgang '17 April 2, There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them.
This widespread defamation has absolutely impacted the national perception of trans women as a group.
It certainly had an impact on me growing up — not knowing any out trans women in real life, all I knew about them was what I saw on TV and in the movies.
Trans women were pathetic, violent, disposable, or the butt of a joke. They endured misgendering and slurs from their loved ones and laughed along when humiliated. They were violently outed and interrogated about their penises, and this was considered okay.
It remains acceptable, even today, to be openly transphobic and transmisogynistic on television. Charlotte embodied every negative trans stereotype possible: When the show returned inCharlotte lasted just long enough to embody one final trope: So, I set out to do a thorough and comprehensive analysis of trans female representation on American television.
I was also unable to find any singularly comprehensive reference book for this topic, which surprised me.
This report is in two pieces, in the first I will discuss broadly what I discovered, and the second is a list of every trans character I looked at and a brief description of their role. Trans women on TV do these things: They are remarkably understanding when potential partners are disgusted by them, and patient when friends make jokes about them.
Still, the majority of trans characters are written by and played by cis actors, and were it not for Transparent, Orange is the New Black and Sense8, which not-so-coincidentally employ actual trans people to play parts and sometimes even to write words, the landscape would remain pretty barren.
This infographic, compiled for me by the fantastic Heather Hogan, presents an overview of compiled data.
In Part II, I will walk you through the entire history of trans female characters on American television. I used the terminology used in the programs themselves, rather than updated terminology, to accurately reflect what was said at the time.
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