A review of a new book, Transpeople: Repudiation, Trauma, Healing by Christopher A. Shelley at the Tyee Books website (link here) contains the following list:
Ten Signs of Transphobia in Our Culture
- Denial that the problem exists in the first place.
- Inability to distinguish between categories such as queer, lesbian,
- Lack of meaningful discussion in educational and workplace settings.
- Anxiety over not being able to tell if a person is male or female.
- Crude jokes directed at trans people or with trans-related content.
- Refusal to accept trans people as one’s own teacher, doctor, politician, dentist, etc.
- Thinking that being trans is OK but also dismissing the idea of ever dating a transperson.
- Reducing trans to being merely and solely a psychiatric category.
- Trivialization and media spectacles centred on trans-ness as an object of ‘fascination.’
- Refusing the fundamental claims of transpeople as being genuinely mis-sexed.
It’s not so much the list itself that bothers me, as much as the fact that I’ve encountered all of the signs so many times I seem to be becoming almost desensitized to them.