Nearly human?

August 15, 2008

Over at Pam’s House Blend, Autumn Sandeen reports on two recent incidences of the dehumanisation of trans women by the mass media.

The more recent of the stories is from August 14th on the Fox News Channel, in which Fox aired a crude and obnoxious segment concerning the recent announcement of America’s Next Top Model: there’s going to be a transgender contestant on the show.

GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) records how two presenters “spent the segment gratuitously insulting the America’s Next Top Model contestant, using dehumanizing terminology, inaccurate and inappropriate pronouns and offensive references to her anatomy“.

The earlier piece is from August 13th, in which a syndicated Clear Channel Communication morning radio show referred to the recently murdered Angie Zapata as a “man,” a “he,” a “he/she,” a “thing,” and an “it.”

Donna Rose was listening to her car radio on the way to work, only to hear the presenters explain the Angie Zapata story…

[…] in the most disgusting, vile way possible – making sure to refer to Angie as a “man”, a “he”, a “he/she”, a “thing”, and an “it”. They explained that her murderer was justified in being angry and in killing Angie. In fact, Rover said, if he were on the jury he’d vote to acquit. They implied that others would be justified in similar actions, and that Angie deserved it. It was disgusting, irresponsible, and crossed any boundary of decency.


Click here to read Autumn’s full post at PHB.

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