You are boring and kinda depressing. I’m sure if you need me you can find me in a million other places in the internet/phoniverse or dare I say irl.
I will continue to tell myself that dealing with hard stuff alone is an important life lesson right now and I simultaneously be annoyed at myself for trying to make myself believe such a thing
Not to press the point or buy into dumb ‘anti-oppression’ discourses that I don’t really care about, but also how did they publish such totally ableist trash in the name of ‘transfeminism’ or whatever. GOD FORBID PEOPLE MIGHT THINK TRANS WOMEN ARE SOOOO CRAZY! Xoxo a dangerous crazy shemale
Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad Trans* Woman? On Horror and Transfemininity
SPOOKY SHIT OF THE DAY: We have to hold the things we love accountable for the shitty shit they do.
This article is just the same tired feminist pop culture criticism that gets repeated every time anyone talks about trans women in horror films. It draws only from the most obvious sources and doesn’t engage in a critical reading. It’s unsubtle and condemning and self-righteously pushing a trans-assimilationist agenda.
Both of the editors of Death Nerve (both of us are trans feminine genderweirdos) consider Sleepaway Camp one of our favorite films, precisely because of Angela’s monstrosity. Yes, the intention behind the film is deeply homophobic and transmisogynistic. But to condemn that particular film for those messages is to opt for superficial critique, because there is no pure cultural product. Given the context of a white supremacist, heterosexist, patriarchal, capitalist society, there is no possibility of a film that does not hold that society in its content and form. What we, as critics, can do is to unravel the films and find strains of ideologies of domination, as well as resistance to hegemony and normativity. We can proceed from there, dismantling the neutrality of the film and disempowering its power to reinforce oppression. We can also find inspiration and power in the resistant elements of the films.
The author of this piece lays out her desire for trans women to merely assimilate into systems of domination: “When people look to pop culture and see trans* women portrayed as dangerous impostors that they should be afraid of, they cease to see trans* women as people and start seeing them as monsters. In the fictional world of movies it may be the trans* women who are frightening and menacing killers, but in real life, those trans* women are far, far more likely to be the victims of horrific and violent murders.”
As Susan Stryker and other gender rebels have written, so much revolutionary power lies in our identification as monsters. Yes, trans women are victims of murder at outrageously-high rates. Yes, the world (of which ALL film is a product of) wants to demonize us. But the answer to this is not assimilation, but the absolute destruction of this world. When the author says that trans women are victims of murders, not menacing killers, she makes clear that she desires assimilation into this culture or domination (i.e. trans cops, politicians, prison guards, whatever), not trans women coming to arms against this society, menacing and violent.
tl;dr: Angela Baker is my fucking hero.
having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. it’s the fear of failure but no urge to be productive, and it’s wanting friends while hating socializing. it’s like running a marathon with the willpower of a corpse because you want to get to the end but you also want to sleep and evaporate into the soil and become compost for snails and flowers because then at least you’re useful