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REPRESENTATION OF TRANSGENDER IN THE MEDIA

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Transcript of REPRESENTATION OF TRANSGENDER IN THE MEDIA

2005
Present
2000
2010
Media is a powerful Tool
-Can be informative

- Carries influence

- Can provide representation
How trans folk were portrayed by the media in the past?
Representation of trans folk in the present
The Potter Box
1.Ethical Dilemma?
- Media representation extremities
2.Values that relate to the situation?
-Self-worth
3.Moral Philosophy as justification for
a decision?
-Be true to who YOU are. Never
hinder due to lack of acceptance.
4. To whom one is ultimately loyal?
-To audience/peers/ family
Improvement of media representation of transgenders
Campaigns exist to serve a purpose of improving transgender
Transmedia Action
Transmedia Watch
An advocacy site " Transandmedia"
Transandmedia consists of five other European organizations, which also seek to gain transgender media equality, hoping to help each other and exchange information and strategies
How Are Transgender People Changing The Media?
http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/how-are-transgender-people-changing-the-media/524af51c78c90a6f06000074
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
54% had negative representations
12% fair and accurate
40% victim roles
21% killers or villains
20% Sex workers
61% Anti-transgender slurs, language and dialogue

• Other forms of media besides the news misrepresents transgender
• Movies and films are a common way of misrepresenting transgender
• The plot of The Silence of the Lambs regarding the antagonist Buffalo Bill is considered transphobic; it reinforces the stereotype that trans women are delusional predators
• Movies that misrepresent transgender have an immediate impact on real life
• Women’s festivals exclude trans women, laws are passed to stop trans people from using the correct bathroom lest they be rapists or murderers, increasing their chances of being assaulted or even killed
• Trans women in general are usually more at risk of being assaulted or murdered
• Comedy is another category that misrepresents transgender
• The show Family Guy also perceives trans women as predators
• In an episode, a man slept with a trans woman and when he discovered the truth, he puked for forty seconds

HOW MEDIA MISREPRESENTS TRANS FOLK
• Other forms of media besides the news misrepresents transgender
• Movies and films are a common way of misrepresenting transgender
• Women’s festivals exclude trans women
• Trans women in general are usually more at risk of being assaulted or murdered


PRINT MEDIA
CISGENDER
Transparent
Glee
INFORMATIVE
-Defining the transgender

-Confusion is big in transgender society



INFLUENCE
-Reflection of society

-Images may be manipulated

REPRESENTATION
Leelah Alcorn
Cisgender is defined as the gender identity that aligns with the one at assigned birth.
“A year ago when my Time magazine cover came out I saw posts from many trans folks saying that I am 'drop dead gorgeous' and that doesn't represent most trans people," Cox said. "It was news to me that I am drop dead gorgeous but I'll certainly take it. But what I think they meant is that in certain lighting, at certain angles I am able to embody certain cisnormative beauty standards."
Sons of Anarchy

NEWS/DOC
"Transgender people face shockingly high levels of discrimination, and GLAAD's own study of transgender representations in the last 10 years of television found that more than half were negative."
-GLAAD
TV and FILM
Ian Harvie actor and comedian, Transparent.
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THANK YOU!
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