The Daily Mail puts transgender people in quotes, reminding us we don’t exist

Britain is considering following in Australia’s footsteps and expanding the passport gender options for transgender and intersex folks. Check out this headline from the always classy Daily Mail’s story on the subject:

The gender-free British passport: UK travellers may no longer have to declare their sex, to spare feelings of 'transgender people'

OK first of all, the passports would not be “gender-free” (see, I can use de-legitimizing quotation marks too). They’d simply add a third option for intersex folks. The media has a habit of flipping out and deciding we’re completely destroying gender whenever trans issues come up. Which is just not true. UK travellers will still have to declare their sex, the new option would just mean intersex folks could be slightly more accurate. And “spare feelings?” Seriously? Yeah, being publicly outed and going through hours of humiliating searches and questioning is just a small matter of hurt feelings.

But the real highlight of the headline is putting quotation marks around transgender people. Intersex also appears in quotes in the article. Because remember, trans and intersex folks are like unicorns. There’s nothing quite like quotes to not only dehumanize whole communities of people but negate our existence entirely.

Oh, and the article also uses the super accurate term “sex-swap” right after throwing quotes around transgender again.

Here’s where you can contact the “Daily Mail,” I guess to ask them to stop behaving like the “Daily Mail.”

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3 Comments

  1. Posted September 19, 2011 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    When will the Daily Mail be marginalized enough so that most people will no longer take that waste of trees seriously?

    • Posted September 19, 2011 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      I don’t know when they wake up and see “0 people buying Daily Mail!”
      Sweet though

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