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Take Note: This is What Re-appropriation of Transgender Identities Looks Like

April 24, 2012

See this picture? The one below?

Feeling warm about Christy Turlingon’s cover photo? Stop it.

This is what it looks like when presumptive hetero-normativity decides to re-appropriate transgender identities to commute phony ideas of “edginess” in order to sell you crap.

A cis gendered woman performs masculinity with great care.

She does not dare grow actual facial hair; they must be delicately drawn in — comical and fake. Eyebrows appropriately plucked, sculpted. Brows arched into a “scowl”-like expression without actually using any facial muscles to scrunch anything — that would be aggressive and un-pretty. While no long tresses are seen, we know that long tresses exist in a bun, under the hat. Shirt collars are properly small and befitting a lady. Hat could easily be worn with a summer dress if need be. Blush? Check.

Christy Turlingon is not turning the tables, as much as she is sitting primly by it and holding it firmly in place.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2012 6:12 pm

    I didn’t feel warm about it in the first place, and you neatly articulated the reasons why.

  2. Merry permalink
    May 1, 2012 1:00 am

    …really? Like, really? This is what we’re supposed to be getting upset over? THIS is reappropriation? Give me a break. The whole “pencil-drawn mustache” thing has been going on FAR LONGER than trans* people were recognized as a movement. There’s getting upset over actual things, and then there’s looking for things to get upset over.

    I’m not going to get upset over this. I have bigger things to worry about in my life, like whether or not I get fired from my job or get beaten up.

  3. May 1, 2012 2:19 am

    Please. This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. Fake mustaches do not belong to trans people. Get over yourself.

  4. May 1, 2012 2:40 am

    I am sensing some cis gendered angst. Haha. Fools.

    Merry – What does “far longer than trans* people recognized as a movement” mean? You are clearly a tool.

    • Merry permalink
      May 1, 2012 2:53 am

      “Clearly a tool?” I think it’s funny that you ask for clarification on my sentence and then insult me? Classy.

      I mean that we haven’t been recognized since the days of the fake moustache on ladies. Trans* people have existed as long as there has been gender; that doesn’t mean that we have been recognized by society as an entity or a movement in every point in history. If you think that the trans* community as it exists today existed in say 1840s France, you’re simply wrong.

      Also, your implication that I am cisgendered is not only wrong, it’s offensive. You don’t have to be cisgendered to think that this is total bullshit.

      • May 1, 2012 3:46 am

        Yeah, I don’t know. It’s pretty hard to take you seriously. I am not sure what point you are making. It isn’t really a stretch to think about trans politics in relation to a cis gendered woman performing masculinity. I am simply critiquing this performance as an example of re-appropriation for commercial use. Not really anything to get all bothered about, which you clearly are. Who knows why.

        If you wanna show off your knowledge of “1840s France trans community”, I guess… go ahead? *shrug*

  5. Julio permalink
    May 1, 2012 3:00 am

    Lol no that is not a re-appropriation of transgenderism

    That IS transgenderism, at least according to the definition of your made up social class

  6. Anonymous permalink
    May 2, 2012 12:52 am

    This just in–women wearing pants, voting, and leaving the kitchen is transgender appropriation.

    • May 2, 2012 1:18 am

      Clever! Since it took you a whole day and anonymous voting courage to think that one up; I won’t call you a tool again. Go away.

  7. Anonymous permalink
    May 3, 2012 9:43 pm

    Please stop with this embarrassing shit. Even if your point had merit (which it doesn’t), I don’t think you understand what REappropriation means.

    And no, I’m not cis. I, trans woman, encourage ALL women to “reappropriate” signifiers of maleness and masculinity.

    • May 3, 2012 10:22 pm

      I don’t care who you are. You are rude and clearly an asshole. I don’t think you understand what basic manners is, so do feel free to fuck off.

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