Regina Kleinzeller 
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Re: “On How Life Is

While I'm sure you know your partner's preferences in this regard, Barabara, I highly disagree with your statement. There are female comedians and performers who use the term "bitch" or even "cunt"... does that mean a male critic gets to refer to them as such in a review? There are rappers who use the term "nigger" (and no, I'm not making an analogy between this word and tranny) but does that mean a white reviewer gets to refer to them as such? There are terms used within specific oppressed communities which are property of that community for a reason, and just because someone is reviewing a book written by an author who uses a certain word doesn't mean it belongs in a review (unless it's specifically discussed within a critical social context). And to equate the word "tranny," a term which regardless of who chooses to use it, is still found to be highly offensive by many trans women when used in general parlance, to respectful pronoun usage is kind of absurd. I believe Alison is a cis woman, so, no, she shouldn't be using this slang term for a literary review and just understand that you or any other cis woman is displaying entitlement when you use it outside of a mutually-agreed upon one-on-one situation... and that's regardless of who you choose to sleep with.

Posted by Regina Kleinzeller on 08/16/2012 at 2:19 PM

Re: “On How Life Is

Alison, while I appreciate Kate Bornstein seemingly has no problem with the term "tranny," many trans women and some trans men do who find it to be a highly offensive, stigmatizing term. Really, it has no place in a serious review, nor is it a term which non-trans persons should throw around either to show "solidarity" or hipness. If you really want to view yourself as being a trans ally who respects your trans readers, I suggest leaving "tranny" as an inter-community term which trans women and gender variant drag queens choose to use on a person-to-person basis.

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Posted by Regina Kleinzeller on 08/08/2012 at 8:51 AM

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