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So it’s shitty enough when gay men say fucked up things like “I want to date a real man, not a girl.” with their masc4masc shit.

But what gets to me is when bi men buy into this (I’ve seen it on OkC way too many times) and say things like “If you’re a man, actually be a man. If I just wanted to date a girl, trust me, I can.”

Thankfully, I’d like to think everyone who follows me understands what is fucked up about this, but the act that the whole world still doesn’t is shameful.

edit: I’m used to gay men on grindr pulling this shit, i just hadn’t seen it in the bisexual community very much before. i don’t expect “better” from any single community. everyone’s got their problems.

This is not to condemn all bisexuals at all, because of course no group should be singled out for the behaviour of some of its members, but I’m surprised that you’re surprised about bi men using this sort of homophobic language. I’ve seen it with bisexual men on countless occasions. Just like their gay homophobic counterparts, they want to ensure everyone still sees them as “real men” and doesn’t buy into the crap that equates any form of male homosex with effeminacy, so the easiest way to do this is to hang shit on effeminate men by heavily enforcing normative gender performance.

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hellnoradfems:

Y’all do realize feministsfacts is a blog making fun of the seemingly contradictory things feminists say, and this is just an example of it? 

It’s mocking the notion that you can be discriminated on as a man for being effeminate and it’s misogyny, and then it’s also misogyny when a woman acts outside of her gender norms.

It’s silly to blame them both on hatred as woman, because that’s really not accurate in the slightest. It’s more about people being uncomfortable about non-conformity and gender role non adherence.

No, I didn’t know that! It just came up on the femmephobia tag and I commented on it! Although personally, I think it’s good that feminism is contradictory - life’s complex and never black and white.

(Source: feministfacts)

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A while ago I would have agreed with this 100% but I don’t anymore. Still totally support the intention here but the more I think and read the more I think, instead of the above statement, the following is more true:
Society doesn’t so much hate feminine characteristics or women as much as it hates gender-expression in breach of a heteronormative matrix that says “females should be feminine women” and “males should be masculine men”. This same matrix places male men in a privileged positions and female women beneath them. Any deviation from this social expectation is punished to a greater or lesser degree. A male who exhibits what is interpreted as feminine qualities is punished more harshly for betraying his masculine obligations, whilst a female who exhibits what is interpreted as masculine qualities is also punished for transgressing her lower position on the hierarchy, but to a lesser degree since masculine qualities are still imbued with more acceptance and respect than the feminine.

If the punishment for violating gender norms is the result of their rigid enforcement, rather than valuation of one set of expressions over the other (something I’m likely to agree with), and if males are punished more harshly for their transgressions, than how does it follow that men are in a privileged position in this context? Usually when there’s a underclass, it’s restricted to a ghetto, while the privileged class is able to move around freely.
If males are indeed punished more severely for failing to exhibit sufficiently masculine characteristics, the explanation for this isn’t clear, but one theory that I’ve seen (daniphantomgone) is that men are required to prove their masculinity on a consistent basis, rather than being granted this status solely based on age and sex. A good example of this is the typical circumcision ritual that adolescent males have to go through in order to establish themselves as men in several cultures.

When you say men who are punished for being effeminate are still in a privileged position, do you mean in relation to women?

Where do I say this? That sounds a lot more like a statement made by you.

You wrote: “if males are punished more harshly for their transgressions, than how does it follow that men are in a privileged position in this context.” I just wanted clarification of what you meant here before responding, in case I accidentally misunderstood you.

I’m addressing the following quote, which I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with as a premise, but questioning whether someone who is dealing with greater restrictions can be simultaneously regarded as more “privileged”, per your characterization.
“A male who exhibits what is interpreted as feminine qualities is punished more harshly for betraying his masculine obligations, whilst a female who exhibits what is interpreted as masculine qualities is also punished for transgressing her lower position on the hierarchy”

thanks! My gut instinct says that an effeminate man’s punishment for transgressing gender norms is more severe than that doled out to a woman who transgresses these norms (more bullying, more harassment, more violence, more ridicule), but I think he would still (potentially at least) occupy a position of more privilege than women. But whether he would occupy a position of more privilege than a feminine woman who transgresses no gender norms, I’m not sure. What do you think?

I don’t have a confident answer as to why this might be so. I created the original graphic (for my other blog) to cast doubt on the notion that men are punished for transgressing their gender roles simply because femininity is hated. That idea strikes me as rather convoluted and blithe, and and doesn’t really make sense given that its inverse isn’t true — that women are rewarded for displaying masculine characteristics.
I think it’s important not to overstep one’s understanding of these issues, given that they are complex and difficult to investigate.

Fair enough. I don’t mind overstepping one’s understanding of these issues though - it can be fun and often leads to more understanding anyways. I just think feminism is queer (in a qood way) because it often shows us how there are several things going on at once, and often these things contradict each other. I don’t have a confident answer either, because the more feminist theory I read, the more and more I start thinking that gender is a lie, “femininity” is a construct of the dominant hegemonic masculine order, and that none of us are able to be as authentic as we wish we could be because we are just constantly being constituted externally by regimes of power. I then get confused and need to lie down… :-)

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A while ago I would have agreed with this 100% but I don’t anymore. Still totally support the intention here but the more I think and read the more I think, instead of the above statement, the following is more true:

Society doesn’t so much hate feminine characteristics or women as much as it hates gender-expression in breach of a heteronormative matrix that says “females should be feminine women” and “males should be masculine men”. This same matrix places male men in a privileged positions and female women beneath them. Any deviation from this social expectation is punished to a greater or lesser degree. A male who exhibits what is interpreted as feminine qualities is punished more harshly for betraying his masculine obligations, whilst a female who exhibits what is interpreted as masculine qualities is also punished for transgressing her lower position on the hierarchy, but to a lesser degree since masculine qualities are still imbued with more acceptance and respect than the feminine.

If the punishment for violating gender norms is the result of their rigid enforcement, rather than valuation of one set of expressions over the other (something I’m likely to agree with), and if males are punished more harshly for their transgressions, than how does it follow that men are in a privileged position in this context? Usually when there’s a underclass, it’s restricted to a ghetto, while the privileged class is able to move around freely.

If males are indeed punished more severely for failing to exhibit sufficiently masculine characteristics, the explanation for this isn’t clear, but one theory that I’ve seen (daniphantomgone) is that men are required to prove their masculinity on a consistent basis, rather than being granted this status solely based on age and sex. A good example of this is the typical circumcision ritual that adolescent males have to go through in order to establish themselves as men in several cultures.

When you say men who are punished for being effeminate are still in a privileged position, do you mean in relation to women?

Where do I say this? That sounds a lot more like a statement made by you.

You wrote: “if males are punished more harshly for their transgressions, than how does it follow that men are in a privileged position in this context.” I just wanted clarification of what you meant here before responding, in case I accidentally misunderstood you.

I’m addressing the following quote, which I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with as a premise, but questioning whether someone who is dealing with greater restrictions can be simultaneously regarded as more “privileged”, per your characterization.

A male who exhibits what is interpreted as feminine qualities is punished more harshly for betraying his masculine obligations, whilst a female who exhibits what is interpreted as masculine qualities is also punished for transgressing her lower position on the hierarchy

thanks! My gut instinct says that an effeminate man’s punishment for transgressing gender norms is more severe than that doled out to a woman who transgresses these norms (more bullying, more harassment, more violence, more ridicule), but I think he would still (potentially at least) occupy a position of more privilege than women. But whether he would occupy a position of more privilege than a feminine woman who transgresses no gender norms, I’m not sure. What do you think?

I don’t have a confident answer as to why this might be so. I created the original graphic (for my other blog) to cast doubt on the notion that men are punished for transgressing their gender roles simply because femininity is hated. That idea strikes me as rather convoluted and blithe, and and doesn’t really make sense given that its inverse isn’t true — that women are rewarded for displaying masculine characteristics.

I think it’s important not to overstep one’s understanding of these issues, given that they are complex and difficult to investigate.

Fair enough. I don’t mind overstepping one’s understanding of these issues though - it can be fun and often leads to more understanding anyways. I just think feminism is queer (in a qood way) because it often shows us how there are several things going on at once, and often these things contradict each other. I don’t have a confident answer either, because the more feminist theory I read, the more and more I start thinking that gender is a lie, “femininity” is a construct of the dominant hegemonic masculine order, and that none of us are able to be as authentic as we wish we could be because we are just constantly being constituted externally by regimes of power. I then get confused and need to lie down… :-)

(Source: feministfacts)

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To the few who have to go and to those who are staying

The last couple of days I’ve focused on the censorship of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I think this is in line with the general focus of my blog. Usually I focus on effeminophobia and racism within the community, but I feel what happened to RuPaul and the “she mail” controversy is also an excellent example of lateral violence within the community.

My position, which is obvious, is that RuPaul can absolutely reclaim a slur like she-mail because drag queens, regardless of how they identify, are often ridiculed with that slur. My position is also that this slur is not the personal property of trans women. That’s my position and I’ve argued as clearly as I can in previous posts why I hold that position. I haven’t read any convincing arguments as to why my position should be changed.

I know I’m not alone when I say that the excellent possibilities of the tumblr platform, and the fantastic ability it has to spread not only concepts of social justice but also community, are periodically derailed, menaced, and hated upon by a small group of trans people who really do cause their own communities and everyone else’s a lot of harm. I’ve gone from a person who really had nothing but respect and love for trans people to someone who is very cautious and wary of all trans people because of the terrible behaviour exhibited by a minority of trans people online. These people behave like the worst bullies I’ve seen online and I feel ashamed that they can in any way be connected to the queer communities. We don’t need these sorts of damaged goods in our stores. But clearly, with the frequency with which these sorts of people rear their heads, and the damage they do to all of us, it’s obvious we need to think of ways of managing them.

I’ve written a post like this one many times before and never published it for fear of the inevitable knee-jerked backlash and hate campaign that will start by such terrible examples of the trans community. But I’ve decided not to hold back today. I know some beautiful trans people, and I think there are more beautiful ones than horrible ones, but as is the way with all things these days, the good is shouted down by the bad.

So for those of you who chose to unfollow me because I decided enough was enough - that’s fine. I’m glad you unfollowed but I also wish you good luck. For those of you who sent messages thanking me for pushing back - thank you very much. It’s great to know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Hopefully now I can get back to blogging about what I usually do, and hopefully the next negative trans hatefest campaign doesn’t break out for at least a couple more months, although I’m not holding my breath.

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“I don’t care who you are. I don’t care how many LGBT friends you have. I don’t care how many years you’ve been hanging around with gay men and assorted other freaks. I don’t care if you think you’ve established a stake in “the scene”…

Yeah you’re the one being ignorant here. And for the most part I want to like your blog but this here is the attitude that keeps transwomen from being recognized as real people. So maybe you should take a step back from the situation and reevaluate your views.

Funny. Transwomen (I should say SOME trans women since it’s hardly all of them) seem to attack the very people who DO recognise them as real people, whilst conveniently ignoring the actual sources of oppression and erasure. GTFO

And other people can recognise the difference between a self-aggrandizing blowhard who can’t even be bothered to make sure there’s a space between “trans” and “women” and an actual trans woman who is telling you to cis the fuck down, cissie.

Boy howdy, if we didn’t have you jackasses to cissplain shit to us, we wouldn’t know our asses from a hole in the ground. Go fuck yourself.

OMG I DIDNT PUT A SPACE BETWEEN THE WORDS TRANS AND WOMAN? SURELY THIS IS THE PROOF YOU NEED THAT I AM PURE EVIL! Oh, and also: trans*yawn.

Why do you hate trans women so much that you attempt to silence them every time they speak like idk I really do think you should take a seat and shut up

why are you so basic as to say I hate trans women? Arguing with a trans person doesn’t equal hating all trans people, fool.

This is not “just an argument” you’re calling her a she male, knowing how trans women feel about that phrase. That comes from a place of hatred and oppression so don’t tell me that y’all are “just arguing” who are you trying to fool lmao

Er, you need to brush up on your comprehension skills if you think I’ve called her a she male. Anyways how’s it working out for you, being a trans bully and all that? So sick of you people, acting like bastards and bringing the rest of the trans community into disrepute. Fucking disgraceful. Now go on, regurgitate some more nonsense and fuck off. The rest of us can get back to a rational place after that.

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emilyrosefromthegrave:

gcvsa:

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“I don’t care who you are. I don’t care how many LGBT friends you have. I don’t care how many years you’ve been hanging around with gay men and assorted other freaks. I don’t care if you think you’ve established a stake in “the scene”…

Yeah you’re the one being ignorant here. And for the most part I want to like your blog but this here is the attitude that keeps transwomen from being recognized as real people. So maybe you should take a step back from the situation and reevaluate your views.

Funny. Transwomen (I should say SOME trans women since it’s hardly all of them) seem to attack the very people who DO recognise them as real people, whilst conveniently ignoring the actual sources of oppression and erasure. GTFO

And other people can recognise the difference between a self-aggrandizing blowhard who can’t even be bothered to make sure there’s a space between “trans” and “women” and an actual trans woman who is telling you to cis the fuck down, cissie.

Boy howdy, if we didn’t have you jackasses to cissplain shit to us, we wouldn’t know our asses from a hole in the ground. Go fuck yourself.

OMG I DIDNT PUT A SPACE BETWEEN THE WORDS TRANS AND WOMAN? SURELY THIS IS THE PROOF YOU NEED THAT I AM PURE EVIL! Oh, and also: trans*yawn.

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throughthefearandfire submitted:
Hey, I’m a big fan of your blog and writing, especially on the racism and internalised homophobia in gay communities, the fallacies of marriage equality etc. Ditto on RuPaul and Drag Race, in a huge way. But I think I have to very respectfully disagree with you on the “You’ve Got She-Mail” debate.

I am uncomfortable with the idea of cis-men reclaiming slurs directed at transpeople and transwomen (just as I am with racial slurs being reclaimed by people not from those races) because there is no direct inversion of power relations (between the oppressor and the oppressed). As a cis-man myself, I don’t know what it is like to have such slurs directed at me and what I would feel, and as a result, I feel like I don’t have a basis for making a reclamation.

And sure there are lots of transwomen saying it’s not offensive, but there are also a significant number saying it is, and who report the use of these transphobic slurs alongside instances of violence. In such a case, isn’t it better to err on the side of people who are experiencing real pain and suffering? Why should my enjoyment and entertainment (and I do think “You’ve Got She-Mail” is quite witty) be contingent on causing pain or discomfort to others, even if it is a minority?

I think RuPaul is a great ally and not transphobic (and I don’t agree at all with the people directing vitriol towards him), but sometimes your actions can have negative effects even if you don’t intend to, and you can inadvertently create discrimination and oppression. In such cases, it’s better to reassess, as RuPaul (or at least Logo) has done (however messily). Pushing for allies to be more aware and respectful is not “tearing the community down” in any way, and I think it’s perfectly fine to direct activism at both allies and oppressors. Finally, some of the language of being grateful to allies and on what one should or should not find offensive is disturbing precisely because the lived experiences of discrimination and oppression are so intensely personal, and shouldn’t be dictated by others why maybe haven’t experienced the same things.

Drag language, and LGBT communities, are so rich and diverse, and I’m sure we can find other terms that are just as amusing but maybe not as harmful.

Anyway, just my two cents! And thank you for the blog and the opportunity to engage =)

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Thanks for your message.

With respect to you, I reject this line of reasoning completely. I reject the frenzied attacks that have been visited upon RuPaul and his/her use of the reclaimed slur “she-male” completely. And for the dozenth time, I’d like to say just how offended and insulted I am personally and in general at the way some queer people choose to behave towards other queer people who are not even inadvertently (let alone deliberately) causing offence.

I don’t even think these particular people deserve their positions to have as much attention as they get, and I am absolutely disgusted that LogoTV has supplicated itself to their ignorant, ideologically illogical positions and the way they bully people into altering behaviour that should not be altered, just to satisfy their own perverse misunderstandings and proclivities towards catastrophisations and over-reactions at the mere mention of words and noises that shouldn’t trigger them but do because they don’t spend the requisite time examining their political positions and the theories that inform these positions. A lot of these complainers and whiners and screamers and shouters hear a few statements, a few positions, a few words and sounds that prop-up their sense of oppression and struggle, then jump on these bandwagons in support of things they don’t rationally understand. In other, simpler words, they join a mob, complete with electronic pitchforks, torches, and shovels.

Let’s turn the tables around a little: do you honestly think that RuPaul, living the life he/she has lived/is living, could never be the target of a slur such as “she male”? I mean, here we have a queer black man doing drag. Do you not think the ignorant amongst humanity would jump at the chance to slander him in such a manner? Heck, I’ve only done drag once in my life, and for the most part on the outside dress in the masculine, and even I’ve been called a she-male by an ignorant heterosexual homophobe who wanted to ridicule me. The most butch, cis-homo males amongst us can fall foul of this particular slur, no matter how hard they try to inhabit a masculine space, because the ignorant in our society use all manner of slurs along the same lines to insult us: fag, queer, sissy, girlie boy, lady-boy, she-male, tranny, etc.

Breaking down the insults into arbitrary groups of homophobia, transphobia, effeminophobia, and femmephobia may be practical when analysing the specific reasons and origins of these slurs, but then to use these broken down categories and lay claim to them, saying “this is a transphobic slur, therefore only trans people can reclaim it” is ridiculous, especially when those who use the slur negatively can use it not just against trans people but against anyone whom they believe breaches the code of compulsory heterosexuality.

Simply put: she-male is an insult, a slur, that can be / is used against non-heterosexual males and against trans people. It is not the personal possession or belonging of trans people. It can, therefore, be reclaimed by anyone it has been used against, and in reclaiming it, the power of the oppressor is taken away. Drag Queens are slurred by ignorant people as she-males. RuPaul is a Drag Queen. This is logically basic. RuPaul has turned it from an insulting slur into a light-hearted pun, and in doing this he/she has stripped it of its vicious intent. Simple. Thank heaven for RuPaul, and shame on those who attack him/her for it.

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Today on my blog is going to be RuPaul day. Gender bending she male extraordinaire. A fine leader for all us queers!

Today on my blog is going to be RuPaul day. Gender bending she male extraordinaire. A fine leader for all us queers!

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“I don’t care who you are. I don’t care how many LGBT friends you have. I don’t care how many years you’ve been hanging around with gay men and assorted other freaks. I don’t care if you think you’ve established a stake in “the scene”…

Yeah you’re the one being ignorant here. And for the most part I want to like your blog but this here is the attitude that keeps transwomen from being recognized as real people. So maybe you should take a step back from the situation and reevaluate your views.

Funny. Transwomen (I should say SOME trans women since it’s hardly all of them) seem to attack the very people who DO recognise them as real people, whilst conveniently ignoring the actual sources of oppression and erasure. GTFO

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You can censor RuPaul, but you can’t censor me.

queeradical:

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My phone and iPad now say “Grrl, you got she-mail!” every time someone sends me an email. Now I’m going to sign up to every spammy site I can find to ensure I hear those words all day, every day.

translation: “i as a queer male feel personally victimized for being called out on my transphobic bullshit and now I’m going to make myself feel better by perpetuating slurs that contribute to a culture of disrespect for and violence against trans women!”

translation: “I’m going to make assumptions about other people’s identities in order to justify my own personal although completely misguided beliefs about who can say what in the queer community, and about who can and cannot reclaim slurs that affect us all. In other words, I’m a vexatious and perplexing individual who feels victimised, erased, and ineffectual in the real world, and as a result will attack my allies since they are the only people who acknowledge my presence and identity, and therefore serve as a convenient and lateral punching bag. I continue to displace the actual sources of my oppression, being content to attack and vilify those people who are the most likely to respect me for my identity choices. I am a shameful queer embedded in a conservative matrix trying desperately to liberate myself without actually taking seriously the need to rethink the manner in which I engage with the world and with my non-heterosexual allies. It sucks to be me, but not as much as it sucks to encounter me on Tumblr “

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You can censor RuPaul, but you can’t censor me.

My phone and iPad now say “Grrl, you got she-mail!” every time someone sends me an email. Now I’m going to sign up to every spammy site I can find to ensure I hear those words all day, every day.

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Brethren lose appeal on gay school camp

The state’s highest court has found the Christian Brethren church discriminated against a suicide prevention group for young gays when one of the church’s youth camps refused to take its booking.

Court of Appeal president Justice Chris Maxwell and Justices Marcia Neave and Robert Redlich said Christian Youth Camps, owned by the Christian Brethren church, opposed homosexual sexual activity as ‘‘ contrary to God’s teaching as set out in the Bible’’ .

In a majority decision, handed down on Wednesday, Justices Maxwell and Neave dismissed Christian Youth Camp’s appeal against a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal finding . The tribunal had found the Phillip Island Adventure Resort, run by Christian Youth Camps, had breached the Equal Opportunity Act by refusing to take a booking from members of Cobaw Community Health Service’s Way Out project in 2007.

The project aims to prevent suicide by young gay people in rural areas.

The Equal Opportunity Act allows religious groups to discriminate against anyone as long as it is done because of ‘‘ genuine religious beliefs or principles’’ . But Way Out argued that exemptions did not apply when a religious group operated as a commercial entity.

The Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday that Christian Youth Camps was not a ‘‘ body established for religious purposes’ ’ and was not entitled to any exemption.

Justice Redlich disagreed with the other two appeal judges. He believed the refusal of the accommodation was necessary for both the Christian Youth Camps and the manager to comply with their genuine religious beliefs.

County Court judge Felicity Hampel, sitting as tribunal vice-president , fined Christian Youth Camps $5000 for discrimination, saying : ‘‘ The conduct of the respondents in refusing the booking was clearly based on their objection to homosexuality. They are entitled to their personal and religious beliefs. They are not entitled to impose their beliefs on others in a manner that denies them the enjoyment of their right to equality and freedom from discrimination.’’


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dointhething asked: I'm so hurt by the way you've spoken up with RuPaul and a chorus of other people who think transphobia is just a joke or that people need to lighten up. Especially re: that last ask, you literally discounted an actual trans woman (Carrera) even when she spoke out. How can you support trans people if you won't acknowledge their lived experiences, and try to invalidate them by needing to read proof of the discrimination they face? Have you considered that you're part of the problem?

Please save me these sorts of histrionics. RuPaul had not caused offence to “the trans community”. It’s just a small number of the usual subjects: people who identify as trans taking issue with non-transphobic statements (reclaiming a transphobic slur is the OPPOSITE of transphobia you idiots!) because they have a politically one dimensional view. And I might add that this “us vs them”, “victim vs oppressor” political mentality some trans people display is decidedly conservative and “unqueer”. RuPaul has literally done wonders for all queers, including trans people, and the way some of them (and I’m saying some, not all) are behaving just makes them sound like a pack of ungrateful arseholes. The people attacking RuPaul don’t speak for the entire trans community, even though they loudly claim they do (yourself included). For every trans person attacking RuPaul there’s several trans people disagreeing with them. RuPaul reclaimed a slur and made a pun out of it, yet you guys are, as usual, taking it as an opportunity to take on the role of victim and shout down yet another ally (an ally, it can safely be said, who has been the butt of many a “she male” slur in his/her life). If anyone can reclaim the term she-male it’s RuPaul, and that small number of very loud people in the trans community who are vilifying him/her as a result are an utterly queer disgrace and shame.