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We all know that Hulu and Netflix are extraordinarily TRA friendly, with incredible pandering in recent shows toward trans orthodoxy. Trans characters are typically Too Pure For This World, and everyone who doesn't get it or suggests some alternative is a horrible bigot who deserves to be shunned and left firmly on the wrong side of history.

Have you seen anything recently that seemed a bit more skeptical, even if it might not have been intentional? I just started watching Flack with Anna Paquin, which is about a PR team that handles celebrity scandals. There's an episode where an aging comedian gets into a heckling contest with an audience member who is a TIM comedian, and the PR people try to educate him about trans issues by having him talk to activists. I DON'T think the showrunners intended this but the actor portraying the TIM comedian came across as SO narcissistic and opportunistic and entitled. When the poor little unpaid intern opened up to him about feeling left out in her office environment, he was like "You have the nerve to give a TRANSWOMAN a speech about feeling left out??"

The poor little unpaid intern is definitely the show's buttmonkey but she's 100% sympathetic, from the start. I feel like this moment highlighted just how easy it is to offend TIMs and made it a joke at the TIM's expense, even if the writers didn't intend it that way.

Have you seen any shows like this, especially recently?

We all know that Hulu and Netflix are extraordinarily TRA friendly, with incredible pandering in recent shows toward trans orthodoxy. Trans characters are typically Too Pure For This World, and everyone who doesn't get it or suggests some alternative is a horrible bigot who deserves to be shunned and left firmly on the wrong side of history. Have you seen anything recently that seemed a bit more skeptical, even if it might not have been intentional? I just started watching Flack with Anna Paquin, which is about a PR team that handles celebrity scandals. There's an episode where an aging comedian gets into a heckling contest with an audience member who is a TIM comedian, and the PR people try to educate him about trans issues by having him talk to activists. I DON'T think the showrunners intended this but the actor portraying the TIM comedian came across as SO narcissistic and opportunistic and entitled. When the poor little unpaid intern opened up to him about feeling left out in her office environment, he was like "You have the nerve to give a TRANSWOMAN a speech about feeling left out??" The poor little unpaid intern is definitely the show's buttmonkey but she's 100% sympathetic, from the start. I feel like this moment highlighted just how easy it is to offend TIMs and made it a joke at the TIM's expense, even if the writers didn't intend it that way. Have you seen any shows like this, especially recently?

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[–] radically_done 17 points (+17|-0)

Criminal Minds has openly talked about the links between kinks, including crossdressing, and violent offending. They have also talked a lot about male violence against women and sexual violence. I recall one episode where they caught a man who was wildly misogynistic so two of the female characters went into the interview room with him, ignored him and talked to each other about their own experiences with motherhood (including physical aspects of motherhood) and being female in order to make him squirm, and then when he tried to interrupt them one of them just said "Shush. The adults are talking" and went right back to her conversation with her friend.

It surprised me during my rewatch. There were a lot of surprisingly TERFy takes. Of course YMMV - many women are uncomfortable with the show for showing so much violence against women.

I never realized how many times CM characters talk about that stuff lol. I also love Elle getting revenge on that one POS serial killer in the first season, so satisfying.

I know exactly the scene you're talking about, with !<Emily and JJ interrogating the dude who brainwashed Morgan's cousin! >! (I used to be obsessed with the show, okay? πŸ˜‚)

After personal events, some of it is harder for me to stomach though, so I stopped watching after season 12 I think?