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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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[–] BristlingBo2 7 points (+7|-0) Edited

Recently rewatched New Girl and while there's a lot that can be said about the whole manic pixie dream girl aspect of it (and a lot of other things) there were at least two quite terfy moments. The one was when Jess has her period and really bad PMS and Winston claims to have PMS too. Nick shouts at him that he can't have PMS because he doesn't have a uterus.

The episode I saw last night had Schmidt yelling something like "Of course I understand women, I'm practically a woman on the inside" and everyone just looks at him like he's completely insane and it's definitely played as him being beyond ridiculous to say that.

Of course there's the other subplot about CeCe needing to start a family ASAP because her fertility is compromised.

What's interesting to me is often there are inadvertent terfy moments in a lot of shows. As in often things "slip through the cracks" so to speak when women are discussing experiences unique to women. The things they say would easily get them labelled a transphobe on Twitter (because the definition of terf seems to be "woman with an opinion I don't like) and it's interesting that the writers of the shows either don't know this in some cases, or are uncovering this problem because of how incompatible trans rights are with not only women's rights but simply the reality of having a female body and socialisation.