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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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[–] Constantine 28 points (+28|-0)

There were a couple moments that had me side-eyeing the newest season of Atypical on Netflix.

First, the fact that they didn’t trans either Casey or Izzie alone surprised me, given the current climate. Then they sent the characters to a “Gender and Sexualtiy Alliance” meeting, and Casey didn’t understand or care about everyone’s pronouns, and subtlety made fun of them later on and talked about how she didn’t really like or fit in with the group. Even so, no one in the group seemed trans, just GNC, which was refreshing since they’re supposed to be like sixteen.

Then, in an episode toward the end, Casey used a fictional story about a girl track runner as an analogy to her own life (I won’t spoil how). In the story, the girl was told she must really be a boy/man because she was so fast, but she insisted she wasn’t.

It’s Netflix, so it was all subtle and clearly no one’s going to directly challenge the trans narrative in a show on there. But taking it all together I was left wondering if the director is a crypto-TERF, lol. She’s a WOC and they seem to be less susceptible to this shit, so you never know. I’m probably just reading what I want into it, though.

That's really interesting. I just watched Bill and Ted Face the Music yesterday and I thought the actress who played Ted's daughter was so good, so I looked her up. Turns out it's the woman who plays Casey on Atypical and I was very disappointed to find out she is "nonbinary" in real life. I've never seen the show, so I'm happy to hear they didn't let that influence the character.