Internet Crush: Cisgender News
My latest Internet crush is on Cisgender News, a Tumblr dedicated to "Finding the cisgender angle in the latest news stories." Although there are only four posts so far, they pack a punch by turning coverage of trans issues inside out by applying the same tropes (a focus of pre- or post-op, fascination with appearance, inappropriate commentary on what's in someone's pants) to coverage of cisgendered people in the news.
Whether it's Carla Bruni ("She was born a woman and thinks she is a woman."), Pink Floyd-offspring Charlie Gilmour ("born Charlie Gilmour"), or Rebekah Brooks ("She is a typical Gemini; she's got her lovely fluffy side and then her angry side," Linda recalls, "and she doesn't bind her breasts or wear a packer."), CisNews points out the ridiculous ways trans people are more often than not described in mainstream news. And unfortunately, it's this type of coverage that's usually found on all other corners of the Internet, from profiles gone awry (Mx Justin Vivian Bond details the issues of New York magazine's problematic profile of v on v's blog), or the more harmful, potentially triggering news stories that dehumanize trans or gender-nonconforming individuals by using incorrect pronouns or names. CisNews creatively brings to the light the way mainstream news subtly pick at trans identities. For legit coverage of trans issues, check out TransGriot, Questioning Transphobia, Transadvocate, and Gudbuy t'jane, to name a few. Leave your own suggestion or blog in the comments!
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