There has been a lot of discussion about this on social media. Some are outraged and offended that Johansson is playing a trans man, and others who support her just don't seem to get it. The supporters believe that it's very plain and simple: she's an actress she should be able to play any part. But there are problems with that mind set that go much deeper. It gets complicated. Could she also play Rosa Parks? Is there a double standard when it comes to marginalized groups of people? And this article I'm linking to now gets into it all far better than I can.
In 2015 I attended a screening of , a film that stars cisgender actor Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, the first transgender woman to successfully medically transition. It's a pretty terrible movie, a glossy representation of a woman through the lens of cisgender male objectification, relying on Redmayne's gifts as a physical mimic to carry a narrative that views Elbe as little more than a man in a dress replicating the mannerisms of women, even if apparently empathetic to that faulty perception. It's a film that means well, but it's poorly researched and cynically cast to perpetuate a trope that transgender identity is a form of crossdressing performance, a pseudo-sexual kink that deserves sympathy but no further understanding.
Here's the rest. It's well written. And I think this entire discussion in general is just about to explode.
But we see you, Rupert. We see you, Scarlett. And we won't let you erase us so easily.
Tom Brady On Salad Tossing
This is pure fluff, but it's funny, too.
New England Patriots quarterback and proof that good things really do come in big packages Tom Brady has slipped a revealing truth about his private life into an unassuming Instagram comment.
Teen Starves and Terrorizes Gay Man
This is not so funny.
Here's an odd, scary story about a US teen and a 50 year old gay man.
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