Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Transmisogyny in Gaming

[TRIGGER WARNING: RANK TRANSPHOBIA, TRANSMISOGNY, MISGENDERING, SUICIDE]

Apparently there's a hugely transphobic/transmisogynistic joke in a game called Pillars of Eternity. This game is not unique in this aspect, but the "joke" in question highlights exactly how trans women are treated by our larger society.

An item description in the game says the following:

"Here lies Firedorn, a hero in bed. He once was alive, but now he's dead. The last woman he bedded, turned out a man, and crying in shame, off a cliff he ran."

So the "joke" is that trans women as a whole are not only really men, but so horrifically repulsive that the natural response to sleeping with such a person is suicide.

Imagine being told over and over again through jokes like this that you're so fundamentally horrible that anyone who had sex with you would want to kill themselves after.

That goes a little beyond "offensive." This is why so many trans people hate themselves, especially trans women, and why the average lifespan of a trans person is 30-32 years.

This is why we need the Trans Day of Visibility. This is why we desperately need to fight against shit like this and spread the idea that trans women are FUCKING HUMANS who need the basic level of fucking recognition and compassion.

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