Dictionary.com defines prejudice as:
1. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
2. any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
3. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, esp. of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.
A recent blog post here at SistersTalk had at least one reader (or, umm, former reader?) really ticked off. In that post, I asked if a straight guy at our local gay bar was considered transgender just because he wore a dress. A writer over at Transadvocate was fumin’ and spittin’ nails. She said (and I paraphrase), “you obviously don’t know a damn thing about transgender issues.”
Well, duh! I think I already said I knew very little about transgender issues. That blog post was meant to act as an educational experience – for myself and anyone else who’s willing to learn more about transgender issues. I asked a few blatantly honest questions and I didn’t feel the need to present a politically correct situation so I didn’t piss off a whole slew of transgender people and transgender activists. It’s just not in my nature. I will always be as true to what I’m thinking as possible.
Anyway, a recent episode of SistersTalk Radio‘s She Said, She Said podcast series addresses gender prejudices. In that podcast, we revisit the blog post that annoyed Ms. Transadvocate, in addition to a few other events that led us to question how we really feel about gender and gender stereotypes.
You can listen to the podcast here (it might take a minute to load):
In this episode, we discuss:
*Lesbians who can’t figure out how to get laid AND manage their friendships at the same time
*More gay and lesbian short film reviews
*The cross-dressin’ straight guy who stalks straight girls at the gay bar
*Challenging gender stereotypes
*Janina Gavankar – Papi from The L Word
*Our first year anniversary episode (it’s all about lesbian sex!)
I am open to constructive dialogue regarding transgender issues, even if you completely disagree with everything you hear in the podcast. But, please, don’t start typin’ your bitchy comments without listening to the entire podcast first. Selective hearing is a pain in everyone’s ass.