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Watch: The tranny vs she-male debate with Courtney Act and Our Lady J
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Watch: The tranny vs she-male debate with Courtney Act and Our Lady J

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:13 Written by // Sabine Brix

She-male and tranny are derogatory terms for some members of the trans community especially after the way in which the words were used on a recent episode of Ru Paul's Drag Race. Contestant and judge Courtney Act and Our Lady J discuss.

If you watch RuPaul's Drag Race then no doubt you didn't miss the fiasco which was episode four of the current season.

After airing a segment featuring a mini-challenge which asked contestants to differentiate between a female or she-male, the program came under attack, specifically from the trans community who contested the use of the words deeming them offensive.

Australian Drag Race contestant Courtney Act and singer and program judge Our Lady J give us their take on the controversy, dissecting the terms and giving us a lesson in language.

[Image]The tranny vs She-male challenge on Drag Race proved controversial.

Watch the debate here.

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Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

Comments (2)

  • michael

    27 May 2014 at 14:55 |
    i wrote out a long post that became too unfocussed. i'm trying again:
    my main issue with the shemale vs female is that it encourages the idea that you CAN tell someone's biological sex and ignore their gender presentation - the challenge celebrated whoever was best at it. not only is this act possible, it is a fun thing to engage in - according to the show. though they were drag queens and not trans women, the sex / gender interrogation is still being applauded (there was more about passing and what happens to trans women that 'fail' to pass in this context that i was gonna get into but it became too expansive). this challenged also scared me when remembering about the many stories of trans men and women who are assaulted in public bathrooms because cis patrons think they 'know' peoples biological sex, ignore gender presentations, and aim to find physical 'proof' of their findings. i understand the cis straight culture that leads to such assaults is very different to a drag environment. it is still scary however, and makes the drag environment feel non-inclusive to trans people. this is how i feel.

    in regards to whether or not to use terms that have been labelled by trans people (frequently trans women) as derogatory (in a modern context - many derogatory terms have innocent beginnings), i agree with your initial standpoint - that it is easy to cut out a few words to make people more comfortable. doing so makes people more important than words. i think it is also beneficial to listen to other trans people's opinions that don't find the terms offensive - their insight is important. at the end of the day however, i find it most important to side in the 'origianal' debate here with carmen carrera - essentially against ru paul. though it is sad to engage in such fighting, it is ru that needs to back down. ru has an entire drag empire and adoring fans to back up his dismissal of many trans people's feelings. carmen entered this all by feeling uncomfortable as a trans woman in ru paul's drag environment. ru enters this by ignoring carmen's feelings.

    this became long again but it is far too late for me to turn back now. i love that you prefer a discussion of love. this is my position. i'm sure it's not perfect, but hey! we're all learning

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  • Sami

    30 April 2014 at 02:08 |
    WATCH: LGBt OUTLET ONCE AGAIN TALKS DOWN TO TRANS COMMUNITY AND DEFENDS THE USE OF TRANSPHOBIC SLURS

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