aaaaaaaa i just wanted to come on here to say this was really good and I love Her Story and everyone should watch it but everyone’s talking about how this was unnecessary criticism and I just don’t have the energy to read it all
please just stop insisting that you, if you are a cis person, understand what it’s like to be trans. you don’t, not just because you don’t experience being trans, but because most of the media about trans people, like this, is created by and for cis people, and doesn’t actually portray us.
and don’t compare the experience of being a truck driver to the experience of being trans. there is nothing fundamentally different about the experiences truck drivers compared to non-truck drivers in our society. we are asking to be represented by ourselves because there is no comparable experience. "but there’s no comparable experience to being Gandalf or Hitler and we can’t stop people from portraying those characters-"
we’re not asking you to stop portraying anything fantastical, or writing stories that aren’t directly and solely about your own experiences. we’re asking you to stop portraying people who actually exist right now and are physically affected by this, in a specific way that affects them. which is their portrayal by cis people.
you can, of course, still write stories with trans characters as a cis person, and you should, because it’s great to be represented. what you cannot do is make that story about how that person is trans, because that is an aspect of human experience that you have never yourself experienced, so it would just be you projecting your ideas about transness onto that character. a good example of a well written trans character by a cis guy is Claire from Questionable Content. the author consciously decided that he needed to make his comic more inclusive, did his research (which meant talking to some real live trans people, to understand common mistakes cis people make when portraying trans characters, and what issues to address) and wrote being trans as part of her character, but did not make the story about that.
thanks for reading. now go watch Her Story.