I can’t stop thinking about the latest transphobic ad.
It’s not the transphobia. It’s not how it rubs in that I don’t get periods, have no ovaries, and can never have kids. It’s not quite even the discussion about trans-versus-drag that some try to bring up.
Well, it’s kind of that. But not really.
Really, it’s that it’s a short story with major flaws. How can I resist rewriting it?
And what’s the biggest flaw? Well, most people don’t know the difference between a man in drag and a trans woman.
What if the story could enlighten them?
A MAN and a WOMAN approach the mirror. They start putting on makeup. Eyelashes. Lipstick.
The woman searches through her purse. She can’t find what she’s looking for.
The man pulls out a tampon from his own purse and offers it to her.
The woman cringes. “Thanks, but… I’m transgender. No periods.” (quieter, bitter) “No babies.”
“Oh, I’m so sorry! That’s so sad…”
“You didn’t know…”
It’s still got issues… I’m not up on etiquette, but personally, I’d be a little freaked out if someone offered me a tampon, for a multitude of reasons. A dude in the ladies’ restroom (one in drag notwithstanding) might freak me out even more.
Still, I think it is far more perfect than the ad that aired, even though I’m missing the ending.
You know, the part that sells the product. I’m not too inclined to write it, though. I don’t want to sell this product.
I have negative attitudes towards men in drag. I don’t understand it, and too often—partially due to people’s confusion of drag and trans—feel attacked by it.
Is this normal? Appropriate? Inappropriate?
In any case, I tried to keep that bias out of this writing.