Minus My Humanity

January 3, 2007 ·

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Why not just say a singaporean woman…or man? Hell, even “transsexual woman” would be better than “transsexual.” I guess it’s easier to see “transsexuals” as some kind of mutant rather than a person.

To a person that isn’t trans, it may be hard to understand why the semantics at play here are important. I agree with Rush Limbaugh, words do mean things. Writing this way will dehumanize Kamaruzaman Bin Mohamed Noor. Stripping away a person’s humanity makes it easier to hate them.

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  1. Shit like that really ticks me off. In its haste to seem “objective” the press ends up reducing human beings to labels. Although, you have to wonder if they would have written the article in the same “objective” style if it were about anyone who wasn’t a transexual person.

    Seriously, is their gender even germaine to the article?

  2. Shit like that really ticks me off. In its haste to seem “objective” the press ends up reducing human beings to labels. Although, you have to wonder if they would have written the article in the same “objective” style if it were about anyone who wasn’t a transexual person.

    Seriously, is their gender even germaine to the article?

  3. Yeah, shit…or they could even say, oh I dunno, “PERSON”?? Who cares what gender the person is? 😛

  4. Yeah, shit…or they could even say, oh I dunno, “PERSON”?? Who cares what gender the person is? 😛