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  1. Dolanchap

    This ad infuriates me, and almost more infuriating is the way Meteor are handling this criticism. I complained about the blatant trans*phobia to them, and they responded by explaining drag culture to me. As they said themselves, drag needs an audience, and those tired and dangerous stereotypes in the bar were not performing to one in the scene. That’s not performative, that is offensive, and it makes me sick to my stomach that it’s still on the air

  2. [...] October 16, 2012 by Aoife O'Riordan You know Meteor? They’re a mobile phone company here. They have some.. interesting ideas about how it’s appropriate to advertise data plans. There’s a lot of ways to advertise data plans, I’m sure. Advertising is plainly not my thing, bu… [...]

  3. To give Meteor a piece of your mind, tweet them at @meteor_mobile with the hashtag #meteorshame. Don’t let them get away with this!

  4. Kris

    To be honest, when I saw this add I didnt really think too much about it. But reading this article Im like what how did I not see this viewpoint/feel it. Maybe its because being a gay woman, Im not majorly educated around Trans issues/discrimination Trans people face. For eg: I dont know any Trans people. No let me rephrase that. Im not close friends with any Trans people. Now thats just by coincidence I should add. I think that even though we are all part of the same community LGB and T, there still is a vast gulf between Gay, Lesbian and Bisexuals peoples understanding/integration with people who identify as Trans and this needs to change. After all, there is strength in numbers. If i was on Twitter, I would be tweeting Meteor myself and encouraging everyone, gay or straight, to do the same. Those of us who identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual need to rid themselves of the ‘im alright jack’ mentality, and fight for Trans peoples rights aswell as our own.

  5. Tammy H

    I am disgusted and appalled that this was an actual commercial. I realize that I live in that bubble known as the USA, but I had no idea that this kind of discriminatory advertising was allowed, if that is even the right word I’m looking for. I am a married bisexual, and it scares me to no end that my children are exposed to a world where excrement like that ad is deemed okay. My daughter is engaged to a wonderful transgendering woman, and I don’t understand how anyone has the right to make them feel any less human than a “traditional cis” couple. This is so distasteful that it is hard to wrap my mind around it. Thank you for making the rest of the world aware.

  6. Nora

    Ok new to the debate but where does the word “cis” come from? I know its non trans but what does it mean and cissexism what does that mean?

  7. In organic chemistry, “trans” are double-bonded carbon atoms where the first portion of the molecule is across from the other portion of the molecule. The opposite of this term is “cis”, where the two portions of the molecule are on the same side of the double-bond. The word “cissexism” is a portmanteau of “cis” and “sexism”. If you prefer to use the term “transgender”, another option might be “cisgenderism”.

    In a brief opinion, if someone’s ACTIONS make you uncomfortable, it may be acceptable to make their actions the butt of your joke. However, if someone’s BEING makes you uncomfortable, it is absolutely NOT ok to make that someone the butt of your joke.

  8. Nora- I just realised you asked about cissexism as well. Basically, where transphobia is things that actively disparage trans people, cissexism is things which imply that being cis is more ‘normal’ than being trans. So if I say that we live in a cissexist society, I mean that we live in a society that assumes that absolutely everyone is cis and that we don’t need to take into account the needs of trans people. It’s often caused more by ignorance than malice, but it can still make life a whole lot more difficult for trans people.

    Hope that helps!

  9. Nora

    Ok taking a risk here but to the ignorant and I am one does drag acts not confuse the issue and us ignorants in the process. It appears to make a laugh of it all and it honestly is what most people think of when they are talking about trans people… am I way out in thinking this way…awaiting to be corrected. Nora

  10. Nora: Yeaaaah, I’m going to correct you a bit on this one. Basically, there’s a whole massive spectrum of trans* identities and behaviours and all sorts. From cross-dressers to genderqueers to transgender to transsexual and, yep, lots of drag performers fit in there too. Drag can be a million and one things- some of which can be offensive, sure. But so many ways of doing drag can be awesome and creative and positive. And can also poke fun at us in affectionate, insider-ish ways.
    The other great thing about drag is that for a lot of people it can be a ‘safe’ space to start exploring around gender. Trying on different ways of presenting yourself. Seeing what works. Getting to do that in a place that is fun and creative and welcoming, where it is fine that it can be anything from a bit of fun to a long-term alter-ego to something totally revelatory about your own identity.

    Basically, drag can be awesome. And drag artists have been part of the LGBTQ community since forever. Going way back to the seriously badass drag queens at Stonewall, even.

    I think.. there’s a lot of things under the whole LGBTQetc umbrella that can seem a bit confusing at first glance. And y’know, that’s fine. People are complicated, no matter what categories we fall into! The thing is that confusing doesn’t necessarily mean bad, and I think it’s really important that we don’t not celebrate diverse identities just ’cause they can get confused. We’ve just gotta do a better job of education :)

    Aaaand that one turned into a cross between a novel and a manifesto, didn’t it?

  11. dolanchap

    Aoife, would you mind if I totally copy- pasted that last comment onto my forehead or something? Yet again you have coherently expressed something I am constantly trying to say. You’re unreal.

  12. Nora

    Thank you too aoife… I did realise that drag was a positive thing and get they whole insider thing… guess I just wanted to say its confusing…and thst its only the bad drag that gets media time and if I am confused and I really want to educate myself and my kids… I shudder to think what others allow themselves to think…
    Keep up the excellent writing I really love this site..

  13. Nora

    Ps close family member secretly identifies as a woman in mans body…so am really trying to get a handle on this whole area so I can support him…( he wants to be called him as he is not going to do anything about it..yet) so sad that in a loving family we have two people who have to hide who they really are…

  14. Eebs

    @Nora, there is a brilliant trans peer support group in Dublin and a bunch more around the rest of the country.

    http://www.teni.ie/page.aspx?contentid=14

    I would highly recommend your trans* family member give one of these a try at least once. Really really helped me.

    I hope you can both support each other and maybe in time, you’ll feel ready to share these parts of yourselves with your family.

  15. Nora

    @Eebs thank you for your kind wishes and the info… really feel stronger each day with my own identity and this site is really really helping..

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