Sometimes people use “transphobia” when they mean “bigotry toward trans* people”. But this post… this is pretty much the definition of transphobia, and honestly of paranoia in general.
Starting with the title: Are Boys Turning in to Girls Because of Man Made Chemicals? Wow. Total fearmongering here. Scary emasculation! Scary chemicals! Scary science!
Then the tagline: Cases of accelerated puberty in young girls and the “transgender” phenomenon) are occurring with increasing frequency. Seriously? First, what’s with the hovering parenthesis? Second, why is “transgender” in scare-quotes? Oh right, fearmongering. Cus it would be too much to admit that transgender people are real people living real experiences. Got it.
Then the image. It’s so horrible I won’t even post it here, but here’s the URL if you dare: http://s3.amazonaws.com/readers/2010/09/01/a1_1.jpg Basically, it’s a heavy-set balding hairy person wearing a corset and holding a cigar. They went out of their way to think of the least “mainstream attractive” male body-type they could imagine, then added breasts and female undergarments to it. Presenting this as their representative sample image is transphobic and dehumanizing to boot. (And seriously, who even walks around in their undergarments anyway?)
What follows is a lot of science mixed with pseudoscience jargon mixed with more transphobia mixed with plenty of the naturalistic fallacy. But don’t worry, they have a bulleted list:
- Educate yourself,your family and friends about endocrine disruptors.
- Use organic pesticides and fertilizers.
- Do not give young children soft plastic teether or toys
- Buy organic food Whenever possible
- Do not store fatty foods or water in plastic containers. Use glass article were ever possible.
- It is better to use natural estrogen replacement for men who require hormone replacement therapy.
You can hear the silent “or your girls will turn into sluts and your boys will grow up to be skirt-wearing fags!!1!” at the end of each line. Someone pass me a barf bag.