From the article:
Trans film critics have widely condemned the Netflix-distributed film Girl—a contender at next year’s Oscars—as “dangerous” and “sickening.”
This is a spoiler. Big spoiler coming.
The film closes with the 15 year old girl in question cutting her penis off with scissors in a gore spattered scene. What the ever loving fuck?!
I feel like this is horrific, and so fucking unnecessary.
The main transgender character, Lara, is played by a cisgender boy. They show her getting on hormone therapy, and then literally cutting her dick off with scissors.
Girl is directed by Lukas Dhont, a cis man. It’s co-written by Dhont and Angelo Tigssens, also cis men. However it was inspired by Nora Monsecour, a ballerina that inspired the work. She has spoken out in response to the backlash.
Even if we go past the horrible and insensitive portrayal. The cis boy playing a transgender girl. The fact that this is a dangerously inappropriate portrayal that plays into bigoted views of transgender women. I can also come up with the fact that it’s boring, unimaginative, and been done to death already.
In the early 80s, I got a hold of a bunch of small press indy comics. One of them told a story of a group of gutter punks squatting in an empty home. One of the characters was a transgender girl, without any mention of the word trans anything. Her story culminated in her cutting her penis off with scissors.
Yet, this badly done comic showcased this as a problem of having a lack of access to medical care, and the sheer bullshit trans folks have to go through. I suspect the author knew someone that was trans.
I have seen this story played out again and again and again. It’s not a new idea. It’s not a great idea. It’s not a helpful idea. Yet, here were are watching people make movies with that bizarre cultural obsession on who has the penis.
I suppose it would be shocking to find out that some transgender women don’t care to remove their genitals. They have decided for them, to keep it, and are happy. Same for transgender men.
This single minded cultural obsession on if transgender people have penises is stupid, and results in movies like Girls.