Remember kids, if you become trans it’s because a doctor forced you to do it!
Very suspect notions of what it means to be trans in a very “must we play god?” kinda way, but still well made and compelling. It just don’t sit right with me.
In which Dave Chappelle says transphobic shit for 40 minutes. The entire time he’s saying “no really, I have friends who are trans, I am empathetic towards trans people and support them.” Meanwhile, he deadnames Caitlyn Jenner and uses a dead trans comedian to gain sympathy points. Chappelle has no sense of intersectionality— he almost exclusively targets white queers while making them seem representative of the whole community, as if black trans people don’t exist. He says he envies “Stonewall…
There’s a very interesting blurb about this short in an article by Eliza Steinbock called “Towards Trans Cinema.” This film, along with about a dozen other shorts, shows Méliès toying around with the act of gender transformation— using his signature stop-camera cut to transform men into women, and vice-versa. This, Steinbock argues, is one of the first instances of sex transformation on screen, and more importantly a reminder that film and editing have always intrinsically been tied with gender fantasies.
A very okay documentary about toxic masculinity that gets obscured by some pretty backwards talking points on porn and violence in video games.
Also, this movie edges you into thinking they’re actually gonna talk about trans people, but they never do until the very end! And even then it’s just some dude who played a trans character in a stage play. Like, nothing about how gender is a social construct and it affects trans men differently?