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June 24th, 2014


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11:18 pm - Thoughts About Characters & Representation On TV
I had an interesting experience recently when watching Orphan Black (which is an excellent and impressive show), it introduced a character who was a female to male transsexual. That made me realize that despite the fact that I know quite a number of transmen, I've actually never seen one appear on a TV show. I'm now wondering if this was a first or if anyone knows of any other episodes of TV shows which have included FtM characters.

Even better, in the episode I watched, the character was introduced alive and remained so throughout the episode and was treated as a person. I mention this because while I have seen a few male-to-female transsexuals on various TV shows, a fair portion of the time they were either introduced as murder victims or become murder victims during the episode. That again made me think about how limited the selection of TV characters is – a problem that is considerably worse in the US, because standards of attractiveness for TV are far more strict and limited than in Canada or the UK.

In any case, it's definitely wonderful to see things continuing to open up a bit. Currently, I can now think of several shows that I watch which not only have gay &/or lesbian characters and Arrow (which has become vastly better than it initially appeared) had a major character who was clearly bisexual last season. Of course, once homophobia has died down a bit more in the US, I'm expecting bisexuality to become exceedingly popular in geeky action/soap operas like those shown on the CW, simply because bisexuality opens up far more opportunities for romance, jealousy, and all of the other interpersonal complexities which such shows thrive on.

I'm half-betting that in 15-20 years, people will be complaining about the number of bisexual characters in such shows, not because of homophobia, but because they are being introduced as a gimmick to allow attractive characters of either gender to hook up – I'd likely eventually get tired of that, but it would probably take a while :)

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From:mindstalk
Date:June 25th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
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From:heron61
Date:June 26th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, so three others mentioned there, with two being in shows I've never even heard of.
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From:xuenay
Date:June 26th, 2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
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I had an interesting experience recently when watching ( click here for the name of the show )


I'm curious why you did that.
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From:heron61
Date:June 26th, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
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I know at least one person who reads this both watched Orphan Black and loathes spoilers.
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From:xuenay
Date:June 27th, 2014 08:34 am (UTC)
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Huh. Wouldn't it it be better to give the name of the series while hiding the actual spoilers? Maybe I'm unusual, but I wouldn't be very likely to go "hmm, this might be a description of some series I'm watching, better avoid finding out which one it is". But if I was told upfront that a post discussed a series I watched, then I'd avoid reading it.

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