SF Weekly dumps on transgender people, all of Tenderloin

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Oh hey, isn't it funny to watch (possibly) transgender people get punched in the face and repost a video of it that calls them "trannies" insultingly, without comment? What a barrel of laughs to compare transgender people to "pickpocketing assholes and crooks who know a crime of opportunity better than they know anything else." Well hey, to SF Weekly online news director Erin Sherbert, it's "Just another day in the Tenderloin!"

In a post today on the Weekly's Snitch blog entitled "Crazy Tenderloin Fight Proves That Tenderloin Is Still Just the Tenderloin," Sherbert, who's actually called attention to inequality in the past, gives into her unfunny sterotyping and sensationalistic link-baiting impulses and posts a YouTube video recorded a week ago that shows three people fighting in the Tenderloin -- two of them possibly transgender (Sherbert offers no evidence of this) -- and many horrifying punches to the face. Just so we can LOL with privilege! Here's the full text of her post.  

Transgender fist-fights, pickpocketing assholes, and crooks who know a crime of opportunity better than they know anything else. That's just another day in the Tenderloin.

For those of you blind optimists out there who were trying hard, really hard, to believe the Tenderloin is on the up-and-up, SF Citizen is here to knock some sense in you via YouTube. The hyperlocal blog posted this recent not-so-eye-opening video, titled "When Trannys Attack! Tenderloin Craziness."

I can't even touch the ignorance of any of the above, so I'm just gonna adjust my wig and leave it all there on the dirt floor like the mess it is. I will point out, however, that this comes at a particularly tone-deaf time, when local trans leaders are launching an historic campaign for medical equality and benefits rights. I will also point out that the SF Weekly, in the past, has maintained a pretty impressive record of covering transgender issues -- and isn't really that hard up for web hits, either. I've contacted Sherbert for comment and will update when I hear from her.

UPDATE: I reached out to Erin again, asking her if she was planning to comment. Her response: "no"

Comments

the fact that you don't know the difference kinda totally disqualifies you from this.

Posted by marke on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

who use offensive terminology to refer to our transsexual brothers and sisters. Shouldn't you be opposing that? Can you clutch your pearls at little tighter Marke?

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

different from transexuality? I often see the term TV/TS rather implying they are similar.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

I've read some other things from that Sherbert and was offended (maybe having to do with bicyclists or the naked guys...I don't recall at the moment). Regardless, it was a form of hate and I didn't appreciate it.

Thanks for the article.

International Troll Society Member #12360969212

Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

Complaining about how hard, sad, and utterly exhausting it is to be "politically correct"- is generally a symptom of some kind of privilege that a person deeply fears losing. When invoking the first ammendment as they do their dance of whiny despair, these folks forget that the first ammendment WORKS BOTH WAYS, which means that there is as much freedom to criticize and make your own decisions about how you deal with and interact with people who say things as there is freedom to say things.

Folks get pissed when folks with privilege use oppressive language, because this language tends to reify the oppression in the public mind, and so they fight against it by criticizing its use.

White folks, straight folks, cis folks, dudes, and bougie folks need to chill out, quit whining about being called out when they pull this crap, and work to make the world a better place. The world doesn't end because we did the bad thing and it made us look bad for a minute. The world does stay oppressive because we refuse to stop with the whining, the hoarding, the excuses, and the sense of entitlement to blaze a trail of pain with absolutely no consequences whatsoever.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

I don't know anyone else who uses "words" like cis, bougie and over-uses the word "entitlement" except the Bay Area's resident fat sex queen, Kitty, bless her.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

I honestly have no idea. I've asked twice here only to have Marke delete the comments. If someone is going to use obscure lingo then at least explain it.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

was invented so that non-whites could be seen as something positive rather than defined in terms of what they are not?

This is the same thing. Instead of trannies being people who want to be a gender they are not, they turned things upside down and came up with cis-gendered being someone whose natural gender matches the gender they want to be.

I just call that "normal" but WTF?

Posted by anon on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

You nailed her. But why would she go anon? She's out and proud, no?

Posted by anon on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

Political correctness was inveanted by guilty white liberals to make them feel they were doing something for the under-represented when really they were just patronizing them.

You cannot micromanage what people call you anyway, and trying to shame them will probably just rebound on you. Better to live and let live.

But one thing is clear. If you refer to yourself as a fag or a tranny, then you lose all moral rights to whine when others do. Political correctness has actually set back minorities because it gives them the delusion of equality and lets white liberals off the hook for doing anything to help other than being anal about words and phrases.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

I wish to make an inquiry.

How many hours a day do they require the Enhanced Drug Therapy (EDT) program there in the ward, pleb? Since you seem to be flipping out and now whining about people who whine (now isn't that rich?!...you have redefined hypocrisy, pleb) why don't you see if they might be able to reduce your load some, pleb. I sense it's backfiring on you, pleb. But do pick up that lap top there in your bed and get back to me (preferably before they turn out the lights in your ward at 9pm, or it is 7pm in a severity of your type?).

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

(wrongly) believe are also here.

Word. More than one poster here uses the handles "Guest" and "Anonymous".

Yes, I know, I was shocked too when I realized that.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

"More than one poster here uses the handles "Guest" and "Anonymous"."

Yes I know, pleb. But I suspect you use the majority of them, pleb, writing encouraging and agreeable responses to yourself like most remedial imposter trolls do with that ubiquitous "Guest" handle of yours. Not much creativity there, pleb.

You sound very angry, pleb. Maybe you need to take a walk around the ward, or, I know, do they have a gym there? You could go there but have someone go with you for security so you don't lash out at anyone. You don't sound sensible or reasonable. But I would do that before they close the ward for bed, pleb, if I were you.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

You wouldn't be playing games here, would you?

I suspect that you and Erin have irreconcilable political differences and she sees little point in engaging someone who, no doubt, she sees as a left-wing extremist.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

of Marke drawing attention to it. If you really hate this stuff, why give it free publicity? Do you share the advertizing revenue with them, maybe?

Posted by anon on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

from the SF Weekly's news director, and SF journalism in general. There are great people who work for the SF Weekly, including, yes, Erin, and, as I pointed out, they have been great with transgender issues: so this is just baffling. Shit needs to be called out otherwise it becomes normalized -- and making fun of poor people and treating transgender people as subhuman objects is not a good look, sorry, and lets down the people who work with you.

Posted by marke on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

Mmmm hmmm. Let no one stand in the way of your dumbass little crusade here. You're mouthing platitudes designed to gin up controversy and ignoring commenters legitimate questions on why, of everything, you've chosen this stupid video and commentary on which to "make a stand."

Is it transsexual week at the SFBG Marke? Why the flood of recent coverage?

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

representative of normal people than you and the SFBG are.

Erin wrote nothing that everyone I know wouldn't have said.

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 7:38 am

What is a normal person?

Posted by Eddie on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 8:14 am

Why a normal person is a white and straight person who parrots the corporate line... preferably someone named after a delicious dessert. Only then can they be taken as a serious journalist.

Posted by Greg on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 8:27 am

for the fact that they don't like themselves?

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 8:37 am

English language while posting nonsense on a website that the "normal" person claims has no influence.

Posted by Eddie on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 8:49 am

Nor is hating yourself.

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 9:07 am

tattooes
nosejobs
botox
liposuction
earrings
ill-fitting shoes
vasectomies
tubal ligations
bariatric surgery
tanning
doing your nails
haircuts
and of course circumcision

No.... actually you're probably in favor of circumcision, because that's technically not *self* mutilation. "Self-mutilation" is wrong, see, but mutilation of others without their consent -that's A-Ok by you.

Posted by Greg on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

clearly designed to improve appearance rather than fix health problems.

That includes orthodontics, breast augmentation and, most certainly, fabricating genitalia.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

You seem to have no problem with that.

And for the umpteenth time, gender reassignment surgery is not cosmetic surgery.

Posted by Greg on Feb. 14, 2013 @ 8:55 am

Just wondering here, what is gender re-assignment equal to? Some people get heart operations, so progressives deserve something else as compensation? This new speak makes absolutely no sense. I don't care what people do in any way, but I do wonder what "equality" means here.

"I will point out, however, that this comes at a particularly tone-deaf time, when local trans leaders are launching an historic campaign for medical equality and benefits rights."

Posted by matlock on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

Kinda funny if you google "chinese triad back tattoo."

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

For example:

"Yo, you see that big ass dragon tattoo all over that chinese construction worker's back? He's a triad enforcer boy, don't fuck with him."

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=chinese%20triad

Posted by Guest on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

Let's have some perspective here. Nobody reads the Weakly. All you have to do is look at the number of comments here vs the number of comments there. Nobody even bothers to troll the Weakly. By writing an article about their article, you probably increased the number of people who see their piece by a factor of 10.

And really, how the hell can anyone take you seriously when you're named after an ice cream-like substance?

Posted by Greg on Feb. 12, 2013 @ 11:54 pm

than the SFBG, which is an extreme left-wing "paper" targeting only the fringe socialist element.

Far more people are like Erin than are like Marke.

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 7:39 am

That's why trolls like onan spend all their time trying to refute every word like it's some corporate rapid response team.

Posted by Greg on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 8:08 am

those who already think like that anyway. For instance, politicans routinely refuse to return their calls.

How much that is due to those who keep SFBG honest here is perhaps more debateable.

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 8:34 am

not keeping the SFBG honest. It is just an outlet for your sociopathy. Like if I spent all my time on a right wing website "keeping it honest."

Posted by Eddie on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 8:56 am
Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 9:09 am

and that we are not actually "meeting."

I have worked in the construction industry for many years with numerous conservative co-workers who have disagreed with me about many issues.

Posted by Eddie on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 9:21 am

hang at this site, then it can only be to encounter people who think differently from yourself? Like me?

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 10:09 am

The inability to distinguish between the internet and the actual physical world might be a problem, right?

I began commenting to express my opinion about issues raised by the SFBG articles, but my participation has devolved into countering erroneous and hateful comments from people like you.

I am rapidly losing interest.

Posted by Eddie on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 10:28 am

I have't read any hateful comments here. Possibly you are a tad over-sensitive? It should be possible to differ politically with someone without hating them, but those on the far left struggle with that.

"We have to learn to disagree without being disagreeable", MLK said with a clear nod to the more aggressive, violent and angry contingent of the fight for civil rights. The gentle method worked better.

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 10:46 am

Like Christians and their "good news," we can't help but being swarmed with neoliberal propaganda. Is there no place left on this earth where capitalist propaganda has not infltrated where we can have conversations without having to deal with the insulting and attacking blather that is present everywhere?

Posted by marcos on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 9:46 am

capitalism in a country that is a capitalist country? Is that it?

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 10:10 am

Your position has been noted and logged. Kirk out.

Posted by marcos on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 10:38 am

in expecting to find places in the US where capitalism isn't the underlying premise for activity.

Posted by anon on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 10:47 am

practice socialism for the rich. Like every part. Too big to fail.

Posted by Eddie on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

You might want to rethink your cliches.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

The Guardian is more influential than the Weekly...because it has more trolls?

Good point, Gregorio! You're a smart little feller.

Posted by Troll the XIV on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

target of constructive criticism than a middle-of-the-road moderate paper.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

The SFWeekly author was calling attention to the fact that there was a video about the incident on YouTube, and made a slight commentary to the effect that things are not getting better in the TL. She does not slur trannies. I'm a TS and that word "trannie" has no more derogatory meaning than "gay", "black", or any other designation.

The tone of the post was more like calling attention to some notable event that was unfortunate. She is not making fun of nor insulting anyone.

I consider this article an unfair overreaction.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

The term "Tranny" is generally accepted within the trans community to be a negative word when used in reference to Transgender people.

However it is often used with the CD community.

This is an important distinction between people who identify as not of the gender they were born into and people who cross dress for social or sexual purposes but who retain their gender identity.

So a man who wears women's clothes but who identifies as MALE is a Cross Dresser or Tranvestite. (Sometimes referred to as a tranny!)

Whereas a man who wears women's clothes and identifies as a woman is transgender. This person may or may not decide to transition through surgical and/or hormonal methods.

Posted by Trans-Mission on Feb. 15, 2013 @ 9:10 am

Given that it can be hard to tell a TS from a real girl, (2passable" is, I believe, the term), then how is the average Joe supposed to distinguish a CD/TV from a TS?

"The word "tranny" takes it's meaning for how it is most often used, and is simply short for any form of "trans". Looked at that way, how can it be credibly offensive?

Posted by Guest on Feb. 15, 2013 @ 9:25 am

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