Monday, August 07, 2017

Machismo

That is the death of us!

Machismo is defines by Merriam-Webster as,
:  a strong sense of masculine pride
And that is what is killing us!

That somehow having sex with a trans woman I an affront to their maleness that justifies killing us.
Analysis: How ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Fuels Transgender Victimization
NBC Out
By Ales Berg
August 4, 2017

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s surprising announcement on Twitter that he was banning transgender people from the military, many comedians roasted the president for his decision. On the popular morning radio show “The Breakfast Club,” however, standup comic Lil Duval took a position where he appeared to have more in common with Christian conservatives peddling anti-transgender bathroom bills than his fellow funnymen.

During an appearance one week ago on the nationally syndicated show, following a question about the trans military ban, DJ Envy, one of the program’s three co-hosts, asked Duval what he’d do if he found out a woman he had a relationship with was transgender.

"This might sound messed up, and I don’t care. She dying. I can’t deal with that,” Duval responded. When pressed by co-host Charlamagne Tha God that “you can’t go around killing transgenders,” he went one step further. “If one did that to me and they didn’t tell me, I’m going to be so mad I’m probably going to want to kill them,” he said.
It is that supposed threat to machismo that he sees as justifying killing someone.

The courts enhance this belief by allowing “gay or trans panic” defense.
In a year that is stacking up to be among the most deadly for transgender people in the U.S., Duval’s comments rang of the “panic defense” used in court by those who kill LGBTQ people to justify their violence. As states introduce legislation to push trans people out of public life, the remarks resembled the rhetoric employed by the Christian right to cut off trans people’s access to bathrooms. And, for their part, DJ Envy and Charlamagne demonstrated how the media “cosigns” transphobia when they allow these narratives to go unchecked, according to Ashlee Marie Preston, the editor in chief of Wear Your Voice.
When I was growing up on the playground there wasn’t as much of the machismo that we see today, kids today are being taught by their peers that somehow by not responding violently that their manhood is at stake.

One of the things that we can do now is ban “gay or trans panic” defense in courts. No one should be allowed to use their homophobia or transphobia to justify their attack or murder of trans person or a gay or lesbian. But the ban should not cover just us but also race and religion.

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