So, Valentine was trying to understand the the effects that the word transgendered has within society.  Through social construction theory, everything gains its meaning from social interaction regarding the concept. Transgender is a rather new term that has been imposed on the past.  Admittedly, the umbrella term does cover quite a few categories, including transsexual, transvestite, drag, genderqueer and others.  Some people were already known to be a part of some categories, like cross-dressers.  However, individuals who identify as homosexual are not included (generally). 

An embarrassing fact, Catfish: The TV Show is my favorite new reality show.  Essentially, for those who don’t know what it is, it is a show from MTV about online dating.  They find people who want to meet their online lovers, or long time romantic connections to make sure that they are who they say they are online.  Many times one individual is lying about themselves in some major way.  Within the show, the individuals meet and come clean, or are outed about whatever lies they had been telling.

Kya and Alyx were on recently.  Kya wanted to meet Alyx with whom she had been talking on a regular basis for quite some time.  Alyx was not completely honest about many things to Kya.  First his name is really Dani.  Another piece of information Dani is transgendered.  Kya was shocked, but didn’t mind that he was just starting the process of transition. 

I find it awesome that some of the shows do involve individuals who are trans.  One of the individuals was not trans identified even though she claimed to be when online.  However, I haven’t seen them all, but I’m not sure how many that do involve trans individuals. 

Here’s a link to the site where you can see the whole episodes.

Remember you can be anyone online, but you can be “catfished”.

-Stephanie Miller


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