The radio program On the Media devoted this week’s entire 52 minute episode, titled Trans* Formations, to talking with trans academics, doctors, activists, historians, and artists, starting with a discussion on the many anti-trans laws that are being passed in state legislatures around the country based on various misconceptions and outright distortions. While the earlier efforts to pass bathroom bills seem to have run out of steam, the recent efforts to keep trans women from taking part in sports and athletics seem to be more widespread and successful.
There’s a long history of campaigns to “save the children,” whether they need saving or not. This week, On the Media looks at the latest: an effort to block access to medical care for trans kids. Plus, how years of Hollywood representation — from The Crying Game to Transparent — have shaped the public’s ideas about trans people.
- Katelyn Burns [@transscribe], freelance journalist and co-host of the “Cancel Me, Daddy!” podcast, on the the politics and propaganda behind the recent wave of anti-trans legislation, and Jack Turban [@jack_turban], fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine, on what the science tells us about gender affirming care in adolescence.
- Jules Gill-Petersen [@gp_jls], professor of english and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Histories of the Transgender Child, on the long history of trans children.
- Imara Jones [@imarajones], creator of TransLash media and host of the TransLash podcast, on how trans visibility paves the way toward trans liberation.
- Sam Feder [@SamFederFilm], director of the Netflix documentary “Disclosure,” on how Hollywood representations of trans lives have shaped the public understanding of who trans people are.
I found the program to be highly absorbing and it had a lot of information that I was not aware of.
Here is the full program.
If you follow this link, you can listen to each segment separately.
I had seen the Netflix documentary that is referred to in segment #4 before and my review can be read here.