Shezow

Let’s get this started with something fun. A “new,” actually it’s already been aired for a season in Australia, cartoon debuted this last Saturday called Shezow. Some are suggesting the main character, Guy, is transgender. Guy inherits, accidentally, superpowers from his grandmother which should have probably gone to his sister. When his powers kick in, his gender presentation switches to female. His sister helps him navigate the unfamiliar terrain in which he finds himself.   The creator of the cartoon does not feel that the character is transgender. I’m curious what you think. Is this a coded transgender character? Is it the all too familiar joke about awkward men in dresses? Is it a pride building kids show about the power and beauty of being different? Or is it something else entirely.

How willing would a cis person be to live significant part of their lives, if not the coolest parts, with the wrong gender presentation?

I am including links to some interesting takes on the subject:

The creator’s interview

http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/06/m-shezow-creator-talks-transsexual-criticism-a-coming-out-episode-and-more.html

Planetransgender

http://planetransgender.blogspot.com/2013/06/shezow-transforming-saturday-morning.html

Transadvocate

http://www.transadvocate.com/a-shezow-game-spot-the-terf.htm

Out.com

http://www.out.com/entertainment/popnography/2013/05/31/shezow-trans-cartoon

AfterEllen

http://www.afterellen.com/2013/05/hubs-gender-swapping-cartoon-shezow-premieres-weekend

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Welcome

Welcome to my new blog. My intention is to add to the trans community in a useful manner. There are a number a great trans news and journalism sites (to which I will add links). I am not a journalist so I have little to add there. I am however quite opinionated so I do intend to discuss the news of the day (and hopefully you will engage). I believe I can add to the communication and understanding of current research in trans and general LGBT related fields. I also tend to be able to aggregate disparate facts to broaden the view on subjects. Anyway, while this will not be my first effort at publishing, it will be my first attempt at blogging. I hope you find it useful and enjoyable, and I look forward to your feedback.

Thanks,

Rachel Bellum