Transmisogyny in Hollywood

“Producers often like to claim that men need to play trans women to draw box office attention. Redmayne, they’d tell us, brings in the box office because people want to see the Academy Award-winning actor. They’ll also tell us that they need someone who ‘looks masculine,’ because they are obsessed with pre-transition appearance and transition stories instead of the lives of trans women. Evidently, it is easier to make a cis man look like a woman than it is to put makeup on a trans woman to make her look like a man for segments of the film in which this is necessary — though producers might want to ask themselves why they’re so fixated on this aspect of Elbe’s life in the first place.”


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