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Antiquities researcher Timothy Zell also produced artificial unicorns dubbed “the Living Unicorn”, remodelling the “horn buds” of goat kids in such a way that their horns grew together into a single one. Zell theorized that this process might have been used in the past to create court curiosities and natural herd leaders, because the goat was able to use this long straight horn effectively as a weapon and a tool.Medieval art often depicts unicorns as small, with cloven hooves and beards, sometimes resembling goats more than horses with horns. This process is possible only with animals that naturally have horns. For a time, a few of these unicorns travelled with the Ringling Brothers Circus. -Wikipedia
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If you’re not trans, it really is that simple.
I’ve seen that link sharing RuPaul’s opinion (and other prominent gay figures) far too many times by gay men. I’m so sick of it. I keep saying this, if this was about “faggot”, we would have been done with this 5 years ago. No questions asked.
It feels like a lot of cis gay men are forgetting that being asked to stop using a slur is not an indictment of your personal transphobia (though I think that someone’s continued use of a slur they’ve been told is hurtful just for the fuck of it speaks volumes to that). It’s just asking us to be more responsible and careful, to the most marginalized and vulnerable group in the LGBT alphabet soup. What kind of person refuses that?
I have to talk about this RuPaul thing because it really gets under my skin, especially because I see so many cis gay men defending RuPaul in order to keep using transphobic slurs themselves. Go look at Carmen Carrera’s facebook right now and see how disgusting it is.
Let’s be clear: 1) RuPaul doesn’t have a right to profit off of slurs that aren’t about him, and 2) his doing so is promoting transphobia among his fans whether that is his intention or not.
A lot of this seems to come up in the context of the argument that RuPaul has earned a right to use slurs that don’t apply to him because being a prominent drag queen means he’s doing a lot for trans inclusion. RuPaul’s dubious historic contributions to trans equality that I see so many cis gay men talking about (if they in fact exist) do not immunize him from doing better. Even if RuPaul had every trans person’s blessing to use slurs in his private life and private thoughts, as a public figure making public commodities, the calculus must be different.
Why? Because a cis gay boy singing RuPaul’s song “Tranny Chaser” doesn’t have that same context. It trivializes and normalizes that word, which is understood as a verbal dagger to so many people it directly impacts on, for precisely the people who already don’t see a problem in using it carelessly. RuPaul, if he is a real ally to the trans community, has a responsibility not to give ammunition to cis gay men trying to “clock” a transwoman for her failure to conform to their idea of passing by making it seem like that it is a harmless act. A pioneer of presenting genderfuck drag to the world at large should understand that any true ally of the trans community has a responsibility to disrupt, not promote, gender policing like that. His actions derogate from this responsibility, and he should own up to it instead of digging in his heels and shirking it further.
The fact is that on this issue RuPaul is a hypocrite. RuPaul’s latest screed demonstrates the whole bone he has to pick with this is that he feels it’s people trying to control him. He couches it as being about those “other people” who want to feel victimized and are living out Animal Farm, but it’s all about protecting his ego from the idea that he has been fucking up. It’s not hard to apologize and stop using harmful slurs, yet he’d rather do what he knows will promote transphobia among his audience. And this, in the context of all that pop psychological, anti-egotism, everybody-say-love bullshit he spews is absolutely nonsense. The obstinate refusal to learn and grow is his ego run amok; it has nothing to do with anyone else. People, trans and not, are asking RuPaul not to do things he has been told on several occasions actually cause pain (i.e., which are violent), and all he can do is lash out and double-down because it’s more important to him to use a slur because he wants to. With allies like that, who needs an enemy?
The thing is, RuPaul’s Drag Race has always been super problematic. There’s no end of racism, sexism, transphobia, femmephobia,* etc. on that show. And RuPaul is under no obligation to be anyone’s ally or champion any cause—even if it makes sense, like not being actually fucking violent towards trans people does. But you can’t say you’re an ally while you’re making crazy money off of slurs and the defense of slurs. I mean, look at the impact it’s having—all these actually transphobic, cis gay men are online harassing and threatening transwomen because they feel empowered to do so by Mama Ru. The proof that RuPaul’s actions are wrong in this situation is in the pudding, and I really hope he comes to realize that and owns up to it.
*I know, how can a show that’s all about fish be femmephobic—I’m just as puzzled as you are why every queen seems to think being called a bottom is an insult, but there you have it.
(via milesjai)Source: chasingdunamis