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When Did Tranny Become A Slur?
 
# 1 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 13:56
 
 
So now, apparently and seemingly overnight, its wrong to call someone a tranny. When did this happen? Did I not get the memo or something?

In my head "Tranny" is an exotic word like Rockstar or Astronaut. Its a fuck-yeah-good-for-them kind of term - its theirs, they own it.

Its not a pejorative word to me so I'm not sure that I want to stop using it.

Is the slur specific to transgendered people - for instance is it okay to call a cross dresser or drag queen a tranny but not someone who has changed their sexual organs in some way?

We all know of derogatory terms like queer and dyke being reclaimed but is this a first in our community for an affectionate term that many of use to suddenly become non kosher?
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# 2 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 14:01
 
 
I guess it depends how you use it.
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# 3 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 14:07
 
 
This is just a guess but could it be because a transgendered person is trying to get away from the label a bit?
I mean, when a transgendered guy who identifies as a girl goes through the operation, they are then female. Maybe they want to get away from the whole 'tranny' thing and embrace the fact that they are simply a woman.
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# 4 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 14:09
 
 
Someone said :
So now, apparently and seemingly overnight

How has this suddenly become apparent overnight?
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# 5 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 14:10
 
 
But that doesn't mean they should demand that the word isn't used in relation to drag queens.

I just don't associate the word tranny with a transgender person.
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# 6 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 14:15
 
 
I don't think they do demand that it shouldn't be used in relation to drag queens. From the dealings I've had with transgendered people, they tend to against labels in general but are fine with people labelling themselves. I just get the feeling that they don't want to be called 'trannies' instead of 'men' or 'women.'

They are the 'transgendered community' as a whole but most of them believe that labels shouldn't be forced on you.
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# 7 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 14:15
 
 
I just don't think that it's a nice word to apply in any situation, it just doesn't sound good
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# 8 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 14:20
 
 
Someone said :
I don't think they do demand that it shouldn't be used in relation to drag queens. From the dealings I've had with transgendered people, they tend to against labels in general but are fine with people labelling themselves. I just get the feeling that they don't want to be called 'trannies' instead of 'men' or 'women.'

They are the 'transgendered community' as a whole but most of them believe that labels shouldn't be forced on you.

Isn't that the point of a sex change so they you are now a man or a woman?

Personally I blame all the academia around gender issues, that has created so many labels and it's terribly confusing.
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# 9 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 14:24
 
 
Someone said :

Isn't that the point of a sex change so they you are now a man or a woman?

Personally I blame all the academia around gender issues, that has created so many labels and it's terribly confusing.

It is so confusing, especially when you add sexuality into the mix. Which is why it's best not to label people, transgendered people most of all perhaps.
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# 10 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 14:51
 
 
Academics love labels though.
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# 11 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 15:03
 
 
I would say that, simply Tranny is informal slang for Transvestite, (and not transgendered).

Therefor calling a Tranny a Tranny is fine, (or at the very least, context dependent) but calling a Transgengered individual a Tranny is obviously not fine, because they are not a transvestite.
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# 12 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 15:22
 
 
Probably the moment violent haters started shouting it at the the transgendered person they were phisically assaulting.
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# 13 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 15:37
 
 
All the gay words can be a slur when you're been beaten up. I guess what I'm asking is when did it become a slur in everyday use.
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# 14 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 15:38
 
 
Someone said :
Probably the moment violent haters started shouting it at the the transgendered person they were phisically assaulting.

True, and that probably happened at night time too so quite literally 'over night'.

My question (and problem) is what do we done once they start shouting "queer" or "homo" at the people they're physically assaulting?
Do we play semantics hopscotch from now until the end of time, switching words that sound offensive in and out of use as many times as violent wankers say 'boo'?
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# 15 : Wednesday 4-6-2014 @ 15:39
 
 
I'm not sure, but somehow it's different for gay people. We're a minority but transgendered people are a micro minority, it's different with them, I think.

But in my mind the violent attacks and the change in usage are connected.
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