I enjoyed this class a lot because of the presentation Sam created de-bunking myths about transgender people. I'm glad that images were not included in the slideshow of information and concepts because I feel as though even if our professor had shown different people and images, they could still have the potential of becoming stock images. I think if something, like the media, is not diverse in its representation of transgender people, then one or two ideas become the stereotype. There is no one image that could represent someone. No one story that could encompass one's whole life and existence. I applaud the idea of clearing the air of myths and opening it up to questions. That was something that professors rarely do. I appreciated the acknowledgement that it is a college setting and we are all here to learn.
As cliche as it sounds, I believe it to be true that "with knowledge comes great responsibility." (I don't know who said that or if that quote is word for word, but I really think the idea fits here) I think that truth, such as those related in the powerpoint, has the power to alleviate someone's cruelty and assumptions. This class discussion got me thinking a lot about the nature of knowledge. Once you know something, you can't un-know it. I then carry it with me and think about what I can do with it. Prejudice is defined as being a pre-conceived idea not based on fact that someone makes about someone or something. I hope that learning the facts can help change a person's opinion, but sadly, I think sometimes that is not the case at all.
I thought about the film Transamerica (2005) in connection to this. I think the image becomes dangerous when it becomes the only one being showed across the country. The class discussion reminded me of a clip from the video shown a few classes ago. The person on the screen spoke about wanting to see some kind of representation on the screen rather than nothing.
What does everyone think about this idea?
Is any portrayal better than a complete absence? Which is more dangerous?