Tom Phelan plays trans teen Cole on ABC Family’s The Fosters. Phelan sat down with SheWired to discuss the show, working with Rosie O’Donnell and Maia Mitchell, and trans representation in the media.
Yep, that’s “trans representation”, Hollywood style. Trans men are authentically and sympathetically represented by trans men, trans women are horrifically caricatured by cis men, and the liberal media applauds this bullshit as “progress”.
Although I think both the character and the actor are both nonbinary, but I could be wrong. But the principle still holds.
Looking more into it… the character portrayed here is a male-identified CAFAB trans person who is living at a group home for girls. In other words, a sexist and transmisogynistic piece of shit who is stealing resources from women — which is of course totally authentic behavior for a white trans guy, but is absolutely not the kind of thing that should be portrayed positively.
But… it’s NOT being positively portrayed. The character Cole hates that he’s in with girls and doesn’t feel comfortable there and talks about that and how the courts suck because of that ruling…. isn’t that the reality for some people right now? And… isn’t this progress? People are talking now. Isn’t that a good thing?
Washington Post: The SAT college admission test will no longer require a timed essay, will dwell less on fancy vocabulary and will return to the familiar 1600-point scoring scale in a major overhaul intended to open doors to higher education for students who are now shut out.
Oh for crying out loud…