A Cajun restaurant in Texas is demarcating its men’s and women’s bathrooms in a manner that is handling must think is clever: with two photographs of Caitlyn Jenner, before and after her transition. But for transgender patrons, that joke stingings particularly hard.
The Dallas Morning News ‘ Dom DiFurio first pointed out the bathroom images at Dodie’s Place in Allen on Twitter, blaming the restaurant online. Adherents rapidly agreed with DiFurio and pointed out how the bathroom stigmatizes transgender women.
What’s going on here Dallas? pic.twitter.com/ CgllDKliE2
— Dm (@ DomDiFurio) October 30, 2017
DiFurio told the Daily Dot that Allen isn’t inevitably seated in a progressive area, which are likely explain why the restaurant went out of its way to make fun of Jenner. The bathroom’s prospective audience doesn’t excuse the joke, though. After all, plenty of LGBTQ people live in cherry-red states.
” Collin County, where Allen, Texas is, as a whole is considered a conservative bastion in North Texas ,” DiFurio said.” I wouldn’t to be taken into account a particularly great place to be LGBTQ .”
The Daily Dot also reached out to Dodie’s Place but has not received a response.
Obviously, demarcating gender with before and after photos of a transgender person is incredibly insensitive. By designating Jenner as a humankind before her gender transitioning, the images imply that gender is merely skin-deep. In reality, science suggests that transgender people experience gender dysphoria since they are experience their gender identity psychologically , not only physically. In other words, Caitlyn Jenner was a woman before she began changing her body and name.
The images also imply that transgender females have to look or transition a certain lane to be seen as ladies. They have to appear like cis women or attempt to pass through a femme gender face. Transgender women who are still grappling with their gender identity or early into their transition, like Jenner in that pre-transition photo, are billed as too masculine to use the women’s room. It’s a fundamental misunderstanding of gender dysphoria, one that can lead to transgender girls being discriminated against if they don’t pass.
I don’t understand how this has assumedly been up for as long as it has.
— Dm (@ DomDiFurio) October 31, 2017
Then there is the allusion, whether aimed or not, to Texas’s bathroom bill that was up for debate this year. Now dead, the proposed law would have been able to stimulated transgender people use the restroom that correlated with their assigned gender , not the one they identify with. In other words, the care of transgender people has already been up for grabs in the state.
Plain and simple, Dodie’s is turning transgender women around a gag. Positioning the images adjacent to one another reminds patrons that Caitlyn Jenner was publicly known as a boy for years. Turning a trans woman’s transitioning into a public spectacle is not just profoundly hurtful, it can be invasive for trans women who want to leave their pre-transition times behind.
” I determined it as a bit of a physical manifestation of the wink and nod jokes told often to me when I ascertain people from that part of town ,” DiFurio said.” The various kinds of gags where you feel like the person telling the gag wants you to laugh to check their inclinings, but doing so would perpetuate a awful surrounding for anyone in the LGBTQ community .”
Dodie’s Place likely doesn’t understand those consequences, nonetheless. Its handling just thinks of gender transitioning as” a man becoming a woman .” It induces for a cheap laugh for patrons going to the bathroom, but the restaurant should remember that real violence ensues from that kind of insensitivity.