You may have seen pictures of people posting altered images of themselves as the opposite sex. This is a result of a Snapchat filter that allows you to see what you’d look like as a woman if you were a man and vice versa. There’s also a filter that allows you to transform yourself into a baby.
The filter is all in good fun, and many have had a blast seeing what they and their friends look like as men or women.
However, according to some transgender activists, this shouldn’t be allowed as it’s apparently making light of their struggles according to ABC News:
Thirty-one-year-old Bailey Coffman is a transgender woman from New York. She says that “my gender is not a costume.”
But some others see the potential for such tools to lead to self-discovery among people struggling with their gender identity.
Elliott Wheeler, a 16-year-old high school student in Michigan, goes by the name Ellie. She says she hopes “this does help some people better recognize their gender.”
You’d think that transgender activist would be pumped about people having the opportunity to see what they would look like if they were gender swapping, especially those who actually suffer from gender dysphoria. However, we have to remember that the activist crowd is very clear that fun is out of the question.
However, I think that this argument can be used against the trans community itself as one Twitter user succinctly put it.
Oh for Pete’s sake. Neither is mine. Would be great if men would stop insisting they are women.
— Lala (@lacoolio1) May 17, 2019
Furthermore, I’d be interested to hear from these same trans activists about their feelings on drag queens. Drag queens don’t consider themselves trans and acknowledge that they’re men dressing up as women. However, drag is considered a part of the LGBT community, as many drag queens are also gay.
They’re definitely in “costume” having fun. Should they be forced to stop as well?
I’m not sure these perma-outrage activists fully thought through this one.