Transwomen Stereotypes

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A transgender character is also likely to be either a victim or a villain. GLAAD found that in 40% of episodes reviewed, the transgender character played the role of a victim. For example, in the episode "Don't Make Me Come Back There" of Orange Is the New Black, Sophia is victim of both verbal and physical abuse from other inmates. The guards see the attack, but do not help her. After the incident, Sophia threatens to send details of the incident to the newspaper, and paint the prison for having inadequate security and personnel training. In response, Sophie is locked in solitary confinement, so that other inmates cannot attack her. Although she is a victim of a hate crime, she is punished. GLAAD also found that 21% of the episodes reviewed featured the transgender character as either a murderer or a villain. For instance, throughout season 3 of The L Word, a character on the show named Moira begins to transition into becoming Max. When Max starts to illegally take testosterone, he becomes increasingly aggressive. He begins to abuse his girlfriend. The show uses demonizing stereotypes to portray him throughout the season, while using his transition as his primary character arc. Lastly, one of the most normalized tropes on television about transwomen has helped encourage nationwide transphobia. Extremely frequently, transwomen are depicted as hyper-sexualized. Transwomen are seen as devious, deceitful predators. It is often assumed that the primary goals of transwomen

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