Following bits and pieces down the rathole, as the internet encourages us to do, leads to this description of what is to be regarded as trans hatred. You know, the sort of vile thing that people just shouldn’t be allowed to say in public.
GLAAD’s Social Media Safety Index (SMSI) marks the first-ever baseline evaluation of the LGBTQ user safety experience across the social media landscape. The Index provides recommendations for the industry at large and reports on LGBTQ user safety across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok.
In addition to the Social Media Safety Index, GLAAD also launched a Listing of Anti-LGBTQ Online Hate Speech as an additional ongoing tool and resource for achieving greater online safety. Modeled after the ADL’s Hate Symbols Database, this resource lists anti-LGBTQ conduct and content on platforms and creates accountability for the platforms to address it.
Hmm, OK, so when we go to the hate database what do we find?
Launched to prominence in February 2021 by TikTok user Kyle Royce, this particular transphobic trope and corresponding hashtag was quickly taken up by anti-trans social media users. Disingenuously premised on a logical fallacy, the “Super Straight” meme offers a combination of whataboutism and false equivalency. A March 11, 2021 them article offers context and a partial transcription of the video: “Royce said he had ‘made a new sexuality’ because he was tired of being called transphobic for not wanting to date trans women. ‘Now, I’m super straight,’ he continued. ‘I only date the opposite gender, women, that are born women. So you can’t say I’m transphobic now because that is just my sexuality.’”
Here the speaker asserts that this “identity” is a mere neutral (non-hateful) orientation, equivalent to LGBTQ identities and deserving of similar recognition and respect—and further, that the assertion is not an example of transphobia but simply an earnest expression of self. Like “Straight Pride” (and other hate-driven ideologies including “White Power”) these kinds of arguments are built on a feigned ignorance of real-world social discrimination against marginalized groups and are a well-documented strategy of right-wing extremists for sowing discord and trolling the left. Like the LGBTP campaign, Super Straight has continued to evolve as a vehicle for anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ conduct and content — the March 31, 2021 tweet above features the “Super Straight flag” and highjacks the Transgender Day of Visibility hashtag to troll trans people and allies. A March 8 Insider article offers further in-depth analysis. Both TikTok and Reddit have swiftly responded to the emergence of the trend. Reddit shut down the r/superstraight subreddit and TikTokdeplatformed Royce and shadow-banned the hashtag. The original TikTok video remains available on YouTube and dozens of Super Straight accounts remain active on Twitter and Instagram as of March 31, 2021.
And, well, that’s an interesting perversion of logic, isn’t it? A celebration of the sexual activity that led to us all being here – because it still does require the action of the folks that produce the small gametes and the folks that produce the large ones, how ever else things are organised – is now to be regarded as sexuality based hatred?
Or even, haven’t we all just gone out and won the battle, over these past few decades, that who we wish to have sex with is up to us and no one but us? Us as individuals that is. Whether it’s people of the same or other genders, their presentation, even, dare we say it, their sex? We also have a number of words to describe being forced to have sex with those we don’t wish to, from assault to rape.
Leading to, you know, a pretty strong affirmation of the base societal idea that who we, as individuals, decide to have sex with is up to us as individuals? No any one of those decisions – as long as all are consenting adults – being any better or worse than any others.
And yet a male stating that he is desirous of restricting his activities to females is hatred now? Or, OK, if we must, that someone observed as male at birth wishes to restrict those activities to those observed as female at birth? Or even assigned if that’s the truly modern verb.
And yes, I am aware that this is being used to troll – but seriously, having the piss taken out of you is not hatred. It’s having the piss taken out of you.
Jeez on a pogo stick. Given that we’rte talking about sex you’d think that everyone would at least manage to be adult in the discussions, wouldn’t you?