So I went to see The Boxtrolls today having been very excited about all of the publicity, the general theme of the film, and all of the posters I saw of what appeared to be same gender families.
I left the cinema in tears because of it. It’s very transmisogynist. I do not advise anyone, especially trans women, to see this film. I’ll explain why below.
TW FOR THE CONTENT BELOW. It contains spoilers and descriptions of transmisogyny.
not blatantly transphobic, but reinforcing negative stereotypes of trans people in a weird, roundabout way, that will certainly effect childrens perceptions, yes, very disappointing to hear
Good god I really hoped that we as a culture would have by now gotten the obnoxious crossdressing comedy thing that I remember plaguing TV during the 90’s (same as the “two guys waking up next to each other, cue SCREEEAM”). Even more seeing how the first teasers played really heavily into “same-sex parents are totally normal" which got my hopes up and to hear of this issue and experience is really disappointing, to say the least.
Especially since it still reinforces the issue of feminizing villains/coding them female (even if the main character would be a female which is touched upon in here: http://youtu.be/zXKuF2vFeQo?t=4m25s) and the fact that I seriously can’t remember a crossdressing male character who wouldn’t be either evil and/or played as laughs. If there are some (and I hope they are) in my memory they’re overflooded by the “men that wear skirts are sooooo hilarious and sad but also kinda icky, ewwww!" characters of the past decade.