The Politics of "Trannies"

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This article by Tricia Romano describes and explains the current civil-rights issues of transgender people. The structure of the argument follows Dan Savage, a sex columnist and gay activist, and how he and other gay activist celebrities have been targeted by the transgender community for being "transphobic," mostly relating to the use/misuse of the word "tranny."

The author made good use of ethos by illustrating how gay activists have been targeted; gay activists could hardly be said to be bigots, but the transgender political movement is so new that not everyone understands it yet. Dan Savage, quoted in the article, also uses logos to show how they word tranny has evolved just as the word nigger did. The only issue with the article that I had was lack of defining some terms, such as "cisgendered," which made it harder for me to follow the argument.

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