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    Transgender etiquette question

    I was having an online discussion with a woman who had transgendered from male. She saw some pets in a store locked up with no aircon or fans going on the weekend and called 911 - four times. She then called the operator a 'heartless bitch,' because the operator said it wasn't important. (Calling the pet store only got you a voicemail with no option to leave a message. I said calling New York City 911 4 times seemed a bit excessive).

    I mentioned that perhaps they were inundated with other calls - you never know what's going on. She proceeded to tell me that operator's job and called her a heartless bitch again.

    I said I thought that was a little misogynistic ... I don't like it when women tear others down, especially using a derogatory term like, 'bitch.'

    She then went on this tirade asking me if I was aware of her gender and accused me of calling her a man because I said her terminology was misogynistic. I pride myself on being politically and socially correct.

    I know it's difficult to tell in a relayed third party conversation ... but was I wrong? So a female who has transitioned from male cannot be misogynistic by default?
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    Whether she likes it or not, we all have the XY chromosomes in us. A man or woman can be misogynistic. IMO, newly transgendered are like newly born again Christians; they kind of go overboard and are narrow minded. Behaps tunnel visioned is a better word than narrow minded.

    She above all should be more aware of derogatory terms. No you were not wrong. I think you were just reminding her that women don't call another woman a bitch. Shows you have class girl; good for you for sticking up for other women.

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    I agree. Either men or women (or trans) can be misogynistic, just as a person of color can be a racist as easily as a white person.

    Your "friend" should have called the Humane Society, though, not 911.

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    I feel sorry the pets were treated this way, but calling 911 four times is outrageous. It's okay to slam this woman any way you want to get her attention.
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    I see roles as I read the original thread, its a male role no its a female role why doesn't this fit?!?! I have my 'idea' of what a man does and what a woman does and if there is behavior outside of those limits well they are not normal. The transgendered friend in the post does not fit in either man or woman role in my head so I have created a 3rd stereotype for the role when a man changes to a woman. Sad to say that person in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, the 'put the lotion in the bucket' dude is who I see. Guess that what the media does and that fact motivates me to be more tolerant. These are fun times we live in

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer View Post
    I pride myself on being politically and socially correct.
    Maybe Pat or Chris was right and she really was a heartless bitch. I dunno, I think PC was so 1980's, nowadays...??? I think it must be a regional thing with political correctness. If someone came up to me in person telling this tale of a casual conversation that turned into a misogynist witchhunt I'd slowly back away and promptly exit in fear of whatever instability is causing these views might escalate into something, umm, weird.

    But that's just me...call me an a-hole if you wish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Maybe Pat or Chris was right and she really was a heartless bitch. I dunno, I think PC was so 1980's, nowadays...??? I think it must be a regional thing with political correctness. If someone came up to me in person telling this tale of a casual conversation that turned into a misogynist witchhunt I'd slowly back away and promptly exit in fear of whatever instability is causing these views might escalate into something, umm, weird.

    But that's just me...call me an a-hole if you wish
    A-hole.

    (Does calling another man an a-hole make me a misogynist? Its so hard to keep up with what society deems OK for me to think/feel/believe/say these days. . )
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    Patrick was right on the button! Someone else explained that trans (especially male to female) can be hypersensitive. I can see that and understand better now. I'm not interested in being friends again with this person but boy do I feel sorry for her domestic partner! What an attitude!

    I'll know better next time.

    As far as politically/socially correct .. it's a sign of respect. I want to be respectful. Don't you guys and if not, why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnifer View Post
    ...As far as politically/socially correct .. it's a sign of respect. I want to be respectful. Don't you guys and if not, why?
    In the US, those terms have a lot of baggage and are used by some as a slur in a way that I hope someone with a clearer head than mine will explain. Watch some Donald Trump. I appreciate a desire to be respectful and object also in conversation that I think lacks civility . Consider the image of Andy's avatar backing away slowly as good writing material.

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    Respectful yes. I want to be respectful as possible. It pisses me off when people are not respectful to others. Just turned 30 and say yes ma'am and sir everyday. If I didn't or was rude my mother would slap me and I would be scalded as soon as we were alone. That is a southern thing I guess. Being PC, hell no call a spade a spade. The truth hurts sometimes but most of the time if it pisses you off and you back away, you will see the other person has a point. Being nice and respectful in life will get you a long way. It will go a long way In helping the world get along if everyone was that way. Being PC will not move us along as a world. It just spoon feeds a small percentage and doesn't do a damn to move us along as a people.

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