M6 is interested in crossing, beware of moral panic

M6 is interested in crossing, beware of moral panic

documentary Trans, unique It airs this Thursday, at 9:10 p.m. on M6, while climate is unrestricted. In August, a simple Planned Parenthood poster about its support for pregnant trans men sparked a wave of insults and discrimination. A minority of feminists also struggle to exclude trans women from their struggles. On the other hand, the editor with whom Delphine Sener, director of the documentary, has been working with for eight years, refused to cooperate with her this time. He told me: I’m not interested, I don’t want to know them [les personnes trans]It makes me uncomfortable, I don’t want to,” she says. She couldn’t get him to change his mind.

“People forget that we are human, laments Ayla, a trans woman in her thirties whose journey was followed by Channel Six cameras. We are almost reduced to the case of furniture or animals that we are entitled to attack as if we were beings from a parallel world. Some don’t have the click to say for themselves” I have no right to harm this person, even if I do not understand who they are and what they are going through.” This is where we need to provide education and answers. »

“You have to communicate, it’s a human subject”

Hence, Ayla agreed to testify in the documentary to do educational work. Same for Zack, a 20-year-old transgender man. “Before I discovered what transient is, I was in pain without knowing why. Thanks to the greater insight afforded to this subject, I knew it existed. Not to talk about it is to deny the truth.”

Emma, ​​60, the heroine of the third novel Trans, uniqueHe echoes him: “We have sometimes been criticized for communicating so much because, presumably, it exhausts the audience. So what do we do? Do we keep hiding? I believe in communication, it’s a human subject.”

Delphine Senier admits that she knew nothing about transit before the documentary began. “I can make a lot of mistakes when I talk about transgender people,” the director admits. Karen Le Marchand, who was shown this project in 2019, was in a production Potiche Prod hat, in order to follow the Three Witnesses over several years. “I always decide to tackle topics I don’t know about,” says host Love is in the meadow. I arrive with my ignorance and the thoughts that I have received. I need to get into people’s lives and understand who they really are so I don’t make caricatures of themselves. »

Karen Le Marchand and her big clogs

But as the saying goes (roughly), hell is paved with good notes of intentions. On screen, we find Karine Le Marchand’s style: the role of a good friend with an attentive ear and heavy plugs. She claims to have offered Zack, Ayla and Emma a working copy of the documentary. “After doing that, we didn’t change anything, because we didn’t soften the message or change the reality. To have witnesses tell me they got to know each other is the best compliment I can get.”

But as a viewer, one can feel some anxiety in the face of a tendency toward misery or in the face of useless reconstructions of certain scenes, including one of the scenes of physical aggression, which illustrates the testimonies. The fact that the first names Emma and Ayla wore before they moved on are uttered so many times will undoubtedly challenge those who know to what extent it is used dead names Represents violence to those involved.

Furthermore, Zach explicitly refused to use his first name. “I don’t want people to imagine me as a female. We don’t want to remember the annoyance we’ve been in in the past,” he explains, facing the camera. But he agreed to entrust the childhood photos “to testify one last time before turning the page.” Emma, ​​she has given her consent so that her identity is stated before her move on explicitly. “I moved in so late, I’m not going to get rid of 60 years of my life. I had the life of a man.

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But above all the debate that Karen Le Marchand led at 10:55 p.m., after the documentary aired, is likely to make waves. authorized Transgender child: what to do?Zack watched, will call around the table Trans, unique, psychiatrist Serge Heves, Solange who, according to the press release, “is a mother of a transgender girl who refuses to accompany her child before he begins a psychoanalysis for several years” and Blandin, who has been presented as an “resolute feminist” and “opposition to the concept of gender selection.” We find the latter among the signatories to a forum arguing that “transgender people should not be included in spaces designated for women, nor should they be at the center of the feminist agenda”.

“The system put in place by M6 brings (…) a young transgender man and two activists who promote discrimination against trans people (punishable by law), one of whom is presented as a simple worried mother, a guarantee of credibility, when you don’t let your child speak,” The Fransgenre Society expresses indignation in a press release Signed by many organizations, feminist groups and/or fighting against LGBTphobia.

The topic of crossing the identity of minors, which has become so popular in recent months in the media, stems from moral panic mixing cautionary notes with misinformation, as Slate noted last year. “I understand the caution, it is normal, but we must not forget that the law does not allow you to do anything,” Emma confirms.

‘We’ve always been there’

In addition, feminists who exclude transgender people from their struggles, termed Terf for short of the English expression “radical trans-exclusion feminism,” are “a few that tend to grow and make a lot of noise.” .

Ayla replies: “They fight the wind. Many think transgender is an exciting new concept. That is not the case. When you scratch a little bit into human history, the gender spectrum is much wider, in pre-colonial civilizations, in Malaysia and North America, for example We’ve always been there. We always will be. To make sure we don’t exist is to get rid of a part of humanity. I don’t know how to analyze the fear we awaken in them. Once we are ourselves, we awaken a lot of people’s unconscious things. That’s all the more reason to listen to people. Transgender people, who are directly interested in the topic, rather than those who speak on their behalf and without knowledge.

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