The L Word, Itty Bitty Titties, and Trans Men

By , May 8, 2009 11:47 pm

So I’m currently trying to watch the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, and its gotten me thinking about trans inclusion in spaces identified as ‘for women.’ (I say “trying to watch it” because the DVD is giving me trouble, not because it’s a particularly bad movie.) (Although I haven’t gotten far enough into it to say it’s a particularly good movie either.)

Anyway.

Questions of trans inclusion generally involves how (or whether) to include trans men and/or trans women in women-only spaces. The “womyn-born-womyn” policy of the Michigan Women’s Music Festival is a well-known example of this debate. (I’m going to table a larger question of trans inclusion for some, whether or not to include trans people in the queer community in the first place,  as it would take me too far off-topic…)

So what does this debate have to do with The L Word and the Itty Bitty Titty Committee?

Both involve characters who are trans men, but accepted and included in women’s spaces. Both are (almost) entirely devoid of characters who are trans women.

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