So, been largely ignoring this blog because, as 2018 kicked off, I was violently pinballing from one bit of tragic personal news to the next. But the break is over and I’m back for a bit. And whatever the fuck else 2018 wishes to throw my way now, I’m largely ready for it. But this isn’t necessarily a rant about that stuff. That’s for the real world and my big girl pants.
Instead, I think I’ll have a go at something that’s been ripping my knitting since pretty much the start of the new year. And that’s the current UK series of Celebrity Big Brother. So far mostly notable for it’s relentless whining and some of the most odious people ever to grace the Big Brother house.
Ann Widdecombe? I’m not even going to elaborate on her. An entirely horrible human being without any hint of redeeming qualities. If she were a crossword clue, it would be “4 letters, rhymes with hunt”. But that’s enough of that. The mainstay of my utter contempt is somewhat personally saddening though, as it happens to be a fellow Transgender Woman.
I totally get that being Trans is hard. It absolutely is. But so is life in general. And I’ve just heard enough consecutive nights of India bleating about being misgendered or otherwise feeling disrespected by other housemates who are mostly trying to meet her halfway. It’s depressingly negative. And it’s a poor reflection on the many, many Trans Women who deal with far worse treatment on a daily basis. As I write this, I haven’t been misgendered or referred to as male within earshot for a good 72 hours. You know how I learned to survive? By teaching myself not to give one solitary fuck.
Which is no mean feat incidentally. But did it I did. That last sentence is more channelling Yoda than my inner bitch perhaps but I do feel a certain righteous indignation that someone with such a privileged position to be a Trans ambassador beamed into people’s homes every night is making such a royal fucking mess of it. And I’m clearly not alone. At the time of writing, she already stood nominated by her peers and had the potential to be the first person kicked out of the house. But as much as she has annoyed me, I’m a bit sad about that. Because it’s been a golden opportunity for someone to show a fairly large cross section of the public just how normal Trans people really are. But regardless of the outcome, that’s maybe already been achieved. Trans people can be arseholes too! And that’s equality right there.