Heterosexual Gender Norms Win Again
As a member of the LGBT community, I was deeply disappointed in the few podcasts I listened to from this station. If this is a premier contact point for members of the LGBT community to have their questions answered, then I am deeply concerned for the information being given. In the podcasts on labels, there was so much said in support of the many inter-community labels that only serve to continue the separations within the community due to the use of stereotypes based on gender norms. In a way, it promotes homophobia within LGBT community by supporting boxing people based upon their femininity and masculinity. Furthermore, I found it comical that the podcast on stereotypes revealed a number of opinions that were against the heterosexual messages about LGBT community members after a previous podcast supported the LGBT community upholding its own stereotypes within the community. In a community based on loving yourself and finding freedom in your identity, this podcast lacks a great deal of necessary knowledge on the fluidity of sexuality and the oppressions related to gender norms needed before putting out the information in such a public forum. Thankfully it is only an opinion at the end of the day. It is still sad that it is one of the top podcasts that appears when searching "lgbt" on iTunes.I must also admit that I am even more appalled that the first question asked of the transgendered individual was basically "why did you decide to become FTM?" This is just as insulting as asking any other member of the LGB community why they chose to be attracted to members of the same sex. The podcast continued on to address the FTM guest in terms of gender norms like femininity and changing appearances to present more masculine while ignoring the main issue in the transgender community regarding the biological component of sex rather than masculinity vs. femininity.I couldn't possibly listen to all the podcasts after being so sorely disappointed in the previously mentioned ones that deal with very serious problems in the LGBT community, but I can only hope that there are some podcasts that include even the slightest amount of knowledge and opinion outside of the societal constructs of gender norms.
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