Wow, just wow. Libra “gets girls”. So long as said “girls” have a vagina and menstruate. So, you know, not those ridiculous trans women who think they are real women when we all know they’re not. What a load of mean-spirited, offensive, transphobic crap. Might be a good time for me to buy that Mooncup. Fuck you, Libra.
Maybe it’s the whole ‘blind person having somebody else describe the video to her’ thing, but… all we saw here was two white chicks in a bathroom putting on make-up. One of them is being slightly more elaborate about make-up. The other looks uncomfortable and offers the other a sanitary product, which the first does not accept. The first leaves, and the second seemed relieved.
We hate having somebody else in the same bathroom when we’re trying to deal with period stuff, because wrappers are so damn noisy, and it feels like the most horridly obvious thing in the world. Vulnerable. We’d be relieved when the only other lady in the room leaves, because that’s our queue to get on with it and get out. We’ve deliberately “waited out” somebody else in the restroom just to get the noise-privacy we needed to feel comfortable.
We don’t really know if that’s something that sighted people have an issue with or not, feeling like every little noise is So Damn Obvious. :-/
But if it’s comforting to anybody who took offense at the commercial… the little kid who described the vid to me just said “two ladies.”
She didn’t say one looks manlier than the other, just that one was using more make-up.
We quote the kid directly:
“Okay, there’s two ladies in the bathroom putting on make-up in front of a mirror. They both have yellow hair. They’re putting on eye make-up now. Now it’s lip make-up. The lady on the left is using more make-up than the lady on the right. The lady on the right looks uncomfortable. She took some blue box outta’ her purse and pulled a- looks like one of those stick erasers? out and is holding it for the other lady to take. The lady on the left didn’t take it and walked away. The lady on the right stopped looking uncomfortable and smiled. That’s all.”
So yeah. That’s what the kid saw, and that means it’s what I saw, because she’s my eyes tonight. I’m not saying anybody else’s interpretation here is by any means incorrect, because obviously I DON’T know what other details might be happening here… but the only interpretation I could get was, woman 1. isn’t on the rag. Woman 2. is and wants privacy, so she waits for woman 1. to leave before she goes about her business. Her putting on less make-up is a suggestion that she’s just going through the motions as a stalling technique until woman 1. leaves. It’s something I have personally done countless times, without being able to see who else is in the bathroom.
This video is really cis-centric and trans-hating. It really is. The intention of the video is to have a trans* woman (on the left) contrasted against a cis-woman (on the right).
Firstly, it starts with the incredibly tired “trans-women put on way too much make-up and always try too hard to look like real women”. The whole point of the little contest going on between them is that the trans* woman is trying to out-do the “real” woman, to prove that not only is she a woman, that she is more of a woman. Which relies on horrible stereotypes about womanhood and trans* people. It is harkening on the idea that trans* women are all men in drag or don’t know how to be real women and end up trying too hard and giving themselves away. And the conclusion of the contest? Despite overdoing it in every way, the trans* woman is thoroughly beat without a doubt by the fact that she doesn’t need a tampon because she doesn’t have periods/a vagina. That is the punchline. She can’t be the better woman because she isn’t a woman because she doesn’t have a vagina. Right there. That simple. Trans* woman trying to beat a “real” woman at being a girl and loses because the “real” girl has periods. Fucking disgusting. And that isn’t even getting into the fact that they chose to make the trans* woman “unattractive” and overly aggressive and the villain of the ad.
Secondly, the tag-line of the entire ad is “Libra gets girls.” Gets girls. GIRLS. The tampon company gets girls. The entire message of this commercial is that Libra gets girls because girls use tampons. Well, guess which person in this ad isn’t gotten by Libra. The implication is that the woman on the left is not actually a girl. That is why this is a piece of trans-hating shit. They are outright saying that the woman on the left is not a girl. That she is not a woman.
As to the woman on the right looking nervous the whole time, it is because she is in a bathroom with a “man” who is trying to out-do her at being a woman and creeping her out. So she (using her womanly ability to identify imposters pretending to be women) finds a way to slay the evil pervert and whips out the tampon, knowing that the trans* woman would never need one because they have no vagina and will be offended and insulted and shamed by the holy presence of the tampons and leave.
I just… arg >.< This really is trans-hating and ciscentric and all kinds of horrible.
Please trust me as a member of the group being hurt by this kind of bullshit when I say that this is what I/we say it is and am not just reading way more into it than is really there. This is the kinda shit that I have to put up with all the time, in person and in the media and all over the fucking place.
PS: Fuck. I’m tired. I should have gone to bed a while ago when I said I was but I saw this and… blah. headachey….