What are your experiences with the word "tranny"?

Youssii Youssii
There's a lot of debate about whether tranny is offensive, should be reclaimed, can be used by FAAB trans people etc.
How do you feel about it?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I'm a trans woman and have had the word tranny used against me as a slur.
1
I'm a trans man and have had the word tranny used against me as a slur.
22
I'm non-binary and have had the word tranny used against me as a slur.
8
I'm cis (not trans) and have had the word tranny used against me as a slur.
3
I'm a trans woman and use the word tranny.
I'm a trans man and use the word tranny.
7
I'm non-binary and use the word tranny.
3
I'm cis (not trans) and use the word tranny.
4
I'm trans and have heard tranny used in a derogatory way.
42
I'm cis and have heard the word tranny used in a derogatory way.
23
I'm trans and I use the word tranny in a derogatory way.
1
I'm cis and use the word tranny in a derogatory way.
I'm trans and I think tranny can/should be reclaimed.
11
I'm trans and I think tranny shouldn't/can't be reclaimed.
17
I'm trans and only trans people should use the word tranny.
5
I'm trans and only MAAB trans people should use the word tranny.
17
I'm trans and no one should use the word tranny.
19
Total votes: 183 (88 voters)
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Quote:
Originally posted by Youssii
There's a lot of debate about whether tranny is offensive, should be reclaimed, can be used by FAAB trans people etc.
How do you feel about it?
For me, it just depends on how someone uses it. Another transguy calling us both trannies is not a problem. A bigot on the street calling me a tranny is a problem.
05/17/2012
GONE! GONE!
I don't like it and I don't think it will ever be successfully reclaimed, because of the debate over who can use it.
05/21/2012
TheParrishism TheParrishism
I don't think the time is right for us to reclaim it. Maybe years in the future, we can. But it is still used to hurt and harm. It is offensive.
05/22/2012
Rey Rey
I don't like it, and in Australia it is used very negatively. It would involve so much ground work to reclaim the word:/
05/26/2012
Alx Alx
I don't like it, no matter what. Reclaiming it? Fine. But don't expect me to pay attention to anything else you have to say :s I detest the word and avoid it at all costs (i.e. blogs etc. (even if they're trans* blogs)). Like a meme has said: "Reclaim 'tranny'? No, you may call me 'sir'!" Bam.
05/26/2012
Kaleb Kaleb
It's offensive. Until the world is devoid of transphobia I don't think it should be reclaimed.
05/28/2012
canislytherin canislytherin
I honestly hated being called that. It made me feel like utter shit. There really isn't quite enough words to describe how I was feeling when I was called "tranny". I couldn't even say the word out loud let alone in my own mind.
05/29/2012
meezerosity meezerosity
I don't like the word. If you want to reclaim it, fine, just don't use it around me. Same goes for any derogatory racial slur.
05/30/2012
vitriolicvertigo vitriolicvertigo
As a DFAB trans person, it makes me hella uncomfortable when DFAB trans people try to reclaim it. It might be used against us, yeah, but not NEAR with the violence or frequency that it's used against DMAB trans folks.
05/30/2012
Selene Selene
Tranny always sounds like a dirty word, I've never heard it used in a 'good' way.
06/03/2012
snowyslut snowyslut
Quote:
Originally posted by Youssii
There's a lot of debate about whether tranny is offensive, should be reclaimed, can be used by FAAB trans people etc.
How do you feel about it?
I'm a FAAB nonbinary trans person, and while the word has been used against me by several people, I no longer assert that I have the right to reclaim it. It doesn't systemically oppress me as a FAAB person... it hurts to hear, yes, but it has long been a viciously transmisogynistic slur and that's why only MAAB trans* folks who want to reclaim the word can do so rightly. Otherwise, it's distracting from the cruel realities behind the word.
09/14/2012
thebest thebest
it's complicated...
09/15/2012
DarthTaco DarthTaco
I try not to let the word bother me, because I'm a very strict believer that words only have as much power as you give them. If I don't let the word bother me, then it loses it's power against me.
09/15/2012
MJ7 MJ7
I personally don't like it because I've heard it used in so many negative ways, to me it's like the transgender equivalent of the N-word. It's simply a word, but through its usage it has become very negative. If someone called me a tranny, I would take offense, because I would automatically feel that they are using the word to be offensive. When there are much more respectful terms to be used, why use one that has the power to hurt and insult?
09/15/2012
butts butts
I don't really care, if someone wants to refer to themselves as a tranny that's fine with me. But, I don't think you should ever refer to someone else as it without their consent. I say it jokingly on occasion usually referring to myself.
09/17/2012
MJ7 MJ7
Quote:
Originally posted by butts
I don't really care, if someone wants to refer to themselves as a tranny that's fine with me. But, I don't think you should ever refer to someone else as it without their consent. I say it jokingly on occasion usually referring to myself.
Agreed, I have referred to myself as a tranny a couple of times, but only in the presence of people who I know won't end up calling me the same thing.
09/17/2012
Dren Dren
I'll just keep this as short as possible, since I'm prone to typing forever!

As a FtM, I feel that the word "tranny" is disgusting and should never be used. I had a terrible experience with it a few weeks ago...

I was in a chat room with a friend, no one else was in. She [cis female] mentioned the word 'tranny' as in 'transmission' in a car, and said that someone's had blown, and then followed up by saying 'it made me think of a person [i can't remember if she used a specific gender id] exploding and pearls, makeup, and glitter going everywhere!'. I had to explain to her that it was offensive, she tried to state that she 'didn't mean it that way' despite what she'd just said.

In the end, I had to out myself to attempt to make her see why I did NOT want her using it around me. -sighs- I was intending to never let that get out, but I just wanted to make sure it didn't catch on in our little online hang out...

So yeah, long story short: Please don't use it around me, or every ounce of respect I'd have for you will go down the toilet. =/
09/17/2012
Genderfree Genderfree
Unless I'm in Rocky Horror, I don't respond to "tranny". But if I am in Rocky Horror, it just means I am a Transylvanian.
10/05/2012
adam71 adam71
im trans and personally i find it offensive
10/07/2012
adam71 adam71
im trans and personally i find it offensive
10/07/2012
TboyTy TboyTy
I have no idea what the acronyms mean but I have no problems with the word when it's not being used offensively. Those who choose to use it just highlight their ignorance, and quickly show me they aren't worth the time and energy. In the spirit of full disclosure, I tend to gravitate towards re-claimed words, I claim "Queer" as my sexual identity.
10/08/2012
MidnightStorm MidnightStorm
Honestly, I find the term "CIS" more offensive than tranny (but that's an entirely different discussion of and in itself--mostly because I've heard it used in very derogatory ways by transgendered individuals). In the end though, I typically don't tend to take offense to words that aren't meant to be offensive, so if it's not used in a clearly offensive way, then it's forgivable.
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10/13/2012
Genderfree Genderfree
Really, my general response in "does the term (blank) offend you" is that it is what it is. My fiance thinks it's uncompassionate, but at the same time, if I let every label affect me, then I would be a lot worse off. Labels are labels, and are ridiculous, and I'd rather not have a label at all.
10/24/2012
Xarien Xarien
I've personally never thought of the word "Tranny" as offensive. It wasn't until somewhat recently that I even considered the idea. Not too long ago I was talking with a group of friends on Skype (one of which is MTF) and the topic of transsexuals was brought up somehow and the word "tranny" was used. Not with any harm in mind or some underlying malicious intent...It was just used. My friend brought the conversation to a grinding halt with a prompt "WOAAAHHH...WE DON'T USE THAT WORD, IT'S OFFENSIVE" thereby making the next 5 minutes extremely uncomfortable. It was such a bad reaction (and I can imagine not uncommon) that all I can think to myself is how stupid it is to cease all conversation just to point out that you may or may not find it offensive.

So all in all, I don't find the word itself offensive. It's an abbreviation of what really is a long word. I can't see much difference between calling someone a tranny and calling someone trans. It's all in how the word is used.

As a side note, I generally disagree with anyone telling me what words I am and am not allowed to use. I'm an adult with a wonderful grasp of the English language, I can use whatever word I damn well please. If you don't like to be called something, that's fine and I'll respect it. But telling me I shouldn't use that word ever? You're crazy...I do what I want.
10/24/2012
Gracefire Gracefire
Quote:
Originally posted by snowyslut
I'm a FAAB nonbinary trans person, and while the word has been used against me by several people, I no longer assert that I have the right to reclaim it. It doesn't systemically oppress me as a FAAB person... it hurts to hear, yes, but it has ... More
I completely agree. I am also a DFAB nonbinary trans person and, while if some one were to use that word against me, it does not have the same systemic oppression behind it as it would if it were used against a DMAB trans person.
10/26/2012
bodymodboy bodymodboy
EF is really, really chock full of fellow FTMs and I want to direct something that may give an 'aha!' moment to some of them on here that may have voted that they have a right to reclaim the word.

If you look under gender play, what stuff is available here?
Dildos.
Packers.
Harnesses that look like briefs/masculine.
Realistic dildos.

What do you NOT see?
Tucking products, breast forms, special bras.

Still denying trans male privilege exists?
10/26/2012
Gracefire Gracefire
Quote:
Originally posted by bodymodboy
EF is really, really chock full of fellow FTMs and I want to direct something that may give an 'aha!' moment to some of them on here that may have voted that they have a right to reclaim the word.

If you look under gender play, what ... More
THIS
10/26/2012
bodymodboy bodymodboy
Quote:
Originally posted by MidnightStorm
Honestly, I find the term "CIS" more offensive than tranny (but that's an entirely different discussion of and in itself--mostly because I've heard it used in very derogatory ways by transgendered individuals). In the end though, I ... More
Midnight Storm, please, just get out of transgender threads.
You are really trying to equate people being murdered for being trans to something as the word Cis?

I'm reporting you.
10/26/2012
Gracefire Gracefire
Honestly, I am just going to put this out there - if you are a cis person, you get ZERO say in this discussion. ZERO. This is not a slur that is used against you.

So, please, go to every other forum or subforum that is dedicated to you and let us have our one to discuss our issues.
10/26/2012
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