Brianna Wu and Ellen McGrody are completely full of shit.

I was going to write a thing about Quiet in MGSV today and how the SocJus narrative ultimately annihilates itself in their condemnation of the character, then this came to my attention.

Now, here’s the thing that struck me as funny about this article. Brianna Wu and Ellen McGrody seem to be awfully fixated on Samus Aran’s genitals, rather than gender expression and identity. As we see here, here, and here, that’s a pretty big social faux pas when it comes to trans people; but don’t take it from me, take it from Laverne Cox (again):

In fact, to drive the point home, I’ll even quote Cox from the Kouric interview:

“The preoccupation with transition and with surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don’t get to really deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans peoples’ lives is that so often we are targets of violence.”

Moral of the story is, don’t objectify trans people, don’t fixate on their bodies (let alone their genitalia, and don’t misgender them. Which are the very three things Wu and McGrody in that very article.

What matters is their identity and expression. That is the goalpost, isn’t it?

Or, are we just making shit up as we go along to fit our ideology?

This article debunks the linguistic foibles quite nicely, and brings up a very interesting point and unintentional conclusion to be drawn as I see it. Namely, the colloquial definition of “newhalf”, which seems to intone Samus is, if anything, male-identified and male-expressive even as she is female-bodied (that is, admittedly, up until Other M but we shall not discuss that game). So yes, there is an argument to be made Samus is trans — a trans man.

But we can’t have that now, can we.