• Petitioned Cartoonstock

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Stop using cartoons to ridicule Transgender people. It is not acceptable.

    1. Janice  McCauley
    2. Petition by

      Janice McCauley

      Bathgate, United Kingdom

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July 2012

Victory

To those who have contacted CartoonStock to complain about the treatment of transsexuality in cartoons. Firstly many thanks for your considered and well reasoned comments about some of the cartoons on our site. We have listened to your views and are acting to ensure our editorial policy is more sensitive to transsexuals. As the world's largest cartoon database, we try to accept cartoons that cover all aspects of human endeavour, so whilst the content on our site is moderated, our moderators are told to edit with a fairly light hand. Nobody at CartoonStock wishes to offend and certainly not to marginalize or endanger any members of society. However humor is often targeted at someone or something and our moderators sometimes face a difficult task in deciding what is a legitimate humorous topic and what could be considered offensive of oppressive. It appears that on transgender issues, some poor decisions have been made and we agree that over the years many cartoons have been accepted on this topic which fall short of the standards we would like to uphold. Over the next few days we will therefore be reviewing our editing of these cartoons, removing those which we feel are unnecessarily offensive and recataloguing those which have been tagged as relating to transsexuals and transgender issues, when in fact the observation or point being made is not really about those topics at all. We agree that there is no need to portray transsexuals in a negative manner and will be treating the above action as a priority. Please bear with us as all changes do take some time to propagate throughout the CartoonStock site, then a little longer to propagate across search engine results such as Google Images, but our intention is to be fair and certainly not derogatory to anybody. Kind regards, Ed Beardwell | Director Thank you so much to everyone who signed this petition. Cartoonstock have listened to us and agreed to do the right thing. Janice

It is very difficult at times to be transgender and be accepted by society at large. We face prejudice and violence sometimes leading to death because of who we are. Continuing to use Trans people as a source of amusement in cartoons is hurtful and uncalled for.l By doing this cartoonstock are perpetuating the myth that Transgender individuals are fair game for bigots and haters. Please sign this petition to tell cartoon stock this is not acceptable.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)

      Janice  McCauley
      Petition Organizer

      A few days ago I registered a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) regarding these offensive cartoons from cartoonstock. If anyone would like to make a similar complaint please do so. I have attached the link which can be copied and pasted into your browser. You will find the contact details by following the link or by clicking on "more org.uk" You do not have to be a UK resident to make complaint to the ASAhttp://www.asa.org.uk/Complaints/~/media/Files/ASA/Misc/ASA8751_Your%20Complaint_v2.ashx

    3. Not gone yet

      Janice  McCauley
      Petition Organizer

      Despite assurances from Cartoonstock director Edward Beardwell these cartoons continue to be available on their website. Please keep up the pressure share share share the petition let cartoonstock know we are serious about this and we are not going away. Thank you so much to everyone who has signed so far 414 in three days fantastic!

    4. Reply from Cartoonstock received by e-mail today

      Janice  McCauley
      Petition Organizer

      It appears that on transgender issues, some poor decisions have been made and we agree that over the years many cartoons have been accepted on this topic which fall short of the standards we would like to uphold. Over the next few days we will therefore be reviewing our editing of these cartoons, removing those which we feel are unnecessarily offensive and recataloguing those which have been tagged as relating to transsexuals and transgender issues, when in fact the observation or point being made is not really about those topics at all.

      We agree that there is no need to portray transsexuals in a negative manner and will be treating the above action as a priority. Please bear with us as all changes do take some time to propagate throughout the CartoonStock site, then a little longer to propagate across search engine results such as Google Images, but our intention is to be fair and certainly not derogatory to anybody.

    5. Thank you so much to everyone who has signed so far 250 up but we need more

      Janice  McCauley
      Petition Organizer

      The support of everyone who has signed and shared is breath taking! Thank you all so much! But there is much still to be done. Please continue to share as widely as you can and lets tell Cartoonstock that we will not put up with this shabby treatment of Transgender people!

    6. Reached 250 signatures

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    • kenyatta Love INDIANAPOLIS, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      There is of course such a thing as transgender humor; it needs to be creative and thoughtful and empathic, though; not bigoted and hate-filled.

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    • Michelle H KINGSTON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am transexual, no more needs to be said

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    • Marcus Linda Lindmark GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a crossdresser and meet peoples prejudices when I go out dressed as a women in public. I don't think comics should add to that by spreading a bad image of transpeople.

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    • Jasmine De la Torre HEALDSBURG, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a trans woman who has been in sex work, I am insulted by these images, that do not accurately potray, how horrifying it actually is on the strip. Men are predators to trans women, we need to educate for support and understanding of homeless trans youth sex workers and create programs to benefit this marginalized community, not make fun of them. Shame!

      PS I got off the street and am now in college, going to a four-year university.

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    • Diana Carlin COEUR D'ALENE, ID
      • about 2 years ago

      Bigotry in cartoons like this, send the wrong message and increase transphobia, which is ultimately very dangerous and sometimes fatal to transgendered people. When the one next dies, will your conscience be clear knowing your company's decisions might have been a factor? Let's stop the bigotry now.

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