Ban the transmisogynistic web series "Pati Patni aur Panga"

Ban the transmisogynistic web series "Pati Patni aur Panga"

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The web series, "Pati, Patni aur Panga" will be released on Mx Player on December 11 2020. The trailer came out yesterday (5 December 2020.)

The series claims to represent the lgbtq+ community and destigmatize the trans community. The lead actress claims to have done something brave.  But does the movie truly represent queer narratives? Is it actually brave of them to do this role? 

The problem begins with the casting itself.  Casting a cis woman to a play a trans woman is wrong and misrepresenting when there must be plenty of trans women who must have been willing to play the role.

The idea that trans women "used to be men" is flawed. Trans women were, are and have always been women, even if they were assigned male at birth. Saying they were their assigned sex at birth is transphobic and offensive to trans people. Also, someone really needs to go tell the lead character that marrying a trans woman does NOT mean they married a man. Trans women are women.  The series also perpetuates the harmful idea that trans women are men until they get gender affirmative procedures, which is transphobic too. Trans people do not need gender affirmative procedures to be the gender they are (but it is completely valid if they choose to go for said procedures). Moreover,  the series vilifies and victim blames trans people for not coming out,  when, in reality, coming out is deeply personal and difficult for queer people, especially in a country like India. The series reeks of misogyny when Someone, assumedly, the main character’s friend, asks him about how he could marry a woman just because she is beautiful. Apparently, she could turn out to be a ‘witch.’

Misappropriating and misrepresenting queer narratives is not okay. Using trans identities as a source of entertainment by cisgender people,  for cisgender people is not okay. The misogyny, transphobia (and transphobic language) and misappropriation of queer narratives in this show not acceptable to the trans community, lgbtq+ community and our allies. 

Such shows must be banned, because they cause harm to and stigmatize the people they claim to represent. The Indian LGBT+ community does not claim this show as representation and urges that such transphobic, anti LGBTQ+, anti woman shows are banned. These will have negative consequences for binary trans, as well as non binary people.

So we urge you to sign this petition, share it and urge others to sign it.  We would also like you to speak up and educate people about how harmful this show is.  Transphobia isn't acceptable or brave, and won't ever be. 

 

 

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