1980: I WANT MY MTV ! 2017: I WANT MY MTV…GENDER-NEUTRAL!
Wow, turns out somebody was actually listening! In an interview with CNN, MTV’s president Chris McCarthy announced some changes to their annual Movie & TV Awards. Some new categories include “Best American Story” and “Best Fight Against the System”, but best of all, the show is doing away with gender-based categories, like “Best Actress”.
“[Today’s audience doesn’t] see those lines in the way that generations in the past have,” McCarthy said. “So we wanted to take those down. They felt really antiquated.”
And he’s right. Just recently, Billions star Asia Kate Dillon wrote to the Television Academy about such category names. Dillon articulately pointed out that if such categories mean ‘best performance by someone who identifies as this gender or that one’, then where is the room for nonbinary performers? How is someone like Dillon supposed to submit their work for Emmy consideration?
The Television Academy responded with surprising open-mindedness, saying “anyone can submit under either category for any reason.” Dillon opted for Best Actor, as the term historically refers to a performer regardless of gender. The MTV Awards is following suit: they will use ‘actor’ to refer to all candidates in a category.
MTV Awards joins The Grammys and Britain’s National Television Awards by opting for non-gendered categories. But will this be the start of a larger conversation for Hollywood?
Catch MTV’s Movie and TV Awards on Sunday, May 7th.
I don’t remember the last time I made an effort to attend a 10:00am panel at Anime Boston. I was probably still in high school and trying to catch the second screening of videos for the AMV contest. This year, however, I was a woman with a mission: to attend my cousin’s panel on Gender Identity in Convention Culture. The panel was a big hit last year. The room filled up about twenty minutes before it started, and I was one of the fifty-plus people who were turned away because the room was at capacity.
This year, however, the GICC panel got upgraded to the Grand Ballroom in the Sheraton, so there was plenty of room for everybody – transgender, cisgender, and non-binary!
We here at the Daily Geekette are saddened by the death of Leelah Alcorn. Although many of you may not have heard of her until today, we ask that you not let her name fall into obscurity as New Year’s festivities clog up media coverage that matters. All lives matter, but not all lives are threatened by the persecution transgender people face.
It is difficult to give you a hard statistic on how many transgender lives are lost each year because such studies are still relatively new. The short answer is, too many. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the prevalence of suicide attempts among the respondents was 41%! The only hard fact we can give you is that Leelah Alcorn is one of far too many of those losses.
Leelah Alcorn was a seventeen year old transgender woman who committed suicide two days ago. The Ohio native published her suicide note via a queued Tumblr post: in it, Leelah cited her parent’s strict Christian beliefs and unacceptance as a detriment to her mental health and identity.
[When I told my mom] she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.
Many people are fist-pumping the air today after it was announced that Facebook has launched new gender pronoun options.
In the past, you had two choices: male or female. But now, with the recent creation of names for new genders, Facebook had to get with the program. There is now a custom option, where users can define themselves, as well as declare preferred pronouns.