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it’s 2010, but the transgender and transsexual experience still has the power to make people uncomfortable, thus leading to—surprise, surprise—discrimination. for many, that a person would want to live their life opposite the sex they were given at birth is unfathomable. to those who fall into the “trans” category, it is the ONLY way to live their life; it is the NATURAL way to live their life. because there are—unfortunately—so many out there who cannot understand or refuse to try to understand the obvious emotional struggles transpeople live with on an everyday basis, they are continuously outcast; their human rights are always at stake.
recently i told you about the transsexual woman from reading, england, who is pursuing a lawsuit against britain’s public healthcare for a breast augmentation surgery. she argues that the surgery will complete her transition from male to female; they argue that implants are not a medical necessity. while the outcome is still under debate, another transsexual’s rights have been violated this side of the pond.
trans man dominic scaia created a minor stir in the LGBT media earlier this year for challenging facebook’s policy against transsexual men posting shirtless pictures of themselves. today scaia is making headlines again, this time for having a video of himself shirtless after getting his breasts removed, two and a half weeks post-op. because of it’s “nudity,” youtube saw fit to ban the video from its site. to get the word out, scaia emailed the bilerico project managing editor and huffington post correspondent alex blaze about the experience, also supplying a screenshot of the notice he received from youtube:
The following video from your account has been disabled for violation of the community guidelines:
- ‘Shirtless at 2 and a half weeks’
Most nudity is not allowed on YouTube, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Videos that are intended to be sexually provocative are also not acceptable for YouTube. There are exceptions for some educational, documentary and scientific content, but only if that is the sole purpose of the video and it is not sexually gratuitous.
Your account has received one community guidelines warning strike, which will expire in six months. Additional violations may result in the temporary disabling of your ability to post content to YouTube and/or the termination of your account.
obviously youtube was just uncomfortable with the content of the video as you can surely find footage of men with their shirts off. and if you can find anything titillating about post-op deflated mammaries, well, whatever rocks your boat. but i’m sure anyone who gets off on that are few and far between. let’s talk about all the bikini-clad women who flaunt their stuff on the video-hosting site and talk about how sexual in nature they are. why are those still up and running?it’s amazing how low people will go to avoid being made felt uncomfortable. and if you’re going to play the conservative card, why not just own up to your feelings on the subject instead of making up an excuse that doesn’t seem to hold water? because everyone can read between those lines, youtube. everyone.