Fallout from Libra “drag queen or trans woman?” tampon ad continues . . .

Libra tampon ad (Photo: YouTube)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Citing that the controversial Libra tampon ad could incite prejudice against transgender people, trans advocacy organizations harshly criticized the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau earlier approval of the ad. They’ve said the actions of the ASB amounts to “spitting in the face” of those working to reduce violence against transgender people. It is reported 70 people have filed a complaint with the ASB.

Sending the wrong message that because transgender women cannot menstruate, they’re not ‘real women’ was particularly hurtful advocacy organizations say.

National LGBT Health Alliance’s Warren Talbot: “The difficulty is that it does not distinguish between drag queens and transgender women. It’s certainly unhelpful and potentially fuels ignorant and uninformed views.”

Sally Goldner of Transgender Victoria: A big issue we face is violence in toilets because we don’t meet people’s expectations … and [the ASB is] effectively spitting in the face of people trying to stop violence against transgender people.”

The ASB, however,  states the ad “does not demean women who do not menstruate, nor does it demean or vilify transgender people and does not vilify men who dress as woman.”

The news reports I looked at did not state the trans advocacy organization’s end game for this matter.

A previous post on the topic: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/photos-transgender-character-in-libra-tampons-commerical-funny-offensive-transphobic-you-tell-me/

Another post: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/yanked-libra-tampon-commercial-actor-talks-about-the-controversy/

Recently from The Star Observer: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/2012/01/31/libra-decision-causes-further-controversy/70776

Recently from NineMSM: Transgender groups criticise tampon ad ruling.

Libra tampon ad (Photo: YouTube)


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