Examples of t-girl
Examples of t-girl
Where does t-girl come from?
T-girl is a variation on transgender woman or trans woman, a person who was assigned male at birth but whose gender identity is female. T is short for trans(gender) and girl, of course, is a term for a female person. The transgender man equivalent of a t-girl is t-boy.
Early instances of t-girl online are found in personals posted on gender-and-sexuality-based Usenet groups in the late 1990s. Today, t-girl is sometimes used in the pornography industry to label or promote content. Some have argued that this use of t-girl fetishizes or objectifies transgender woman. Others, such as a self-identified transgender commentator Daniella Argento in 2018 blog post on the term, have observed:
Wherever the usage is, the pornographer follows. However, I simply cannot agree that a word being used by a pornographer invalidates other uses of that word. It is simply a nonsensical argument. Using obscenities in polite society does not raise their register. Using high register words to describe obscenity does not destroy the meaning of the word.
Is 'T-Girl' offensive? I was recently given reason to consider this. What do YOU think? https://t.co/0PyZ6e8572
— Daniella Argento (@DaniArgTG) January 9, 2018
Who uses t-girl?
The term t-girl is disputed within the LGBTQ community. Some transgender woman identify as t-girls. As noted, others find t-girl offensive, especially because the term is associated with pornography featuring transgender women.
— Rebecca B (@Superbreeze_Bex) July 28, 2019
Given that some people may be offended, it’s always best to ask a person about their identification preferences. Additionally, calling a woman a girl (outside contexts where women themselves are using it playfully or affectionately) is sexist.
hey if you’re cisgender you’re not allowed to use tr*nny, t-girl, transgenders, transgenderism and a number of other things. whether you’re talking to a queer person or not! be respectful. these terms are outdated and offensive!
— lady luck Ⓥ (@gorestruly666) June 24, 2019