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The Transformers as Transgender?

By Hervé St-Louis

I saw a meme this week mocking the American debate on public washrooms access for transgender people. The meme suggested that transgender persons use the Transformers washroom as opposed to the male or female one. This made me think about transgender identities and whether Transformers are transgender. Transgender identities, to my knowledge, are based on individuals not identifying with their birth gender. A person born a boy will not identify with the male gender. A person born a girl will not identify with the female gender. The transgender individual seeks to correct the representation of their gender to themselves and the public. The transgender person seeks to embody the gender that they feel they belong to. Transformers seem to be different. Transformers have two modes of representation. They have what fans call the ALT mode. The engine, apparatus or device that they mimic and their robot form, which often takes...   More


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