I think purportedly factual sites like Wikipedia should reference a person's legal name.
posted by Phreesh
But this explanation highlights the way in which institutionalized power of cisgender editors was allowed to systematically override a previously established consensus on how to handle transgender topics.
In an interview with Hip Hop Weekly on June 17, producer Symbolyc One (S1) announced that Snoop was working on his final album under his rap moniker Snoop Dogg; "I’ve been working with Snoop, he’s actually working on his last solo album as Snoop Dogg."
"Second, it is notable that Adrian Lamo, the person who reported Manning’s leaks to the authorities, weighed in on the discussion in favor of moving the article to Chelsea. Lamo noted that Manning’s status as a transgender person has been reported on for years"
But for trans people there should be the simple rule that their self identity trumps other considerations, just because it's so important.
The Wikipedia Manual of Style states that “any person whose gender might be questioned should be referred to by the gendered nouns (for example "man/woman", "waiter/waitress", "chairman/chairwoman"), pronouns, and possessive adjectives that reflect that person's latest expressed gender self-identification. This applies in references to any phase of that person's life.”
And you'd be wrong.
John Mellencamp is not John Cougar
Jada Pinkett Smith is not Jada Pinkett
Victoria Beckham is not Posh Spice
Sean Combs is not Puff Daddy
Does trans-activism always have to be carried out at this pitch?
It's about arguing from within Wikipedia. If both sides make equally valid arguments from within Wikipedia's policies and guidelines then things get sticky.
Wikipedia prefers the name that is most commonly used (as determined by its prevalence in reliable English-language sources) as such names will be the most recognizable .... Wikipedia does not necessarily use the subject's "official" name as an article title; it prefers to use the name that is most frequently used to refer to the subject in English-language reliable sources ... If the name of a person, group, object, or other article topic changes, then more weight should be given to the name used in reliable sources published after the name change than in those before the change.
People say that about us anyway.
Trans women are women and have been all their lives in just the same way cis women have. It's just there was a fact about us that we didn't necessarily have the tools to realise, process, and understand for a while.
So. Here’s the question. Given that Wikipedia makes decisions by consensus, how can majority-culture (male, young, Western, heterosexual, cisgendered) editors best participate in discussions in ways that work towards good decision-making, rather than groupthink?
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