Slomen wrote:Is "tranny" really as bad as "nigger"?
I don't think we can really quantify something like that. It's not some sort of oppression olympics where we try to decide who has it "worse..." I simply used that comparison because it's similar: it's an epithet used to denigrate a historically oppressed group of people.
Slomen wrote:And would it be possible to name it otherwise when it is sort of begging for the transvestite-transistor association AND it is made by AniModulte?
I personally don't think any joke is "begging to be made," especially when that joke is harmful. Using slurs to target and isolate people is a big part of how oppression is perpetuated (in fact, it's so effective that the US military employs it as a means to desensitize their own troops toward killing enemy troops - if you have a nasty word that you use to indicate that someone is "other," it's much harder to see them as a human being and much easier to justify killing them). Trans* individuals are already subjected a quite a lot of oppression and rejection - almost half of them attempt suicide at some point in their lives, and as I said before, one in twelve is murdered.
Slomen wrote:I mean, is "transvestite" also a bad word and is it bad to give something like a Eurorack module the persona of a Trans gender person? (What is the correct non-offending term?) I don´t think Transvestimodule, Trans-AniModule, Transimodule or TransistorAnimodule works as well as TrAniModule...
"Transvestite" means that someone likes to dress up in the clothes of another sex and has nothing to do with identity. People who identify as another gender or sex but have made no physical changes to their bodies (such as hormone therapy or sex reassignment surgery) are "transgender," reflecting the fact that their biological sex has not changed, just their gender. Those who have made physical alterations to their bodies are "transsexual." A good way to encompass both groups is to just say "trans" or "trans*."
And sure, the name might "work well," but again, I don't think a funny module name is worth using epithets used to hurt trans* people. I'm sure the maker of the module is a smart guy and can come up with all sorts of hilarious names that aren't harmful.
Slomen wrote:I have never been teased or harrassed because of my sexual preferences, being born in the wrong body, or the colour of my skin or my religion so I would not know how people that have felt these things feel, but... c´mon! Do we have to be political correct all the time? I kinda hope someone makes a module called "The pale fat Viking with 1st world problems" with a picture of me on it so I can use that as my argument next time there is a debate like this.
It's not about being "politically correct," it's about not perpetuating oppression by not engaging in usage of slurs. I know that it can be a chore to watch what you say, but I really believe it's important to do if we want to advance as a society. Like you said, you've never experienced harassment based on your sex, gender, race, etc (neither have I, and as a cis white man in the United States, I probably won't), so it's very difficult to really understand what they have to go through every day.
Slomen wrote:Also I wish I knew a Transvestite (hope it is ok to use that word?) that I could ask what he or she felt about a eurorack module being called TrAniModule, because I think the name of the module together with the artwork and the speaker is cool as hell and I really want one!
I have a few trans* friends and none of them would be okay with me using a term like that, let alone an entire product named after it. I'm sure there are trans* people out there who wouldn't care, but I think it would be better to just think of another name for the module and avoid it altogether.
That being said, it does look like a fun module! I bet it would be really neat to put into one of those Erthenvar Lunch Boxes and go wiggle at the park and weird out passers-by with your strange bleeps and bloops