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Introduction

  • Definition: 'Shemale' is a term most commonly used in the pornography industry to describe trans women or other people with male genitalia and female secondary sex characteristics.

  • Offensiveness: The term is considered derogatory and offensive by many in the transgender community.

  • Origin: The term is a combination of 'she' and 'male' and was popularized by the adult industry.

  • Usage: It is often used in a derogatory manner to invalidate the womanhood of trans women.

  • Alternatives: More respectful terms include 'transgender woman' or simply 'woman'.

Definition [1]

  • Term: 'Shemale' is used to describe trans women or people with male genitalia and female secondary sex characteristics.

  • Industry: Most commonly used in the pornography industry.

  • Characteristics: Includes individuals who have undergone hormone therapy or surgery to develop female secondary sex characteristics.

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Origin [1]

  • Etymology: The term is a combination of 'she' and 'male'.

  • History: Popularized by the adult industry before the widespread use of 'transgender woman'.

  • Geographical Usage: More popular in the West; its counterpart in the East is 'ladyboy'.

Usage [1]

  • Adult Industry: Used to describe trans women in adult films.

  • Search Engines: Commonly used as a keyword for trans adult content.

  • Sex Work: Used by trans sex workers to attract clients.

Offensiveness [1]

  • Derogatory: Considered offensive by many in the transgender community.

  • Invalidation: The term discredits the womanhood of trans women.

  • Bigotry: Using the term can be seen as an act of bigotry.

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Alternatives [1]

  • Respectful Terms: 'Transgender woman' or simply 'woman'.

  • Cultural Variants: 'Ladyboy' in Thailand, 'Hijra' in India, 'Waria' in Indonesia.

  • Avoidance: It is recommended to avoid using the term 'shemale' to prevent offending trans women.

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