A movement of SuperStraights is gaining popularity on the Internet – heterosexual men who claim to be attracted only to biological women. To avoid accusations of transphobia, they decided to classify themselves as LGBT culture and declare that they did not choose their sexuality, but were born that way.
The super natural movement – super straight – began with a post on TikTok on February 21, when user kyleroyce posted a video on his account titled “Who else is super natural?” and explained that they had to come up with a new sexuality due to accusations of intolerance.
The fact is that the interlocutors called him transphobic when he talked about his heterosexual orientation and clarified that he was attracted only by biological women, and not transgender persons.
It turned out that this problem affected not only him, and under the hashtag #Superstraight other users began to publish videos on TikTok and posts on Twitter, where they admitted that they also identify with supernaturals – heterosexual men who are not ready to date transgender women … Having united with the help of a hashtag, users jokingly identified themselves as LGBT, stating that they did not choose their orientation, but were born like the transgender people themselves, who are fighting to be recognized as their sexuality.
On March 6, @ supa_str8 tweeted a post claiming that supernaturals are part of LGBT culture. The joke, however, was not appreciated within the LGBT community itself, and messages began to appear on Twitter, threatening supernaturals from transgender people and their supporters. “If I see someone who calls himself supernatural, I will not hesitate to kill him with my own hands,” wrote one of the users. “I will attack and kill anyone who identifies as supernatural,” commented another.
Soon, the video that started this movement was deleted by moderators, and the hashtag was canceled, as it violates the rules of the community. However, the video made it to YouTube, where it received almost 100 thousand views.
Accusations of transphobia have become more frequent lately – and they can destroy the reputation of an individual or company. So, in 2019, an advertisement for Always pads for women was considered transphobic. 18-year-old LGBT activist Ben Saunders appealed to the American division of Procter & Gamble with a demand to remove the symbol of the “mirror of Venus”, traditionally associated with female gender, from the packaging of sanitary napkins. According to a transgender activist, the depiction of a female symbol on hygiene products does not take into account those who do not consider themselves a woman, but at the same time use feminine hygiene products.
After this manifesto, the Internet began to call for a boycott of Always products by transgender people. And then the company decided to abandon the use of this symbol. “We are very grateful that people like you are giving their opinions. From December 2019, we will stop producing products with such symbols, but it will take some more time before they completely disappear from the assortment of stores, ”replied Procter & Gamble.
This decision, however, was negatively perceived by those who associate themselves with female gender. “The absence of a female symbol on the pads effectively denies the existence of women,” said British feminist Judy Bindel. In her opinion, the company simply decided to reduce risks due to a possible scandal, and did not take into account the interests of all customers.
“Now women are literally ”washed” from the packaging of hygiene products. Is there a place or means where we are allowed to be seen? I have bought your products since my teens! Why, in the end, deprive such a phenomenon as menstruation, of femininity? ” – wrote in social networks user Vicky Lamb.
And in February 2021, a British hospital at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex decided to abandon the use of the words “breastfeeding” in favor of the expression “breastfeeding” so as not to offend those who feed their baby with milk, while not considering themselves a woman. The name of the maternity ward has also changed – instead of the “maternity ward”, a “perinatal ward” has appeared, which includes parents of different sexes. “Gender identity can be a source of oppression and inequality. We strive to overcome this inequality in medical terms in relation to all our patients, ”- quoted the hospital management in the Times.
These terms will be used in hospital newsletters, on the institution’s website and in social networks, as well as in documents and at official meetings. When communicating with patients, doctors can express themselves as before, changing the vocabulary depending on the patient’s wishes – for example, calling a partner a second parent, not a father, and “mother’s milk” – “human”.
“We want our vocabulary to include everyone who uses the hospital. That is, not only women, but also transgender people or non-binary people, ”the hospital management commented on the changes. However, this policy has not met with enthusiasm on the part of biological women. “You can call it whatever you want! But when I feed my baby, this is my breast, and this is the milk from my breast, the breast milk of a biological woman, ”said columnist Julia Hartley-Brewer.
“This is the absurd and confusing language of obscurantism, which is introduced to please those who reject science for their own fantasies. Those who persuade you to spend their time on it, instead of helping women to have children, make money on this, ”the user wrote on the Internet.
“How sweet to know that the National Health Service does not understand the fundamentals of biology. I think this explains why so many people die every year, ”said another.
The UK has been pursuing a gender neutrality policy since 2017. Then the British Medical Association recommended that all members – 156 thousand doctors – stop using the expression “pregnant woman” so as not to offend transgender people.