A pivotal moment

Another thing stolen from women:

The category is: making history. Mj Rodriguez has become the first transgender performer to pick up an Emmy nomination in a major acting category.

Rodriguez is nominated in the lead drama actress category for her fierce and formidable portrayal of house mother and nurse Blanca Rodriguez on FX’s ballroom culture period drama “Pose.” It is her first-ever attention from the Television Academy.

“I do believe this is a pivotal moment. There’s never been a trans woman who has been nominated as a leading outstanding actress and I feel like that pushes the needle forward so much for now the door to be knocked down for so many people — whether they be male or trans female, gender nonconforming, LGBTQIA+, it does not matter,” Rodriguez told Variety. “A moment like this extends and opens and elongates the possibilities of what’s going to happen and I believe the Academy is definitely making it possible and their eyes are more than open. Yes, I do believe they’re going to continue, and I also feel like we’re going to keep speaking and encouraging and informing and educating people around the world. I think that’s the most important thing.”

That’s a nomination that a woman won’t get, because a man got it. The door that’s being knocked down is the one that kept men out of women’s Emmy nominations, which is a door that didn’t need knocking down. Women have enough trouble just getting parts at all, let alone award nominations; there is no need for men who identify as women to grab some of those few nominations. Giving a woman’s award nomination to a man is not a yay hooray progressive move, it’s a punch in the face to women.

This nomination marks a significant step for LGBTQIA-plus representation — and specifically trans representation — at the Emmys.

No, it marks a significant backward step for female representation.

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