I just watched Ellen/Elliot Page's recent interview with Oprah today...here are my takeaways.
The level of deep-seeded internalized misogyny struck me most. It's almost painful to watch. I sympathize with her hearing her speak. Knowing the pressure on regular women to look sexually pleasing and attractive to men, I can't imagine how that pressure would be multiplied for women in the public eye. It almost makes sense - the only way Ellen Page could avoid being sexualized and ridiculed for her looks was to identify as a man.
A couple of other things:
- She looks sick. Her voice is quivering. It's almost tough to see.
- Disappointingly no questions on how she knew she was a man other than her wanting short hair and having male friends as a kid. Felt like pandering.
- The term "gender euphoria"... she uses this a lot. This is a really weird way to characterize gender dysphoria.
- Her lack of confidence - she seems scared and uncomfortable the entire time.
I just felt bad for her. It seems like her life in hollywood really made her feel a lack of agency. I simultaneously wanted to hug her and shake her and scream "YOU CAN WEAR A SUIT TO THE OSCARS THATS FINE!"
Edit - grammar