Realizing that meeting cis standards of beauty, or rather, the bare minimum of what it takes to constitute that one is viewed as a woman by society is nigh impossible for most trans women, Aria Bellows and Kinsey Hope, two trans women with this very same problem decided it was time to bring about change. Within their hands was the unfertilized egg known as Ugly Trans Women. In a way that only trans women can, they got together and fertilized this egg with their sperm which they endearingly named, Empowerment. Thus, Fuck Yeah Cute Trans Chicks was born.
TOO OFTEN TRANS WOMEN ARE BERATED ON OUR APPEARANCE OR TOLD THAT WE’RE UGLY. THOSE OF US THAT BLEND IN ARE OFTEN TREATED WITH SUCH ENDEARING PHRASES AS “BUT YOU’RE SO PRETTY, HOW CAN YOU BE TRANS?” AND “YOU’RE REALLY CUTE… FOR A TRANS GIRL.”WELL, IT’S TIME TO SHOW THE WORLD THE CUTENESS THAT TRANS WOMEN CAN ACHIEVE. FUCK YEAH CUTE TRANS CHICKS DEDICATES ITSELF TO SHOWING THAT OUR CUTENESS AND SEXINESS DOES NOT MATCH CISGENDER EXPECTATIONS AND THOSE EXPECTATIONS CAN FUCK RIGHT OFF.
What the site means to say, is that many trans women cannot hope to pass even as an wholly unattractive cis woman. Testosterone has masculinized their bodies so far beyond anything that a normal woman would ever experience that no amount of female hormones could ever hope to reverse this. Even with surgery, one may find the degree of masculinization is so great, that it does very little in allowing them to masquerade as a woman without being ‘clocked’. With no desire to return to living a normal male life, but no way to integrate themselves into society as a woman, many trans women find themselves trapped in a middle ground where being attractive as either gender (as long as they continue their farce) is an impossibility.
The beauty of Fuck Yeah Cute Trans Chicks is that it attempts to make this empowering, a Good Thing. No longer, does one have to feel inadequate because of how atrociously male they look. Posting a photo on FYCTC means one does not have to worry about negative comments that may be directed at their appearance. All trans women are cute. All trans women are sexy. Trans is beautiful. Vampire fangirl with a 5 O’clock shadow? No problem! Flat chested lady with a crotch bulge shaped like a sports protection cup? No worries! Completely naked other than pantyhose in a tasteless ‘erotic’ pose? It’s more than welcome! In fact, photos from anyone is more than welcome. One simply has to put on some feminine attire and you can expect your photo to appear on the site (although there is apparently a long queue because so many people are eager to bare their naked bodies for all to see).
In fact, it seems it doesn’t matter who submits a picture. Either that, or Bellows and Hope are more confused than they originally believed, as several genderqueer (possibly gay) men have photos on the site as well. However, we are brought back to the site’s original message, the part where they say,
SHOWING THAT OUR CUTENESS AND SEXINESS DOES NOT MATCH CISGENDER EXPECTATIONS AND THOSE EXPECTATIONS CAN FUCK RIGHT OFF.
Does this mean to say, that it doesn’t matter if you look like a man, you are still beautiful as a woman? If that is the message, then why bother making any changes to your appearance to mimic womankind? Are you not womankind? Would it not be easier to be empowered with how you already look? Why bother throwing yourself in that unpleasant middle ground, and break whatever ‘cis expectations’ you are looking to where you’re less likely to get laughed at? Is it really so important to wear women’s clothing to break whatever expectations you want people to ‘fuck off’ about?
Or perhaps it simply means, “We know we do not ‘blend’ as women but we’ll tell ourselves we look like women anyway, so you can all fuck off!”. This fits in well with the general trend of trans women to appropriate for themselves what womanhood is. Finding that they are unable to ever meet the criteria of what a woman is and lacking the lifelong experience, trans women do what they consider to be most reasonable – take the very meaning of what being a woman is, tear it apart, and demand others respect their discombobulation of the identity without question. It is a very aggressive, masculine approach in claiming for themselves what is not theirs, as man often does.
Whether their message means the former or the latter, the intent is all the same. Unable or unwilling to meet cis expectations, trans women or anyone willing to be depicted as one are encouraged to step up and submit a photo to FYCTC for the purpose of ‘empowerment’. The site serves as a space for those who wish to imagine that they define womanhood, which they are traditionally denied from doing, and be given the ‘safe space’ where nothing but positive comments and encouragement of this bastardization is allowed. In doing so, FYCTC succeeds in what it seeks to do. Within the site, they can imagine themselves to have taken hold of what they consider to be most valuable about a woman – her attractiveness and sex appeal. In their minds, they have come one step closer to taking control of a woman and everything she stands for. The extent to which anybody that is part of this collaboration actually truly believe they are empowered however, is questionable. If Kinsey Hope herself cannot feel empowered enough to have her photo on the site without a censor bar, who is to say that anyone actually believes that what they are doing here is anything more than an obscene orgy involving their delusions of grandeur?
One final note – there is a similar tumblr in the same vein for trans men. Its creative title – Fuck Yeah Cute Trans Guys. In terms of its potential over FYCTC, how does it fare? There are two sayings that sum it up well. ‘Quality over quantity’, and ‘a spoonful of honey attracts more flies than a gallon of vinegar’.