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Letter To The Editor — Some Respect From The Shopping Channels!

| Feb 25, 2008
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A TGF member asks, “Why can’t we get some respect from the shopping channels?” And she asks us to take a survey of our members on the topic. So, here we present her plea and invite you to let her know how you feel about the shopping channels feeling “free to ridicule crossdressers.” Read and comment.

We TG’s must speak up to the two most popular home shopping channels!

How many of us love to curl up on my couch with a cup of tea and order clothes without the nuisances involved in shopping ? The lack of reaction from their representatives when I order clothes tells me they are used to selling women’s clothes to men. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn ten percent of their clothes shoppers are men.

Why then do they feel free to ridicule crossdressers? Don’t misunderstand me, I am not so naive as to think they might acknowledge how much of their business is from the TG community. But do they have to make fun of us?

I get crestfallen when they giggle at the idea of a male customer enjoying wearing their merchandise.

Is it possible for TG Forum to survey its members to see if there are other TG’s who feel as I do?

Please consider and let me know.

Thank you,

Penny Cash


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Angela Gardner is a founding member of The Renaissance Transgender Association, Inc., the former editor of that organization's newsletter and magazine, Transgender Community News. She wrote the Diva of Dish column for TGF in the late 1990s and was the Editor of LadyLike magazine until its untimely demise. She is currently the Editor of TGF. She has appeared in film and television shows portraying TG characters, as well as representing Renaissance on numerous talk shows. In her idle hours she keeps busy producing her monthly TG parties, Angela's Laptop Lounge.

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  1. says:

    Hi Penny,

    I’m also in the category of not even watching the shopping channels. However, I have done much of my shopping enfemme and had generally positive experiences. Money talks and if they’re smart they’ll shut up and provide the service customers expect.

    I might suggest that the next time one ridicules you, cancel the order and tell them why you’re doing it. That might have more effect.

    Linda W.

  2. ronnierho ronnierho says:

    Penny…
    I’m not a viewer of shopping channels, so I haven’t seen the ridicule you mention. Is it a regular thing? Is it on the air? You said the operators don’t react, so it’s not unusual for males to order female clothing…

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