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Wife or Transgender Wife – Does the Category Matter? Your Responses Requested! April 6, 2009

Posted by Onely in Food for Thought, Heteronormativity, Your Responses Requested!.
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A couple of months ago, I noticed this creepy headline:

Wife pleads guilty in death-by-exercise case

I read the article and found the case stunning and bizarre: “A woman pleaded guilty to reckless homicide for exercising her 73-year-old husband to death in a swimming pool.”

A month passed, and I noticed another headline:

Transgender wife gets 4 years for husband’s death

Having read the fine print of the first article, I knew immediately that this headline was referring to the same case. But I don’t understand why the “transgender” part of the story became headline-worthy. After all, the most interesting (read: disturbing!) part of this story is that the wife (Christine Newton-John, also known as Chris Mason ) exercised her husband (James Mason) to death.

There are plenty of details besides Chris/tine’s transgender identity that seem unrelated to the story, but which were nevertheless reported and may as well have been included in the headline, such as:

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