Courier Mail ‘She-Male’ Offensive and Hurtfull To Trans

Mayang Prasetyo Monster Chef, She-Male and Ladyboy : If you found the Courier-Mail's handling of the tragic murder of Mayang Prasetyo offensive : add your name to the petition

The Brisbane trans community have launched a petition to over the Courier Mail’s use of the terms ‘Monster Chef’, ‘She-Male’, and ‘Ladyboy’.  The paper used the terms in their reporting of the tragic murder of Mayang Prasetyo at Teneriffe recently.

However, the paper’s sensationalist approach to reporting the gruesome murder caused outrage.

A front-page headline on Tuesday read;

‘Monster Chef and the She-Male’

The story featured a picture of Ms Mayang Prasetyo in a bikini. The paper also headlined an inside story ‘Ladyboy and the Butcher’.

Trans activists described the splash as ‘soul-destroying’.

“It’s disgusting, it’s just sensationalism and it’s dehumanising a trans woman.

“Mayang Prasetyo is the victim here and they are vilifying, stigmatising and dehumanising the victim, making her look like she’s just as bad as her sick boyfriend.

“Trans women struggle to be accepted as women and the term she-male is very derogatory.”

Ms Prasetyo’s partner Marcus Volke reportedly murdered and then dismembered her.

Monster Chef , She-Male and Ladyboy, If you found the Courier-Mail's handling of the tragic murder of Mayang Prasetyo offensive.
Monster Chef and the She-Male


The Press Council will take the complaint more seriously if there is a public outcry with this type of sickening behavior.

CLICK HERE to read about making a complaint to the Press Council.

Other media such as Brisbane radio station B105 also repeated the words at about 4 pm 7/10/14.

If people heard this term used on any radio or TV medium and feel offended,  they can make a complaint to the Station Manager by phoning them or in writing/email.

They can also complain to ACMA.

All Queenslanders can make a complaint to the Anti Discrimination Commission of Queensland.


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