Trans* women are every bit “real” girls as anyone born by our society’s definition as “female”. Yes, trans* women were not born with a vagina, but that does not make them any less of girls. Gender is a social construction, and any woman is standardized by a set of ideals society has made. A MtF person is still a woman, despite what your ignorant ideology leads you to believe.
Yes, it is just one commercial, but that doesn’t detract from its impact. Mediated messages largely teach us how to interact with one another. The media has an extreme influence on each and every person no matter how much you would like to think that it doesn’t. Ever heard pink is for girls, blue is for boys? Why is that? Because a 1940’s campaign bolstering femininity called “Think Pink” lead the way on that thought process. Or how about men having to be masculinized and drink beer? Think of how many commercials there are during the Superbowl with men drinking alcohol in them. Why is that? Because our society has lead us to believe that men should watch sports, and so the Superbowl is largely geared towards the male crowd in advertising in commercials. Our media heavily impacts our society’s constructions of what it means to be male or female.
So when that ad shows us that a MtF woman is not considered to be a “real girl” simply because she cannot use a tampon that promotes a highly discriminatory and prejudiced stance on persons of our society. They are allowing a form of transphobia to permeate commercials and thus our mass means of communication.
That commercial is extremely transphobic, and I’ll be damned if I let you say derogatory and degrading things about a real woman.