It’s true that gender is a complex idea that means something different to every person. But this doesn’t give us much of an idea about how queer genders are experienced by people. It’s in every feminist’s best interest to listen and pay attention to trans* people, so let’s explore some common ways gender is experienced by people in the trans* community.
Prevalent messages in our society say that business and life don’t mix. And this separation between vocation and voice is a separation between our masculine and feminine selves. It’s an unfortunate reality, as it relegates feminine principles to the background and labels them as detrimental to sound business practices. So how do we reclaim entrepreneurship?
Due to anti-transgender bias, trans* people disproportionately face challenges with physical safety, employment, housing, and more. To address such obstacles, Dr. Kortney Ziegler founded Trans*H4CK, which brings together trans* people to develop their own tech-based solutions. In this podcast, Kortney and Sandra discuss the role of Trans*H4CK in the lives of trans* people and the trans* movement.
Some detrimental cultural ideals run so deep that no one even questions whether they might operate as support beams of status quo oppression. Let’s take the word “bitch” for example. As an exercise in identifying some potentially hibernating connotations that can perpetuate harmful gender stereotypes, here are a few common uses of the word “bitch” and their problematic subtexts.
Trans* people have experienced exclusion, hate speech, threats, and harassment at the hands of the feminist movement — and that is truly tragic. Trans* issues are feminist issues. And if we are to build an intersectional and effective feminist movement, it is imperative that we work to make feminism not just trans-inclusive, but a movement that places trans* voices and experiences at the center.
Pronouns are an important part of our language. And while using the right pronouns in our own daily language isn’t enough to change the extreme transphobia trans* people experience, it is a simple way to challenge gender-based oppression. Laura Kacere joins Sandra Kim in a discussion of why respecting trans* people’s preferred pronouns is a key part of trans*-inclusive feminism.
There are a handful of assumptions people may make when you say that you don’t plan on starting a family, especially if you are a woman. The truth is, if you don’t want to have children for any reason, it’s valid! If you don’t want to have children, you are not wrong, and you are not alone. Here are five more reasons why it is completely okay to decide not to become a parent.
Nearly one million adults in the US identify as transgender. And yet, most people know almost nothing about them. Why do we know so little about transgender people? Because they are systematically silenced on a daily basis. We don’t know them because, frankly, we don’t see them. So let’s confront some of the most common myths about transgender people and change our ways of thinking about them.
At some point in our lives, most people will need to take off an extended period of time to deal with a family or medical issue. Despite this, only 12% of workers in America receive paid family leave through their jobs. And the lucky ones that do are disproportionately well-educated, high-earning, and male. But what about the rest of us? What happens if we fall ill or have a child?
Fatphobia is a rampant trend these days, especially for women, who encounter body policing regardless of their size. But what about the fat-shaming of men? Virgie Tovar, a leading speaker on the topics of fat discrimination and body image, discusses the particular ways our society shames fat men, and how these trends of body-policing expose deeply rooted misogyny and sexism.