Gender is the primary organizing category that individuals utilize in society today. However, because of the prevalence of normative masculine and feminine gender expression, these expression have become problematically linked with biological narratives. Transgender individuals highlight that there is more natural variability in preference for gender expression than is currently normalized within society. This talk will highlight the experiences of transgender individuals as a way to shed light on a pressing topic which requires a greater amount of attention – the need for greater freedom of gender expression – and will provide guidelines for how to become a true transgender ally.
Dr. Katina Sawyer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, within the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development at Villanova University. She holds a dual-PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Women’s Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Sawyer has published and presented her research on diversity in the workplace, as well as negative workplace behaviors, in many peer-reviewed outlets and at conferences internationally. She spends much of her time volunteering, by advocating for LGBT rights, educating inner city youth, providing career coaching to women in crisis, and working with and advocating for the rights of victims of human trafficking.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
I am a transitioning woman and this was an awesome presentation. I need to watch it again because I started crying half way through. I have self harmed and attempted suicide. It has been along difficult life who would choose this path? NO ONE! The message from this video is about love and acceptance. Unconditional Love.
These people do need acceptance; and help in coping and living with an abnormal condition. Pretending it's completely normal and expecting everyone to not assign gender at birth or treating their children neutral until they "decide what they really are" is just ridiculous imo. Why would we want to normalize or encourage a condition with a suicide rate of 41% on our children; instead of treating them like the boy or girl they are? Your analogy of expecting redheads to dye their hair is absurd and unrealistic.
I have always liked pretty dresses and jewelry. I was dressed in dresses and I love dresses and cute stuff. I have always been a female.I am a biological female and I cannot see myself as a male. I have never felt differently. I can see what she is saying though. If I had children I would let them choose their toys and clothes.
1. the trans gender movemont has moved me. i have now Transformed into Trans-God A SUPER DUPER VERSION OF MYSELF BECAUSE I AM GOD IN MY WORLD. I AM GOD MHAHAHAHAHHA.
2. ALSO THE GENDER COLOR USE TO BE PINK WAS MALE AND BLUE WAS FEMININE. THAT'S WHY REAL MEN WEAR PURPLE :D I WEAR PURPLE FLANNEL CAUSE PURPLE IS DOPE AND FLANNEL IS AWESOME
3. THIRDLY MY XY CHROMOSOME WAS BORNE ON ME. i AM A MALE AND TO MAKE A NEW HUMAN TO CONTINUE MY GENE POOL I REQUIRE .NO I NEED A FEMALE SO I CAN MATE AND REPRODUCE. AND THAT IS THE MAIN THING THAT MAKES ME MALE. EVERYTHING ELSE IS IRRELEVANT.
I am female (born with the right female parts). I imagined myself playing with a toy train, short hair and wearing shorts. I love being female. No one 'decided' for me what my gender was - I am what I am - a woman. Does this woman ever come up for air? God, it's frantic.
As a senior trans male to female and working with the general public within the retail market I am addressed as Sir a lot of the time while I have earrings on, long hair, a female blouse on, using a soft voice and a bra on, not a DD but a smaller A or B cup bras. Why, because I work in the electrical area of a big box retail store. Most of the ones that work in the area are men, if I was a cashier I question if it would be an issue.
Thank you Katina. This is an amazingly powerful speech. I'm disappointed that your views, likes, and comments are not greater than they are. This is so very deserving. Thank you for being a passionate ally.
+James Lagnese i understand you completely. your a moron and you are wrong. stop pretending that i dont understand you as your way to get out of a debate you just lost lol. transexuals are not non binary they are completely diffrent. the fact that you think they are the same just shows what an idiot you are and how much you have to learn. sadly your so ignorant that you will never open your head to the facts.
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