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 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.
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