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Trans-forming our thoughts on gender | Katina Sawyer | TEDxVillanovaU

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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
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Sandy Beach (12 days ago)
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.
Will Billi (1 month ago)
Every animal instinctively classifies genders into male, female, and family so wtf happened to humans.
Blackdogsmatter (1 month ago)
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.
Robert Phelps (1 month ago)
I don't hate them I simply don't want to be around their crazy asses
Robbie Dee Woody (1 month ago)
I disagree with her on our gender. We are born with a gender identity no matter if it is clearly male or female related, or somewhere inbetween. But HOW we express our gender IS condiotioned.
George Anthony (2 months ago)
This woman has nothing,zero,ziltch to say. " Why can't we just all get along?"Pathetic
TallCoolDrink (2 months ago)
This is called brain-washing.
Robbie Dee Woody (12 days ago)
Actually, that's what our has always been if you really think about it.
Chris Kalogeropouls (2 months ago)
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.
Devashree Kisnadwala (3 months ago)
Whoa!! She needs to slow down her talking speed! She just keeps going on and on without even a natural pause!!
Felix Addison (19 days ago)
Try listening to Ben Shapiro.
thomas oliver (4 months ago)
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.
Leads The Fallen Vlogs (4 months ago)
If a child was born in the woods and raised by wolves, that child will grow up thinking it's also a wolf
PungiFungi (1 month ago)
Indeed, what goes on in your mind sometimes have absolutely nothing to do with physical and genetic reality.
Benz C (4 months ago)
Reality.......you people need help as of medication!!!!
Destinee Barnett (5 months ago)
This is a fantastic speech, thank you!!
Hedgemist (10 months ago)
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.
AnOpenThought (11 months ago)
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.
Jensen (1 year ago)
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.
Janny Marie (1 year ago)
Great Ted Talk Katina, thank you.
Earl Olson (1 year ago)
Wonderful talk, i loved it so much i am going to listen to it again right now.
Sara Anne Fay (1 year ago)
wonderful....especially the example/story at the end.......
ed p (1 year ago)
Oh yea, my kids talk and think the way I want them to (not really!) Children are like sponges? Have you ever had kids, Lady? I doubt it somehow.
Ava Turner (1 year ago)
This is really wonderful. Thank you.
Dorin Tibulca (2 years ago)
I transform my piss in shit and give it on your "gender revolution".
the unUSEFULidiot (2 years ago)
"Gender expression is a social construct" "Everyone has an authentic gender expression" >_< Too much retardation.
Curtius Simplus (2 years ago)
The war on reality continues ... facts are hatred!
Eric K (11 months ago)
Lock her up!
Zach hacZ (2 years ago)
I wonder how many transphobic comments this video will rack up...
George Anthony (2 months ago)
+Amy Pollicino ...or fact? No one likes a snitch.
Amy Pollicino (8 months ago)
any can be reported as hate speech or harassment :)
Gertrude Lagnese (3 years ago)
It's born in us and then realized through experience and examples. Ignoring biology is ignorant.
MrHotPinkBanana (4 months ago)
+Drive Tone what are infertile people then?
James L (2 years ago)
+TortugaMoose get a life
TortugaMoose (2 years ago)
It's you're not your. Get an education.
catwalk33 (2 years ago)
+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.
ThePartarar (3 years ago)
I have no problem with lgbt folks, but this video is personally ridiculous.
lockandloadlikehell (4 months ago)
+TortugaMoose People that use "Ugh" need to be euthanized.
sonoki82 (1 year ago)
This garbage has nothing to do with LGB people. It is 100% transgender cancer.
TortugaMoose (2 years ago)
Ugh I'm so glad there's someone out there who has committed to remaining ignorant and stupid. Bravo.

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