WISE 2P90 Amber Pfohl Transgender
WHAT IS TRANSGENDER? • Transgender is:A broad term describing a person’s gender identity which does not necessarily match his/her assigned gender at birth; they perceive themselves and identify themselves as belonging to a different sex and feel the need to live that way
Stereotypes of transgender • People associate transgender with cross dressers and transsexuals. • A man who desires to wear women’s clothing and makeup. • Transgenderists are commonly named: cross dresser, drag queen or king, gender queer, gender blender, two-spirit, and androgynies'.
Transgender Terms • Transsexual: A person who has surgically changed their physical sex or someone who is making that transition through medical treatment. • Transvestite(Cross dresser): Someone who dresses in clothing that society thinks is appropriate for the opposite sex; as a result of exploring their gender identity • Androgyny: Having both feminine and masculine traits • Some people who are transgendered do not conform to male and female gender identities; they consider themselves as Gender Fluid • Gender fluid: Is the thought of being both man and woman or neither man or woman.
People who are Transgender live as though they are the opposite sex. • Not all people who are transgendered are interested in genital reassignment surgery. • Transgenders are interested in obtaining hormones and cosmetic surgery to physically represent their inner identities.
What is the cause of Transgenderism? It is believed that a person who feels they of the gender opposite to their sex is due to a birth defect, although this has never been proven • Research is currently studying social, biological and psychological factors of transgender.
Social construction of Transgender • Social binary between what it is to be a woman or a man. • Anyone outside the gender binary are oppressed • Gender is a social construction • We are socialized from a young age to understand the meaning of having a male and female body • Stems from associating Blue with boys and Pink with girls.
Social construction of Transgender • Society is not yet ready to accept genders that are not Male/female • Social institutions play a large role in oppressing people who are transgendered. • Transgendered senior can't be king
Helping Families With The Transition • Trans@MIT is a company that helps prepare for the transition that families undergo while members experience feelings of being the opposite gender of their sex and pre and post gentile reconstruction surgeries; transitioning to opposite sex
What MIT Offers • Workshops: accessible sessions or workshops on transegender • Event speakers: Organizes speakers to speak to people about transgender issues • Information about transgender