March 3 - March 3 2011 Betsy Lucal What it Means to Be...

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March 3, 2011 Betsy Lucal: “What it Means to Be Gendered Me” - Biologically a woman, physically appears like a man, self-identifies as a woman - Gender Bending: the act of transgressing or “bending” gender roles o May involve androgynous behavior or adopting gender roles traditionally prescribed to the opposite sex o Experiences – personal encounters, using a credit card, using women-only spaces (i.e. bathrooms), auto parts stores, conflicting encounters - How does society label her? o Either MASCULINE or FEMININE (one or the other, not both, not neither) o Reality is that she has some masculine qualities and some feminine qualities, but she is always biologically female o The reality is “irrelevant” because it is her APPEARANCE as male or female (based on masculine or feminine markers) that determines her social identity and interactions - Implications o Negative Must always be vigilant of how she will be perceived (must get tiresome!) Discomfort, anxiety, and harassment
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