Tag Archives: Gender Identity

Diagnosing Difference

Ophelian, Annalise (Director). (2009). Diagnosing Difference [film]. San Francisco, CA: Floating Ophelia Productions, LLC. “My difference isn’t pathological. It’s just infrequent.” This quote, spoken in the first minute of the film, really sets the tone for this powerful documentary. Diagnosing … Continue reading

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Pronouns and Gender

Originally posted at Catching Wine. Third person pronouns are how we refer to someone who isn’t you or me. In English, third person pronouns are a remnant of the grammatical gender of Old English. Many modern languages use grammatical gender … Continue reading

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Transparent

Soloway, Jill (Creator and Director). (2014). Transparent [Television series]. Los Angeles: Amazon Studios. Transparent debuted on September 26, 2014 on Amazon Prime and I quickly marathoned the 10 episodes. The show follows Maura, played by Jeffrey Tambor, who is coming … Continue reading

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Transgender(ed), Trans(s)exual, Trans(*), and more: which should I use?

Cristan Williams has been doing great work on the emergence of these words, primarily looking at ‘transgender’: check out Tracking Transgender; Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term (with K.J. Rawson); and Transgender Timeline. Same with Zagria, whose Cross-Gender, Transgender, … Continue reading

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Albert Nobbs

García, Rodrigo (Director). (2012). Albert Nobbs. Santa Monica, CA: Lionsgate. This poignant film tells the story of a woman in 19th-century Ireland who takes on the persona of a man in order to survive. Born an illegitimate child fostered by … Continue reading

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Online Resources for Genderqueer Identities

People who identify under the genderqueer umbrella often have difficulty finding community, learning about different forms of gender diversity, and accessing legal and medical resources. What’s more, their friends and families often have a lot of questions about gender that … Continue reading

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Terminology: Cis/Cissexual/Cisgender

These terms have been in use in activist and academic communities since at least the mid-1990s, but have only recently entered the popular lexicon.  When Facebook created multiple gender options in February this year (Weber, 2014), there was mass confusion … Continue reading

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