Adviser Update Adviser Update Spring 2017 - Page 36

audience groaned and sighed with the understanding of a mutual sisterhood .
When a compliment arrived about her boots followed by a question about where she got them , Howe ’ s humorous outlook retorted with a story about the many women in her Eugene , Oregon , community who gave her clothing . To her delight , and with her ability to look on the lighter side of almost every issue , Howe explained they were given to her ; she added that she has a closet full of hand-me-downs , many with the original store tags still on them .
“ Don ’ t these women know how to use a receipt to return clothing ?” she said , in her comedic voice , mocking in disbelief the money some women spend on clothes they purchase but never wear . “ Surely , they know which store they bought them from !”
Because the room was crowded and hot , and perhaps feeling the comfort of being a show favorite , she asked permission to take off her sweater , revealing her black tank top and matching form-fitting skirt . Her arms and chest have no hair , her right arm sports a tattoo ( presumably left over from her previous life ’ s chapter ), and her estrogen treatments boasted the development of a woman ’ s breasts . She wore make-up and complained about her hair being at the length at which she can do nothing with it .
In a more sobering moment , Howe was questioned about how a journalist can know what pronoun to use for a transgender .
“ As a journalist , ask ,” Howe said .
For any journalist who intends to write about transgender issues , Howe recommended the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association , PFLAG , and her Huffington Post blog ( see a list of resources below ).
“ Google the term transgender ,” she said , “ and one of the first items a writer will see is an article on ‘ Seven things you ’ re not supposed to ask transgenders ’.”
In Howe ’ s worldview of the “ mental wiring ” involved in gender expression , the nature vs . nurture debate “ doesn ’ t matter ” to her . Rather , she said , many find root in society ’ s unequal expectations of males and females .
Females , for example , are given latitude to physically choose hair , clothes , and occupations outside of society ’ s acceptable feminine ranges . Males don ’ t seem to have as much leeway .
“ It ’ s more acceptable to be a girl who expresses masculinity than it is for a man to express femininity ,” she said .
This imaginary box of limited masculine expectations often prevents males from expressing themselves fully , and might be the reason a bulk of transgenders are biological males who self-express their female identities .
Howe said laws for bathrooms would only make the matter in
audience groaned and sighed with the understanding of a mutual sisterhood. When a compliment arrived about her boots followed by a question about where she got them, Howe’s humorous outlook retorted with a story about the many women in her Eugene, Oregon, community who gave her clothing. To her delight, and with her ability to look on the lighter side of almost every issue, Howe explained they were given to her; she added that she has a closet full of hand-me-downs, many with the original store tags still on them. her sweater, revealing her black tank top and matching form-fitting skirt. Her arms and chest have no hair, her right arm sports a tattoo (presumably left over from her previous life’s chapter), and her estrogen treatments boasted the development of a woman’s breasts. She wore make-up and complained about her hair being at the length at which she can do nothing with it. In a more sobering moment, Howe was questioned about how a journalist can know what pronoun to use for a transgender. “As a journalist, ask,” Howe said. “Don’t these women know how to use a receipt to return clothing?” she said, in her comedic voice, mocking in disbelief the money some women spend on clothes they purchase but never wear. “Surely, they know which store they bought them from!” For any journalist who intends to write about transgender issues, Howe recommended the National Lesbian and Gay Journalism Association, PFLAG, and her Huffington Post blog (see a list of resources below). Because the room was crowded and hot, and perhaps feeling the comfort of being a show favorite, she asked permission to take off “Google the term transgender,” she said, “and one of the first items a writer will see is an article on ‘Seven things you’re not supposed to ask transgenders’.” In Howe’s worldview of the “mental wiring” involved in gender expression, the nature vs. nurture debate “doesn’t matter” to her. Rather, she said, many find root in society’s unequal expectations of males and females. Females, for example, are given latitude to physically HZ\\[\][ۜ]YBوY]x&\X\XH[Z[[B[\ˈX[\۸&]Y[H]B\]XY]^K']8&\[ܙHX\XHHH\^\\X\[[]H[]\܈HX[^\[Z[[]K8'BHZY \[XY[\Hو[Z]YX\[[H^X][ۜٝ[][X[\H^\[[\[\[K[ZYHBX\ۈH[و[[\\B[X[X[\[Y^\Z\[X[HY[]Y\˂HZY]܈]\[ۛHXZHHX]\[