I have always been gender non conforming tomboy STEM moterbike guitars /female band and back in the 70 womens lib but it wasnt until I accidentally stumbled on Dr Jane Clare Jones that I realised in a deeper way that it wasn’t that I liked “boy”things but that labelling those things male was part of a patriarchal system. It made me realise how important language is and that removing language that enables us to express our oppression manacle us more firmly “in our place” in a way that many won’t even notice or if they do will be unable to articulate
My experience at work was of a young autistic teen X who was accused of Transphobia by a class mate Y (who sometimes came in as male sometimes presented as female ). Because X stared at them.
X said he didnt feel he was Transphobic it just made him feel funny that Y kept changing (name as well as clothes) his autism was ignored. There were a lot of demands being made by Y re toilets etc also at odds with our large female Muslim students rights.
Management was in a panic . Transphobia is apparently the worst of crimes
I have taken part in twitter/ discussion with friends/some work mates to raise awareness
I haven’t had any consequences because most people I’ve spoken to think the idea that a man can really be a woman/access women’s spaces /sports is completely mad or were unaware of it and recognise the consequences immediately. I haven’t spoken out on one FB account though because that account is a partially music account to promote bands. I have on the other.
Sophia, Musician, Maths lecturer