Sexism VS Transphobia

A top Microsoft executive is transitioning from male to female, and apparently the big question isn’t whether colleagues will be accepting of a transwoman, but whether they will be accepting of a woman.

He’s unlikely to encounter blatant transphobia on the job. He should worry instead about plain old-fashioned sexism. How will Wallent’s developers react when they come to work on January 2 and it hits them: They’re working for a girl?

Thanks, Mr Jender, for the link.


4 thoughts on “Sexism VS Transphobia

  1. People are . . . weird. It’s funny, the writer seems to be the one with the sexism (the female equivalent of “coach” is “mom?” Women can’t be coaches? Women can’t be in charge of anything except their children? WTF?), but the blatant transphobia is in the comments.

    And, of course, I’m not just talking about the people who are calling being transgender an illness, or disgusting or whatever. After the post included the fact that “sex change” is now considered derogatory, about 20 people used it and there was someone who talked about a transwoman she knew who “looked like gilligan with makeup.” This is probably just ignorance, but one guy also seemed to think that transitioning necessarily included “bottom” gender reassignment surgery, and others who automatically assumed that it didn’t with no one pointing out that A. it wasn’t any of their business and doesn’t matter.

    Yeah. That was a depressing way to start the day.

  2. In her book Whipping Girl: The Scapegoating of Femininity, Julia Serano links transphobia to sexism, noting that transwomen get a lot more flack than transmen, mostly (in her opinion, if I’m reading her right) because of sexism.

  3. After reading the article I’m not sure if the coach to mom statement was a combination of what Meagan said & the author but I can say that I am proud to be called mom now. I started transition 4 years ago. The nurturing aspects of me were out of place before but now my friends recognize it as mothering.
    I never was a big cheese exec but I am in the computer field as a tech. I’m sure that any transperson will say People do react differently once you are recognized as “the other” gender. Although there are very many female technicians I can vouch for having to prove myself & my abilities more than I used to. My partner is a transman. He has experienced just the opposite.
    I sometimes feel guilty that I am taking some of the sexism as validation. i.e. being called a diminutive name like missy by a guy who is my son’s age for example. I digress though.
    I also have to agree that transmen have an easier road in general. They have an easier time visually passing even before hormones as long as they bind or have had top surgery. Society recognizes males as more stable, leaders, powerful, mechanically inclined. The list goes on. I was scolded by my boss in a meeting one morning when I was talking in my former assertive speech pattern. She told me I didn’t need to be snippy. I would have been more than accepted & in fact had some former bosses tell me I need to speak that way.

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