gender non-conforming

A letter saying they won

Linguist Geoff Pullum ignites a new firestorm with a blog post about singular they to refer to a non-binary person. [Published on 12-04-2017]

Posted by Kara Becker on December 5, 2017

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gender non-conforming

Everybody uses singular they, whether they realize it or not

Linguist Geoff Nunberg weighs on in singular they after it was voted 2016 word of the year. [Published on 12-30-2016]

Posted by Kara Becker on December 5, 2017

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Gender;
gender non-conforming;
Pronouns

FTM Transgender: 3.5 Years on T voice comparison

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A trans man gives examples of his voice across 3 and a half years of testosterone treatment

Posted by Kara Becker on November 14, 2017

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Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming

The Pronoun They

This article explains how we have gender pronouns in the English language. By drawing examples from how English developed, McCulloch provides information of why gender pronouns are important and are used today. #Ideology #Lexicon #Performativity #Gender non conforming #Gender binary [Published on 06-02-2014]

Posted by Jane Wallerstedt on November 9, 2017

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Ideology;
Performativity;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Lexicon

"Pink or Blue" Video

A video essay set to a poem on gender. It was commissioned to open the Saatchi showcase in Cannes the film uses 3D technology to allow the viewer to switch between two different versions of the film depending which set of glasses they view it through. Much of the video and poem deals with how language and performance affect one's social interactions. [Published on 07-01-2017]

Posted by Janet Sebastian-Coleman on September 4, 2017

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Femininity;
Masculinity;
Biological Sex;
Gender;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Stigma

Asterisk*

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Asterisk* is a spoken word poem written and performed by Oliver Renee Schminkey. This piece first appeared as the closing act of The Naked I: Insides Out produced by 20% Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN. The artist, who identifies as gender queer, eloquently and powerfully describes what it is like to live in a world that neither affirms nor denies their gender identity. It exemplifies how prescriptive language that is set in ideology can be limiting and discriminatory.

Posted by Kendra Ogdon on July 24, 2017

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Ideology;
Gender;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Prescriptivism

'He', 'She', 'They' and 'Us'

This article appeared on The New York Times Insider and discusses transgender issues and the use of a person’s preferred pronoun rather than the conventional or binary pronouns commonly used when reporting a news story. The Washington Post, The Associated Press, and The New York Times policy for use of unconventional pronouns is discussed. [Published on 04-05-2017]

Posted by Chance Friesen on July 16, 2017

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Change;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Pronouns

Last F**able Day

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This is a link from Amy Schumer's Comedy Central show called "Inside Amy Schumer" including the guest appearances of well known actresses Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In this Comedy Sketch they are holding a party to celebrate Julia's so called "Last Fuckable Day." When Amy asks what a Last Fuckable Day is the women proceed to tell her since they are all women age 45 and above that they have reached a point where they are no longer portrayed in the media as "fuckable" and this was worth celebrating because they no longer had to worry about acting sexy, looking sexy or preforming their feminine gender stereotypes. You will see examples when you watch the clip of how they are straying from their roles as women in today's society and of coarse with this being a comedy sketch everything is exaggerated and dramatized. This clip relates to what we have talked about in class and read in our "Living Language" book discussing preforming a certain role through language use. From the clip the use of language relating to their gender roles as older women is mentioned when they discuss the titles of the movies they will be cast in from now on as older women and what type of characters in movies they will be limited to because of their age and gender.

Posted by Isabelle E. Huyett on May 9, 2017

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Performativity;
Gender;
gender non-conforming

Gender Stereotype

Our society is so caught up with our gender stereotypes that even before we start to speak we have the idea of what it is meant to be a boy or a girl. This meme shows the usage of our society putting the color blue in relation to being a boy. This meme is using informal usage of words because it is putting a joke on our gender stereotype when it comes to wearing blue for a boy and pink for a girl.

Posted by Dylan Golden on May 2, 2017

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Gender;
gender non-conforming

Hillary and Her Iconic Pantsuits.

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One thing that really stood out when Hillary Clinton was running for president was iconic attire. Orthodoxically, woman who are in or are running for higher professions, such as the Presidency or any other higher office, would be expected to wear clothing such as a dress, a skirt, or a pair of slacks. The pantsuits worn by Clinton, however, during much of the campaign, is heterodoxical to much of what is normally worn by women in these positions. Conventionally, there has been a very negative sentiment towards this style of clothing as it has been received as inappropriately masculine, and there have even been attempts to ban it in certain places. Therefore, her use of this masculine attire during her campaign can be seen as an appeal of increasing power among women.

Posted by Alex Petersen on April 26, 2017

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Power;
Gender;
gender non-conforming

Response to "What it Means to Sound Gay" (LanguageLog)

Reed professor Sameer ud Dowla Khan's open letter response to NPR interview with filmmaker and speech pathologist from film project "Do I sound gay?" (transcript of interview found at link). Sameer describes how linguistic features do not necessarily link directly to social category (as is seen in indexical models) to problematize the concept of "natural"-ness in speech. (Compare with research done by Gaudio, Rudolph. 1994. Sounding gay: pitch properties in the speech of gay and straight men; especially re:criticisms of other studies made in introduction pp. 34-41). [Published on 07-10-2015]

Men more likely to gossip than women - survey Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-83255/Men-likely-gossip-women--survey.html#ixzz44FDmpzhr Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Article coincides with the observations in Cameron, Deborah (1997), men's gossip surveyed as greater than women, with further specification concerning subject matter as non-objective and largely emotional in nature. The assigned reading felt pretty straw-man-esque in presentation, so further correlation is not in the least bit surprising. [Published on 03-01-2016]

Posted by Hunter Gill on March 28, 2016

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Always #LikeAGirl Girls Emojis

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This YouTube video sponsored by Always debates that the emojis used on smart phones are not representative of women. It says some of these may even be sexist. Emojis are wildly popular in today’s society and this issue may go unnoticed by many people. See for yourself as this video interviews women and asks their opinions on the subject.

Sorry, grammar nerds: The singular "they" has been declared Word of the Year

Coverage of the American Dialect Society's Word of the Year 2016 vote, in which singular 'they' used to refer to a known reference was voted word of the year.

Posted by Kara Becker on January 28, 2016

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Gender;
gender non-conforming;
Pronouns

Facebook, the gender binary, and third person pronouns

An article by Lal Zimman about Facebook's changes to the options provided to users for gender identity and preferred pronoun usage. [Published on 09-23-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on December 3, 2015

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Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Pronouns

The Gender neutral pronoun: 150 years later, still an epic fail

An article suggesting that efforts to introduce a gender neutral pronoun into English are bound to fail, given the history of the practice. [Published on 08-16-2010]

Posted by Kara Becker on December 3, 2015

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Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Pronouns

How using 'they' as a singular pronoun can change the world

This is an article that discusses the importance of using singular 'they' and addresses issues related to its "correctness". [Published on 02-03-2015]

Posted by Gregor McGee on February 20, 2015

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English;
Change;
Grammaticalization;
Gender;
gender non-conforming

Can changing how you sound help you find your voice?

A NPR story profiling two women who worked to change their voices due to the stigmatization of their ways of talking. These woman worked with a voice therapist who normally provides therapy to transgender individuals. [Published on 10-14-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 27, 2014

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Youth;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Womens Language;
Pitch

The Seatbelt Crew - Hijra

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A 2014 Public service announcement about the importance of wearing seat belts in India, where Hijras get the message out and are described as revered, sacred trans people who bestow blessings.

Posted by Kara Becker on May 13, 2014

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gender non-conforming

What Is a “Preferred Gender Pronoun,” and Is It Always Obnoxious?

A discussion of the practice of asking individuals in advance to select their preferred gender pronoun.

Posted by Kara Becker on July 11, 2013

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gender non-conforming;
Pronouns

NY Times: Generation LGBTQIA

A 2013 New York Times article that addresses changing perspectives on gender, as well as college-students' changing terms of self-reference.

Posted on February 1, 2013

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Gender;
gender non-conforming

Dancing Hijras

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A YouTube video of hijras, known in India as the "third sex" dancing in Punjab

Coming out: 'I told them, I'm transgender"

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A 2011 video piece from the New York Times profiling Joel, 17, who identifies as transgender and describes his coming out experience.

Posted on November 8, 2012

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Transgender voice lesson

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An example of the many voice tutorials on YouTube made by transgendered individuals for other transgendered individuals interested in sounding more like their gender role - more like men or women.

Posted on November 8, 2012

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gender non-conforming;
Gender Binary

Gender Map

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A map of all known genders

Posted on November 8, 2012

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gender non-conforming;
Gender

NY Times: Supporting boys or girls when the line isn't clear

A 2006 New York Times articles on gender non-conforming children.

Posted on November 8, 2012

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David Cross: The Gay Voice

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An excerpt from comedian David Cross on "The Gay Voice."

Transgender falsetto tutorial

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An example of one of the many tutorials on YouTube intended for MAAB, female-identifying individuals who work to "feminize" their voices. This particular video focuses on falsetto.

How to Develop a Female Voice: The Transgender Support Website

This site provides resources and instructions for feminizing the voice, discussing specific linguistic resources including pitch, resonance, enunciation, and vocabulary.

The Third Sex: The Truth About Gender Ambiguity

Discussion of the hardships faced by intersexed individuals, including sex reassignment surgery, gender identity, and societal stigma.

Marriage Rights for Intersex Individuals in Texas

A judge in Texas in 2010 refused to rule on whether trans or intersex individuals had the right to marry (and so be considered to be in "opposite-sex" relationships).

Posted on September 25, 2012

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Gender;
Intersex;
gender non-conforming