Friday, May 10, 2013

For Your Cortex: Judith Butler - Gender Performance (profmcgowan, 10 Dec 2011)

ABC News Producer Comes Out As Transgender

by Claire Gordon
9 May 2013

For six days, many of Don Ennis' 1,236 Facebook friends were a little confused. The ABC News producer started a countdown on his profile, hinting at a big change to come, posting videos of Sam Cooke singing "A Change Is Gonna Come," and Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross covering Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come."

"You better not be planning to kill yourself, Ennis!" commented one friend. When May 3 arrived, Don Ennis was gone. Dawn Ennis had taken his place. 

Don changed his name to Dawn on Facebook, posted a photo of himself in a long brunette wig, along with the quote, "To thine own self be true." That same day, the 49-year-old father of three marched into his office at ABC News in a "little black dress," the New York Post reported, and announced her new identity to co-workers. The next day at her home, Ennis moved out, leaving a wife. . . . Read More

Pakistan's once-ridiculed transgender community fight elections for first time

Hijras can vote and run for seats in polls following supreme court decision recognising them as 'third gender'

Jason Burke in Sargodha
9 May 2013

In a small, dark room above a mechanic's workshop, Naina Lal is planning her campaign. Her supporters stack leaflets and sheets of stickers on a grubby carpet. Phones play a jingle composed for her. Outside, the noon sun sends the temperature past 40C (104F).
Lal, 28, is one of a handful of candidates from Pakistan's "transgender" community standing in national and provincial elections on Saturday. Known as "hijra", a catch-all term for transexuals, hermaphrodites and transvestites but usually indicating someone born male identifying as a woman, they have faced discrimination and ridicule for centuries. Living apart, they have traditionally earned a living as dancers, circus performers, sex workers and beggars. . . . Read More

Why it is hard to monitor bullying at schools — report

by Valerie Strauss on May 8, 2013

new report that reviewed years of research says that it is hard to accurately monitor levels of bullying in schools because there is still no consensus on exactly what it is and that educators and scholars “should not limit themselves to the traditional definition” as they seek ways to combat it.

The report, called “Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges and Universities” and just released by the American Educational Research Association at its 2013 meeting in San Francisco, is the work of a blue-ribbon task force that was charged with finding short- and long-term recommendations for institutions to address bullying of young people. . . . Read More