Everyday acts in a gender-policed world

Posted: March 26, 2013 in All Things Trans

a gentleman and a scholar

I’ve written before about the hazards of shopping while trans – and of the ways in which people who disrupt gender norms are punished by society for doing so. But I was in need of a sweater today, and the nerve-wracking task of trying to navigate through gender-segregated spaces got me thinking. Not about how hard it is to shop after transition (such as it was) – but about how hard it’s been since hitting puberty – because being out as trans has never really been the problem, as such, in this scenario. Having a body that doesn’t conform neatly to one idealised sex norm or the other has been – and that’s something hardly confined to trans people.


It struck me as funny – especially given the transphobic fear of trans people in cis changing rooms – that the worst experiences I’ve had whilst shopping have been when…

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