Lost in Trans-lation

huffingtonpost.com – Nadia Cho – Student, University of California-Berkeley

Nothing is more heavily enforced in our society than gender. We assume that gender is predetermined, that being a man or a woman is black-and-white, that our genitalia clearly make us one or the other, which is why individuals who are transgender, genderqueer or androgynous, who don-t look or behave in ways that conform to accepted conceptions of gender, are met with intense invalidation, rejection and discrimination for challenging something that we assumed was completely fixed.