At the bottom of this post is the download link for a paper I wrote in my narrative non-fiction class last semester. The class was taught by Faith Adiele. I chose to do my final paper on transmisogynist admissions policies at Mills, a women’s only private university (which I obviously attend).
Although I know my final grade on the paper, I haven’t gotten it back to see the edits Prof. Adiele surely made, so other than cleaning it up a little bit for clarity, it hasn’t changed since I submitted it in December. Having not shown it to really anyone at all (omfg what’s wrong with me), I’m sure there are errors, oversights, and other issues that I missed. If you are generous enough to want to read it and send me your criticism, I would be positively thrilled. Even if the things you have to say will hurt. Even if you have to call me out or shut me down.
Full disclosure: I am a genderqueer/trans* person but am neither a trans woman nor was I assumed male at birth (AMAB/MAAB). It is neither my interest nor desire to speak on behalf of all transgender people, and certain not those among us who are most affected by transmisogyny, misogyny, and femmephobia. As a genderqueer person myself, it was difficult to strike the balance between representing the myriad non-binary gender identities existing in the world and tracing the official policies of institutions that only recognize two genders (and conflate them, of course, with only certain kinds of genitalia), so please bear in mind as you — if you — read.
I can only hope that this paper demonstrates my desire to examine & critique those policies that have made Mills College, intentions aside, an environment that is, at best, hostile to trans* identities and to trans women, trans feminine, and AMAB folks in particular.