The Is A Lack Of Knowledge On The Educators ' Part About Transgenderism

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From the literature, it is apparent that there is a lack of knowledge on the educators’ part about transgenderism (Case et al., 2009; Flores, 2014; Hellen, 2009). In fact, using the term “transgender” to encompass a variety of subgroups that fall within that category might in fact be part of the problem. By being “inclusive of the identities and experiences of some (or perhaps all) gender-variant, gender- or sex-changing, gender-blending, and gender-bending people,” the term lends itself to painting individuals of differing identities and experiences with a broad brush (Davidson, 2007, p. 60). Thus, in trying to reduce the risks that transgender children face, it seems logical for teachers to start by learning the different terminology and its connotations – as Case et al. (2009) espoused. However, using one word to encompass a multiplicity of identities does have its merits. By taking all those who do not conform to the gender binary of man and woman under its metaphorical wings, the word transgender is able to better serve those it represents. This is evident by the way in which trans rights activists use the broadness of the term “transgender” to further the cause of all those who fall under its rubric, something that would be made more complicated if every “trans” subgroup had its own term and consequently, its own cause (Davidson, 2007). Be that as it may, the pros and cons of using the term “transgender” do not justify the ignorance of the educators on the subject,…

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