June 15, 2014
In this episode of The Broad Experience sociologist Kristen Schilt talks about her research into the lives of transgender men in the workplace. If you're wondering what that has to do with women and work, remember these guys spent decades living as women. Suddenly, after transitioning, they saw their status in the workplace go up. People listened to them more, and, as one guy said, "I'm right more now." Many of their experiences confirmed there's still some healthy bias against women at work. One guy, Thomas, was even told he was a 'great' lawyer, whereas 'Susan' had been 'incompetent'. The speaker had no idea Thomas and Susan were one and the same. We also meet Chris Edwards, a transgender man himself. He talks about his transition, aged 23, and how the workplace, and he, changed.
I totally forgot to post the last two episodes of the show on this site - you'll find them both at TheBroadExperience.com. They're called 'The hell of networking' and 'Stop fixing women, start fixing companies.'