University of Edinburgh professors given list of ‘micro-insults’ they can’t tell transgender people
University of Edinburgh professors are given a list of ‘micro-insults’ they can’t tell trans people, including’ all women hate their periods’ and ‘I wanted to be a boy when I was a child ”
- Prohibition of lecturers from using expressions considered to be “ micro-aggressions and aggressions ”
- Advice says these phrases undermine the trans, non-binary lived experience
- Staff said to put preferred pronouns in emails and wear rainbow lanyards on site
Speakers at the University of Edinburgh received a list of “micro-insults” including “all women hate their periods” and “I wanted to be a boy when I was a kid” under a new transgender-friendly orientation.
Researchers received the list of “micro-insults” as part of a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of “cisgender privilege” in universities.
There are fears that these “microaggressions” undermine the lived experiences and reality of transgender and non-binary people.
Speakers at the University of Edinburgh received a list of ‘micro-insults’ including ‘all women hate their periods’ and ‘I wanted to be a boy when I was a child’ under a news friendly orientation for transgender people
The board goes on to explain these phrases “deny or negate the thoughts, feelings or lived reality of trans and non-binary people, questioning their experience, gender identity and the process of transition”.
Staff at the University of Edinburgh have also been urged not to ‘focus on anatomical sex markers, most often the sex organs’, put their favorite pronouns in emails and wear cords rainbow on hand to show that they are allies of the trans community.
Speakers should avoid using labels such as “male” or “female” or suggest that someone can only be one or the other, depending on the guidelines, which have been seen by The Telegraph.
Other “micro-insults” could be to avoid engaging with trans people, because of their gender, or to tell them that they are “just trying to be special”.
Advice on the University’s website lists several other “micro-assaults and assaults” that should be avoided, including wrong names, gender errors, and intrusive questions.
The students told the University they suffered invasive interrogations and touching once they revealed they were transgender.
Transgender people and supporters gather in Parliament Square to protest against potential changes to the gender recognition law on July 4, 2020
Advice on the University’s website lists several other “ micro-assaults and assaults that should be avoided, including mistaken names, gender errors, and intrusive questions.
One student, whose name has not been given, said: ‘People feel entitled to ask really intimate questions that they would never ask a cis person.
“ Because you’ve been honest about being trans, then they think they’ve been invited to some sort of sexual or personal chat. ”
Similar advice has emerged at several universities in the Russel Group, many of which have asked teachers to undergo new training on the “ cisgender privilege ” – the benefits given to someone who identifies as their assigned gender. at birth.
Newcastle University told its staff, “Being cisgender comes with social privileges. It is even for people who are socially disadvantaged in other ways.
Imperial College, LSE, Warwick and Exeter also provided advice on the topic, asking researchers to use their privilege to be allies of the transgender community.
Staff are encouraged to step in and “disarm microaggression” if they see it and do more to encourage students to “recognize their biases”.