Each discipline has its own rules about dress, and when, like me, you’re an interdisciplinary scholar--and worse yet, someone who is often trying to actively persuade audiences--it can be tough to figure out what to wear when you’re going off to speak.
One Foot In
If you want to affect clinicians, go where the clinicians are.
An academic friend’s son is about to start graduate school, and so my friend and I got to talking about what we wish grad students would know and do to make it through grad school, to move onto a successful career in academia. Here's what I would tell him.
People who think gender identities, gender roles, and sexual orientations are all socially constructed are the most naive biological determinists I’ve ever seen. They think all human brains are completely without structure when it comes to these things; we all have empty slates in our skulls at birth.
Hey, Alice, why do you study and help out people born with intersex conditions? Why did you write a book on conjoined twins? How come you speak at meetings of professionals and families concerned with craniofacial anomalies? What gives?
"I am also living proof that people with small penises can father children, have had multiple lovers in my life, and no complaints."
You can’t be at work and be with your kid. Period.
You know what’s even better than being cited? Creating truth by not being cited.
Not all separations of conjoined children make sense. Sometimes the costs to the children are so great, and the evidence of medical need so small, that the children should be left together and given whatever medical help they need—including physical therapy and psychological care, if necessary—to do as well as they can.
A lot of the approaches to “welcoming diversity” that I’ve seen have consisted of “add black people and stir.” As if somehow simply adding people from various underrepresented minorities would (a) magically achieve a multicultural institution, and (b) fulfill our moral obligations to those who come from oppressed groups.