For my final annotated bibliography i want to go back to some news articles and see how different the new reporters addressed transgender people. I think we will find that in these two news articles the proper pronouns are being used. I will also provide a scholarly article as well to wrap things up.
a. Parents Talk About Transgender Child's Transition
b. By: Nelson Garcia
c. Within this article they address a story about a young girl that wants to be a boy. He is biologically a girl as expressed by his mother. I would like to offer a quote from the mother of Andy. "Between the ages of three and six, the Boelts say Andrea consistently told them about feeling like a boy. At that time, Andrea identified with boy things, but Karen says initially she thought it was a childhood fantasy." When their 3 year old "daughter" had expressed to them that he felt like a boy they felt as if they should go see a doctor, but not surprisingly the doctor just told the Boelts that their child was going through a phase. Here is another quote by the mother, "At that time, you know that was, I had never heard of anything like that. And, I just said 'Well, no, you're a girl and that's a good thing to be a girl," said Karen. After his parents noticed he was extremely depressed. A few other quotes from the family, "Everybody I talked to, therapists, the pediatrician, nobody knew what I was talking about," said Karen. Karen says she was beside herself for about a year. "Oh gosh, it was so painful," said Karen. "It was so painful." It was interesting how his parents just knew that in order to save their child they had to try to understand and in doing so they learned a lot about what it means to be transgender. Another quote from the father, "You think transgender, 'OK, this is something completely new, completely different,'" said Eric Boelts, the father. "I think anything that's new and different is scary." "The Boelts say it was hard to accept at first, but when they encouraged Andrea to live as Andy - a cloud of despair was lifted." Mentioned by Andy's parents was that even his siblings, friends and classmates accepted him as a boy. Which is quite interesting because you often do not hear about the good experiences about children who are transgender. "Andy's Boulder Valley kindergarten through 8th grade school created a unisex bathroom for him and listened to transgender speakers about the reality of living as the opposite biological gender."
This article produces another side of being transgender and i think that it does a great job in emphasizing how much support Andy received from everyone in his life. The reporter also seems to use the correct pronoun when referring to Andy, which is also something new within the media.
d. For further research i suggest that we continue to find more reporters who are respectful of the pronouns that transgender people wish to be called. I also think that for further research we should examine how many positive outcomes there are verses negative outcomes for family's who are in this situation.
e.I found this source while looking on google.
f. Nelson Garcia. "Parents Talk about Transgender child's Transition". NBC 9news.com ,2008. Print.
a. Anderson Cooper Interviews Transgender Children
b. By: Jeremy Kinser
c. In this new article Anderson Cooper the CNN news reporter reports on three transgender children and their journey. The main story is about a young girl who was biologically a boy, but felt like she was in the wrong body.
This is what the interview consisted of, plus a video clip. "The parents of 8-year-old Danann parents say they turned to their pediatrician for advice but were given what is a common response: "Oh, it's just a phase."After consulting different doctors and therapists, they reveal they were relieved to receive the diagnosis that Danann is transgender. When Danann was 6 and began making threats to end her life, her parents decided to help her make the transition to living as a girl. "It was like night and day ... a totally different child," Danann's mother tells Cooper." This was an interesting article proposing another good experience in the difficulty of becoming another sex other than the one you were born with.
If you want to view more other than what i have written here you can view the video on the link to the article.
d. For further research i suggest exactly the same as i did in the previous source.
e. I found this source while looking on google.
f. Jeremy Kinser. "Anderson Cooper Interviews Transgender Children". Advocate.com, 2011. Print.
a. Whipping Girl: A transsexual woman on sexism and the scapegoating of femininity
b. By: Julia Serano
c. In this part of my annotated bibliography i want to wrap up by using Julia Serano's Whipping Girl to further look into the idea of the transgender/transexual person. In this book she talks about the ways in which she describes the terms "sex" and "gender" and the ways in which many people outside of the transgender community view transgender people. I want to give a quote that Serano suggests while addressing these categories as I have mentioned. "The far-reaching inclusiveness of the word "transgender" was purposely designed to accommodate the many gender and sexual minorities who were excluded from the previous feminist and gay rights movements. At the same time, its broadness can be highly problematic in that it often blurs or erases the distinctiveness of its constituents" (21). Serano also goes into the details of how the word transgender is used. She adheres the idea of how this term is even used to describe intersex individuals or transsexuals, which as she explains is upsetting to this community in many ways. I want to use another quote by Serano stating that, "Many transsexuals disavow the term because of its anti-transsexual roots or because they feel that the transgender movement tends to privilege those identities, action, and appearances that most visibly "transgress" gender norms"(22). also, in addressing intersex people they reject the term because their condition as Serano puts it, is about physical sex, (not gender) and the primary issues they face are greatly different from the transgender community"(22). This book gives a valuable understanding about transgender people as well as people who do not identify as transgender. I wanted to use this book because even though the part I used does not go into detail about children who are transitioning as mentioned within both my other sources, it does give a broader understanding of the issues these people go through.
d. For further research i think we as a society can look to Serano as a way to get started on researching the issues and things "non- normative" people go through.
e. I found this book on google scholar and found that it was very helpful.
f. Julia, Serano. "Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity". Emeryville, CA, 2007. Print.