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V Treesie

V Treesie

  • Every single point made in this article lists a woman who accomplished it, first.

    Success in the workplace has nothing to do with being a man and everything to do with standing up for yourself. Perhaps your transition to a body that made you feel more comfortable was one of the puzzle pieces requisite

    Every single point made in this article lists a woman who accomplished it, first.

    Success in the workplace has nothing to do with being a man and everything to do with standing up for yourself. Perhaps your transition to a body that made you feel more comfortable was one of the puzzle pieces requisite for you to do this, but the suggestion that "being a man" is, in general, a key component is incredibly harmful rhetoric.

    I am a woman (and a biologic female) in biomedicine, I am 30, I have dealt with gender dysphoria in the past. I am now distinctly feminine in my presentation, in ways I haven't been for most of my life (I was very tomboyish growing up). I give presentations now in skirts and heels, I wear my hair down, I get my nails done - and I demand the same professional attention and respect as my male peers. I am confident in my knowledge, in my skills, and my ability, and my tenor reflects this. I routinely am awarded, promoted, and lauded, often chosen for specific tasks before men who work in the same capacity as I do - by male and female bosses, alike.

    The only reason I react with such vehemence to articles like this, is because the only people who have routinely told me I am destined to fail because of my sex, have been members of my own sex. Women are the ones telling women that we cannot succeed in a man's world, and that is simply untrue. Of course we can. It doesn't take being a man to do so. It takes confidence in yourself, a willingness to put yourself out there, and an acceptance of the inherent percentage of failure that accompanies success. It doesn't take a hairy body, muscle, or a deep voice in order to get people to listen.