Monday, July 21, 2003

Gender.

At first it was a bane. In elementary school it was all that's-a-girl's-name and teasing and the usual chasing around the schoolyard.

It still causes issues, my unisex name.

Once, a middle-aged male journalist invited me out for a beer after I had contacted him for something or another. I thought, "Maybe he's just asking me because he's a dirty old lech wanting to ogle a college-age girl."

Thinking myself clever, I emailed back saying it would be nice to meet him, when should we go, etc, etc:

"P.S. Just so you know, I'm a guy."

He was terribly insulted, thinking that I thought him a middle-aged lech eager to ogle a college-age girl. Which, of course, I did, being inclined to believe the stereotypes one has about middle-aged male journalists.

There was no beer.

Now I am rather thankful for my unisex name. It occasionally affords me the opportunity to transcend gender, which can be fun, liberating. Women aren't the only ones who can feel trapped.

This thread on a Baseball website amused me terribly. The bit where they debate my gender.

I'm not usually privy to that conversation. Nice window in.

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