vassar

on using the word "identified"

(in reference to this post)

like seriously though one of my biggest pet peeves is cis people overusing the word “-identified” (in terms of gender), since it is almost always wrong. like, why are people so eager to say “female-identified” instead of woman? because it makes it a lot easier to accidentally (or intentionally) imply that trans women aren’t real women, they just “identify” as women. like, this whole shit where cis people get genders and we just get identities.

like yes. all gender is a social construct. I get it. believe me. but when you awkwardly stumble and try to add “-identified” to make things “more inclusive,” what are you actually saying? 

and if you EVER say “women and female-identified people” you are literally implying that there is some sort of difference. 

so please. cis people. I know you are just trying to help. but you are really just making things worse.

A Vassar college student reads while wearing the shirt, shorts and socks style, 1950s.

Photograph from Seven Sisters Style by Rebecca Tuite. Vassar has been the focus of much of her fashion history study on Seven Sisters campuses from the 1920s through the late 1970s. These clothes have meaning: they were what women choose to wear at a time when women began to live independent, modern lives.