What is the "gender binary" and how does it affect students on college campuses? Last week in a class for my student affairs graduate program, myself and about a dozen higher education administrators and faculty were asked just that. For many participants, this was the first time it occurred to them that they might have had a transgender student in one of their classes or utilizing their campus office.
When I decided to move my homepage last fall, I knew first and foremost that I wanted to build the new site from the ground up and take into mind efficiency and simplicity. I had been working in Drupal site building for about a year, and also exploring minimalism* as a design ideal and lifestyle. On some level, combining the two seemed daunting.
This weekend I debuted a presentation I have been working on for a few months about semantic differentiation. I was so nervous that no one would show up and any who did would have a deer-in-headlights response, but thankfully it was very much the opposite. The small room was crammed full of at least 40 people who created such an engaging discussion that I had to skip over half of the presentation just to get in all the comments and insight.
My BA is in Linguistics, and so you can probably guess that all the latest slang trends intrigue me and the tiniest of grammatical errors annoy me. While that's not 100% correct (I'm notorious for making typos and subtle lexical errors that drive English majors mad), I do have to say that being a linguist has made the language use of marginalized and minority communities even more fascinating than it would be otherwise.