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Jill Weiss , transgender lawyer and graduate student, on anti-trans discrimination at Northeastern University

Roger Lancaster , professor of cultural studies, on how the media misrepresents scientific studies of sex and gender

" The director of residence life actually said that since Northeastern University is a private institution they can do whatever they want, and also that trans students are encouraged to move out. "
- Jill Weiss
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00:00 Introduction
04:46 Matthew Rothschild: Progressive commentary
On the US Court of Appeals ruling on holding US citizens without basic rights.
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06:55 Commentary:
• On individual rights, liberties, and fundamentalism
• Listener comment on 'Question of the Week'
11:47 Question of the Week
" I am a new member of the Transgender family!! I was wanting to know what legal issues as far as driving and other issues like this. I would like to know what issues I may face being in public as a female. I hope this makes sense I just wish there was a users manual that we can get before we embrace this. "
(from: Alexanda)
20:54 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
NOTE: It turned out that the "Hunting for Bambi" story was a hoax. Sorry about that.
36:17 Transgender activst and legal scholar Jill Weiss returns to GenderTalk this week to fill us in on some anti-trans prejudice and discrimination currently taking place at Northeastern University in Boston. She and others who have felt the sting of bigotry are not sitting still for it, and Jill tells what has happened and their strategy for change.

Jill grew up in New Jersey as a religious jew, and practiced law civil litigation in New York City for a decade. Living as a woman since 1997, she is now pursuing a Ph.D in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University in Boston. She is an instructor in the Sociology Department and is particularly interested in the sociology of law and organizations and how they intersect with gender and sexuality.

More about what's happening at Northeastern:
• Jill's web homepage at
Article from Bay Windows newspaper
Article from Boston Globe newspaper
66:16 Special Message
67:06 Boston area (and national) announcements
69:23 TV, newspapers, and magazines all report on scientific studies and in so doing, shape our view of the world in myriad ways. Most of us don't have the time to seek out and read the actual study results, but instead depend on the media reporting to inform ourselves. Roger Lancaster, author of "The Trouble with Nature: Sex in Science and Popular Culture" talks about some of the problems with getting your science from the media.

Roger Lancaster teaches anthropology and cultural studies, and directs the Cultural Studies program at George Mason University. He is co-editor of The Gender/Sexuality Reader and author of the award winning book "Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua", winner of the C. Wright Mills Award and the Ruth Benedict Prize.

For More Information:
• Learn more about "The Trouble with Nature: Sex in Science and Popular Culture "
• Learn more about the book "Life is Hard: Machismo, Danger, and the Intimacy of Power in Nicaragua "
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