After appearing on MTV’s Reality Show “True Life,” Domaine Javier - a transgender woman - was expelled from her nursing program at California Baptist University (CBU) in Riverside. The 24-year-old student revealed on the show that she is biologically male, inciting a major roadblock in her career path.
The private university claims that Javier was expelled for “committing or attempting to engage in fraud, or concealing identity” and for presenting false or misleading information in university judicial processes, reports The Press-Enterprise. Javier, who has identified herself as a female since she was a toddler, did so on her CBU application form.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Javier. “They said, ‘On your application form you put ‘female.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I see myself.’”
The expulsion became effective on August 30, just one week before Javier was slated to begin the nursing program. She had recently transferred to CBU from Riverside City College (RCC). “Devastated” by her expulsion, Javier returned to RCC but cannot enter the nursing program until next fall. “This totally ruined my career path,” she said. “I’ve been trying to finish as soon as possible.” Her graduation will be delayed by at least one year.
Mark Wood, an attorney with San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center, says that, although California law prohibits employment, housing, government, insurance and other types of discrimination based upon gender identity, private universities are generally not covered by the discrimination law.
Fraud my ass. Essentialist binary sex is the fraud.
So let’s find all the people in charge of this motion and throw them into a spiked pit where they will lose all of their lives
Ridiculous. Male students can rape female students and are allowed to stay in classes with only minor disciplinary actions taken (google it, there’s more than one case)… but this? THIS is RIDICULOUS.
On “Ladies”, “Gentlemen” and other gendered terms.
I absolutely agree with this. Some people may say it is over-sensitive, but really gendered terms don’t add anything to the dining/shopping/service experience and really bother a variety of people. I’ve heard of butch lesbians getting frustrated being called “sir”, transgender men getting upset being called “ma’am”, and cis women being offended at the term “ladies”. Maybe it’s best to just drop these terms from our vocabulary unless we know a person and their preferred gendered terms (and even “ladies” or “girls” to address grown women altogether).
I definitely think there are cases where this is over-reaching. I think some people get their feelings hurt entirely too easily. That said, I do agree with certain points of this. I know personally, if I can’t 150% tell the gender of someone or think that maybe they might be in a state of transition that leaves others wondering, I don’t use gender pronouns! It’s not that hard.
I’m a cis-gendered homo guy that doesn’t have the deepest voice in the world. In person, I’ve never had anyone call me ma’am; I’m obviously a guy. But on the phone or on drive-thru speakers, it happens at least a couple times a month. When it does, my voice drops an octave without any conscious effort. My friends laugh cause they know it’s a sensitive spot for me (I know that sounds weird, but we’re really more like siblings, so it makes sense), but it is embarrassing.