Santa Cruz, CA
I’ve never felt especially masculine, but I’ve never seen myself as particularly feminine either. I have just always been a tomboy, a girl, but a tomboy. Even though it does not happen very often, I can put on a dress and earrings and look gorgeous. But, I’ve always felt more comfortable and relaxed in androgynous clothing. Recently, since I’ve discovered a more dapper style, I’ve never felt more confident and at home with myself. I’m excited to get dressed every day and step out into the world!
Over the last few years, as I’ve established my wardrobe as a college professor, I wasn’t sure how my colleagues and students would respond. But, I’ve received tremendously positive feedback! My fellow faculty and students cannot wait to see what I show up to work in each day. I’ve made the fashion section of the school paper twice, and almost every day someone stops me to say, “I love your outfit!” or “Your hair is awesome!” or “You are the best dressed professor on campus!”. Students have even begun to ask ME for fashion and hair advice which I never would have expected in my wildest dreams as a kid. The support from my academic community has further given me the confidence to be me, in whatever form that is…usually in a brain-covered bow tie. As an educator and feminist, I am especially proud that I can be a role model for my students. On a daily basis, I have the opportunity to challenge my students to grow cognitively and to encourage them to express themselves freely and however they feel comfortable: masculine, feminine, or anywhere in between.