30+ Examples of Cisgender Privilege

Following is a list of cisgender identity privileges.  If you’re not familiar with the term, “cisgender” means having a biological sex that matches your gender identity and expression, resulting in other people accurately perceiving your gender.  If you are cisgender, listed below are benefits that result from your alignment of identity and perceived identity.  If you identify as cisgender, there’s a good chance you’ve never thought about these things.  Try and be more cognizant and you’ll start to realize how much work we have to do in order to make things better for the transgender folks who don’t have access to these privileges. …. read more…..


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Bringing Title IX to Bear on the Problem of Sexual Violence in Schools: Part Two of a Two-Part Series

The federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which is charged with implementation of Title IX, has turned its attention to the problem of sexual violence in schools.  As I explained in Part One of this series, OCR recently issued guidelines for school districts regarding how to deal with sexual violence, and how to ensure compliance with Title IX’s non-discrimination mandate.  Moreover, OCR recently found a school district in non-compliance with Title IX due to its mishandling of a sexual-assault complaint in a high school.  In this column, I will examine both OCR’s approach to sexual violence, and its findings in this recent case.

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Bringing Title IX to Bear on the Problem of Sexual Violence in Schools

Who is responsible for sexual violence in schools?  Schools can be liable for such violence under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a general ban on sex discrimination by educational institutions that receive federal funding.

Of course, Title IX is best known for its dramatic impact on gender equity in athletics (an impact I analyze here, in an earlier column for Justia’s Verdict, co-authored with Deborah Brake in honor of Title IX’s 40th anniversary).  But the statute broadly bans all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment.  However, what schools are required to do to address the problem of sexual violence in schools—both before and after it happens—is the subject of a complicated set of administrative and judicial standards that make up Title IX law.

In this two-part series of columns—with the second appearing tomorrow, Tuesday, July 10, here on Justia’s Verdict—I will discuss a recent case in which a school district was sanctioned by a federal agency for failing to respond to a complaint of student-to-student sexual assault, and the legal standards that produced that result.

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The Big 4-0: Title IX Puts a Fourth Decade Under Its Belt

Source: http://verdict.justia.com/2012/06/26/the-big-4-0

June 23, 2012 marked the 40th Anniversary of one of the most significant American civil rights statutes, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bans sex discrimination in federally funded education programs.  Title IX has had such an impact on the lives of women and girls, and has worked its way into the popular culture to such an extent, that every major anniversary of the statute prompts a plethora of celebrations by journalists and pundits.  These tributes to Title IX wax fondly about the changes in American life that the law has produced, but are tempered by lamentations by some about the continuing gender gaps that still exist, reflecting the distance yet to go—and by lamentations from others about the statute’s supposed harmful impact on men’s sports.  Thus, Title IX anniversaries feel like Bill Murray’s character’s experience in the movie “Groundhog Day,” of waking up to the very same day, repeated over and over.

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