Call For Participants UPDATED: Non-Binary FAAB People and Body Image


EDIT 04 March 2014

Hello! I’ve gotten an amazing response from my original call for participants in my thesis research (please read below). Thank you! As I am finishing up the data collection process, I am realizing that I am lacking respondents that possess certain characteristics. I am looking now, in particular, for non-binary individuals (who fit the criteria below) who have ALSO pursued surgeries (“top,” “bottom,” or other) and/or hormones/hormone blockers as part of their transitions. If you have, I would absolutely love to interview you, as I am trying to include more folks with this experience. Please contact me if you can help me fill this gap!

My name is Elis Herman, and I am a senior majoring in Sociology and Women’s Studies at Salem College. I am recruiting individuals for a qualitative study examining genderqueer individuals’ experiences navigating body image. To be eligible, individuals must: a) be 18 years of age or older, and b) self-identify as female-assigned-at-birth (FAAB/AFAB) AND describe your gender identity as non-binary (genderqueer, androgynous, neutrois, agender, bigender, or any other non-binary category).

Volunteers will be ask to participate in a taped interview via Skype or phone and discuss topics related to gender and body image. Interviews may range from 45 to 90 minutes. All information collected will be treated confidentially, and any identifying information will be obscured in the final product. The results of this research will be used to further understanding of how FAAB non-binary transgender people perceive their bodies and manage body image issues. 

This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Salem College and is supervised by Dr. Elroi Windsor, Associate Professor of Sociology. If you are interested in participating in this research, or have concerns or questions, please contact me at





Excellent post deconstructing the various images used to depict the “male” and “female” bathrooms/washrooms/toilets. Did I mention it has lots of images? (That’s pictures in English.)

Oh I remember this post! If I remember right there’s quite a lot of facepalm worthy comments by cis people in the comment section.

This is the good shit. I remember a year or so back when I read this post I got anxious and a bit frustrated because, like, what does the post author want the bathroom signs to be? They took down like every possible way of signifying the binary. Now of course I get that that’s really the point. The catalogue of different tropes here is really interesting.

Yes, it’s easy to miss the point that the real problem is upholding the gender binary. That the signs are problematic in themselves is secondary. In these cases I always think back the prime example of what bathroom signs *should* be: robots and aliens.

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