Week 8: My life in the dorms
I faced a challenge perhaps unique to all of the blog writers. While at MIT, I lived in a dorm with suitemates for the ﬁrst time
in quite a long while. However, this was not the greatest challenge of my living circumstances. I am transgendered, and this was my ﬁrst time ever living with genetic females. I looked forward to my experience with both anticipation and trepidation. What if they found out about my secret? What if there were manifestations of my behavior that gave my past away? How would they react? How would I adjust? I found that all of my questions had answers, and all of my answers had questions.
To my enormous surprise and relief, nothing averse happened. Not only was there no negative reaction to my previous gender, but my suitemates and I also strongly bonded and I had the best suitemate/dorm/living arrangement that I had ever had! It was a great learning experience about the issues that genetic women face in their lives, which as a result of my
cohabitation, I got to glimpse in enormous detail and I gained tremendous insight into what it means to be a woman in a way that I could not and have not had in any other way.