A University of Calgary press release:
"Call me She because I'm a woman": Transgender engineering prof Dr. Chris Macnab shares her personal story of coming out on campus, and encourages us to embrace the uncomfortable https://t.co/f4VyM6DErH #UCalgary #yycpride pic.twitter.com/SxhNh5rQRC
— U Calgary (@UCalgary) August 27, 2019
As I’ve said a million times, there are two types of M to F transgenders, either extremely effeminate gay hairdresser types who played with girls’ toys from earliest childhood; or totally non-feminine extreme male brain types, like this Professor of Robotic Engineering with the huge jaw who looks like Jon Hamm of Mad Men dressing up in drag for the 12:50 AM sketch of Saturday Night Live because they can’t think of anything else to do and Jon Hamm in drag is at least guaranteed to be kind of funny.
And it’s funnier if Jon Hamm doesn’t shave.
On the outside, Dr. Chris Macnab, PhD, appeared to lead a fulfilling life as an associate professor researching robotics in the Schulich School of Engineering. But it wasn’t until she began living as a woman that she felt truly whole and happy.
“When I presented as a straight, white, male professor other people assumed I was ‘normal,’ but I was living an exhausting performance and eventually my brain broke down,” says Macnab.
“The new me enjoys a balanced, whole, integrated, and happy brain. Even though living my natural female self is effortless for me, other people struggle to comprehend that I’m far healthier than before.”
Macnab points out that a lack of acceptance for her identity is also a systemic problem. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), being transgender is still classified as a mental disorder.
“All six psychiatrists I saw immediately told me I was delusional without ever asking me a single question about my childhood, my life experiences, or my sexuality. They wanted me to take anti-psychotics for the rest of my life,” says Macnab.
“Identifying as gay was removed from the DSM only after a lot of political action and protests, but there’s still a gap with how psychiatrists treat people. I don’t feel safe and I’m not sure that I have all the rights that I’m supposed to have.”
In contrast, you never hear about any mildly masculine NPR Announcer-types with gentle indoor voices announcing they are really a girl on the inside.