Society & Culture
How to be Trans on a Boat
Being transgender isn't always easy. And that's just on land! What about on a boat? In this episode we answer a listener question from Jeff who writes "Cruises are a super fun and generally safe way to be your true self without worrying about who you know might see you, or whether someone is judging you, but there are some peculiarities. Namely, getting through security when your passport's gender marker or name doesn't match your gender presentation, going ashore in a culture which may not be as educated about trans issues, dealing with cruise lines' various policies about gender expression, and of course, the bathing suit dilemma. I would sooooo love to spend a day in a bikini in the Caribbean, but I'm deeply concerned about how I'll be treated by the cruise line, the ship's staff, and how to remain safely tucked so I'm not viewed as 'the freak on the boat' people are staring at.
Be sure and check out:
Industrial Thong. Our episode with lots of tips on tucking.
Devils on the Deep Blue Sea book about the cruise industry.
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
Tina Fey's book Bossypants.
Why cruise ships fly flags of convenience like Panama and Liberia.
Wendover Productions' video about Maritime Law.
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