A female producer friend mentioned this morning that she “saw a doc on cable a few years ago that interviewed male-to-female transgenders. They were asked to name the first thing they noticed in how they were treated as a woman rather than a man. They all said it was the loss of instant authority that men have in the culture. When they became women [many] men didn’t turn to look at them when they were speaking, and often didn’t acknowledge that they’d spoken at all. They said it took a while to realize that the men had heard them but had chosen to ignore them. I laughed when I heard that one.”