From our readings this week, “Do These Earrings Make Me Look Bad?” by Kate Nobles was eye opening for me. With society ever so changing before progression can catch up, Nobles discusses the importance of research in the academy. In a gender studies perspective, many times the research of gender and specifically transgender, is misguided by the representation of the researcher as an outsider. The research of gender studies as Nobles mentions is that many times it is performed by “cissexual gendertheorists” who ultimately decide our society’s “gender orthodoxy.” The thing with research though is that its valuable to have primary sources and as Nobles points out about transgender studies is that she is a valid primary account and it goes unnoticed because she does not have the “academic credentials” which doesn’t allow her to speak on the matter even though the research is of her gender. I think its absolutely ridiculous not to include trans perspective in gender studies because how we supposed to progress on matters that are vital to individuals. Improving the research done in the academy would lead to progression with transgender studies. This research could include medical improvements for trans people, equality and improve society’s view on trans people. If the person who lives the life of whats being researched has a voice in the matter then other people can relate more to it. This piece made me more aware of how skewed the academy is and how not diverse it is. Its unfair for people who do not have the academic credentials but the experience that is important in the progression of the research.