Monthly Archives: January 2013

HPV Vaccinations Back In Spotlight After Perry Joins Presidential Race

Insurance coverage and the medicalization of gender non-conformity, Part 2

[Ok, ok, it was more than a week. PART 1 is here. Pdf of the entire essay is here. In Oregon, the Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (division) recently issued a comprehensive bulletin (INS 2012-01) about health insurance coverage of medical treatments for gender identity/gender dysphoria (GI/GD) (see discussion of meaning […]

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Sex discrimination as legal strategy

Sex discrimination demands particular kinds of behavior from one sex, but prohibits the same behavior from the other sex.[i] For example, wearing dresses is ok, but only for females; engaging in sexual relations with females is ok, but only for males. Legal prohibition against sex discrimination encompasses the social policing of both homosexuality[ii] and sex-role (or gender) […]

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Nepal confuses sex with gender, the world cheers!

[Edited] News sources are reporting that the Nepalese government will begin recognizing a “third gender” on its citizenship certificates: Transgender citizens in Nepal will no longer have to describe themselves as male or female on their national identity cards under a new government regulation, an official said on Wednesday. Bhola Siwakoti, a senior official in […]

Insurance coverage and the medicalization of gender non-conformity, Part 1

[This will be a two-part post. Check back next week and/or subscribe to the blog for the second installment. Full pdf here.] Insurance coverage of medical treatments for “sex changes” is very controversial. Medicaid coverage of gender identity related conditions is practically a legal field of study unto itself.[i]  Like the various definitions of “gender identity,” […]