Monthly Archives: September 2013

If “transwomen are women,” then what does being a woman mean?

The maxim “trans women are women” is a false equivalency that means at least three things. First, it means that being raised as girl from birth is not an important or relevant aspect of being a “woman” because one can be a woman without these formative experiences. Second, it means that having a female body is not an important or relevant aspect of being […]

A Gender Critical Response to: A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism

This is my response to the reactionary and misguided “A Statement of Trans-Inclusive Feminism and Womanism” (The Statement) posted at We can all agree, I think, that people’s actual lives are more important than theoretical abstractions– including those related to “identity.” This is precisely why, as feminists, we demand acknowledgement for the lived realities and […]

Cracks in your foundation: Dana Beyer, M.D. and Monica Roberts support Brennan and Hungerford’s UN letter

WE ALL AGREE THAT OBJECTIVE CRITERIA ARE LEGALLY NECESSARY FOR PROTECTION OF A “TRANS” IDENTITY Shocking, isn’t it? Well, let’s not waste any time proving my alarming assertion with screenshots and links! First, here is the view represented by the 2011 shot-heard-round-the-world-UN-letter that elicited threats of violence, harassment, and claims of our complicity with murder: […]

A disparate impact analysis of gender’s social liability

A lot of people think gender is really cool. They might celebrate gender “diversity.” Or they might believe that legal protection for “gender identity” and “gender expression” is a fundamental human right because it is a shortcut for deconstructing sex stereotypes–it’s not. But at the very least, most people view gender as neutral. Harmless, really. […]