Author Archives: Elizabeth Hungerford

Bad Things and Very Bad Things: Feminists Working with the Religious Right

For the past few years, I have not believed that feminists associating with right wing organizations or individuals was a Bad Thing. It wasn’t something I personally wanted to participate in, but I didn’t have strong feelings about other women doing it. Besides, I didn’t think it was sisterly for some women to tell other […]

States protecting sex segregation and gender identity at the same time!

For the record, I am sharing an excerpt from the gender identity laws state chart that I posted on this site in 2013. These are states in which gender identity laws have already been passed, yet protection for certain forms of sex-segregation is also explicitly allowed by the same or a related statute. This differs […]

U.S. Trans Survey and methodological flaws, or “garbage in, garbage out”

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has launched a campaign to gather information about trans identified people called the U.S. Trans Survey. The intent may be noble, but the data collection methods leave much to be desired. Here is some background on the project from its organizers (emphasis added): [The U.S. Trans Survey] is the follow […]

What does the “E” in TERF really mean? Or, sex segregated spaces: excluded from where? And why?

[Edit 2/24/2015: I originally made this chart as a means of parsing what the ‘E’ in TERF actually means. So I have changed the title to include the term TERF (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist). The two central questions are: what exactly are transwomen being excluded from (where)?  what is the purpose of that exclusion (why)? […]

Direct replacement of ‘sex’ with ‘gender’ in U.S. passport and Social Security policies

At the federal level, it is possible to change sex on both your Social Security card and United States passport documents. The policies currently in effect require only a physician or psychiatrist’s attestation of “appropriate clinical treatment” (Social Security Administration) or “gender-related care” (U.S. passports). In both cases, the terminology of gender is used in […]

Excerpt: Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

Chapter 17, pages 190-196: regarding the fallacy of gender-neutral parenting. _______________________ It’s made me think a lot more about genetic influence, she’s got two X chromosomes, and that somehow, I don’t know, because we don’t push the Barbie stuff at all, in fact I would prefer her not to have it… so I’m kind of […]

(G)ENDA back up for a vote in the Senate

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been introduced to Congress numerous times, and is up for a Senate vote again, but has thus far failed to be enshrined in law. Currently, there is no federal employment protection for gay, lesbian, and trans-identified people: we can be fired simply for being homosexual or gender non-compliant. These […]