Category gender identity

Evaluating long term studies on the efficacy of “sex reassignment” procedures: objective versus subjective measurements

[Edited March 24, 2015] The success or failure of medical treatment can be evaluated in a variety of different ways. Objectively measurable criteria generally provide the most stable, repeatable, and transferable results. Subjectively measurable criteria, on the other hand, are more vulnerable to unconscious bias and manipulation. In the context of the “sex reassignment” procedures, […]

NO animal research on this website, HUMANS ONLY

This is a sexnotgender.com disclaimer post. There will be zero discussion of animal research on this blog. ZER0. Rat brains (and behavior) may be interesting, they may provide excellent cocktail party discussion, but they cannot tell us anything conclusive about humans. It’s pure speculation, and quite often, it fails to tell us anything at all. […]

EXCERPTS FROM ‘Hormone troubles: Feminist analyses of contemporary neurosciences’

These excerpts from a recently released paper entitled Hormone troubles: Feminist analyses of contemporary neurosciences  (doi: 10.1177/0306312713488843 Social Studies of Science October 2013 vol. 43 no. 5 780-791) represent several ways that sexist bias continues to undermine scientific research and analysis about the brain. One of the biggest problems is continued reliance on untested and unproven assumptions about causation between brain structure and […]

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 FeministsFightingTransphobia.wordpress.com. 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. […]