Tag Archives: Gender identity

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 sex-segregation is also explicitly allowed by statute. This differs from the recent DOJ interpretations of “sex” where […]

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

FYI At the federal level, pro-gender lobbyists have been successful in changing both Social Security and United States passport policy. Instead of requiring a “sex change operation,” the new policies merely require a physician’s attestation of “appropriate clinical treatment” (social security) or “gender-related care” (passports) of any kind. Mere psychiatric treatment is acceptable, as if sex […]

Social Determinism Versus the Essentialism of “Cis Privilege” Theory

The politics of gender have always implicated the politics of sex. The politics of sex and gender are inseparable by social design because one of two “gendered” social roles are assigned according to the genital “sex” of each individual’s body at birth. This seems an obvious truth, but many people are still seduced by the […]

Pro-choice means pro-female, regardless of identity. #profemaleprochoice

Previously published at Liberation Collective. Huffington Post and Autostraddle both ran articles on January 27th, 2014 about the hashtag #protransprochoice and a petition started by three young adults: Beck Martens, Alice Wilder, and Calliope Wong–a transwoman who caused a media flurry in 2013 about being denied application for enrollment at a female-only college while Wong was still legally and […]

Gender legally replacing “sex” reaches new heights of absurdity in Utah

I hate to say I told you so, but….confusing sex with gender is back-firing. Big time. The Advocate has run a news story about some pretty outrageous legislation being proposed in Utah. Their primary concern seems to be that physical exams will be mandated for trans-identified students wishing to use the bathroom in accordance with […]

(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 […]

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 […]