Gender’s three body problem

Gender’s three body problem

Human beings are taught gender dichotomy as a means of control, to sell more products, and to enforce a patriarchal version of society that benefits the male 49%. If the primary argument about non-cis women entering assigned female at birth spaces is reduced down to its arid basics you find the bare bones of patriarchal control. Indeed, one of the founding myths of TERF ideology is the notion that a man can never understand female experiences because female lived experiences are so alien under patriarchal systems. Thus, when a non-cis woman achieves her apotheosis, she still has a vestigial masculinity about her that taints her very thoughts and actions. Essentially a vanguard agent of rape and misery, the non-cis woman threatens all assigned females at birth by their mere presence. Yet there is no talk of non-cis men, or non-binary folk, polluting the sanctity of masculine spaces, for in this dichotomous world the masculine is power, and to seek the phallus is to chase that dragon.

I Was a Trans Kid Once

I Was a Trans Kid Once

We should listen to young folks about their gender identity. The risks of not are far higher.

For the best possible outcomes, we should do everything we can to ensure that trans people feel comfortable coming out and transitioning as soon as they are able to understand their gender. This will make the lives of so many people inordinately easier at no real cost to society. Anything else is inhumane.

The latest form of transphobia: Saying lesbians are going extinct

The latest form of transphobia: Saying lesbians are going extinct

Transphobia is surging through the United States with a record-setting number of anti-transgender legislative bills, many of which pit vulnerable communities against one another. Proponents of a bill in Tennessee, for example, say that allowing trans children to participate in youth athletics would “destroy women’s sports,” casting cisgender women as the victims in a disingenuous claim to a feminist politics. Others attempt to exploit divides in the LGBTQ community. Leaders of the British group LGB Alliance warn that lesbians are “going to become extinct” as individuals increasingly identify as trans, a fear echoed both by trans-exclusionary groups and by lesbian feminists who in other ways advocate for trans rights. Feminist writer Aimee Anderson frets about “the extinction of an entire people,” and Cherríe Moraga worries that butch lesbians, self-actualizing as transmasculine, might “become a dying breed.” Tomboys, too, have become a point of contention,seen by some as a “rarer and rarer species” that is “going extinct” as more tomboyish children identify as trans and/or nonbinary.

Predictive Pattern Classification Can Distinguish Gender Identity Subtypes from Behavior and Brain Imaging

Predictive Pattern Classification Can Distinguish Gender Identity Subtypes from Behavior and Brain Imaging

The exact neurobiological underpinnings of gender identity (i.e., the subjective perception of oneself belonging to a certain gender) still remain unknown. Combining both resting-state functional connectivity and behavioral data, we examined gender identity in cisgender and transgender persons using a data-driven machine learning strategy. Intrinsic functional connectivity and questionnaire data were obtained from cisgender (men/women) and transgender (trans men/trans women) individuals. Machine learning algorithms reliably detected gender identity with high prediction accuracy in each of the four groups based on connectivity signatures alone. The four normative gender groups were classified with accuracies ranging from 48% to 62% (exceeding chance level at 25%). These connectivity-based classification accuracies exceeded those obtained from a widely established behavioral instrument for gender identity. Using canonical correlation analyses, functional brain measurements and questionnaire data were then integrated to delineate nine canonical vectors (i.e., brain-gender axes), providing a multilevel window into the conventional sex dichotomy. Our dimensional gender perspective captures four distinguishable brain phenotypes for gender identity, advocating a biologically grounded reconceptualization of gender dimorphism.We hope to pave the way towards objective, data-driven diagnostic markers for gender identity and transgender, taking into account neurobiological and behavioral differences in an integrative modeling approach.

Y does not necessarily equal M: On what intersex people can tell us about gender identity

Y does not necessarily equal M: On what intersex people can tell us about gender identity

The current debate about intersex women in sports, is actually weakening the TERFs and the transphobic right’s attacks against transgender people. The very existence of XY intersex women, who have been raised as women and who identify as women, makes it very hard to reduce gender identity to chromosomes and genitals.

A few times I have ended up in discussions with “trans exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) in social media. These women are neither “radical” nor real “feminist”, sharing – as they do – the common traditionalist prejudices against transgender women.