In Post Notes, I add some additional thoughts or context to a blog post I’ve previously written. The original post can be found here.
- I initially set out to write an article about the science that backs disproves nonsense arguments against transgender rights. However, when drafting my piece, I got a bit sidetracked when a friend posted a transphobic meme from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
- The first real exposure I had to transgender media was the 2006 film Transamerica. I do not remember much from it.
- I came across this article from Stamford University’s School of Medicine. It certainly complicates what a lot of people mistakenly believe is a simplistic matter:
The simple scenario many of us learned in school is that two X chromosomes make someone female, and an X and a Y chromosome make someone male. These are simplistic ways of thinking about what is scientifically very complex. Anatomy, hormones, cells, and chromosomes (not to mention personal identity convictions) are actually not usually aligned with one binary classification.
- I think it is fair to say that I will eventually write more about transgender rights. While I think the article was a good overview, I do not think I went as in-depth as I had planned. I wanted to focus on the science more than anything else.
- UPDATE (May 27, 2018): Why reinvent the wheel? Blogger Zinnia Jones has authored a number of excellent posts debunking most pseudo-scientific, transphobic myths – with citations galore:
- “Myth: Pimozide and gender dysphoria“
- “Anatomy of disinformation: Blaire White lies about puberty blockers and vaginoplasty“
- “‘Rapid onset gender dysphoria’: What a hoax diagnosis looks like“
- “Four low-cost alternatives to puberty blockers for transgender adolescents“
- “Walt Heyer and ‘sex change regret’“
- “Dissecting denialism: How transphobia’s bad science turned a Washington hospital into a battleground“
- “Paul McHugh is wrong: transitioning is effective“
- “Do all trans youth on puberty blockers go on to transition?“
- “Alice Dreger, autogynephilia, and the misrepresentation of trans sexualities“
- “Playing both sides: Trans people, autism, and the two-faced claims of Ken Zucker and Susan Bradley“