Welcome to Gender Analysis

Gender Analysis is a web series launched in 2014 exploring transgender science and life experiences in depth, and revealing the many insights to be found at their intersection. We take a closer look at fields such as sociology, public health, psychiatry, cognitive science, and more, weaving these diverse perspectives into a deeper understanding of gender-related phenomena. Gender Analysis goes beyond the 101s to educate both trans and cis viewers on some of the most fascinating dimensions of our lives – and the pressing issues we face in society.

Support Gender Analysis on Patreon

New episodes of Gender Analysis are published several times a month and are backed by our generous supporters on Patreon. Want to learn more? Check out our instant index for a quick introduction to the wide range of topics we cover:

Curious about…?

Gender dysphoria Self-discovery
How hormones work Bathroom bills
Finding a doctor Treatments for trans youth
Passing Sexuality
Transness and autism Paul McHugh
Regret and detransition Sex chromosomes
Posted in Gender Analysis | Leave a comment

Economies of scale: How one person starts an avalanche

by Penny Robo

Penny Robo

“Why are all these people coming forward now?”

“Where were they before?”

“How come nobody said a thing till someone else did first?”

The idea is this: a famous person has an accusation of misconduct thrown their way, typically on the eve of an important event or sudden increase of power or social capital, and in its wake a number of other accusations come into the light as well. For many, the response is to write them off. If there were problems before, we’d have heard about them before, right? But there’s a component that many don’t understand, willfully or no, that factors into why these things come in waves instead of trickles.

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The partisan double standard: Democrats are accused too — Republicans are just worse

by Penny Robo

Penny Robo

Through the rampant coverage over the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a particular talking point has risen to the surface, not necessarily from the people actually in charge (who may have to directly respond to the concept) but most definitely spouted by their supporters. Look at Twitter, at news article comments, and you’ll see it again and again: Democrats only care about sexual assault when they can weaponize it against political opponents.

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Virtue signaling”: The hypothetical horror, and when it’s real

by Penny Robo

Penny Robo

Memories came flooding when I heard the accusation against a certain piece of media that it was “virtue signaling” through its diversity. The show isn’t important, as almost anything will get accused of that when it features a cast that doesn’t conform to an 80/20 split of men to women or whites to people of color, etc., etc., but what was important was the sudden recollection I had of an acquaintance that fit their imaginary bill. He was an intelligent, honorable, gentle man, who nonetheless had an insurmountable need to be better.

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Star Trek sucks at gender

by Penny Robo

Penny Robo

Since that first pilot episode (a “proof-of-concept” designed to pitch a potential television series to a network or studio) back in 1965, Star Trek was not content to adhere to the conventional wisdom of what constituted a “normal” cast. The second in command of the expansive and powerful starship USS Enterprise was a woman, after all. The episode then proceeded to jettison that intriguing presentation of equality in our future by specifically commenting on the unusual nature of a woman holding a position on the bridge, and then… well, then the rest of the episode happened. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

They need it to be true: Bad science as a shield against self-examination

by Penny Robo

Penny Robo

While many outlets and pundits trumpeted the same idea, it was perhaps the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of Littman’s ROGD “study” that encapsulated the ridiculousness of it all, of the concept that the backlash was a fight between noble researchers and ideological censors. It’s true, of course, but they managed to get the entire battle backward, quietly ignoring that those opposed to the paper were endlessly citing its scientific failings as its supporters threw personal insults back in response. The reason the WSJ op-ed was particularly head-scratching was because the writer had been in contact with Zinnia and had been given a full rundown on how Littman’s work was bad science done in bad faith, and they still managed to get the whole damn thing ass backwards.

Almost like they didn’t want the study to be a fraud. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment