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.

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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:

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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
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Happy Pride, remember your riotous roots!

by Heather McNamara

Pick up a brick.

This month is the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riot. We have a tendency to think of it as the riot – the one that marked the beginning and end of rioting for queer rights but it was neither of those. It was one riot in a hundred year span of riots that succeeded and failed in varying degrees to convince the privileged that our lives mattered. Continue reading

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Swedish study, meet the Dutch study: Suicide rates among trans people are elevated, but not by “20 times”

Zinnia JonesAsk anti-trans activists to provide sources for their assertions that trans people’s identities are inauthentic or that transition treatment is ineffective, and you’ll typically hear one of these four: Continue reading

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May COVID-19 updates: From spironolactone to estrogen to GnRH antagonists

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice. Our understanding of the pandemic is evolving rapidly; this information may be superseded by later and more conclusive findings. This article was last updated on May 31, 2020.

Zinnia JonesIs it just me, or is this pandemic getting… transier?

In March, I reported on unsubstantiated claims circulating in beauty magazines that spironolactone, used as an acne treatment for cis women and a testosterone blocker for trans women, could increase the likelihood of contracting the novel coronavirus or worsen the severity of COVID-19. Several medical organizations soon clarified that any risk here appears to be theoretical and is not cause for discontinuing spironolactone, and other doctors have even suggested that it could have a beneficial effect in treating the disease; one study in Turkey is comparing a five-day course of 200mg of spironolactone to placebo in the treatment of acute respiratory distress. Continue reading

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New study quantifies trans women’s changes in sexual response on HRT

Zinnia JonesTrans people’s firsthand experiences of sexuality and its changes throughout transition have typically received less attention in scientific literature than topics such as our experiences of intimate partner violence and our sexual behavior in the context of HIV/STI risk. The effects of hormone therapy on the level of sexual desire of trans women and trans men over time have only recently been reported; another study in the early 2000s found that trans women show no correlation between their levels of testosterone and their erectile function. Much of the information on sexual changes associated with transition is instead circulated in the form of community knowledge and personal experiences. Continue reading

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Four recent studies confirm benefits of medical transition for trans adolescents

Zinnia JonesPuberty-blocking medications are used in gender-dysphoric adolescents as a means of temporarily and reversibly inhibiting an undesired natal puberty. In the event that their dysphoria desists, the medication can be discontinued, and their natal puberty will resume; if their dysphoria persists, this treatment allows them to avoid the unwanted masculinization or feminization associated with natal puberty, instead undergoing an induced puberty with cross-sex hormone therapy. Since the advent of this protocol in the early 1990s, the use of puberty blockers and hormone therapy in trans adolescents has repeatedly been shown to provide substantial benefits to these youth: Continue reading

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