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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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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Conformity as Identity or Survival?

By Penny Robo

Penny RoboHow do you win a fight over the validity of your womanhood when wearing a skirt means you’re playing dress-up but wearing pants means you’re not trying? How can you be accepted by someone who tells you in one breath that your short hair is evidence you’re just slapping a label onto yourself, and with the next tells another woman her long hair is proof she’s playing into stereotypes? Continue reading

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Dr. Michael Laidlaw et al. publish anti-trans letter with more errors than paragraphs (part 4)

Previously in Part 1: Endocrine aspects, cardiovascular risk, and sexual functioning.

Previously in Part 2: Desistance, persistence, and “objective tests” for gender dysphoria.

Previously in Part 3: Medical ethics, fertility preservation, and ovarian pathology.

 

Dhejne et al. (2011) and the “health consequences” of transitioning

The health consequences of GAT are highly detrimental, the stated quality of evidence in the guidelines is low, and diagnostic certainty is poor. Furthermore, limited long-term outcome data fail to demonstrate long-term success in suicide prevention (7). How can a child, adolescent, or even parent provide genuine consent to such a treatment? How can the physician ethically administer GAT knowing that a significant number of patients will be irreversibly harmed?

Are the health “consequences” of medical transition really “highly detrimental”? Laidlaw et al. seem content to depict transition treatment as something being provided for no actual reason, which does nothing of any benefit and then kills you in six different ways. Contrary to the authors’ opposite-day take on the existing body of medical evidence, transitioning has repeatedly been shown to result in reduction of gender-dysphoric symptoms, improvements in body image and sexual functioning, better quality of life, reductions in depression and anxiety, reduction of dissociative symptoms, and lower rates of substance abuse and suicidality. Continue reading

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20 Years of Jacking In

By Penny Robo

Penny RoboToday, the 31st day of March, 2019, marks exactly 20 years since The Matrix hit theater screens and finally gave Keanu Reeves a new recognizable character to be identified with next to Ted “Theodore” Logan. No, “that guy from Speed” doesn’t count. Imitators sprung from the woodwork soon after, either fully informed by the film’s aesthetics (Underworld, anyone?) or quickly rejiggered in post for a quick buck (the Snipes vehicle Art of War and its freeze-frame bullet-time knockoff comes to mind) – but it’s safe to say that the core of the film, the essence that made its distinctive visuals resonate beyond the immediate visceral impact, was largely left alone by its half-baked clones. Continue reading

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Dr. Michael Laidlaw et al. publish anti-trans letter with more errors than paragraphs (part 3)

Previously in Part 1: Endocrine aspects, cardiovascular risk, and sexual functioning.

Previously in Part 2: Desistance, persistence, and “objective tests” for gender dysphoria.

 

Is untreated gender dysphoria “healthy”?

GnRH agonists are used in precocious puberty to delay the abnormally early onset of puberty to a physiologically normal age. The goal of PB in the healthy child, however, is to induce hypogonadotropic hypogonadism to “buy time” to confirm gender incongruence. In a study of PB in adolescents aged 11 to 17 years, 100% desired to continue GAT. They simply “bought” themselves lower bone density and the need for lifelong medical therapy (5).

It is a shameless elision for Laidlaw et al. to describe medical interventions for gender dysphoria in youth as being used on “the healthy child” – suffering from untreated gender dysphoria and its many comorbidities is not a state of health. As Radix & Silva (2014) point out: Continue reading

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Helen Houghton is Still a Shitty Person(TM)

By Penny Robo

Previously: Helen Houghton is a Shitty Person(TM)

Penny RoboA few weeks ago, Helen Houghton, the author of the “stop telling children LGBT people exist” petition in New Zealand decided to offer up a personal explanation for the petition. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t actually excuse any of the terrible things she’s said. Some rudimentary digging at the time of the previous article’s writing revealed a Helen Houghton in NZ who worked as a teacher, however I had opted not to include that information at the time as I could not confirm that this was the same individual and could not, in good conscience, place that person’s reputation in someone’s crosshairs, even indirectly. I stand by that choice even as we’ve now discovered that this was in fact the same person.

That’s right, Ms. “I believe that endorsing gender discordance as normal […] will confuse children and parents” is herself a teacher. Continue reading

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