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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Entitled to Sex? Says Who?

by Penny Robo

A spectacularly widespread claim is that of the aggressive trans woman demanding sex, lest the demandee be slapped with the label of “transphobic”.

When radical feminists parade this narrative, it’s presented as evidence of an inherent and unavoidable nature of trans women as coercive and rapey, as proof that trans women are, until price otherwise, manipulative perverts eager to play any card that gets us laid.

There’s just a slight problem: that doesn’t happen. People have asked, statistics on sex crimes with trans women as the perpetrator have been examined, and the deafening silence that’s found in the vacuum of evidence beyond the anecdotal is almost (almost) hilarious in contrast to the claims. Continue reading

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I Tried Detransition and Didn’t Like It

UnnHappy, sad, mad, Unnspeakable blue red Unnsunshining and hot and cool and red hot and ice cold

Nicole Maines, age seven

Zinnia JonesDetransitioning – undergoing a social or medical gender transition, and later choosing to reverse this – is a subject of perennial media attention and widespread public fascination. Although systematic studies have found that regret over transitioning occurs at a rate of 2% or less (Dhejne et al., 2014; Johansson et al., 2010), individual stories hold greater emotional resonance than abstract statistics, particularly at a time when many still do not accept the basic validity of cross-gender identity and are itching to find anything that can be leveraged as ammunition against recognizing and affirming trans people.

Some individuals choose to misrepresent the phenomenon of detransitioning as an argument against anyone transitioning, and in doing so they erase the complex nuances of those who’ve detransitioned: the ones who came to realize they didn’t need to transition but do not regret their cross-gender experience; the ones who detransitioned due to pressures from their family or community but maintain a cross-gender identity; the ones forced to detransition for their safety in institutional settings or to access services such as homeless shelters; the ones who transition once again. All of these personal and systemic factors are wiped away in service of the myth that detransitioners are universally misdiagnosed cis people, that they all regret their transition, and that trans people are almost certainly mistaken about who we are and we might as well skip a step and just never transition.

But suppose, as a trans woman, I were to entertain this idea – that transitioning is always and forever a terrible mistake, I’ve obviously been dead wrong for the past five years about the clear improvement I’ve seen in my life, and I’d be much happier “accepting reality” (I simply cannot put enough quotes around that). What if, contrary to all available evidence and professional diagnoses, I really would be better off ceasing transition and doing something else? Continue reading

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Rejecting Your Own Progress? Why People Fight Their Own Cause

by Penny Robo

Throughout our history, it seems that any social changes have been met with resistance. And I do mean any change. Really, who hasn’t personally experienced being told that spending time on your phone is a symptom of humanity’s decline into boundless, world-ending narcissism and a sign that our generation is irreparably damaged?

And that’s just a phone! A device that permits mobile access to the majority of human knowledge and culture, connecting people across the world and allowing us to learn and share in ways not practical a handful of years ago, and positively inconceivable just a few decades ago. So when people can find fault in changes with a demonstrable increase in speed or quality or efficiency, is it any wonder that people jump on the chance to fight changes they can’t immediately, viscerally experience the benefits of?

No, it’s not a wonder, but is it ever frustrating. And, as it turns out, there are some theories for explaining the human urge to fight progress, even when it would directly benefit the person arguing against it. Continue reading

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Her App and His Intrusion

by Penny Robo

A bit of a ruckus was caused recently during a takeover of dating app “Her”. For the uninitiated, takeovers are a commonplace practice where a product or service’s social media presences are basically “hosted” by an outside person as a promotional tool. And for a dating app this is a natural fit, allowing them to create and a cultivate a carefully curated image of who you’d find there. They can present bright, talented, beautiful people as examples of their users. Looking for a girlfriend? Look no further! Our users are brilliant, gorgeous, diverse; there’s a fit for everyone!

And Her has a special distinction within the dating app scene: it’s for lesbians! Oh yes, a dating service just for women loving women. So who did they choose to be the face of their first takeover in honor of Transgender Awareness Week?

A straight man.

A scruffy, bodybuilding, straight man named Aydian. To his credit, he is a trans man, and not the only one to perform takeover duties that week (then again, he also had the honor of being the first trans man featured on the cover of Gay Times magazine despite being, you know, straight and married to a woman) but that’s a whole other can of worms, so my first question must be: why? Why would a dating app for women feature a man? Continue reading

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The United Kingdom has a transphobia problem

by Heather McNamara

Heather McNamaraIn an attempt to better serve its transgender citizens, the UK government has recently proposed new guidance be considered in the Gender Recognition Act of 2004. Currently, a transgender person in the UK must prove they’ve been living as their gender for at least two years and present a diagnosis of gender dysphoria in order to obtain changes to their legal documents. If the changes proposed are accepted, however, this will not be required. A transgender person will simply be allowed to declare their gender.

Predictably, a lot of people are up in arms about this. British TERFs and conservatives alike are extremely concerned that cis men everywhere will declare themselves women in order to receive the benefits of being women, such as access to rape crisis assistance and incarceration in women’s prisons, which of course are things all women just clamor over because they’re super fun and really empowering. I mean I don’t know a single woman who isn’t excited for her next opportunity to weep in a rape support group or waste away in a women’s prison, right? Continue reading

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