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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Don’t Forget

By Penny Robo

Penny RoboStay optimistic. I know that’s one of the hardest things to do for anyone that makes it their business to be informed about the state of the world but to not do so is to lose sight of the very reason they’re doing this all for.

We’ve got our own light, not needing to be gifted by or validated by anyone but ourselves. The insights granted by our minds, the most complex calculator known in nature, lets us see patterns and recognize cause and effect like no other creature we’ve ever encountered, and we can use that to make this world a better place.

The universe doesn’t see good or bad, those are human concepts, human constructs, and that origin means that there can be no absolute definition. But we can agree on much. There’s too much unity in many of the basics of our definitions, across cultures separated by thousands of years, split before writing was even invented, to believe that the wiring of the human brain isn’t predisposed toward largely unanimous beliefs in what constitutes generosity or cruelty… that we generally shared those concepts before encountering one another gives credence to that. Continue reading

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Confusing Communities

By Penny Robo

Penny RoboHumans aren’t a uniform creature. We experience vastly different things. We’re fueled by those experiences and it’s no matter whether all those differences in our upbringing and everyday lives are brought about by individual circumstance or society at large, those differences are still there, affecting our outlook and morality, how we communicate verbally or express ourselves visually, what we believe to be important or even what we believe exists.

These differences shape us as individuals, but the similarities create our communities. Continue reading

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Hormones Can Be Hard

By Penny Robo

Penny RoboThe fog of dysphoria masks much of ourselves from even ourselves, with feelings and thoughts deadened and flattened as though our own internal monologue is being heard through ear muffs. And we generally spend so much of our lives experiencing the world filtered that way that when it’s gone we’re not sure how to handle it.

Especially for those of us that learned to substitute certain emotions for ones more readily accessible in our dysphoric states. For some, anger could be felt more easily than sadness, for others, inexplicable guilt could be the go-to emotion in lieu of disappointment. It might not make sense to those on the outside, but for us in that state, where your emotions are hindered in ways our language is ill-equipped to describe, it feels a lot like trying to paint a sunrise with sidewalk chalk. In one color.

So when you find another color, even if it’s neon green, you’re gonna latch onto it as if it were a full artist’s palette. Continue reading

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Did California state prisons perform unethical medical experiments on transgender women in 1987?

Zinnia JonesOver the past few years, I’ve made a regular habit of seeking out and compiling nearly any published research that’s relevant to trans people and our well-being in society. Often I focus specifically on the medical side of the transgender experience, looking into the past and present of which treatments are available to us and their physiological and psychological effects. Some of it provides useful insights into details of transness that not many people are aware of; much of it is repetitive, redundant, or mundane.

Very rarely, I find something horrifying. Continue reading

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Lisa Littman cites Edwards-Leeper & Spack (2012) in her “rapid onset gender dysphoria” study – but did she read it?

Zinnia JonesLisa Littman’s now-notorious study on an alleged new “rapid onset gender dysphoria” condition occurring in adolescents as a result of “social contagion” (Littman, 2018) has already received extensive criticism, including but not limited to her reliance on only secondhand reports from parents recruited from anti-trans communities and the absence of any evaluation of the youth who are now being diagnosed from afar with this hypothesized condition. In several instances her analysis reveals an ignorance of or disregard for existing literature on trans youth and gender identity, in areas such as the course of trans identity development and disclosure to family, the prevalence of gender-dysphoric symptoms in adolescents, the history of the trans community’s engagement with medical gatekeeping, and the disproportionate occurrence of depersonalization disorder in untreated gender dysphoria. Continue reading

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