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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Gender Analysis in Slate: An interview on trans depersonalization and “rapid onset gender dysphoria”

Zinnia Jones

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Evan Urquhart of Slate on the controversy surrounding the “rapid onset gender dysphoria” study, as well as the larger subject of depersonalization and feelings of unreality in trans people and the study’s misrepresentation of this condition:

But one aspect of the study that has seen little coverage is Littman’s uncredited use of the work of Zinnia Jones, a trans female writer who has reported on the possible connections between gender dysphoria and the psychiatric symptoms known as depersonalization and derealization. These symptoms consist of a feeling of disconnection from oneself or one’s life or that the outside world isn’t quite real. Littman’s paper cited a brief, out-of-context portion of Jones’ writing on depersonalization, describing her research on “vague and nonspecific symptoms” of gender dysphoria.

Littman was wrong to use this snippet of Jones’ work to bolster her questionable thesis. It is, however, notable that depersonalization—which has often been associated with trauma—may also have a connection to gender dysphoria. I spoke with Jones about her analysis of this link and about the importance of transgender people engaging with research that affects our lives and legitimacy.

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How the WSJ handles the inconvenient facts of “rapid onset gender dysphoria”

Zinnia Jones

I was recently consulted on an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the dispute over Lisa Littman’s study of a supposed new “rapid onset gender dysphoria” condition said to be contagiously spreading among youth. Jillian Kay Melchior describes my involvement in this controversy:

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My letter to the Brown Daily Herald on “rapid onset gender dysphoria”, and Lisa Littman’s response

Zinnia Jones

This weekend, I wrote in to the Brown Daily Herald on the controversy over a recent study on “rapid onset gender dysphoria” by Brown assistant professor Lisa Littman: Continue reading

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SHOWDOWN: Chuck Tingle vs. Laci Green

By Heather McNamara

Heather McNamaraDid you SEE what happened on Twitter?

If not then honestly I envy you. It’s a terrible place. We gather there to stress out about what the orange tyrant says, criticize hollywood for being sexist and racist, and to laugh at dril. But occasionally, magic happens on Twitter. Maybe this is why so many of us are willing to suffer through all the rest of it. Or maybe we’re all just hoping Chrissy Teigen will notice us. Continue reading

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Y’all know comorbidity is a thing, right?

By Penny Robo

One of the most frustrating arguments to encounter when witnessing discussions involving gender-crits on whether or not a person is “really trans” is the invocation of other conditions the person has as a catch-all explanation. “You’re not trans, you’re just depressed!” “You’re autistic, not transgender!” Continue reading

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