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
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4thWaveNow “ROGD parent” Brie Jontry doesn’t know what histrelin is

Zinnia Jones4thWaveNow, one of the three survey respondent recruitment sites for the badly flawed study of an alleged new “rapid onset gender dysphoria” condition, has long served as a clearinghouse for questionable notions about puberty-blocking medications used for transgender youth. These include:

  • Scaremongering about the effects of puberty blockers on AMAB genital maturation and the feasibility of vaginoplasty. (Adolescent trans girls on puberty blockers have had successful vaginoplasties since blockers were first used in the early 1990s, and numerous techniques for construction of a vulva and vagina – using whatever amount of tissue is available – have long been used in trans women who transitioned both in adolescence and in adulthood.)
  • Claiming that the use of puberty blockers in gender-dysphoric youth forestalls the physical development that would result in that dysphoria desisting for many of them. (Puberty blockers are already withheld in the earliest stages of puberty so that youth can experience those initial changes, helping to indicate whether their dysphoria will abate or worsen and whether they should discontinue treatment.)
  • Alleging that adolescent gender dysphoria is part of the “normal struggles” of puberty, a crucial developmental task or “identity crisis” in this stage of life that must be allowed to proceed uninterrupted for the sake of reaching their “adult potential”. (Clinical levels of gender dysphoria are extremely uncommon in the general population of adolescents, and there is no evidence that allowing gender dysphoria to remain untreated will result in anything resembling healthier outcomes or improved personal and psychological adjustment.)

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Debra Soh is really bad at trans science (part 3)

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Zinnia JonesSoh continues:

Why would this be the case? Along with the physical and emotional discomfort that is typical of undergoing puberty, it has become more socially acceptable to be a transgender man than a gay woman. The study’s findings also showed that transitioning increased students’ popularity among their peers and offered greater protection from harassment, because teachers were more concerned about anti-trans bullying than bullying that was anti-gay.

However, gender dysphoria is not at all equivalent to some broader “physical and emotional discomfort” that is supposedly “typical” of most or all adolescents. It represents a symptom profile that is specific to a given syndrome, and inventories of gender-dysphoric symptoms administered to the general population of adolescents have found that only 1.3% of that demographic report experiencing clinical levels of gender dysphoria. The experience of gender dysphoria is hardly “typical” among adolescents when 98.7% of adolescents do not experience it. Continue reading

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Debra Soh is really bad at trans science (part 2)

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Zinnia JonesSoh continues:

Another phenomenon that points to homophobia as a possible motivation for transitioning is that of rapid-onset gender dysphoria (ROGD), wherein adolescent and college-aged girls suddenly declare to their parents that they want to transition, without any previous signs of being distressed about their birth sex. This desire to transition usually manifests during or after puberty, yet these girls don’t meet any of the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria.

This study of “ROGD” did not actually study a single person with this alleged new condition – instead, it relied on anonymous survey responses from parents claiming that their children have experienced this condition, drawn from users of three anti-trans websites that invented the supposed condition in the first place. The distinguishing features of this supposed condition are not really distinguishing at all, with little to separate this from gender dysphoria itself or delineate it as a separate syndrome. When Soh says “these girls” (of whom almost 1 in 5 were actually assigned male, and some were up to age 27), keep in mind that “these girls” were never evaluated in any capacity or even verified to exist at all before they were diagnosed with a condition that may not exist on the basis of anonymous secondhand reports from anti-trans advocates. Continue reading

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Debra Soh is really bad at trans science (part 1)

Her alarmist claims of transition as anti-gay “conversion therapy” are wildly at odds with current evidence.

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Debra Soh, a science writer for Playboy who’s offered uncritical coverage of the “rapid onset gender dysphoria” hoax condition and an equally uncritical profile of right-wing YouTube transphobe Blaire White, recently published an article in Quillette arguing that there is “unspoken homophobia propelling the transgender movement in children”. This article is tagged under “hypothesis”, which is one of the more friendly ways to describe the claims she makes. The main thrust of her argument proceeds as follows:

On some level, these parents likely know that there is a chance their feminine son will grow up to be sexually attracted to men. Instead of allowing this to happen, they may be more than happy to go along with facilitating their child’s requests to transition to the opposite sex, so that to the outside world, that child will appear heterosexual—an adolescent boy who is attracted to other boys will appear to be straight if he transitions to female. What’s most disturbing is that these parents will be lauded as open-minded and “on the right side of history,” when in actuality, they are homophobic.

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Economies of scale: How one person starts an avalanche

by Penny Robo

Penny Robo

“Why are all these people coming forward now?”

“Where were they before?”

“How come nobody said a thing till someone else did first?”

The idea is this: a famous person has an accusation of misconduct thrown their way, typically on the eve of an important event or sudden increase of power or social capital, and in its wake a number of other accusations come into the light as well. For many, the response is to write them off. If there were problems before, we’d have heard about them before, right? But there’s a component that many don’t understand, willfully or no, that factors into why these things come in waves instead of trickles.

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