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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Learning to love and accept your body: Testosterone helps adolescent trans boys do that

Zinnia JonesDiscussions of transgender issues among the general public often take an unproductive turn when the distress of gender dysphoria is cast as something that can be remedied by simply “accepting your body as it is”. Most forgivably, this may be just the initial impression of uninformed cis people who do not want us to continue to suffer that distress, and also incorrectly believe there may be an “easier” way to reach that point without the difficulties that can be associated with transitioning. Less understandable are those who do have the time to learn and clearly know better, but instead have chosen to spend their time arguing that transitioning is axiomatically undesirable, harmful, or immoral, and therefore no beneficial outcomes could possibly justify it anyway. Continue reading

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Trans Broken Brain Syndrome: When “subjective cognitive decline” becomes a subjective attack on trans healthcare

By Heather McNamara

Have you ever looked at an object and forgotten what it was called? Maybe you’ve been in the produce section of a grocery store, standing in front of the pineapples and found yourself thinking “Banana? Mango?” I have. In fact, as a stroke survivor and anxiety/depression sufferer, these moments occur more often than I’d like to admit. Sometimes, alternative suggestions don’t even come up. I can stare at an ordinary object for a full minute without a single clue as to what it’s called. I can say from experience that the seconds in that minute are very, very long as the situation gradually transforms from a humorous anecdote to an inconvenience to something I might Google later and finally something I know I need to talk to my doctor about. I often wonder: Do I not have the words at all? Will they come back? Will I be okay or will I eventually lose my ability to work and function in society altogether? Continue reading

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Zinnia’s college adventures, year 3: A Florida public university is forcing us into conditions of unchecked pandemic exposure

Zinnia JonesI have been a student in the Florida community college and public university system since spring of 2019, and as of the fall 2021 semester it looks like just about everything that isn’t my own personal academic performance – including the educational system itself – has gone completely sideways. This is now the second summer where our state has been the global hotspot of the pandemic. During last year’s, I took summer semester off and spent a week in late June in an Orlando ICU with my wife as she was recovering from near-fatal strokes, then packed my fall schedule with whatever courses I could find that were available online. By this summer term, continuing to work toward my statistics degree required registering for classes that were only available in-person, and this has also been the case for this fall term. I am now attending fully in-person for the first time since spring 2019, this time at one of the largest universities in the country during a pandemic that is worse than ever and still worsening. Continue reading

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Christian Institute: Stop calling our trans depersonalization resources a “transgender craze” of “rapid-onset gender dysphoria”

Zinnia JonesThe UK’s Christian Institute, in their September 2020 publication “The transgender craze” purporting to explain a “social contagion” of “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” in adolescents, takes a highly abbreviated excerpt from my own writing in 2013 on gender dysphoria and symptoms of depersonalization, a highly distressing dissociative syndrome that can occur more frequently among trans people and often remits following transition.

The Christian Institute asserts that these are “very commonly experienced adolescent anxieties” being incorrectly “used as ‘evidence’ that a young person is ‘truly transgender’”, and that “anxious people crying out for diagnosis and help from peers” are “the victims of this harmful advice”. The misattribution of my article to “Transgender Teen Survival Guide” appears to be copied from an error by Lisa Littman in her original 2018 publication on “Rapid-onset gender dysphoria in adolescents and young adults”, where a similar excerpt is described as “Vague and nonspecific symptoms called signs of GD”. Continue reading

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Denmark population-wide study confirms association between cyproterone acetate and meningioma risk – and recent users of CPA are disproportionately trans women

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice.

Zinnia JonesSince 2018, I’ve been covering emerging findings on the relationship between the progestin cyproterone acetate (CPA), commonly used outside of the United States as a testosterone blocker for trans women, and the risk of developing a type of large benign brain tumor known as a meningioma. Meningiomas frequently have progesterone receptors, and many are small and stable or very slow-growing without causing any symptoms, but increased action at its progesterone receptors can stimulate it to grow and cause symptoms due to its volume. This stimulation can be the result of normal physical progesterone levels – cis women are much more likely than cis men to experience meningioma, and pregnancy can accelerate the growth of meningioma – or it can be due to prolonged use of strong synthetic progestins such as CPA and certain other progestins appearing in hormone replacement therapy or contraception for cis women. Continue reading

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