Skip to main content


Over dinner last night, N told me that she thought I might be talking to issues that few people actually care about. I think she might be right.

Most transgender people are not directly impacted by the faulty science I point to in my blog. The people who are making the day to day decisions that affect the rights of transgender people do so with empathy and sensitivity.

So why do I insist on focusing on these issues?

I guess its because all of that strife I went through, which then submerged me into gender theory, had me finding such flagrant gaps of logic that I became indignant.

She is right of course. Things are improving every day for people with gender dysphoria and the treatment options are more varied than ever.

That is what counts most.


  1. I for one find your discussions fascinating. I have found it profoundly difficult to find good scientifically based theories on the web regarding gender variances. And their tends to be a large volume of pseudo-science stuff out there that just keeps getting repeated endlessly. It is refreshing seeing someone as yourself debunking the myths and standing up for what is actually valid.

    So from me at least, thanks!

  2. I am glad you find it useful Nadine thank you...

  3. Joanna, please don’t stop your discussions. I agree with Nadine wholeheartedly. You are one of the few that brings up the theories and science / pseudo-science that is out there and does all the hard work in thrashing it out and picking holes in it for us.
    I remember the times before you stopped in November last year where you got me involved sometimes in the discussions you started. It helped me to self-reflect and find out more about myself, thank you for that.
    I am so glad that your ‘sabbatical’ was only half the traditional year and that you are now back in full swing. You may not get that many comments to the subjects that you bring up but this I believe is not because we are not interested. I can only speak for myself here. I have always read your posts and on finishing some of them end up slightly frustrated in that I cannot, due to my level of knowledge on the subject, come back to you and discuss further.
    I think it’s because it is a complex subject and although it touches all of us in some way, our own perceptions on the matter can be elusive and not easily formulated. It touches on fundamental questions about ourselves and is not something one can easily ‘on the fly’ comment on.
    What you do with you posts, is help us by giving us a roadmap, a reading list and some homework to do, we may not get full marks but we still learn something every time.
    Keep it up.
    Love Abigale

    1. very much appreciated feedback Abi....I know that this is a complex topic and I am not really looking for big commentary so don't worry...


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

prejudice disguised as objective rectitude

So here is Professor Jordan Peterson perhaps justly calling out the excesses of political correctness gone mad. But then he extends it to not indulging transgender people the basic dignity of being addressed in their preferred pronoun. To do so for him would cost nothing and to stand on literal principle seems to serve little use other than to send a message of disdain.

If you have transitioned or even live as the opposite gender is costs me nothing to address you in your preferred pronouns. What difference does it make to me and what am I trying to tell you when I don't?

Peterson wants to stand on his rights to call reality what it is except that in this case the exact objective escapes me. But of course the right wing Federalist is in love with him because he calls a spade a spade.

If I see a rock I can call it that but then the rock doesn’t have any feelings. To address a transgender woman "her" and "she" is not undermining my rights as a person in any way b…

"Oh please its 2016!"

I have mentioned before that I have a lovely young couple living above the unit next to mine. Well the other day as I was getting in the door, she and I overlapped for the first time with me dressed as a woman.

We had a nice conversation and at some point I mentioned the obvious which was that I had told her future husband that they might see me in a different guise from time to time so they wouldn't wonder about who the strange woman was. She just looked at me almost rolling her eyes while smiling from ear to ear and said:

"Oh Please it's 2016!"

For the record she was also very complementary regarding my choice of attire.

I could care less at this point in my life what people think but it is still lovely to see the millennial generation's freedom of spirit and acceptance so lacking in previous generations. Yes they have their own foibles, as does every generation, but this area certainly isn't one of them.

the pseudoscience behind gender dysphoria

The real science as to what causes gender dysphoria still awaits.

Harry Benjamin was on to something except he didn’t have the scientific evidence to back up his suspicions hence, like a true scientist, he negated to draw conclusions. His hunch, based on treating so many patients over his lifetime, was that one is born with a predisposition to be gender dysphoric.

However, with inconclusive brain scans and no DNA marker (as of yet) we are left with believing the word of people who need help and only want to lead happy and productive lives.

The best we have been able to muster since Benjamin's death in 1986 was to amass statistics on who gets a boner imagining themselves as a woman which is in equal parts pathetic and disappointing. For this is not really science at all but is instead playing with interview data that doesn't point to anything definitive or conclusive. I have dealt with this problem at great length in my blog.

The whole thing started with Kurt Freund's obses…