Cornell University has studied all the peer-reviewed English articles about gender transition from 1991 to 2017 and found overwhelming evidence that social and/or medical transition is a positive thing. Among the positive outcomes of gender transition and related medical treatments for transgender individuals are improved quality of life, greater relationship satisfaction, higher self-esteem and confidence,… Continue reading People are happier when they can be themselves
The Caledonian Sleeper train is in the news after the latest concerted “pile-on” (their words) by anti-trans activists who organise on Mumsnet: they don’t want trans people on sleeper trains. (It’s interesting to see people with hateful views, many of whom advocate violence against minorities, hiding behind the label “mumsnet user” and abusing the stereotype… Continue reading I can’t get no sleep
Today is international trans day of visibility, and theÂ excellent Overtake asked me to write a piece about what itâ€™s like to go out in public as yourself for the first time. I hope you find it as funny as I did writing it.
Here’s a happy story: Jake and Hannah got married this week. Jake’s an actor, Hannah’s an army officer and the photos show a clearly delighted couple in love. I don’t know Hannah but I’m connected to Jake on Facebook and he strikes me as a thoroughly excellent human being, so it’s really lovely to see… Continue reading Handsome man marries beautiful woman
The thoroughly repellent Richard Littlejohn has written yet another anti-trans piece in the papers. It’s not significant in itself; it’s the usual bile from a man who rails against “vicious trolls” while being a vicious troll. But it’s significant because it’s been published five years since another Littlejohn column was implicated in the death of… Continue reading Did Richard Littlejohn drive a woman to suicide?
Following on from yesterday’s daft Sunday Times story, Owl Stefania writes in iNews in defence of using the correct pronouns. Itâ€™s just the compassionate and right thing to do. Because in the end, why would anyone deliberately go out of their way to harm another human being? There does appear to be a double standard… Continue reading On names and pronouns: don’t be an arse
This week the Conservative MP David Davies (not the successful one; that’s David Davis. This one’s the MP for Monmouth) held a meeting of anti-trans militants in the House of Commons. The speakers are well known for their extreme views. As Newsweek reports (the UK media hasn’t covered it beyond LGBT magazine Pink News; it… Continue reading Parasites and the turkeys voting for Xmas
There’s a fascinating piece by philosopher Amia Srinivasan in the London Review of Books about sex, sexuality and entitlement. It’s wide ranging and covers everything from “incels” â€“ self-proclaimed “involuntary celibates” who believe they can’t get laid because women are evil â€“ to LGBTQ people. The core question is whether anybody is entitled to sex,… Continue reading Preference vs prejudice and the politics of disgust
I don’t find Ricky Gervais funny. I thought the US remake of The Office was much better than the original, largely because he wasn’t in it: I couldn’t shift the feeling that his portrayal of a boorish, charmless arsehole wasn’t acting. I’ve been proved right many times since. Writing in Vulture.com,Â Matt Zoller SeitzÂ takes issue with… Continue reading Ricky Gervais lacks humanity
Thereâ€™s a well known trick in the bullshit community: if you give something a scientific or medical sounding name, you can persuade some people that bullshit isnâ€™t bullshit. Itâ€™s a technique used by quacks and scoundrels and rapacious corporations alike. Todayâ€™s example is â€œrapid onset gender dysphoriaâ€, which is appearing in various right wing newspapers… Continue reading I havenâ€™t got lazyitis