People are happier when they can be themselves

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

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I can’t get no sleep

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

Did Richard Littlejohn drive a woman to suicide?

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?

Parasites and the turkeys voting for Xmas

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

Preference vs prejudice and the politics of disgust

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” – self-proclaimed “involuntary celibates” who believe they can’t get laid because women are evil – to LGBTQ people. The core question is whether anybody is entitled to sex,… Continue reading Preference vs prejudice and the politics of disgust

Ricky Gervais lacks humanity

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, Matt Zoller Seitz takes issue with… Continue reading Ricky Gervais lacks humanity

I haven’t got lazyitis

There’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 isn’t bullshit. It’s a technique used by quacks and scoundrels and rapacious corporations alike. Today’s example is “rapid onset gender dysphoria”, which is appearing in various right wing newspapers… Continue reading I haven’t got lazyitis