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J.K. Rowling’s transphobia is a product of British culture
Good explainer on why the UK is so TERFy these days:
Trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF) ideology has been helped along in the UK by media under the leadership of Rupert Murdoch and the Times of London for years. Any vague opposition to gender-critical thought in the UK brings accusations of “silencing women” and a splashy feature or op-ed in a British national newspaper. Australian radical feminist Sheila Jeffreys went before the UK Parliament in March 2018 and declared that trans women are “parasites,” language that sounds an awful lot like Donald Trump speaking about immigrants.

According to Heron Greenesmith, who studies the modern gender-critical movement as a senior research associate at the social-justice think tank Political Research Associates, gender-critical feminism in the UK grew out of a toxic mix of historical imperialism and the influence of the broader skeptical movement in the early aughts — which was hyperfocused on debunking “junk science” and any idea that considered sociological and historical influence and not just biology. Those who rose to prominence in the movement did so through a lot of “non-tolerant calling-out and attacking people,” Greenesmith said, much like gender-critical feminism. “Anti-trans feminists think they have science on their side. It is bananas how ascientific their rhetoric is, and yet literally they say, ‘Biology isn’t bigotry.’ In fact, biology has been used as bigotry as long as biology has been a thing.”
feminism  politics  terfs  trans-rights  gender  biology  uk  jk-rowling  transphobia 
9 weeks ago by jm
Alice Goldfuss clarifies JK Rowling's "dress however you please" anti-trans comments
This was a really educational thread for me -- demonstrating how these phrases are a symptom, not support
JK Rowling hates trans people, but I want to talk a little bit about the *way* she hates them so you can recognize it in the wild.

She says “Dress however you please” and “Call yourself whatever you like”

At first glance it sounds supportive, but it isn’t

It’s disengaging

She is taking a very real and concrete issue (the acceptance of trans people as humans with full rights and respect in society), minimizing it to some surface level features (appearance and names), and then abdicating any responsibility

She is purposefully mischaracterizing trans people as adults playing dress-up and then claiming to be fine with that...at a distance

The language she uses is similar to language used to minimize gay people

“You can kiss whoever you want behind closed doors!”

It’s also similar to the old favorite “I don’t care if you’re black, white, or purple!”

Purple people don’t exist, but now they’ve minimized the issue of racism and swept it away while claiming to be supportive

All of these phrases add up to the same message:

“I support you, as long as you don’t change my experiences or inconvenience me in any way.”

And that’s not actual support
trans  rights  jk-rowling  gender  acceptance  racism 
9 weeks ago by jm
Neurosexism: the myth that men and women have different brains
The history of sex-difference research is rife with innumeracy, misinterpretation, publication bias, weak statistical power, inadequate controls and worse. Rippon, a leading voice against the bad neuroscience of sex differences, uncovers so many examples in this ambitious book that she uses a whack-a-mole metaphor to evoke the eternal cycle. A brain study purports to discover a difference between men and women; it is publicized as, ‘At last, the truth!’, taunting political correctness; other researchers expose some hyped extrapolation or fatal design flaw; and, with luck, the faulty claim fades away — until the next post hoc analysis produces another ‘Aha!’ moment and the cycle repeats. As Rippon shows, this hunt for brain differences “has been vigorously pursued down the ages with all the techniques that science could muster”. And it has exploded in the past three decades, since MRI research joined the fray. Yet, as 'The Gendered Brain' reveals, conclusive findings about sex-linked brain differences have failed to materialize.
brain  men  nature  women  gender  sexism  neurology  neurosexism  myths  debunking 
september 2019 by jm
Trans kids & the people who hate them
Research (Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities, Olson et al. 2016) has shown that children whose preferred gender identity is accepted by family and friends have no worse mental health outcomes than other children. But those who are not accepted are much more likely to have mental health issues, self harm or take their own lives.
We can take from this that acceptance causes no harm, but non-acceptance causes harm — so why are so many people angry with parents for accepting their trans kids?
trans  children  kids  parenting  society  gender  identity 
june 2018 by jm

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