My work on trans issues

My research, writing, and speaking on sex and gender issues started with my Ph.D. dissertation work on the history of what happened to people with intersex conditions in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. (During that period, these people were labeled “hermaphrodites.”) The medical and  social systems that deal with intersex – the systems on which a lot of my work has focused – also deal to a large extent with people who are or might be transgender, and as a result, I’ve been interested in the social and medical (mis)treatment of people who are transgender.

Sometimes people confront me with hateful things I have supposedly said about transgender people – things I’ve never said. There are some fake posts out there that have my byline and even my photo but have text that is not mine – in some cases, really disgusting text. That is frustrating, but I’ve learned I can’t spend my whole life trying to stop false representations of me.

What I can do here is to point you to my actual work. Here are some examples:

Those are just some examples. I’ve picked ones that should be easily available online to most interested people.

If you’d like to hear a recent podcast in which I explain why I believe that transwomen athletes should be allowed to play as women, and in which I push back against the idea that there is a “problem” that more young people are seeking transitional interventions, have a listen to the Heterodorx podcast.

Finally, some people claim that I am “anti-transgender” because I believe that autogynephilia is a real human phenomenon and that it’s a legitimate way to be transgender. That’s just bizarre. It’s obviously real – plenty of people identify with it and describe the experiences – and I also cannot understand why some people think this is not a legitimate way to be transgender. It absolutely is a legitimate way to be transgender. If that’s how you got to your understanding of your gender identity (and sexuality), that is absolutely okay.

Want to know more about that? Check out this page, in which I conclude: “…while transgender people should be allowed to talk about how their sexualities matter to their gender identities, their self-declarations of gender identity should be all that matter to us in terms of their social gender identities.”