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Help! I’ve been called a transphobe! | Reading List

So you have been called a Transphobe.
Maybe even a TERF! Hot words have been exchanged.

It’s easy to get defensive, dig in, camp up and not take any shit from these “woke idiots” on the internet.
Yeah you could do that.

Mind you, you could also have a read and try to understand some of what they are trying to tell you. So here is a reading list of links to help you digest all this new information outside of an angry twitter thread. They range from the scientific and cultural to news pieces and infromational statistics.

No one can make you read these, no one can force you to develop your understanding of the world around you, only you can take the step to be a person capable of educating themselves and changing their opinion based on new information. I truly hope you are able to do this and begin you journey to better understanding this whole trans thing.

It’s worth noting as well that the arguments your transphobic friends and sources present usually utilise are laden with scientific reductionism and pseudo scientific jibberish. this reminds me very much of climate change denialism, these links are often presented as an obvious truth. They are used to make you feel like a victim, a defender of the obvious against a self indulgent enemy who are trying to make you change everything you know to be true. The right wing call this “Cultural Marxism”, the left wing tend to call it “the PC Brigade” or “IdPol”. Tho woefully inaccurate in their usage these terms are often used as a “dog whistle” for horrendous bigotry, racism and misogyny.

Subsequently when you’ve shared a seemingly righteous link defending women from predatory men or something, someone has got pissed off at you, cussed you out and spewed out all this angry rage you’ve been warned about.

The thing is, whether wittingly or not, When you share those articles you are finding on Mumsnet or whatnot you are contributing to a hostile environment which literally kills people. Overwhelming it kills women, and of them, women from the black and minority ethnic communities are over represented.

This series of links is a counter to that, the vast majority are from peer reviewed publications and institutions. If you believe in science, you have to come to terms that some of the things you have “always known” are false, that our understanding is ever developing and make that change. It is here to provide you with a easily accessable source of information to cleanse that rot from your head. A tool to educate yourself with and hopefully return to being a person who uses their political voice for compassion and solidarity. ■

Peter Ó Maille

– This is a living document and is subject to change and addition, feel free to suggest new links –

– This list is partially based on a version I was sent as a email, I assume it is online and would appreciate a link to it –

SCIENTIFIC LINKS:

American Psychological Association (APA)
Answers to Your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/transgender

AP News
Sciences Says: Sex and Gender Aren’t the Same
www.apnews.com/2a67da6515aa48e68e56cd97817b097a?fbclid=IwAR2p8Bltq7AvzCzA4W5bAocyBFs5VGrRdqLXW3JdSP6_mTu79pITGlKU6HU

Discover Magazine
Skeletal Studies Show Sex, Like Gender, Exists Along A Spectrum
https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/skeletal-studies-show-sex-like-gender-exists-along-a-spectrum

Disrupting Dinner Parties
Take the Red Pill: The Truth Behind the Biology of Sex
www.disruptingdinnerparties.com/2014/09/29/take-the-red-pill-sex-determination

Harvard University
Between the (Gender) Lines: The Science of Transgender Identity
www.sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2016/gender-lines-science-transgender-identity

Intersex Society of North America
How common is intersex?
www.isna.org/faq/frequency

What is Intersex?
www.isna.org/faq/what_is_intersex

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Suicide and Suicidal Behavior Among Transgender Persons
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178031/

National Geographic
How Science is Helping Us Understand Gender
www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/01/how-science-helps-us-understand-gender-identity

NY Times
Anatomy Does Not Determine Gender, Experts Say
www.nytimes.com/2018/10/22/health/transgender-trump-biology.html

Scientific American
Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination
www.scientificamerican.com/article/beyond-xx-and-xy-the-extraordinary-complexity-of-sex-determination

Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia
www.blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/stop-using-phony-science-to-justify-transphobia

The New Science of Sex and Gender
www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-new-science-of-sex-and-gender

Where Transgender is No Longer a Diagnosis

www.scientificamerican.com/article/where-transgender-is-no-longer-a-diagnosis

UCLA
Challenging Gender Identity: Biologists Say Gender Expands Across A Spectrum, Rather Than Simply Boy And Girl
www.socgen.ucla.edu/2015/03/01/challenging-gender-identity-biologists-say-gender-expands-across-a-spectrum-rather-than-simply-boy-and-girl

World Health Organization (WHO)
Gender and Genetics
www.who.int/genomics/gender/en

Genetic Components of Sex and Gender
www.who.int/genomics/gender/en/index1.html

Medline Plus Encyclopedia
Intersex
www.medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001669.htm


CULTURAL LINKS:

Aljazeera
‘Mahu’ demonstrate Hawaii’s shifting attitudes toward LGBT life
www.america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/9/mahu-hawaii-gender-LGBT-acceptance.html

Androgyneity
Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

www.androgyneity.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/sex-and-gender-are-actually-the-same-thing-but-bear-with-me

Buyu Afrika
The Ashtime of Ethiopia
www.buyuafrika.wordpress.com/2019/04/29/the-ashtime-of-ethiopia/amp

Culture Trip
A Brief History of Thailand’s Transgender Community
www.theculturetrip.com/asia/thailand/articles/a-brief-history-of-thailands-transgender-community

Fa’afafines: The Third Gender in Samoa
www.theculturetrip.com/pacific/samoa/articles/fa-afafines-the-third-gender

Life Outside the Binary: Meet Mexico’s Muxe Community Celebrating Genderqueerness
www.theculturetrip.com/north-america/mexico/articles/a-brief-history-of-muxe-mexicos-third-gender/

The Guardian
Early men and women were equal, say scientists
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/14/early-men-women-equal-scientists

In the Philippines they think about gender differently. We could too
www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/03/in-the-philippines-they-think-about-gender-differently-we-could-too

Nature and sex redefined – we have never been binary
www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2015/feb/19/nature-sex-redefined-we-have-never-been-binary

Indian Country Today
Two Spirits, One Heart, Five Genders
www.newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/api/amp/indiancountrytoday/archive/two-spirits-one-heart-five-genders-9UH_xnbfVEWQHWkjNn0rQQ

Jewniverse
The 8 Genders of the Talmud
www.jta.org/jewniverse/2015/the-6-genders-of-the-talmud

Medium
Brian Whitaker
Transgender Issues in the Middle East
www.medium.com/@Brian_Whit/transgender-issues-in-the-middle-east-9f40d0559afa

Mallory Moore
Ground rules for trans/transantagonistic discourse
www.medium.com/@Chican3ry/ground-rules-for-trans-transantagonistic-discourse-286ffbc94c14

The New York Times
When Japan Had a Third Gender
www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/arts/design/when-japan-had-a-third-gender.html

Non Binary Wiki
Gender-variant identities worldwide
www.nonbinary.wiki/wiki/Gender-variant_identities_worldwide

Sapiens
India’s Third Gender Rises Again
www.sapiens.org/body/hijra-india-third-gender

The Singapore LGBT encyclopaedia Wiki
Gender in Bugis society
www.the-singapore-lgbt-encyclopaedia.wikia.org/wiki/Gender_in_Bugis_society

Well.com
The Third Gender in Ancient Egypt
www.people.well.com/user/aquarius/egypt.htm

Wikipedia
Ardhanarishvara
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardhanarishvara

Hermaphroditus
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermaphroditus

List of of murdered transgender people
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unlawfully_killed_transgender_people


VIDEOS

ABC
You Can’t Ask That: Intersex people answer ‘What is Intersex?’
https://youtu.be/lFre9a0wEPE

ASAP Science
The Science of Being Transgender
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MitqjSYtwrQ

BBC
Things Not To Say To A Non-Binary Person
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b4MZjMVgdk

Trans 101
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0gz6OLCPng

Chase
Trans 101: Ep 1 – What is Transgender?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRH0pwENbx8&list=PL7SgbxvTR7N5-jYeT2Coj99qnRQTIArKP

Fox and Owl
So, I’ve got a CERVIX
www.youtube.com/user/tigersnack

Minus18
Trans 101 – The Basics
www.youtu.be/-3ZzpTxjgRw?t=61

What Are Pronouns?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xpvricekxU

My Gendereration
Trans AND: Charlie Martin
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKGtQeNohu8&list=PLbeZBtR_FvDEMWqIxqeuX9U8WvUGtBj9e&index=2

Riley J. Dennis
How to talk about trans people
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ErLPd-7zVc

TEDx (Lyndsay Muir)
Tea with Trans: What’s on (and off) the menu.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6CPVn9q3ao

TEDx (Rachel Lucas)
Why You Can Pee Next To Me
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmZpFy1QUww

DEBUNKING LINKS

Gemma Stone
80–95% of trans women keep their genitals
www.medium.com/@notCursedE/80-95-of-trans-women-keep-their-genitals-37f2270cde85

ADDITIONALS

The Gayley Prophet
What’s wrong with what JKR said? A resource guide for allies and accomplices:

Addressing The Claims In JK Rowling’s Justification For Transphobia, by Katy Montgomerie for Medium
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly1

A Letter to J.K. Rowling From A Young Transgender Person Who’s Sick of Her Shit, by Hayden Moon for Junkee
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly2

Freedom Means Can Rather Than Should: What the Harper’s Open Letter Gets Wrong, by Gabrielle Bellot for Lit Hub
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly3

Twitter thread breaking down the issues in the Harper’s letter, by @spiantado
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly4

J.K. Rowling Triples Down on Transphobia, by Claire Lampen for The Cut
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly5

JK Rowling’s ‘TERF Wars’ YouTube video by Jammidodger
TinyURL.com/TGPAlly6



Transgender hate crimes recorded by police go up 81%
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48756370?fbclid=IwAR3sFY3LFRpRbsyycMBu8ikTzNkO4rq7YKFlj_zidXjJUdynXs4Lr8rVSBs

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/stop-using-phony-science-to-justify-transphobia/https://slate.com/technology/2018/11/sex-binary-gender-neither-exist.html

https://massivesci.com/articles/sex-gender-intersex-transgender-identity-discrimination-title-ix/

https://www.nature.com/news/sex-redefined-1.16943



https://dallasvoice.com/say-their-names-trans-women-murdered-in-2019/


Why Sex Is Not Binary
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/opinion/sex-biology-binary.html

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