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. Here is a reading list of links to help you digest all this new information outside of an angry twitter thread. They range across the scientific and cultural, to news pieces, politicla statements, and informational 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 being 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 your 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 and are used to make you feel like a victim, a defender of the obvious against a self indulgent enemy who is 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 that angry rage which you've been warned about so much.
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 very 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 with the reality that some of the things you have "always known" are false and that our understanding of the world around is ever developing. 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 -
American Psychological Association (APA)
Answers to Your Questions About Transgender People, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
Sciences Says: Sex and Gender Aren't the Same
Skeletal Studies Show Sex, Like Gender, Exists Along A Spectrum
Disrupting Dinner Parties
Take the Red Pill: The Truth Behind the Biology of Sex
Between the (Gender) Lines: The Science of Transgender Identity
Intersex Society of North America
How common is intersex?
What is Intersex?
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Suicide and Suicidal Behavior Among Transgender Persons
How Science is Helping Us Understand Gender
Anatomy Does Not Determine Gender, Experts Say
Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination
Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia
The New Science of Sex and Gender
Where Transgender is No Longer a Diagnosis
Challenging Gender Identity: Biologists Say Gender Expands Across A Spectrum, Rather Than Simply Boy And Girl
World Health Organization (WHO)
Gender and Genetics
Genetic Components of Sex and Gender
Medline Plus Encyclopedia
‘Mahu’ demonstrate Hawaii’s shifting attitudes toward LGBT life
Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)
The Ashtime of Ethiopia
A Brief History of Thailand's Transgender Community
Fa'afafines: The Third Gender in Samoa
Life Outside the Binary: Meet Mexico’s Muxe Community Celebrating Genderqueerness
Early men and women were equal, say scientists
In the Philippines they think about gender differently. We could too
Nature and sex redefined – we have never been binary
Indian Country Today
Two Spirits, One Heart, Five Genders
The 8 Genders of the Talmud
Transgender Issues in the Middle East
Ground rules for trans/transantagonistic discourse
Oxford English Dictionary
A brief history of singular ‘they’
The New York Times
When Japan Had a Third Gender
Non Binary Wiki
Gender-variant identities worldwide
India’s Third Gender Rises Again
The Singapore LGBT encyclopaedia Wiki
Gender in Bugis society
Fact check: study shows transition makes trans people suicidal
The Third Gender in Ancient Egypt
List of of murdered transgender people
Transphobia is a Class Issue
You Can't Ask That: Intersex people answer 'What is Intersex?'
The Science of Being Transgender
Things Not To Say To A Non-Binary Person
Trans 101: Ep 1 - What is Transgender?
Fox and Owl
So, I've got a CERVIX
Trans 101 - The Basics
What Are Pronouns?
Trans AND: Charlie Martin
Riley J. Dennis
How to talk about trans people
TEDx (Lyndsay Muir)
Tea with Trans: What's on (and off) the menu.
TEDx (Rachel Lucas)
Why You Can Pee Next To Me
80–95% of trans women keep their genitals
Addressing The Claims In JK Rowling’s Justification For Transphobia, by Katy Montgomerie for Medium
A Letter to J.K. Rowling From A Young Transgender Person Who’s Sick of Her Shit, by Hayden Moon for Junkee
Freedom Means Can Rather Than Should: What the Harper’s Open Letter Gets Wrong, by Gabrielle Bellot for Lit Hub
Twitter thread breaking down the issues in the Harper’s letter, by @spiantado
J.K. Rowling Triples Down on Transphobia, by Claire Lampen for The Cut
JK Rowling’s ‘TERF Wars’ YouTube video by Jammidodger
Transgender hate crimes recorded by police go up 81%
Why Sex Is Not Binary