Why Do Trans Women Transition in a Sexist Society?

Pink, cermaic necklace with the transgender symbol.

The facebook page “Lesbians and Feminists Against Transphobia” posted an email they received on their page. It was an email from a feminist cis woman asking about trans women. I’ll try to split up the email and respond to each part of it. The email is quoted with the permission of the author.

This is probably a really stupid question to y’all, but to me trans issues are kinda complicated and I don’t really understand, I’m trying to learn not trying to offend, I apologize if I do. But could you explain, in simple non academic language if possible,

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Progress for Trans* People in Norway

Photo of a Norwegian passport.

The fight for LGBT rights is ongoing in Norway, as everywhere else. We as a nation like to boast how good we are at respecting human rights; handing out the Nobel Peace Prize every year. But is it true? Are we that perfect? No. Absolutely not. Norway is one of the countries criticised by Amnesty for violating the human rights of trans* people by requiring sterilisation for legal gender recognition. Continue reading

Science is Missing Out

Picture of the opening screen of the TV show "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey".

This piece is also published on Skepchick.

In a society where sexism is so deeply ingrained in our culture, a lot of it goes by undetected and unchecked. Today I watched the 8th episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The show is excellent, don’t get me wrong, and this episode titled “Sisters of the Sun” covers the discovery of the chemical composition of the sun and other stars, a fascinating topic. Especially to me as a physicist with a special place in her heart for astrophysics. Continue reading

Trans Exclusionary Trans Activists?

Photo of Andrea James and Calpernia Addams.

This post was first published on Queereka.

Yet again RuPaul’s questionable usage of transphobic slurs on his show has angered the online trans* community. Trans* public figures Calpernia Addams and Andrea James have not as much defended RuPaul as they have personally attacked one of the other trans* activists speaking out. I used to like Calpernia Addams, even if I often didn’t agree with her, but I am appalled and disappointed by her article in The Huffington Post, and James’ article on BoingBoing. Continue reading