Jenny McCarthy isn’t actually dumb, she just says dumb shit, like that she’s trans on the inside. There’s a sort of Matryoshka-doll logic there that defies the boundaries of normal conversation — if we understand trans people to be, in the very most basic, bottom line terms, people who were born with a gender identity that does not match their birth gender, or to be x on the inside and y on the outside, then Jenny McCarthy is saying that on the inside, she feels like someone who is different on the inside … My head hurts. Keep reading »
Is anyone else surprised that now that the two-week deadline for “real names” on Facebook is up, Facebook has apologized to the LGBT activists who have been fighting it and said that they’re “taking measures to provide much more deliberate customer service” to the owners of flagged accounts? I’m not. Facebook apologizes for everything, eventually, without ever really changing much of what they did wrong in the first place. No one knows what this “much more deliberate customer service” is actually going to look like, and the point remains that the legal name policy is inherently going to affect trans* people, drag queens and kings, and stalking victims negatively, even if they receive better customer service after the fact. The point also remains that Mark Zuckerberg claimed that having two names demonstrates a “lack of integrity” without discriminating between different instances of using two names. Keep reading »
I’ve wondered for a long time if maybe I have higher levels of testosterone than other women, because there’s always been a lot about me that is just distinctly un-feminine (in the sort of standard way of looking at masculinity and femininity). I don’t want to state any facts about testosterone because I am not an endocrinologist and I don’t want to engage in pseudo-science, but suffice it to say that when I hear the experiences of transmen who have undergone hormone therapy I’ve related to the differences they observe. And, in fact, I’ve always had an easier time relating to and making friends with men. Keep reading »
Last week, “Orange Is The New Black” actress Laverne Cox appeared on the cover of TIME, illustrating a piece about how trans rights issues are “America’s next civil rights frontier.” Cox was the first-ever trans person to appear on TIME‘s cover.
This weekend National Review writer Kevin D. Williamson published a piece entitled “Laverne Cox Is Not A Woman,” which was later reprinted in the Chicago Sun-Times. Why anyone cares what Williamson — whose job is simply “roving correspondent” for the Review — has to say about transgender issues, I don’t know. But his piece — which we will not link to so as not to give it traffic — was so full of ignorant pseudoscience and bias that it couldn’t help but attract (mostly negative) attention. Keep reading »
The amazing Laverne Cox, transgender advocate and “Orange Is The New Black” actress, is on the cover of the new issue of TIME representing their cover story on transgender rights. Flawless. The interview inside is thankfully an interesting, thoughtful dialogue (take notes, Piers Morgan and Katie Couric!) on Cox’s journey and the transgender rights movement as a whole. Check it out!