The 2011 Sweden Study on Transgender Criminality is Flawed for More Reasons Than You’d Think

Articles have been written before about the 2011 study on transgender criminality which seems to “prove” that transgender women are just as prone to sexual assault as cisgender men. One of the researchers, Dr. Ceclia Dhejene, has already responded to those claims and stated that the research actually shows that health care for transgender people has actually gotten better over time and that there was no causal link between “male criminality” and transgender women.

However, the article that contains that interview, while comprehensive and informative, ignores one major factor. The study itself only considered the variable of whether or not the transgender person had SRS as a measure of transition, which leads to a whole bunch of new variables.

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Burn Down The Closets and Those Who Keep Us in Them

So the rumors have already spread about how the Orlando shooter, whose name I have purposefully chosen to omit, was a regular at the Pulse bar and kept a profile on a gay dating app. His behavior was irregular and unstable. He mentioned to the other patrons that he had a wife and child. He drank heavily and was aggressive toward the other patrons. He was heavily closeted, and heavily homophobic.

The reactions to the news have been mixed and troubling. Many feel as if the community will suffer as a result, that this will lead to many people blaming the LGBT community for, what to them, seems to be our own issue. The idea that our identity is the product of mental illness or inherent sin has been perpetuated for generations to the point where, in many people’s minds, these two concepts are inexplicably intertwined. However, the truth is more complicated than that.

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Teach Girls to Be Independent, Not Dependent on Men

In a cultural environment increasingly focused on aesthetics, where girls are told not to do things at the risk of damaging their real social capital – their looks – they are ultimately set up for dependency on men for the rest of their lives. ————– Growing up as a gender non-conforming girl is difficult, as you are constantly fighting societal expectations as to how a girl should act but how a girl should look. Boys are rarely chastised for putting themselves in dangerous situations the way that girls are, whether intentionally through participation in accident-prone leisure activities (sports, hobbies) or … Continue reading Teach Girls to Be Independent, Not Dependent on Men

John Locke’s Absolute/Arbitrary Power Dilemma

And thus, in the state of nature, one man comes by a power over another; but yet no absolute or arbitrary power, to use a criminal, when he has got him in his hands, according to the passionate heats, or boundless extravagancy of his own will; but only to retribute to him, so far as calm reason and conscience dictates, what is proportionate to his transgression, which is so much as may serve for reparation and restraint: for these two lawfully do harm to another, which is that we call punishment. John Locke, True End of Civil Government Considering that … Continue reading John Locke’s Absolute/Arbitrary Power Dilemma

Notes on Using a Simple Bot to Handpick Posts, Part 1

@thelinuxdemon made me a bot. It does some simple things, mostly filtering for @hecklinghyena by tag and sending things to the drafts so that I can hand-curate each post. It definitely makes my life somewhat easier, in that I don’t have to look for things under tags in certain categories. It eliminates the need to hand-search each tag. It works slow, but after a period of time I end up with twenty or thirty posts in the drafts section (depending on the blog). I’m trying to find a way to make it more effective. I’m thinking of having it add … Continue reading Notes on Using a Simple Bot to Handpick Posts, Part 1

How #TheTriggering Hashtag Backfired

I used Keyhole to track the data for the hashtag on Twitter over the range of March 9th to March 13th, which resulted in less than 80 posts with a fair percentage of these posts being multiple posts by the same user. The highest posts were made by conservative politicians and celebrities, but the tag was also used to advocate for white supremacy.

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