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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Even The FBI Doesn’t Think She’s Asking For It: How Criminal Profiling Disproves the Myth of the Perfect Victim

The concept of women asking for assault – whether that assault be anything ranging from verbal assault to rape and murder – is a common trope perpetuated by both the media and cultural lore. As a result of this trope, … Continue reading Even The FBI Doesn’t Think She’s Asking For It: How Criminal Profiling Disproves the Myth of the Perfect Victim

Gloria Steinem’s Statements are a Perfect Example of “White Feminism” Surrounding Hillary Clinton

Featured image pulled from Gloria Steinem’s official website.

Women are more for [Clinton] than men are. Men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, women get more radical because they lose power as they age.

They’re going to get more activist as they grow older. And when you’re younger, you think: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.’

Obviously, this quote has been rehashed over and over in the past few days, mostly pointing out how it’s sexist and extremely misogynistic to accuse younger women of voting based on attracting men. (Which, can we stop for a moment and consider how odd of a concept this is? They don’t know who you’re voting for. Nobody really does.)

Madeline Albright was even worse, being quoted as saying that there’s a “special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,” as if they should vote for Hillary Clinton just based on the fact that she identifies as a woman.

Supporters have gone back and forth on social media, with feminist groups responding that they’re #NotHereForBoys and Bernie Sanders posting pictures of the women leading his campaign.

But is Hillary Clinton a feminist that really cares about the issues of all women, or is she a “white feminist” – an adjective here that doesn’t refer to her race, but to the fact that her brand of feminism caters to the white, straight, Christian, able-bodied upper class? I would argue that she is, and it’s unfortunately not a difficult argument to make given the advent of social media and how her campaign has been using it.

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A Short List of the Benefits of Gender Neutral Dorms

Featured image by Marilyn Roxie, “San Francisco Pride 2011

A caveat: I’m a transgender guy.

Before I identified as a transgender man, I lived life as a queer, cis girl. The current system of housing based on assigned gender at birth was never made for me. And to be honest, I’m not the only one.

I’ve argued before that gender neutral bathrooms benefit many more people than most people would realize, particularly the single stalled variety. I believe that gender-neutral housing would reap the same benefits.

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A New Copernican Shift: Dissecting Gender through A Privilege Shift

Featured image: Nicolas Raymond, “Rainbow Planet

AN: A “Copernican shift” refers to when information is re-examined from a different perspective in order to gain a new understanding about the world.

Most people are familiar with a European conception of gender – a dichotomy, usually assigned at birth, based on external genitalia and divided into a set of discreet skills and interests. Below is a quick video, which explains the difference between cisgender and transgender, both terms I will be using in this post.

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Sorority Girls and Defying Expectations: An Unfair Gender Double Standard

The Gawker published an article by Allie Jones about sorority girls and their attempt at defying stereotypes, which they believe showed that these girls don’t actually defy stereotypes, but play into expectations of what a sorority girl would and should be.

Picture: A screenshot of the article from Gawker, with the title: “The sisters seem similarly confused about how best to deny the mean rumors society is supposedly spreading about them. The second part of this sentence doesn’t negate the first.” The picture of is a blonde woman in a woven cap and a shirt with sorority letters, staring straight into the camera. The words “Society says we marry lawyers, but I’m going to be one.” is handwritten in the upper left.

It’s easy to take something like this at face value. Haha, sorority girls don’t know how to make friends without paying for them, and marry successful men! Let’s laugh at them! They’re an easy target for criticism – privileged, usually white, cis women who don’t experience “real problems” and don’t understand the challenges of the real word.

But when you examine why we find that funny, the reality is startling and rather uncomfortable.

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