Category Archive: Science

Mar 09 2013

Born This Way (Reprise): The New Essentialism

Okay… this is long… So let’s start with me making some, perhaps entirely groundless, assumptions that we’re already on the same page about some stuff. Like how the debate between a bio-essentialist “evolved behaviours” view of gender and sex, and the social-constructivist “blank slate” view of gender and sex, is a harmful false dichotomy, that …

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Jun 26 2012

F–k Anti-Science

Last week was a really, really rough week. Worse than usual, even. Scary terrible things happening, and very suddenly and unexpectedly, as is usually the case with scary terrible things. Lots of complex and intense feelings I didn’t know how to handle. Lots of memories of really awful things that happened to me in the …

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Apr 19 2012

Born This Way: A Skeptical Look At The Neurological Theory Of Gender Identity

Sorry, everyone! No posts today. I’m terribly, terribly exhausted, as a result of falling way behind on my schedule, overextending my commitments, and having a friend from Kelowna staying over. I need sleep! So here’s a repost from Skepchick- one that is in desperate need of a follow-up, as I no longer entirely agree with …

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Mar 28 2012

Bilaterally Gynandromorphic Chickens And Why I’m Not “Scientifically” Male


I’m on vacation this week! This post originally appeared at Skepchick. You know what this world needs more of? Misconceptions about transsexuality. Wait… I think I got that backwards. Right… there is absolutely no dearth whatsoever of misconceptions people have about transsexuality. Sometimes I feel like a sort of trans-advocate Sisyphus, perpetually pushing a boulder …

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Mar 21 2012

Well, I Can’t Really Get Boners, But…

… I’m still just as excited as Crommunist apparently is about the recent results of a study conducted in Vancouver on the efficacy of prescribing heroin as part of clinical treatment for addiction.

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Jan 30 2012

Phytoestrogens and Natural Transition

So I’m at this Christmas party thingy for a trans support group last month, and I’m catching up with a girl I know, and she begins asking me weird, akward-ish questions, like “how are your boobs doing?” These kinds of things tend to go with the territory at trans support groups. Providing my usual evasive, …

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