Gender Dysphoria: what does it mean to feel more like the opposite sex?

Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie

In teasing out what it feels like to be a man or woman, it might be helpful to define what it means to be a man or a woman. Maybe there are some universally agreed upon traits that define one or the other? Let’s start with the obvious: An anthropologist … Continue reading

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The importance of transsexual/ transgender fiction

Hillary Swank in Boys Don't Cry

In short, the importance of trans-lit is to reflect the experience of transgender/transsexual people in a way that is accessible to those who are not. In so doing, the experience is normalised so that, when a transsexual/transgender person is encountered in the course of daily life, there already exists a … Continue reading

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Trying to explain the term “transgender” to my mother

transgender flag

My mother will be 70 years young next year and, in all those years on the planet, the number of trans people she has met/knows of, you can count on the fingers of one hand. So, this is not a subject that is familiar to her. It is not a … Continue reading

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