outdated terminology

Writing Trans Characters


1. Treat them like regular people, like actual human beings, because they are people, not just trans

2. Mention they’re trans at some point, because proper representation is important- it doesn’t have to be a huge reveal, it can just be one sentence, it can be totally offhand

3. Be confident about including trans characters in any setting- there have been trans people since there has been gender, there’s no context in which their presence makes no sense

4. Research things like binders and tucking and hormone therapy if you don’t know anything about them


1. Do that thing where a character’s like “I was Steve… But now call me… Stevette”

2. Include a trans character simply for the purpose of fetishisation

3. Feature unsafe practices like binding with bandages unless it’s really crucial to the plot, somehow

4. Use the phrase “trapped in the wrong body” or outdated terminology like “transsexual”- all of which can be easily researched- because like, honestly, it’s just not correct

Submission: As a queer, nonbinary person and an animal educator, I’ve thought a lot about the issues recently being discussed on this blog and I wanted to share some of that here. I’ve tried to be as calm and clear as possible, but this is an emotional issue for me so it might be a bit emphatic.

Serveral people in this discussion have mentioned already the problems with questioning the existence of bi/pan/trans/ace/aro animals, but not questioning the existance of straight, cis animals. You’ve made passing mentions to this, but I think it’s actually really important to step back and reframe the entire discussion in this context, if you want to be fair and accurate both to the animals and to the people emotionally affected by this issue.

In particular, this passage: “However, the animal science world uses gendered pronouns to denote physical sex in an animal, because that is how efficient and accurate communication about the animal is ensured” raises some massive red flags for me. Yes, it’s important to clearly communicate with your vet about the body parts an animal does and doesn’t have, for ease of treatment. However, pronouns are far from the only way to do this, and definitely not the most efficient. The pronoun “she” doesn’t tell you if a dog is unaltered, spayed, in heat, pregnant, or menopausal - information your vet definitely needs to know.
It’s the work of half a moment to state “my dog is a spayed female” at the start of an appointment, regardless of what pronouns you use after that. In fact, many trans* people have already learned to talk with their doctors in specific terms about their hormone levels and organs they do or don’t have, and cis people need to catch up. Part of the reason this is such an emotional issue for trans people is that the argument, “your doctor needs to know the gender you were assigned at birth! Therefore everyone you meet needs to know, and it should be on your ID, in case you get in an accident and we have to tell the doctor!” is often invoked. (I wish that was an exaggeration. It’s not. This is in spite of the fact that, as a trans* person, knowing the gender you were assigned at birth is more likely to lead to false assumptions about your health and biology than true ones.) So yes, your doctor needs to know about your biology and your vet needs to know about your pet’s, but gender pronouns really aren’t the way to do it.

Outside the vet’s office, insisting on cisgender-equivalent pronouns for your pet leads to a world of problems. I volunteer at an animal shelter, and I see people misinterpret animal’s actions through their percieved, anthropomorphic gender roles constantly. They’re more eager to read aggression from a male animal and affection from a female, which has the potential to lead to massive problems, since both of those behaviors can be dangerous to misinterpret. I would personally argue for the stance that people would be more able to accurately interpret the behavior of animals if we refered to all non-human animals with gender-neutral pronouns, to more accurately reflect the fact that animals do not have gender. Even in social animals that do have sex-differentied social roles, those are completely different from human gender roles and should not be confused with them by the use of human gendered pronouns. If the biological sex of an animal matters in a particular context, you can mention it in that context, rather than applying it all the time as though it was part of their identity.

I do understand that some people find it reassuring to observe that the social roles of biologically male or female animals are different from those of humans, and that they too can be as nurturing as a male penguin or as fierce as a female hyena. So I understand that sometimes people will want to refer to those animals as male or female, in the same way that I want to refer to a cuttlefish as genderfluid because it makes me feel happy and validated. I just want cis people to understand that those interpretations are exactly equivalent.

As for how this perspective affects the emotions of humans impacted by this issue: claiming that gendered pronouns are a form of scientific terminology that accurately reflects the biological sex of an animal is, intentionally or not, supporting the idea that there are biologically and scientifically two genders. It gives fuel to people who try to force that mindset onto humans, and believe me, they use it. I’ve met many people who become enraged if I use the wrong pronouns for their dog, but refuse to respect my identity and pronouns. The attatchment of gendered pronouns to biological sex in non-humans is absolutely reflected back into humans by most of the public, whether that is your intention as an educator or not.

Using gender pronouns as scientific terminology also muddies issues significantly as soon as you leave the field of mammals, where it quickly becomes clear that a male/female dichotomy is far from absolute. Do I use female pronouns for the hermaphroditic flatworm who lost the penis-fencing match and is now carrying eggs? Will those pronouns still apply after the eggs have hatched? What if they win the penis-fencing match next time and contribute sperm instead?
How about a worker bee, who is genetically female but has not developed reproductive organs and plays no reproductive role?
Do I use male pronouns for a fish who was born genetically male, but isn’t able to engage in sexual behavior and fulfill the male sexual role until mating is initiated by the supermale? How about for the supermale, who is genetically female and used to be reproductively female but has since morphed to be reproductively male due to being the largest fish in the school? Is it even accurate to say “genetically female” of a species where both major reproductive roles are carried out by the same genetic category of animals, and those born “biologically” male only reproduce at all by swimming into the middle of the mating dance, ejaculating, and hoping for the best?

A similar issue exists with the assumption that animals are straight. I’ve seen some cringe-worthy anthropomorphization of male/female pairs of animals, including calling them “married,” referring to them as being “in love,” and a lot of analogies to human married-couple behavior, but I’ve never seen this criticized or significantly discussed as an issue of anthropomorphization. But every time I see a post about lesbian birds or trans fish, this issue comes up. I don’t think that animal educators are doing this on purpose, but I do think it is an indicator that many animal educators have not sufficiently deeply challenged the cultural narrative that straight and cis are “normal” but queer and trans* are “debatable” and should be challenged and argued about. 

Science is an ever-changing field, and scientific terminology becomes outdated and is changed as we realize that it reflects our social assumptions more accurately than in reflects reality. The terms we use to discuss sex, gender, pair-bonding, and mating behavior are all deeply intertwined with human social assumptions of cisgender, heterosexual, monogamous life-time bonds that are simultaneously romantic/affectionate and sexual in nature. Scientific communication would be improved by dropping those assumptions and the terminology that comes with them.

I don’t think I have much to add to this - it’s really well thought out and well said - so I’m going to boost it as is as part of the continued discussion. 

Scientific communication would absolutely be improved by changing the terminology to something more accurate. I don’t know if it’s something that would currently be feasible - because of a myriad of things that make attempting that type of change across so many cultures and languages and historical/social contexts difficult - but I definitely support the idea. 

anonymous asked:

why use the terms mtf and ftm? they're pretty grossly cissexist and basically define trans men and women as these "inbetweens" who aren't really their gender. i know some trans people use them, but that's usually out of ignorance or a lack of confidence in their identity - that's why i did it. i feel it's more useful to help people understand that they don't have to put themselves down or prescribe to cissexist ideas of gender (which we all have to unlearn, not just those who use the term).

Charlie says:

yes, I agree with a lot of this!! As far as I know we aren’t actively using those words, as they’re outdated.  However, it isn’t our place to tell askers how to classify themselves so we don’t say anything but tag the label.  Thank you for providing your insight, it’s definitely true that a lot of us have internalized cissexism, whether subconscious or not.

anonymous asked:

Hello, I was AMAB and am genderqueer. I hope to physically transition. Taking into consideration that I am not transitioning to female would the PC term be MTX rather than mtf/ftm? If the term MTX is not kosher, what would be the correct phrase to use?

Kii says:

A lot of people are moving away from “_T_” type terms (FTM, MTF, MTX, FTX, XTM, XTF) because they emphasize that the body someone has “used” to be female/male/etc, which isn’t true. If you identify as female, your body is a female body regardless of your genitals, hormones, and any other things, because transitioning is not required to be trans. Some other terms you might consider using are

  • Transitioning to nonbinary/ Nonbinary transition
  • Transitioning to neutral/Neutral transition
  • Describing the steps you are or aren’t taking (ex: “I’m taking e”/”I’m not getting a vaginoplasty.”)

Another term to avoid is “transitioning partially” or “partial transition”, because if you’re done transitioning, then that is a full transition, even if your body isn’t what society considers to be “right” for female or male.

You can definitely use the term MTX for yourself, but definitely avoid using “_T_” for others without explicit permission.

Anonymous asked you:

do you have any tips on how to write rules or amendments for my fictional society?

Start with the type of government your society has. Certain governments will have different laws and economies.

Cultural Values

If your society sees dogs as divine beings, it might be illegal not to have a dog in your home for more than 30 days. That is a law based on cultural values. If there are robots in your society, there will probably be rules about robots. If your society is prejudice against a certain group of people, there might be rules about that.

Think about what your society values and what they see as taboo. You should also think about current issues and how the population feels about it. If there is a great fear of a form of government, it might be illegal to support that government. If murder is common and your society doesn’t see it as an issue unless the person murdered is a noble or someone in the upper class, it might only be illegal to murder certain people.

There’s also the little details that most people don’t think about. If there is private property, there will be laws about that. Can law enforcement officials enter private property without permission? Or just public property? If all property is public property, there probably won’t be much privacy.

The Laws

Write out any laws that are relevant to your story. The exact wording of your laws will reflect your society. If the laws are broad, there will be loopholes, but also leeway for people in power to make it mean what they want it to mean. 

If the laws are old and outdated, decide if people want to change them or not. Older laws with outdated terminology might make laws more confusing or irrelevant, but they can also allow more options.

Think about how laws are made. Do they have to go through several people before becoming an official law? Who has the power to propose laws or reject them? Who has the final say? Who can make adjustments? Can laws be adjusted over time or are they final the first time around? Does religion have a say in laws? When and why are laws created?


With laws there are punishments. One form of punishment is called a Draconian Law in which the punishment outweighs the crime. Are the punishments for breaking the law mild, moderate, or severe? Can stealing something small get you a life time sentence in prison? Or just a slap on the wrist?

Punishments and crimes can be matched up if you want them to be equal (i.e., the greater the crime, the greater the punishment), or certain crimes might have to meet certain requirements for certain punishments. For example, committing one major crime might have a low punishment because only one crime was committed. Committing several small crimes might have a higher punishment because more than one crime was committed. Do whatever you want to do.

You should also come up with exceptions of punishment. For example, it is legal, in the US, to kill a person if the intent was self defense.

Think about the types of punishment. Are they physical? Can people be sentenced to death? Do they have to pay a fine? Do they have to do community service? Are they exiled? 

  • Prisons: You don’t need prisons or something similar, but they’re a form of punishment. If your society has dungeons, prisons, jails, or similar places, decide what they are like, who goes there, what it’s like there, and where they are located. Are they located far away from populated areas? Are they underground? Are people given free reign throughout the property, or are they confined to a small space?

Law Enforcement

With law and punishment comes people who enforce those laws. You’re going to need some kind of government force that controls the population. Decide how many different groups there are, what they are in charge of, how many law enforcement officials exist, and how much they enforce the laws. They might not do much to enforce laws or they might be extremely strict.

Holders of Power

The people in power are most often the ones who create, destroy, and uphold laws. Laws that are not written down can be changed by the person in power, depending on the culture, and will naturally change over time.

Go back to the idea of who decides what and why. If business has power or great influence over government, laws might cater to business. For example, in the US, monopolies were at one point illegal. However, the law never defined what a monopoly was and therefore capitalism kept going and business funded the government.

If laws change easily with each ruler, the laws of the society will reflect the personality of whoever is in charge.

caatology  asked:

Hi can you explain to me these terms? Cgl/re, ddlg, tinyroyal, liltot, system little. I cant figure out what they are and im rly new to this community.. Thanks!!

Sure, no problem!

ddlg stands for “Daddy Dom/Little Girl”, it is a kink sub community of BDSM ( An overlapping abbreviation of Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), Sadism and Masochism (SM). There are some variations of this acronym but they’re all generally the same thing more or less.)

cgl is a gender-neutral term for dd/lg. It stands for “Caregiver/Little”. It is a branch of dd/lg, There’s also other gender-specific variations of the two (md/lb - mommy dom/little boy, md/lg, dd/lb, etc etc)

Some people use dd/lg or cgl to describe their age regression, but as a whole most people consider this to be exclusively kink.

Cgl(re) stands for caregiver/little regression, and it was created in an attempt to separate kink (cgl) and age regressors. Age regression is not a kink, but those tags tend to overlap because of theme and aesthetics. Some people call cglre a kink because it shares some terms with cgl (caregiver, little, littlespace, daddy, etc etc), but this is incorrect, as cglre was specifically created to be separate from kink.

Tiny Royals is a community (think like a club) for sfw, non-kink age regressors, similar to cglre, but they don’t use terms like littlespace. You can learn about them at @tinyroyalkingdom! It’s run by their Admin, Evie, and a few other mods.

Liltot is another community, one of the older ones on tumblr. It’s run by Cutesy, and you can learn about it at @liltotcommunity! It is also sfw and non-kink. This is the community I am in! :)

A system little is someone who has DID. DID (Disassociative Identity Disorder, sometimes referred to as “Multiple Personality Disorder”, though that is considered outdated terminology), is a mental disorder estimated it to affect about 1% of the population, and is caused by childhood trauma or abuse. It is characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states, sometimes these identities are that of a child. People with DID who have child alters in their “system” refer to them as “littles”.

Some people claim “little” is soley a DID term that was stolen by the DDLG or CGLRE community, but there’s really not enough evidence to substantiate this claim. Nevertheless, it’s one of the main reasons a lot of communities don’t allow non-kink littles/littlespace to interact.

Sorry if this was a bit lengthy, I hope I answered your questions all right!

Genderless problems.

(Some of these can be general nonbinary or general trans problems, too.  Note that I use some outdated terminology because my last major experiences in the trans community are ten years old and my language can’t keep up with the times.)

Being told that you actually have a gender and just don’t know it.

Being told that you actually have a “gender expression” even if you don’t experience gender, because your clothing, or hair, or activities appear to them to conform to a gender.

Being told that you’re actually a cis person who just doesn’t want to admit that they’re cis. 

Being told that all genderless people are actually cis people who want to deny their cis privilege, and that this is the only reason genderlessness exists.

Being told that you must actually be someone who wants to abolish gender for political reasons (possibly with accusations of being a transphobic radical feminist), rather than a person who simply doesn’t experience gender.

Being assumed to always have privilege over trans people, or over specific kinds of trans people.  (Which you might, in some circumstances, but among trans and genderless people, privilege is a complicated thing. Usually if you pick any two trans and/or genderless people, you’ll get privilege that goes at least two different directions.  So it’s never simple.

Trying to discuss experiences of (lack of) gender that don’t conform to either the expectations of cis people, or of trans people who do have genders.  And being treated like crap for it by many kinds of people who do have genders, whether they are cis or trans, binary or non binary.

Having your lack of experience of gender, and your needs surrounding it, seen as automatically untrustworthy because of perceived, false, resemblance to people who want to abolish gender for abstract political reasons.  Having it assumed that you want to abolish gender at all, just because you talk about the ways that the presumption of gender screws up your life.

Feeling uncomfortable showing pictures of yourself because people will use them to assign you a gender you aren’t.  

Being told that even if you don’t have a gender, you do have a “gender expression” because of the clothes you wear or the way you wear your hair or the way you move or the way you talk or the way your body looks. Being told that it’s okay that people assume this.  Being told this even by trans people, who should know better.

Being told that if your so-called ‘gender expression’ (even though you don’t have one of those) matches your so-called biological sex, then you aren’t really genderless enough.  That real genderless people would look conventionally androgynous at all times.

Having it assumed that you experience no body dysphoria.

Hearing discussions among (usually binary) trans people that ensure you will never, ever discuss in public the form your body dysphoria does or doesn’t take.  Because they have decided that anything that doesn’t fit a certain model isn’t real, or is even offensive to them in some way.

Hearing discussions among (usually binary) trans people that basically make it sound like genderless people don't really exist.  Often discussions that center around bio-female genderless people.

Feeling like your childhood socialization as male or female matters, but being afraid to say so because people will assume that this means you actually have a gender after all.

Being told that if you’re truly genderless, then you shouldn’t ever take part in groups that usually assume a gender.

Being told that if you’re truly genderless, then you shouldn’t ever use words or pronouns for yourself that would normally indicate a gender, or you’re not truly genderless enough. 

Being told that if you’re truly genderless, then you should not take part in anything that identifies you with the gender people normally associate with your biological sex.  And that if you do do this, then you’re automatically invalidating the identities of other trans people.  Even though it doesn’t work like that, at all.

Listening to (usually binary) trans people rant about people exactly like you.  And fearing to ever, ever describe how you feel, lest you draw the ire of a certain segment of trans people who really don’t like genderless people, especially genderless people who don’t do what they expect a trans or genderless person ought to be doing in order to be considered legit.

Dealing with people who think that being genderless means looking 'unisex’.  Or who at least expect you to always look like the 'opposite’ of whatever your biological sex is.  And that if you don’t constantly do this, you’re just a cis person playing at being genderless.

Hearing the constant refrain of “genderless people are just cis people who don’t want to admit they’re not trans” and “I’ve never met a real genderless person” and “genderless bio-females are just women who want to seem cool” and “you can’t be genderless AND a lesbian” and  stuff like that, from a community that’s supposed to welcome you.

Knowing that what’s supposed to be your own community is scrutinizing your so-called 'gender presentation’ more closely than cis people do, and finding it wanting more often than not.

Dealing with people who cannot comprehend that to you nothing you do has gender.  Not your clothes, not your activities, not your hair.  No matter how 'gendered’ they might seem to a cis or gendered-trans person, they're still not gendered clothes/activities/hairstyles no matter how much most people would associate them with gender.  And that if the so-called “gender” of your clothes/activities/hair seems to “match” the gender you were raised to be, then you’re not really genderless, you just think you are.  Not to mention twelve or thirteen thick layers of utter bullshit people spread on top of these assumptions.

And it hurts when any and all of these assumptions are coming from trans people, not just cis people.  And it hurts to have your identity and life experiences presumed to be an anti-trans political statement when that’s not what you live for or believe at all, whatsoever.  

And there are things I have not talked about, even now, because there are cans of worms a mile wide I don’t feel emotionally strong enough to open.  Even though most of the cans of worms are based on a misunderstanding, mental widgets that say “If you believe ______ then you always have to believe ______, too, there’s no way around it.”

reminder that “fuckt*rd” and anything using “-t*rd” is still an ableist slur ✌🏻️

EDIT: Hey guys! I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments on this post - ranging from genuine to antagonizing to just kind of. Unnecessary.

In any case! The basic thing to know is that I made this post when I was pretty exhausted and it came out lazy and poorly worded. I do apologize for the confusion this has caused.

To those asking about words like “fire retardant”, these do not come from the same source as the slurs mentioned.

The slurs featured above are ableist, and come from outdated medical terminology and a history of medical/general abuse and oppression towards cognitively disabled people.

If there are any other questions you have about this post, please ask them off-anon! As glad as I am to help, I really don’t like clogging my blog and others’ dashes with the same questions, especially if it’s about a touchy subject. Thank you for reading + have a good day!

How to be truscum:

- Worship cishet patriarchy
- Pretend everything mainstream society says is 100% indisputable fact
- Throw a fit every time a trans person is doing something other than hating themselves and wallowing in The Dysphoria™
- Pretend that dysphoria is rigidly defined and doesn’t very from person to our person or throughout our lives
- Act like an alt-righter
- Get all your trans history wrong, pick and choose which bits to acknowledge when it suits you
- Pretend doctors are godly and not at all humans who get things wrong or who have historically oppressed trans people, the mentally ill, and disabled people alike
- Throw a tantrum when someone dares attempt to modernise the discourse or theories surrounding gender and transness
- Attack nonbinary people for being “not trans enough”
- Just in general be an ignorant fucking fool with no concept of revolution or liberation
- Use outdated and offensive terminology because How Dare Anyone Ever Change The Discourse
- Pretend every nonbinary and/or nondyphoric trans person is Cathy Brennan in disguise, rather than her using your fear against you

here’s my unofficial Ao3 navigation guide aka Fics To Avoid:

  • fics averaging less than 1k words per chapter (exception if it’s a collection of oneshots or s/t)
  • fics using outdated mid 2000s ff.net terminology (e.g. ‘lemon’)
  • anything where the word yaoi is mentioned
  • anything where the author says they’re bad at summaries but promise the fic is good
  • summaries where the author tries to be fucking coy like ‘read and find out what happens ;)’
  • fics with novel length tags
  • mpreg

anonymous asked:

Please , Is there prejudice against post operative transgenders ? Do other trans people accept post operative transgenders ?

#tw incorrect / outdated terminology #surgery #long post

Chris says:

Please try and refrain from saying ‘transgenders’. Instead, say trans people, transgender people, people who are trans, etc. I’m sure that post op trans people face a lot of struggles and I’m sure they still face discrimination due to being trans. Even if someone has had surgery (whether it be top, bottom, other, or all three!) they still have their trans identity. Some examples of discrimination could possibly be; getting a background check for a job, questions / interrogation from cis people (or school / work on why they need ample time off), problems with insurance / doctors, the list unfortunately may go on. I don’t see why other trans people wouldn’t accept those who have had any surgery. I know that it may strike a lot of feelings in a person who hasn’t had any surgeries yet; they may really want it, they’re currently waiting, they have to figure out the financial aspect of it, if can they take time off of work / school to heal, etc. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t accept. We need all the support we can get. It’s important that as a community we watch out for one another. I hope this helps. Take care, anon!

anonymous asked:

Lately I've been having really bad gender dysmorphia. I'm already out as bisexual, but lately I have been feeling like I'm either a boy at heart or maybe I'm gender fluid. I'm just really confused and don't have anyone I can talk to. I feel uncomfortable in a girl body... Maybe gender fluid + transsexual? I'm so confused and really need help. (I've never been a feminine girl, and I don't feel Agender. Ugh help!)

well here’s a whole bunch of genders- see if you find something that fits! 

(fyi: “transssexual” is an outdated term, you may (when referring to yourself) use it but the term “transgender” sits better with many folks)

- victor 

it is not “physical” gender, it is not “biological” gender, it is *ASSIGNED* gender. and no, just because i “"know what youre talking about”“ doesnt mean you are allowed to use incorrect, offensive, outdated terminology.

anonymous asked:

So recently I have preferred the male pronouns, which started about two months ago. I told people this and they were so accepting, but now I don't feel exactly happy still. Is this normal? I feel like a boy and I am trying to look like I boy and be a boy, but it's stressful. I don't feel 100% right about the whole thing. Am I doing the right thing?

Chris says:

Try and avoid saying ‘male pronouns’ and instead say 'masculine pronouns’! It’s great that you came out and people are being very accepting. However, if you find that your identity is changing, I think (provided it’s safe and you’re comfortable doing so) that you update everyone. As long as you’re being true and honest to yourself, I would say you’re doing the right thing. I’m sorry things are stressful and I hope they get better for you. Your happiness is important. It’s okay for your identity to change, and this may or may not be the case- but hey, you’re just figuring out more about yourself. I think that’s an amazing thing. I hope this helps. I’m wishing you the best of luck!

im gonna go ahead and post this again for everyone

when writing a trans character dont describe them as “female to male” or “male to female”


these terms

  • don’t assume the gender you were assigned is your “true” gender at any point in your life
  • don’t exclude nonbinary trans people

alternatively you can literally just say “trans man” or “trans woman” if they are binary

feel free to ask me other questions if you want but please stop with the ftm and mtfs its outdated terminology

anonymous asked:

What do you think about truscum/transmedicalists?

They are not welcome on my blog.

Primarily because they have abused, harassed, triggered and misgendered other trans people, primarily trans women and trans people of colour and that is not something I tolerate.

I don’t care if someone has dysphoria or not, I will respect their gender identity and pronouns because it is the right thing to do and I expect other people to do so, too. I don’t think anyone has a right to question another person’s identity.

Furthermore, I have read many explanations by trans people on why truscum’s beliefs actually harm trans people. They are far more logical than the stuff truscum sprout about “transtrenders harming the trans community” mostly because they don’t use outdated terminology and put the burden of cis ignorance on trans people.

In retrospect

TITLE: In retrospect
RATING: Teen (for swearing/sexual references)
PAIRING: Steve Rogers x Bucky Barnes

based on this prompt. so ooc, so short, so dialogue-heavy. cute, though.

Imagine Person A having a nightmare in the dead of night and screaming as loud as they can and Person B rushing over from the apartment across the hall in just their underwear. They calm down Person A and Person A seems to be more surprised that Person B wears glasses and looks hot in them than the fact that they’re almost nude.

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anonymous asked:

My dad was telling me there's no scientific evidence that trans people are real and that people who think they're trans are mentally ill. Is there anything I can show him with scientific proof that he's wrong?

Kii says:

As these are scientific articles, they contain medical terminology and outdated/possibly offensive terminology (transsexual), as well as some nonbinary erasure:

Just finished Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin and I gave it 1 star. It’s about trans teens/young adults but is written by a cis person for a cis audience. It was majorly disappointing. There was copious amounts of reinforcing the gender binary within several of the interviews and I cringed at the outdated terminology and phrasing.

I was reading some reviews and I noticed that the people that gave it 4 or 5 stars seemed to be mostly cis people, and were the ones who wrote in their review things like “transgendered” and “a transgendered’s life.”