Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

I’ve certainly relied on the sex =/= gender model, most recently right here. I’d actually really like to learn a better and more useful way to discuss and teach this stuff. Any thoughts?


As you read the title, you may be overcome with indignation that this article is going to be a gender-essentialist rant. You’ll be relieved to know that it’s quite the opposite. My intent in writing this is to point out some serious misconceptions perpetuated in ‘trans 101’ and cisgender allyship resources, which end up doing much more harm than good for transgender people.

Anyone with an entry-level understanding of trans issues is probably familiar with the phrase “gender and sex are different things.”

While the idea of treating sex and gender as unrelated factors may result from an attempt to validate and support transgender identities, it actually perpetuates harmful cultural beliefs about the validity of sex assignment and the static nature of biological sex, which remove agency from trans and intersex people to define their own bodies and experiences. This way of thinking does nothing to combat (and in fact…

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3 thoughts on “Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

  1. I wanted to reply to under the original article but I think they are based on approval. I just wanted to offer you two resources. Both of which were created by myself. I do quite a bit of teaching and both these were made for the purposes of education. The first a link to my book and the second . You may be most interested in the audio film Gender Dysphoria 101 for Primary Care which is located under Medication in The Lobby. Feel free to use what you like. You can contact me through the website if you wish.

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