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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