Some are claiming that the push for nonbinary and otherwise gender nonconforming visibility is harming trans people, but that argument doesn’t quite hold water.
Readers ask why a popular post on nonbinary femmes doesn’t cover every single aspect of nonbinary femme identity. I answer.
Until very recently, almost no data specifically addressing discrimination against the trans community were available, beyond extremely limited datasets, many with biased samples—like self-reporting individuals from a small geographic or demographic base. Hearing, for example, from a group of white transgender people in an affluent region of a city doesn’t really provide a broad spectrum of […]
Si vous préférez, lisez ce en Français! When you see a person with wide hips, breasts, long hair, makeup, maybe you think that person’s a woman — especially if that person is wearing a dress or skirt, a flowy top, high heels, the trappings of performative femininity. Well, I’ve got news for you: nonbinary femmes […]
Christine Jorgenson occupies a special place in trans history for the United States. She was one of the earliest women to come out as trans, to go through transition, to speak up for the trans community, and she did so in an era when few people understood the complexities of gender and she faced a […]
Both The Mirror Empire (Kameron Hurley) and Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie) have been receiving critical acclaim for their handling of gender. Aside from the fact that I wanted to read both books because they were being favourably reviewed for other reasons, I was particularly interested in their gender implications, because science fiction and fantasy have long been places where […]
In almost any conversation with an actual live trans person, cis people seem unduly fascinated with the contents of the trans person’s pants. Everything ultimately boils down to what lies between someone else’s legs, and cis people try to figure out various ways of finding out; maybe they’re rude and just outright ask, perhaps they […]
Maureen Johnson recently queried her Twitter followers about where all the genderqueer authors were, as part of her larger coverflip challenge, which provoked an important discussion about gendering among book covers. I was tempted to respond: ‘right in front of you.’ Because that’s where genderqueer and other nonbinary and nongendered authors, writers, and creators are. […]
A conversation my friend kaz’s journal recently struck me as a particularly great way of illustrating not just the diversity and complexity of gender, but also the way some nonbinary people navigate their genders. Progressive organizations using illustrations to convey gender diversity classically illustrate gender as a spectral line—here’s male on one end, and female […]
Don’t mistake me. I know they exist, because I see them. They’re pretty active online, for example, and have lively communities offline as well. I’m talking about where they are in media and pop culture, because right now, it appears to be pretty much nowhere; along with the rest of nonbinary people, of course. There […]