“Yes, trans women are women, but they’re still biologically male.”
Ever thought or said something like this? You might even have good intentions by stating what you think is a simple fact – after all, gender is a social construct, while sex is biological, right?
Actually, this “simple fact” of trans women being “biologically male” is inaccurate – and this misrepresentation of the truth is being used to justify some pretty hateful things.
So if you really want the facts, and to follow through on your good intentions by being a good ally, check out Riley J. Dennis’ explanation of why trans women are not biologically male.
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- Frequently Asked Questions about Transgender People | National Center for Transgender Equality
- Transgender FAQ | GLAAD
- Media Reference Guide – Transgender | GLAAD
- Transgender 101: A Guide to Gender and Identity to Help You Keep Up with the Conversation | Everyday Feminism
- TRANSGENDER ADVENTURE! | Laci Green
- Every Sex & Gender Term Explained | DNews Plus
To learn more about this topic, check out:
- 5 Ways That Science Supports Feminism – Not Gender Essentialism
- Intersex 101: Respecting Variations in Biological Sex
- 3 Reasons to Doubt the Most Widely Believed Biology-Based Gender Myths
Riley J. Dennis is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism. She’s a polyamorous, atheist, gender non-binary trans woman with a passion for fiction writing, feminism, and technology. She got her BA from Whittier College in 2015 doing a self-designed major called Writing Worlds, a mixture of creative writing and anthropology, focused on realistic fictional world building. Find her on her website, YouTube channel, or Twitter @RileyJayDennis. Check out her videos here.
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