On the Science of Changing Sex

What Might Have Been…

Posted in Transgender Youth by Kay Brown on January 30, 2018

… if Western society truly accepted MTF transkids


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Chelsea Manning is NOT the Hero…

Posted in Editorial by Kay Brown on January 13, 2018

Chelsea Manning is NOT the Hero of the transgender community.

Kay BrownNews today is that Chelsea Manning is running for Senator for Maryland.  I was shocked. Surely a convicted traitor could not run for such an office.  Well, imagine my surprise when I learned that our constitution does not prohibit felons from seeking federal office.

Manning is an embarrassment to our community.  Manning gives us all a black eye.  Manning knowingly put her fellow soldiers at extreme risk by turning spy for Wikileaks.  Many may attempt to portray her as a “whistle-blower” but that is a false picture.  She released far too many documents to have carefully considered the potential damage and danger for each one.  She did not point out specific wrong doings… she released documents en mass to our enemies.  She just said “fuck you” to her responsibilities and her oath to defend the United States and our constitution.

Wikileaks is NOT our friend.  Wikileaks has deep connections to Russia and other autocratic states that are not our allies.  Wikileaks is headed by a man who is hiding in an Ecuadorean embassy to avoid facing criminal charges of espionage and rape.  Wikileaks is very selective in what it leaks to the press and the world.  If it will hurt the United States… it get’s released.  If it will hurt certain candidates that the Russians don’t like, it get’s released.

Remember this as you think of Chelsea Manning.  She is NOT a hero.  She is (indirectly) a tool of the Russian state.

At a time when the transcommunity is struggling to prove to the nation that transfolk can serve honorably in the military, Manning is not a shining example.  If she really cared about the community, she would know she should take a low profile but instead…

Chelsea Manning portrays herself as a “transactivist”…

I don’t know about you.  But I’m sick to death of people who transition and within hours of doing so, declare that they are “transactivists”.  No, she is NOT.  She has done NOTHING to help transfolk.  She is not Shannon Minter.  She is NOT Joanna Michelle Clark.  She did NOT pound the streets fighting anti-LGBT laws.  She did NOT found, nor work for, organizations like the ACLU Transsexual Rights Committee.  Just because she is trans is no reason to hail her as a hero.

She is an embarrassing self promoter to whom I say,


Further Reading:

Essay on REAL heroic veterans turned transactivists

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The Silencing of the Transkids, Part 3

Posted in Editorial by Kay Brown on January 12, 2018

Or, Empathy Target Location Error

For a number of people, the plight of gender atypical and dysphoric children and teens is so alien to their understanding and experience that they quite literally can’t see the world from the point of view of transkids.  The ability to empathize, to place one’s self into the shoes of another, is of utmost importance in life.  Without it, we all would be sociopaths without a conscience, willing to allow untold suffering in others without making any effort to alleviate it.  But because many people can’t do that with transkids, they substitute an over-simplification of the Golden Rule… instead of treating others as those others would see us do, they treat transkids as they would like themselves to be treated.  That is to say, instead of walking a mile in transkids shoes, they put their own shoes onto transkids; And when they see them in their imaginations, stumble with their illfitting shoes as their parents and caregivers attempt to help alleviate their dysphoria and lead a fulfilling life, cry,

Child abuse!

Further Reading:

Advice to Parents of Transkids – a source of knowledge useful to gaining a true understanding and empathy for transkids.

Op-Ed by Dawn Foster

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The Silencing of The Transkids, Part 2

Posted in Editorial by Kay Brown on January 12, 2018

Or, My Tribe, Right Or Wrong

There is a behavior that is common in human societies of preferring those like themselves.  In modern cant we call this tendency ‘tribalism’.  This extends to liking and preferring that people become more like themselves and believing that their way of life is better than others.  This is the flip side of nearly all prejudice.  This tendency means that if an outgroup can’t become like the ingroup because of genetic / biological barriers like the color of one’s skin or one’s sex, then it leads to racism or sexism.  However, if the difference can be (or simply perceived to be) merely one of lifestyle or choice, then it can develop into an insistence that members of the outgroup must change their lifestyle or choices.  If the difference develops from within an ingroup to become a subgroup or to join an outgroup, these individuals are considered ‘traitors’ to the ingroup.

An example of this prejudice and it’s flip side is the need to convince others to either join in the ingroup (e.g. religious evangelism) or to punish those who leave the ingroup (e.g. death sentences for apostates).

Such is the experience of LGBT folk.

Homophobia is due in part to the anger and need to punish the ‘traitorous’ action of not being heterosexual, of becoming a member of a despised outgroup.  This is why families can be the source of the more virulent hate that LGBT folk can experience.

This feeling of being betrayed and of loathing of those who fail to join or remain in the ingroup is also part of transphobia, including by non-trans members of the gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities, in fact, especially by gay and lesbian people.

It is well-known now, and often uncomfortably recognized within the gay and lesbian community, that such gay and lesbians were quite gender atypical as children and many remain somewhat gender atypical as adults (excluding their gender atypical sexual orientation).  To some, this recognition and memory of their own childhood before they accommodated to the Western ideal of gender typical acting Gay and Lesbian identities, they look to the androphilic MTF and gynephilic FtM transkids and insist that they too accommodate to that same ideal, regardless of natural proclivities and desires.  After all… they did.  Quite literally, they see transkids in transition as traitors to the modern Western gay and lesbian identity, their tribe.  And their tribe is best.

To these gay and lesbian tribalists, transkids who persist and transition are either victims of an imagined “trangender ideology” or are perverse ‘sinners’ against the true faith of Western Gay and Lesbian lifestyle.  They are truly apostates whose voice must be silenced or devalued.  On the flip side, desisters are seen as having ‘seen the light of the true faith’ and are upheld as proof that gender atypical children can escape, while persisters have been led astray by, that evil “transgender ideology”.

If this seems like it is hyperbolic and specious, one only has to read the comments from many commentors, especially a certain subset of lesbians, that very specifically state that such “transgender ideology” has falsely convinced young gender atypical lesbians to believe that they must be transgender.  They also insist that feminine MTF transkids should be taught that it is OK to be a feminine man (never mind that modern Gay male culture is extremely femmiphobic and won’t be that happy to hear that).  That is to say, that this is seen as a cultural war between two tribal identities, two religious identities.

Another example of silencing or devalued is to portray the young transitioning transkids of Iran as doing so only to escape religious discrimination against gays and lesbians.  Such discrimination exists, but the number of such transsexuals transitioning is on the same order as those transitioning in Thailand and FAR fewer than the number of gay and lesbian people in the general population.  This false portrayal of “forced transition” is another example of tribalism using the spector of forced religious conversion coupled with the horror of unwanted body modification.  But the truth is that these young people’s lived experienced is denied and their voices silenced, replaced by their own.

It has always amazed and irritated me that others who don’t experience extreme gender dysphoria tend to tell persisters that it is all because of our false consciousness, patriarchy, and/or ‘transgender ideology’.  To folk who don’t like persisting transkids…

Desistence is real.  Persistence is real.  Listen to both.


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The Silencing of the Transkids

Posted in Editorial, Transgender Youth by Kay Brown on January 6, 2018

Transkids after transition

The last few years has seen the issue of gender atypical and gender dysphoric children, often called ‘transkids’ come to the fore in the culture wars.  There are several sides that have argued various positions regarding their appropriate treatment and upbringing.  But what has largely been ignored in this recent series of largely uncivil… I can’t call them discussions… is the voices of transkids and former transkids, both persistors and desistors.  Yes, both have been silenced, their voices unwelcome… because on all sides of the great debate their voices undermine the real, but hidden, goals of the groups.

I will be writing a series of essays on this topic, in bite sized chunks.  This is the first.

First, I must lay out some background and assumptions.  First and foremost is that one cannot understand the current debate and how it has silenced actual transkids without understanding and accepting that there are two (and likely only two) etiologies for two completely separate “transgender spectrums”.  I’ve gone into great detail in my essays posted on this blog on this issue.  So, if you are unfamiliar, please read them.  You may start with my FAQ.  I also highly recommend reading the FAQ and essays found on the transkids.us website.  However, the Cliff Notes version is that most Male-To-Female transsexuals develop out of the autogynephilic cross-dressing population who do NOT experience or express gender atypicality as children or teens and only develop gender dysphoria as full adults.  They typically transition around age 30 and older.  It is these “older transitioners” who are doing most of the loud, angry, “transactivism” regarding transkids.  The reason that they do so was well articulated on the transkids.us website,

“… the most socially and economically advantaged sector of the transsexual population consisted of autogynephilic transsexuals and they found it psychologically and culturally advantageous to embrace an articulation of autogynephilia in terms of a concept of “gender identity” which maintained that one could have an internalized and hidden feminine “gender” while simultaneously living a seemingly normal social and sexual life as a man. Pragmatically, it was expedient to erase the distinctions between types of transsexuals. … given that the “transgender” community is controlled entirely by autogynephilic transsexuals who have a vested interest in this “gender identity.” model and the medical community of surgeons, endocrinologists, and gender therapists, is now tailor built around their needs, both are resistant to any acknowledgement of the {two type taxonomy} or the acknowledgement of homosexual transsexuality as a separate condition.  If {this} understanding of autogynephilia were accepted, it would undermine the “transgendered” community’s construction of gender identity which they view as a route to legitimacy and acceptance. If {transkids) were acknowledged {as a separate group} it would be even more damaging because it would reveal inconsistencies in autogynephilic {transwomen’s} personal narratives and the understanding of their own condition. Since their political and social identity is built around the notion that they were always really “female” because they “feel like women on the inside”, that transkids who present far more cross gender attributes pre-transition, and are more convincing as women post-transition, do not share their unique psychology, would undermine the credibility of the way they think about their own disorder.”

So, with this in mind, we can see that these older transitioning transwomen, who have no relation to transkids, seek to create the impression in the public mind that they would have been such transkids if only our society had been more accepting and willing to let them transition as children.  But this is a only wish fulfillment fantasy.  But understanding this, one can see why they so vehemently DEMAND that there is no such thing as a “desistor”.  There is one and only one kind of transsexual… and that transsexual always was and will forever remain a “woman inside” (or a “man inside” as the case requires).  There is no room for the messiness of real children.  There is certainly no room for acknowledging that their own identities as women didn’t fully develop until well into adulthood.  So, desistors are the worst… as they open the door to understanding that gender identities aren’t magically and forever fixed at birth.

Desistence is real.  Persistence is real.  Listen to both.

Further Reading:

“The Invisible Transsexual”

Transkids.us website

“Age of Innocence” Essay on the age of desistence of transkids.


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Video Interview with Alice Dreger

Posted in Film Review by Kay Brown on December 26, 2017

Alice Dreger is a science historian turned intersex activist and staunch supporter/ally of the transcommunity.  Unfortunately for her, she also has a strong moral center and stands up for truth above tribal loyalty.  Even though she had been and remained an ally, she was falsely vilified by some in the transcommunity when she investigated and then wrote a history of the way that J. Michael Bailey was treated after he wrote his book, The Man Who Would Be Queen.  Dr. Dreger later wrote about how this incident led her to investigate other instances where scientists had been falsely pilloried by those who disliked the conclusions that resulted from their work in her wonderful book, Galileo’s Middle Finger.

On an entirely personal note, I’m proud to call Alice my friend and hope that she will once again grace our house with her presence.


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Video of Ray Blanchard

Posted in Film Review by Kay Brown on December 21, 2017

For some late transitioning transwomen Ray Blanchard is either the living embodiment of Satan or he is the genius who put a name to what they had been feeling confused about their own sexuality.  To me, he is simply a good scientist doing his job.  I wish we had more like him.

Although he did NOT discover the phenomena, he did coin the term autogynephilia and dug just a bit deeper than those before… as every scientist does in their turn.  But for some reason he gets both the credit and the blame for bringing attention to the Two Type Taxonomy of transgender people, especially for Male-To-Female transsexuals.  He wasn’t the first to notice the continuum of transvestite/cross-dreamer/cross-dresser/late-transitioning transsexual.  Nor was he the first to notice they were quite different than the exclusively androphilic “young transitioners”.  But he did pursue the phenomena along with several co-investigators with enough depth to pull the material from past researchers together under a coherent theory that fully explained and made predictions about the two types – predictions that are currently being shown to be correct.

So, let’s hear from the man himself,

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On Acceptance of Autogynephilia

Posted in Editorial by Kay Brown on December 12, 2017

Kay Brown 2010For over forty years, I’ve watched my friends in the transcommunity struggle with deep emotions regarding their sexuality and identity.  The sadest thing I’ve seen is that nearly all of the transwomen who were attracted to women struggle with a darker secret that they thought that they alone carried, one that was too terrible to discuss even with other transwomen.  I have watched for decades as this secret ate my friends up, darkened their lonely hours, stole into their thoughts when least expected.  That secret was that they were sexually aroused by cross-dressing and/or just dreaming that they were female.

I feel deeply for those who struggle with this secret.  One has spent years struggling with their identity, secretly wishing that they could live openly as women, but deeply ashamed and concerned that their sexuality, their, let’s just say it out loud, their autogyenphilia, means that they aren’t really… well…

So, they hid it, perhaps even lied about it to their therapist.  They hid it from even themselves.  Oh… if only those memories of being a teenager and finding those lovely panties, or a bra… slipping them on… feeling those delicious… oopsie… we can’t talk about that.

But we must.

And because we must, I have the most amazing thing to tell you… all of your transgender friends (late transitioners rarely have early transitioners as friends… at least not close friends)… all your friends are struggling with the same secret.  How do we know?  Because, when given a chance, in survey after survey, for decades, your friends and those like them quietly acknowledged that they were sexually aroused by cross-dressing, at least they did as teens… and a bit over half admit that they still do many years later.  Imagine that.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

So, knowing that all of the transwomen you know are also… go ahead… be brave… say the word out loud… autogynephilic!  Isn’t it time you and your friends talked about it?  Honestly talked about it.   (… and being honest about it also means not trying to lie to yourself or others… such as saying that non-transwomen also experience autogynephilia… they don’t).  Isn’t it time to face this secret, to own it, to use that self-knowledge to guide you toward a happier future?

Come out of your closets !!!

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J. Michael Bailey Video Interview

Posted in Film Review, Science Criticism by Kay Brown on November 19, 2017

Kay Brown 2010Excepting Blanchard himself, no one has been more misunderstood nor falsely vilified than J. Michael Bailey, Ph.D.  The conservatives have lambasted him for researching sexual orientation.  Bisexuals have lambasted him for showing that true bisexuality in men is actually quite rare.  Gay people have maligned him for his philosophical stance that if it is “OK” for parents to use genetic screening or manipulation to effect a non-critical trait such as eye or hair color, then it is equality “OK” to select for the equally non-critical trait of sexual orientation  (meaning that Bailey sees gay or straight as equally valuable and acceptable outcomes in children), falsely accusing Bailey of supporting anti-gay genocide (ummmm… no… he equally supported chosing FOR being gay… as they were morally the same).  But it is his authorship of a book that only incidentally covered Blanchard’s research on the Two Type MTF transsexual taxonomy that got his name on the uninformed LGBT communities black list.

TMWWBQ CoverBailey’s book, The Man Who Would Be Queen is primarily about male androphilia and its deep connection to gender atypicality, to male femininity.  But, in order to explain that connection, he needed to show that autogynephilic transwomen were NOT in that taxon.  Cue that autogynephilic transwomen’s backlash !

So, let’s hear Bailey in his own words:


Further Reading:

Book Review: The Man Who Would Be Queen

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James Cantor, Ph.D. Videos

Posted in Film Review by Kay Brown on November 19, 2017

Kay Brown 2010Sexologists are a fascinating group of scientists.  When reading their papers, we occassional get glimpses of their personality, maybe their sense of humor.  But listening to their actual words in a video is much, much more satisfying in this regards.  In this post, I link to videos of Dr. James Cantor, who has been very much at the forefront of research on various issues that interest me, being interviewed by Dr. Amatay.  I hope you enjoy them… or at least learn from them.


Remember, if you disagree with something a scientist says, bring data… evidence, not vehemence.

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