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Tallulah

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Hi! I wrote two blog posts I was intending to be helpful for medical professionals, and am receiving unclear feedback that the articles are offensive without specifics as to what to correct. If anyone has any time to take a look and give me feedback I would really appreciate it.


 

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For reference, I seem to be getting the most criticism about the infographic about biological sex. I'm not sure how to fix it without excluding that visual entirely, but I do think a visual for the concept needs to be included with the other visuals. But any feedback anyone has would be helpful.
 

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For reference, I seem to be getting the most criticism about the infographic about biological sex. I'm not sure how to fix it without excluding that visual entirely, but I do think a visual for the concept needs to be included with the other visuals. But any feedback anyone has would be helpful.
Could be the term "biological sex" that's the issue. I'm AMAB, but it's also my biology that makes me transgender and female. Maybe anatomical sex in place of biological sex or just sex assigned at birth.

It's tough since there really aren't universally accepted definitions of a lot of these terms.
 

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More recently I've been using assigned sex at birth. Would that term be better than biological sex?
 

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It had been a long time since I looked at the visuals. I'm updating it to this:
 

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Tallulah, I don't see anything offensive at all. Of course, there are people who will complain that you are being too inclusive. Somehow that offends them. I thought it is very well done!
 

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Thank you, Tallulah! The "Assigned sex at birth" language is clearer in terms of what is being discussed.

The "biological sex" terminology has been weaponized by some folks hostile to transgender people, and is far more complex than what most people have been exposed to in the schoolroom. As an example, biologically I have:
* a female phenotype, body shape and gross external anatomy of a female human
* typical female blood chemistry, including hormonal levels, viscosity, RBC aggregation, and so on
* typical female neuroendocrine responses
* an internal anatomy typical of a postmenopausal woman with total hysterectomy and cervical closure.
* anomalies with microscopic examination of some tissues.
* an odd karyotype, with XY, XX, and X0 chromosome pairs (somewhat unusual for any human)
* a genome with some anomalies, including methylation of some genes related to sexual development.

There definitely isn't a binary, clear divide as defined by "biological sex"! Very few people have had some of these measurements made on themselves. The researchers I was working with did comment that they were seeing anomalies in some areas at a rate considerably higher than they anticipated.

The "sex assigned at birth" tends to follow the cultural binary model, to the point that at birth, if a child doesn't fit clearly into one of two categories doctors recommend surgery on the infant to force them into the M or F category!
 

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Thank you, Tallulah! The "Assigned sex at birth" language is clearer in terms of what is being discussed.

The "biological sex" terminology has been weaponized by some folks hostile to transgender people, and is far more complex than what most people have been exposed to in the schoolroom. As an example, biologically I have:
* a female phenotype, body shape and gross external anatomy of a female human
* typical female blood chemistry, including hormonal levels, viscosity, RBC aggregation, and so on
* typical female neuroendocrine responses
* an internal anatomy typical of a postmenopausal woman with total hysterectomy and cervical closure.
* anomalies with microscopic examination of some tissues.
* an odd karyotype, with XY, XX, and X0 chromosome pairs (somewhat unusual for any human)
* a genome with some anomalies, including methylation of some genes related to sexual development.

There definitely isn't a binary, clear divide as defined by "biological sex"! Very few people have had some of these measurements made on themselves. The researchers I was working with did comment that they were seeing anomalies in some areas at a rate considerably higher than they anticipated.

The "sex assigned at birth" tends to follow the cultural binary model, to the point that at birth, if a child doesn't fit clearly into one of two categories doctors recommend surgery on the infant to force them into the M or F category!
What she said. I knew you'd be along to better say what I was thinking.
 

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Thanks so much for the help! I want the information I'm disseminating to be the most helpful I can manage :)
 
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I found it to be fine Tallulah, but the problem with the trans community is that everything is offensive to someone and they tend to be very vocal about it, it's a total catch 22. I have found that when you try to please everyone in trans spaces then the more push back you get and so just have confidence in yourself as you are a wonderful ally and do amazing work
 

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I found it to be fine Tallulah, but the problem with the trans community is that everything is offensive to someone and they tend to be very vocal about it, it's a total catch 22. I have found that when you try to please everyone in trans spaces then the more push back you get and so just have confidence in yourself as you are a wonderful ally and do amazing work
Thank you Michelle.
 
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