If a masculine man wears feminine clothes, does he change gender or does the outfit?

Scooting through 500 years of British male fashion in search of a reason why men shouldn’t wear lace pants. Social conventions are so powerful, it’s easy to see why most people just accept them, thinking something’s wrong when they don’t fit the expected gender box. Yet it’s all rubbish. Gender varies hugely by country, tradition and by era; this proves it isn’t some kind of natural law. It’s simply that we are taught our culture’s gender rules from the moment we’re born.

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Things I wish my therapist had said while I was pursuing medical transition

There is a huge, fast-growing community of gender transition desisters, resisters and detransitioners. Their voices are quiet because of vicious attacks by their former trans support groups, and because they’re traumatised. The process often brings incredible self-insight and perspective. In four powerful artworks, young detransitioner Cari expresses what lay behind her dysphoria. We review the social forces that focus a person’s identity on their ‘gender’.

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When I was a little girl – I was a little boy

I envied the way boys could pee up walls and really felt as if I was lacking. I tried to pee standing up. Being a boy meant strength, adventure, toughness and vigour; I felt trapped and imprisoned as a girl … Growing up meant loss of freedom, although at twelve I could not articulate that. As my body began changing, I felt a sense of wonder: a deep, but unexpressed, pride and excitement about my maturing female body. Where was the little boy of not long ago?

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Beautiful video ‘We are WOMAN’ (#weareWOMAN)

Beautiful short film. She will be born female, she will have a girlhood. She can be tough. She can escape stereotypes. She can be comfortable in her own skin. She can break the mould! She can be wise, she can be fast, she can celebrate her body. She can be the best. She can be the leader in her field. She has strength in unity. Her voice is powerful. She will rise up. Our time is coming, are you ready? Don’t erase us. We are women. #weareWOMAN

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Christmas is coming, it’s cold outside

Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski have made a lovely, non-coercive version of the seasonal classic, ‘Baby it’s cold outside’. The 1949 original, featuring Esther Williams & Ricardo Montalbán, is rather creepy but fun to watch, alongside the role-reversed version with Red Skelton & Betty Garrett. Never mind your hurt pride, buddy, let her (or him) go home already!

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Class analysis

Class analysis means looking at what generally happens with people who share a unique set of features. This sometimes confuses people. As a feminist, I might say “men oppress women”, then half a dozen people come along to tell me they know men who’ve never oppressed a female – otherwise known as NAMALT for not all men are like that. It completely misses the point of the analysis.

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