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Transgender Trope #8- Some Women Have Penises and Some Men Have Vaginas

April 19, 2011


Sex is a continuum.

Genitals don’t make one female or male.

What about women who have mastectomies and men who lose penis in duck hunting accident- they are still female/male, right?

This is a “physical reproductive sex doesn’t exist” trope. This trope seeks to erase the fact that human sexual reproduction is binary, comprised of males and females. We all know how babies are born, as a result of female egg and male sperm. Physical sex is a simple reality. None of us would be here otherwise. Humans are either male or female. This trope attempts to co-opt the experience of people who are born with a disability- a disorder of sexual development. People with a birth defect, either a chromosomal anomaly or malformed reproductive system. Plenty of people are born with birth defects. Some are born with no legs, some missing an eye, etc. But no one claims humans are not a bipedal species. No one claims that sight is not a human trait (barring grave disability). The reason we can safely say that hominids are a bipedal species is because -except in case of developmental disorder or amputation injury- humans are born with two legs. Roughly one in 400 humans is born with some sort of congenital anomaly (birth defect). About one in 800 is born with Down Syndrome. About one in 14,000 is born with a disorder of sexual development or “intersex”.

99.9997% of humans are born without a disorder of sexual development. They are male or female with no anomalous characteristic such as chromosomal variation or deformed reproductive system. So we can easily say that humans are male or female except in very rare cases of disorder of sexual development. There are more people born missing a body part than are born intersex. And now that we have chromosomal testing even intersex people can be sexed. Most individuals with disorders of sexual development are male= they have a Y chromosome. Chromosomally female intersex have an XO configuration, and are sterile as a result of their chromosomal birth defect. So even the tiny minority of people born with a birth defect of sex can be “sexed”.

So why do transgenders say that sex doesn’t exist?  People born with no legs don’t claim that bipedal hominids don’t exist.

They do this because they want to believe it is so. They want to believe, and more importantly, they want others to believe, that they are “really” female, or “really” male, even though they are not. Transgenders need their beliefs to be affirmed by others in order to sustain those gender  fantasies. Genderists think that by co-opting the experiences and reality of those born with disabilities of sexual development they can destabilize the reality of human sex, at least politically, or in the public mind. To further their political aims (which have much in common with the Christian Creationist movement in terms of scientific denial) they have destroyed most organizations set up to support people born with disorders of sexual development. The largest “Intersex” organization now in existence, Organization Intersex International (OII) was set up exclusively to frame transgenderism as an intersex or birth defect matter. People who are actually intersex have had to re-start organizations under the moniker of DSD= Disorders of Sexual Development, in order to support children born with actual intersex conditions and distance themselves from transgenderist political activists who prevented them from having supportive organizations which acknowledge the reality that intersex medical conditions, and resulting disability such as endocrine dysfunction and sterility actually exist. This is equivalent to individuals who fetishize amputees taking over disability services designed to assist those who are paraplegic.

Females DO NOT have penises, and males DO NOT have vaginas.

64 Comments leave one →
  1. jilla permalink
    June 20, 2011 12:45 pm

    “men who lose penis in duck hunting accident-”

    LOL Oh you’re on a roll. Today is gonna be a goooood day.

  2. June 20, 2011 8:42 pm

    Gallus, this was EXCELLENT!! Seriously, just absolutely perfect. 🙂 Btw, I’m still pissed. lol or at least possibly sulking.

  3. June 20, 2011 8:43 pm

    Actually the whole blog is GREAT, congratulations!! 🙂

  4. December 10, 2011 1:18 pm

    Awesome blog. 🙂

  5. Lycere permalink
    December 19, 2011 11:20 am

    What about genetically XX women with Adrenal Hyperplasia who have a pseudophallus? Thus, some women do have a penis of sorts.

  6. March 11, 2012 4:55 pm

    The pseudophallus is an overdeveloped clitoris. They are still ultimately female.

  7. B. Gorski permalink
    August 2, 2012 10:20 pm

    When faced with a lack of education, you might consider educating yourself (snip) [BLAH BLAH BLAH. Oh shut up -GM]

    • ignacio permalink
      September 20, 2013 2:48 pm

      B. Gorski said “….(snip)…”

      Sometimes, that’s all it takes.

  8. Katie M permalink
    September 23, 2012 5:54 pm

    I find this entire blog very mean-spirited. I’m not sure why you have such strong feelings against transpeople. I feel sorry I stumbled onto it. Transgender people are already a marginalized population. They experience violence left and right. Honestly, why do transpeople bother you all so bad that you have to invest so much time and energy tearing them down? Maybe I’d have to be some kind of ultra feminist lesbian type to understand.

    I’m actually a conservative-leaning woman. I’m married, and live in Utah with a girl and three boys. The baby of my family, a boy, has insisted he is really a girl from almost the moment he learned to talk. He’s eight now, and it’s been incredibly difficult to deal with this issue. Our church, family and friends are not supportive, but when his father and I force him into a male role, he gets so depressed that we become scared for his personal safety. When he was five, I found him in bed in the morning with his pants down. When I asked him why he slept like that, he said he wanted to make it easier for God to take his penis away. He’s ALWAYS believed he was really a girl, and that God made a mistake.

    I’m sorry, but you’re missing something. I don’t know what it is, and obviously, you don’t either. I am an LCSW, and I’ve accessed lots of psych articles about brain and genetic differences in transpeople. From what I’ve seen with my son, and the other kids he plays with at Kids Like Me (a program for trans kids), I agree with the research. There’s no other way to explain my son’s early behavior. His feelings have not changed, no matter how hard his father and I push, or how much time he’s spent with counselors at LDS Family Svcs. It’s just what it is. I’ve come to accept that.

    It scares me that he/she will have to deal with people like you someday.

    • October 2, 2012 4:35 am


      First off, I’m sorry that you and your family is going through this. Life can be hard enough without these kinds of struggles.

      What your child needs more than anything is love, and to know that whatever happens, he is safe and loved. Home needs to be a sanctuary, especially because the environment you have chosen won’t be, especially if they end up seeing him as gay. The LDS church is one of the most patriarchal groups on earth, and any deviance from their “ideal” goes strongly against doctrine. There’s a reason the family proclamation starts with gay marriage, then moves on to spiritual gender.

      LDS family services can be incredibly toxic – they often come from a position that a life of celibacy and repression is better than a happy life as a gay male, the man is always right, and “spare the rod, spoil the child”.

      You talk about pushing – that’s the kind of thing that strengthens behavior. Gendered behavior is placed on your kid at every opportunity – at school, with friends, and especially church-related activities.

      “when his father and I force him into a male role, he gets so depressed that we become scared for his personal safety”

      Don’t do that, then. Seriously. He should never, ever need to be “forced” into any role, and that’s the kind of behavior that does lead to suicides. Yes, it may make it harder to find a mate that’s a “good mormon woman”, but that’s up to him, and your job as a parent is to be a good example – not to force him to be something he’s not.

      • ArchibaldHukler permalink
        September 15, 2013 7:04 am

        Try stressing rolelessness. Men can do whatever and women can do whatever which means there’s nothing to being male or female.

        Tell your son there is no God to take his penis away and that when he’s an adult, it’s his body he can alter it how he pleases.

    • Jen permalink
      April 25, 2014 2:36 am

      Maybe you should let your child choose the clothes he wears and not “force him” into a “male role.” Maybe, as a child, he feels the only way to be allowed to play with dolls or wear dresses is by BEING a girl?

      Or, maybe you need to do a thorough toxocological work-up because the child has some toxic burden that is causing the problem, like mercury or copper poisoning. You don’t let an anorexic child get liposuction, just like you don’t let a child amputate body parts, you asshole. You are an ignorant parent.

    • Zoe permalink
      December 20, 2015 4:16 am

      Thank you. Someone who gets it. I’m not sure what the hell these people are, buttheyaren’t feminists.

    • March 2, 2016 11:24 pm

      Katie M, I am a transgender woman. When I was around 5 or 6 I started Identifying as a female. I would play with dolls,play dress in mom’s,and my Sister’s clothes. They didn’t fit,but they felt like the clothes I SHOULD WEAR. Mom would catch me,and dis-courage me,but soon she saw this is how I IDENTIFIED AS. I soon got my own clothes to wear at home,but was told there may be people who didn’t understand at school. In my teen years, I dressed as a girl always,and went out as a girl with close friends. I happened to have a close friend who’s mom dressed him as a girl,and he loved it. As he got older he quit,and turned to the homosexual lifestyle. His family didn’t like that so he drank bad,and finally at 40 he had a truck wreck while drunk,and was killed. My advice to you is let your son be your daughter. Give her love,support,counseling,many dresses,makeup,and at around 10 to 13get the puberty blockers to block his male hormones,and start female hormones. Let her hair grow out too,and pierce her ears. She will be so happy. Just love her.

      • March 14, 2016 8:04 pm

        “CharlotteDeneiceJanuary 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM
        I am Charlotte Deneice Windham who ives part-time as a woman,and part-tie as a male. I am a transgender woman whose wife doesn’t like me transitioning to be a woman. I am threatened about divorce,and scorned,and ridiculed that i don’t think about her feelings. I do think about hers as much as mine. She can’t possibly know how bad it feels to be trapped in a man’s body when really I am a woman,and need to live as a woman. Suicide stays in my thoughts,and depression is always there. I don’t know the answer to my problem other than go one day at a time. Oh, I also have three grown children who don’t deal good with it either. I am fortunate to have two cousins,both female, who understands what I am going through,and supports me. If, I transition I will be divorced after 33 years of marriage,and be totally broke because I will loose everything finically,and loose my whole immediate family. You are blessed to have a wife who understands. Charlotte Deneice Windham in Grenada,Ms. who even my neighbors doesn’t like that I am a woman.”

        I love everything feminine. I love wearing sexy bras,silk panties,thigh high stockings,pretty blouses,sexy dresses,corsets,gaffs,five inch high heels,pierced earrings,lots of feminine jewelry,frank nails,makeup,false eyelashes,silicone breast,painted toe nails,lingerie to sleep in,wigs,and feminine rings. I love going out as a woman,I love drag bars,female Impersonators Shows,going to Transformation Studious for men to be women. I love having a female to help turn me into a woman. I want breast Implants,FFS,and SRS Surgery.”

  9. roopa permalink
    December 29, 2012 4:43 am

    so my friend teresa who was born a mtf (a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome) is actually a guy because she has XY chromosomes? she has a vagina and breasts but never menstuated obviously … look it up, AIS people are immune to testosterone and androgens, no body hair etc. where do you put them in your strict binary?

    • gbh permalink
      January 15, 2013 4:27 am

      this is not the mean, the average or the norm. there are people who are intersexed and do not line up. however, this is such a small minority that there is a category in medicine for them.

  10. chevrolet_gt permalink
    December 30, 2012 10:34 pm

    The writer of this article fails to realize the difference between sex and gender. Sex is the physical, our bodies are usually born either male or female. Gender is the mental, how you feel about your physical sex and what role in society you feel you fit into and much more. Just because I have a penis doesn’t mean I want it, there is a conflict between my mind and my body and in some cases this conflict can lead to depression and even suicide if not addressed. Unfortunately there are those who deny this issue exists as a real issue and say that is it simply a sexual fantasy even when there is a ton of documentation that says otherwise. There is a reason why people seeking sexual transitioning are required to live as the gender they feel they are for two years. What is comes down to is – should we allow people to be themselves, even when being themselves requires a switch of gender roles and body modification? Or, are we obligated to tell people how to live because of our biases towards things we refuse or can’t understand?

    • December 31, 2012 12:55 am

      ” Gender is the mental, how you feel about your physical sex and what role in society you feel you fit into and much more.”

      Do tell.
      Sex is an unalterable characteristic. If you don’t want you penis, or your left arm, or your toe, you are mentally ill. If you want to commit suicide because your elbow is not female, you are mentally ill. No one would deny your mental illness issue exists.

      Feminists are against social roles enforced on the basis of reproductive sex.

      “What is comes down to is – should we allow people to be themselves, even when being themselves requires a switch of gender roles and body modification?”

      Feminists don’t believe bodies should prevent people from being themselves.

      “Or, are we obligated to tell people how to live because of our biases towards things we refuse or can’t understand?”

      Do you tell people that they should pretend males are female based on the male’s feelings (or mental illness)? Do you tell women they must accept males into female-only spaces if the males “feel” female? Do you tell women that there is a way that males can know what it feels like to be us? Do you support the rights of male feelings to override the rights of women? I bet you do, all of the above. I bet you tell women “how to live” all the live-long day, and I bet you tell us what we feel like, and what we are obligated to do for men like you alllll the live-long day. So shut up.

      • Rob Miller permalink
        January 24, 2013 1:38 am

        Actually I detest the common past and present attitudes that men have towards women. I do not tell women what to do or how to live they can live anyway they want to. And if a woman identifies as a man and lives in that gender role I have no problem of it, even if they are using the men’s restroom. Same thing for men who identify and live in the gender role people commonly consider to be female.

        Human gender and sexuality is very fluid and doesn’t always fall in the bipolar dichotomy society assigns to those two aspects of being human. I’d even say that sex is fluid because not everybody has the same genitals or body characteristics, some may have feminine like genitals but have masculine qualities and the other way around, add to that hermaphrodites.

        Should either males or females and those in between tell others how to live or what to do? No, of course not. To allow such a thing violates the right to autonomy. Lacigreen on youtube has some very informative videos on the issue of gender and sex in general(no I do not get all my information from there, my information comes from years of study on the issue and personal experience.).

        The mental illness you speak of is called Gender Identity Disorder, I have a less severe version of that called Gender Dysphoria. I might also have a bit of body dyspmorphia where one hates some aspect of their body and would like to modify it. Who’s to say that you or anybody else should dictate what modifications or role a person wants to play in society? Everybody has some mental illness, it is part of being human. Some mental illnesses are more severe and are problematic for society, like psychopaths. Others are benign and usually only effect those with the illness, like depression. GID is on the benign side of things other than the possibility of the person with the illness causing harm to themselves. For people with GID transitioning is the best treatment and comes with years of therapy before any surgery is performed and that still even requires the patient live as the “chosen” gender for at least 2 years.

        People should be free to be who they are without bigoted and uneducated people telling them that they can’t. People seem to want to put other people into boxes but not everybody fits in those boxes and for some reason when they can’t put a person in a box they automatically have a problem with that person. So no, I will not shut up because when people based their conclusions about something on false information or complete misunderstanding or in many cases religious beliefs, their beliefs are false and it causes a stigma against certain people. Remember that there was a time when we considered people with non-white skin to be inferior and not, or not quite, human. Therefore they justified unequal treatment and even outright slavery and even used religion to back up that conclusion. Now we know that they are human and should be treated just a equal as everyone else.

        Unless you have personal experience with an issue, or know and understand somebody who has or does or even better have been educated in psychology on the issue your conclusion could very well be based on false premises which would then make your argument invalid and false.

      • Zoe permalink
        December 20, 2015 4:34 am

        People like this give real feminists a bad name. You don’t fucking downplay oppression. You’re putting down a heavily marginalized group. Donald fucking trump could learn from you. You don’t know other people. You speak from your own experience. Nobody has the right to speak for other people. When, you kind of ignored the indisputable fact that gender =/= sex. There are people on the streets experiencing real oppression. There are women who aren’t being paid equally. There are women being treated like pieces of meat. Does sexism even matter to you? The point of feminism flew over your fucking head. You aren’t doing bullshit for women, Enron you’re hating all the other oppressed groups. You’re like the Rand Paul of feminism. You make us look bad. You want to be productive? Grow a pair of ovaries and take direct action. Go fucking crazy, start riots. Direct action yields satisfaction.

    • gbh permalink
      January 15, 2013 4:36 am

      gender is a term which was coined by dr john money who has been discredited for his failed work on assigning a toddler boy as a girl after a botched circumcision. eventually money lied about this experiment and the boy who grew up as a girl, switched back and eventually suicided.

      gender is always a social construct. it is what society tells us is feminine or masculine. women around the world show their femininity in different ways according to their culture. it is not something any of us is born knowing. the belief in the idea that there are women and men brains is aptly called neuro-sexism by some.
      the so called evidence about the physical etiology of transsexuality is not supported by replication, or large sample sizes. the idea of hormonal flush in utero is a conjecture at best…..look up the studies in scientific journals and not websites run by trans lobbyists.

      • Rob Miller permalink
        January 24, 2013 2:00 am

        I have and still to this day the cause of anything other than heterosexuality and transgender ism is unknown. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist because it undoubtedly does exist. I have read and seen documentaries on the story you talk about. They did wrongly assign the sex to the child because of a common error in logic. They assumed that because the child no longer had male genitalia that he should be a female. They should have let the child choose, but at that time that wasn’t considered acceptable. I know many men who have had their penises or complete genitals removed, by choice or from circumstance, and they are no less a man than any other man. Just like a female who has had a hysterectomy is no less a woman than any other. That goes for any other type of modification like mastectomy or infibulation. The choice of identity or modifications to the body(outside of needed medical modifications[cancer, etc]) is purely personal and should not be up to anybody else.even if they are a child. Like I said in another reply, I do have personal experience with this and have talked to many people who have gone through it as well as psychologists, I have taken psychology classes and have looked at other studies done about it. The problem is that psychology isn’t like physics, it isn’t absolute and has changed over time and there are always new studies being done and even when the results yield a null value we can’t assume anything about anything with certainty, most of the time we have to assign “unknown” to the results.

        Male and female brains – yes that is most likely not the cause. Still, how do we figure out where gender identity comes from? What causes the mental identity to be different than the body sex? To much study has been done to conclude that it is a show and the subject is faking it. I know I don’t fake these feelings, I have them and the only thing that keeps me from modifying my body is my marriage. I’ve had to stop going to therapy because they push me more towards transitioning. I love my wife and she isn’t “okay” with me transitioning even though she understands how I feel and is realizing that as much as I fight it it isn’t going away, It is horrible to go through the bouts of depression I go through and the self hatred. I have to emerse myself in movies and video games or other issues to keep my mind off of it. If it wasn’t for my self control and high anxiety issues I would be in the process of transitioning right now or at least would have found a way to modify my body the way I want it. A lot of people do not have the self control that I do or can’t deal with fight within, or they have the freedom and can accept the social consequences of transitioning or modification.

        People often try to simplify the issue when it is anything but simple.

      • Newbie permalink
        April 15, 2016 5:37 pm

        I wish genderists would stop calling their ideology “real feminism.” Educate yourselves. Real feminism, or women’s liberation, is an analysis that aims to free females from the oppression and rule perpetrated by males ON THE BASIS OF THEIR FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM. This is an example of that exact oppression, i.e. telling females that their reproductive system doesn’t make them women, that they are actually just a gentle, sexy feeling inside the brain of a male.

    • ArchibaldHukler permalink
      September 15, 2013 7:14 am

      Roles? I really don’t care about roles or how other people think I should live my life.

      Body? I really don’t care as long as it works. I feel perfectly fine in my male body yet I know from imagination that I would feel just as fine if I had a woman’s body. So if this is a thing then I don’t have a male gender brain I have a gender apathy brain, a brain that really just doesn’t care about this sort of thing.

      Which makes me rather spectical about this whole idea of gender in the brain. Why would anyone care about what genitals they have or whether their body looks male or famale? Your’e legally entitled to act how you please. Men don’t get arrested for wearing dresses for instance so if you want to act more feminine just do it you don’t need to change your body. Me personally I act more masculine or more feminine depending on if I am getting bored. I don’t feel any emotional attachment to a more masculine or feminine personality type except for temporary emotional attachments based on wanting something to do. So for a stretch of my life I was very effeminate. For another stretch very masculine. I’ve done the same thing with introversion and extraversion as well. Perhaps my mind is more “plastic” i.e. changes more rapidly than most people’s so rather than sticking with certain personality traits I switch it up when I’m bored.

    • Jen permalink
      April 25, 2014 2:39 am

      Mansplain, mansplain, mansplain.

  11. RedHester permalink
    June 28, 2013 2:58 pm

    thank you so much for this blog. it is helping me in my ongoing efforts to deprogram and heal. my sisters are powerful and i love you and all women with all my heart body and soul.

    • June 28, 2013 11:45 pm

      I’m so pleased! That is exactly what this work is intended to do. Thank you for telling me.

  12. Bree permalink
    October 30, 2013 11:24 am

    Some questions:
    are you trying to force social change to sweep them all up and force them into the genetically linked social roles? what do you think about trans-men (XX chromosomed individuals who feel like they are men)? is it the same for them as it is for trans-women (XY chomosomed individuals who feel they are women)? do you want them both to be forced into the societal construct of “woman” or “man”? how would you feel if a trans man came into the womens’ restroom because he wasn’t allowed to go to the mens’ because he had XX chromosomes and a vagina but besides that looked like normal man? would you attack him or would the XX chromosomes and vagina stop you? would you feel threatened by his appearance regardless of his chromosomes and genitalia? do you think trans-women feel threatened by genetic men when they’re only allowed to enter the mens’ restrooms? do you think genetic men in the mens’ restrooms pose a threat to a trans-woman who looks like an average woman? do you think having XY chromosomes will stop a man from sexually assaulting a trans-woman?

    • terftastic permalink
      September 29, 2016 12:03 am

      No, that is the exact opposite of what we want to do. We are trying to discredit and destroy the roles. In an ideal world, “male” and “female” would only be important when it’s actually physically, biologically important, mostly things related to physical act of reproducing, health, and concerns of sexual dimorphism. (E.g., we might still want to have separate sports leagues, so that people of both sexes can participate.) Both men and women would be allowed to wear makeup, dresses, pants, shorts, overalls, whatever, to cry in theaters, to enjoy fixing cars, etc without it being considered the least bit strange. Transgenderism is in opposition to this, because it’s based on the idea that there is a group of things that are for women and a group of things that are for men, and if you have a female body but a desire for man-things, this means you must “change sex” (which is not possible).

      Most (all?) of us also think that physical sex dysphoria should not be treated any differently than other kinds of physical dysphoria. Literally no other type of dysphoria gets treated by trying to physically change the patient, because it’s a psychological problem. We don’t amputate the healthy limbs of people with BIID, so why would we amputate the healthy breasts of someone with GID?

  13. Sophie permalink
    February 5, 2014 4:50 pm

    This is crap, not science:

    You claim that “99.9997% of humans are born without a disorder of sexual development.”

    This would mean that only 1 in 300.000 is born WITH a disorder of sexua development.
    Real scientists give a number of about 1 in 4.500 to 5.000 livebirths (…

    Here some examples; I guess turner syndrome does not count in the study cited above…

    Turner syndrome: 1 in 2000 female livebirths (

    Androgen insensitivity syndrome: 1 in 20.400 XY births (

    Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser-syndrome: 1 in 4.500 females (

    So what?!?

    • April 25, 2014 3:51 am

      You are a man Sophie. Just a regular dude who served in the military, fathered children, and has a transvestic sexual fetish. Leave children with disorders of sexual development alone.

  14. February 19, 2014 4:54 pm

    I honestly thought that this was a satirical parody article…until I read the other articles and realised that transgendered people somehow evoke an inexplicable sense of anger and hate. I think you even deliberately titled your articles to appear as if you are accepting of transgendered people and open-minded, or perhaps titles that a transgendered person may use for their blog, deliberately so that transgendered people would read it, so you could directly denounce as many transgendered people as possible.

    You write well, but underneath all that flowery prose, the logic, premise and coherency of your argument is extremely flimsy. Firstly you claim that “transgenders say that sex doesn’t exist” – it seems you may be arguing against a brick wall, I’ve never heard people in the transgender community mention anything along those lines, so I really don’t know what you’re trying to get at. I think you may have misunderstood somebody who may have mentioned that being transgendered could be considered a form of intersex as the brain structure resembles that of the gender opposite to the body it resides in, describing it as “intersex” is debatable, but getting bogged down in those semantics is irrelevant. What IS relevant is your failure to distinguish between sex and gender, like others who denounce transgendered people. You constantly make arguments about the immutable reality of sex, biological differences, etc, but you completely miss the point – many transgendered people will agree that yes, they will never biologically be exactly the same as the gender they feel they are, but it’s just that, a biological difference, SEPARATE from gender identity. Such medical treatments are for the well being of the individual only, not for changing their gender – no amount of surgery can change your gender, what defines your gender is your fundamental perception of self, something that cisgendered people, born into the right bodies, think very little about and may find very difficult to internalise without significant introspection.

    Most cisgendered people assume that they would be fine being born into the opposite sex, because they transpose the feelings of congruence they have now to having it in the other gender, without thinking about gender identity and merely reducing gender to personality traits of being ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ Gender identity is not fundamentally about being masculine or feminine – after all there are feminine men and masculine women. But in fact, if an average cisgendered person were to be put into the opposite sexed body, they would very likely exhibit the same hardships as transgendered people (apart from a minority that have a fluid fundamental gender identity and perhaps don’t identify with either gender in particular). You can try and “imagine” but you can’t possibly internalise what it is like to be transgendered without experiencing it – the closest a cisgendered person can get is an intellectual understanding. Even if you want to debate the biological aspect, mere scientific observation alone supports the reality of transgendered people – “reparative therapy” to try and persuade transgendered people to be happy in their physical sex has been proven not to work time and time again in the vast majority of cases, and the post operative/treatment regret rate is around 1% (a minority who may have believed they were transgendered but were not). This is not the case for other kinds of treatments for people transgendered people are compared to – people obsessed with plastic surgery may never be happy, there is no documented medical history of people identifying as different races or species, so any such mocking comparison such as “So a white person can identify as black? Well I’ll be damned….I’ll just identify as a squirrel then” might appear convincing on the surface but is actually not based on any logical or coherent argument for it to have any meaning or importance.

    Your assumption is that penis = male and vagina = woman, without even providing actual reasoning behind it. You write some words about how apparently transgendered people ride on the back of the condition of being intersexed to use that as a justification for their gender identity, “destabilising the reality of the human sex” which is a complete misinterpretation and not at all the reason why 99% of transgendered people transition. It’s simply an irrelevant and separate matter. Then vaguely connected to that you declare “women do NOT have penises and men do NOT have vaginas”. I’m sorry, you’ll have to justify that if you feel so strongly about it. Sure, it’s what we’re generally taught and may be the case 98% of the time but that doesn’t make it right 100% of the time, unless you want to go through life without ever really thinking or questioning anything. Let me put it like this, when you think of being a “man” or a “woman”, and how that forms one’s identity, how much of that is down to what is between your legs? If your gender identity is purely, 100% based on what you were born with between your legs, then I feel sorry for you, because I would have thought identity is formed by what is in one’s mind, not one’s pants.

    What I find more disturbing though, with this and your other articles, is a sense of pleasure and glee by the feeling of putting transgendered people in their place, and putting them down as if to shatter their truth, and robbing a person of their autonomy to identify as who they are. Even if you are not convinced of the argument of sex and gender being different, even if you can never understand, I sincerely hope that you can become more open to realities other than your own.

    • April 25, 2014 4:16 am

      Thank you for saying I write well. I love good writing, but do not consider myself good at it. That was sweet. I feel no “glee” doing this work, but I do feel happy it has helped some people. As for the rest: Feminists oppose the idea that various abilities, feelings, and unrelated traits are related to reproductive sex.

    • jdmarsh89 permalink
      July 3, 2014 4:14 am

      “what defines your gender is your fundamental perception of self, something that cisgendered people, born into the right bodies, think very little about and may find very difficult to internalise without significant introspection. ”

      Nobody is born in the wrong body. Arguing for the existence of male brains and lady brains is like arguing for the existence of the soul. “I just feel it” is not an argument. Saying someone is “born in the wrong body” exemplifies a dualist theory in which we all have souls or inner “essence”, separate from our physical bodies, that is one gender or the other. This, frankly, is the most Victorian, magical-thinking, pseudoscience nonsense that I have ever seen entertained in the mainstream conversation.

    • Nina permalink
      September 29, 2016 3:05 pm

      “Firstly you claim that “transgenders say that sex doesn’t exist” – it seems you may be arguing against a brick wall, I’ve never heard people in the transgender community mention anything along those lines”

      You are wrong, then. Google “biological sex is a social construct”, and you’ll see a ton of articles on how the concept of human sexual dimorphism is transphobic. Now there are also several articles popping up to smack that idiocy down, but when this article was originally written, that wasn’t the case.

      “What IS relevant is your failure to distinguish between sex and gender, like others who denounce transgendered people.”

      GallusMag understands perfectly the difference. One is a biological reality and the other is a harmful social construction applied to people based on their biological sex. It’s not an internal intrinsic “identity”.

      “Such medical treatments are for the well being of the individual only, not for changing their gender – no amount of surgery can change your gender”

      I would be happIER if this was actually the rhetoric trans activists used. Instead we are told with serious faces that there is no biological difference between a cis woman and a trans woman. (“Women’s health” is now a transphobic term, because men can get pregnant too, etc!)

      I don’t think it’s healthy to tell people with physical dysphoria to change their bodies. We don’t do that for literally any kind of physical dysphoria except gender dysphoria. Top/bottom surgery, like any surgery that requires anesthesia, comes with a small but real risk of death, and statistical evidence suggests it doesn’t actually work to alleviate their dysphoria in the long term. Dangerous, ineffective treatments with permanent side effects are not something I could ever personally support.

      At the end of the day though, the choice of medical treatment is between the patient and his/her doctor(s). The insistence that the surgery/hormones constitutes “changing gender” or “changing sex”, however, hurts us all.

      “But in fact, if an average cisgendered person were to be [born] into the opposite sexed body, they would very likely exhibit the same hardships as transgendered people”

      There is no scientific evidence for this whatsoever. The “brain scan” studies that supposedly prove the innate pink brain/blue brain theory have been repeated with:

      – people of different races (so no, there’s no neurological basis for saying “transgenderism is different from transracialism”. If you believe in innate pink/blue brains based on neurological evidence, you must believe in innate black/white brains too.)
      – people who drive taxis versus people who don’t (showing that neuroplasticity is a thing — aka brain patterns are not innate but are impacted by our life experiences… which is pretty obvious when you think about what the brain actually is.)
      – dead salmon (who, obviously, have no brain activity at all, showing that it’s possible to create false results out of random noise, if you crank the sensitivity up on the machines. The scientists in the pink/blue brain study had a vested interest in finding SOME difference, because negative results don’t get published in journals, and getting published is paramount to a research career.)

      Please go read Cordelia Fine’s “Delusions of Gender”. The “science” of pink brain/blue brain is not science at all.

      “Your assumption is that penis = male and vagina = woman, without even providing actual reasoning behind it.”

      The reason is really simple. “Gender” is a social construction, which we know because the trappings of gender change based on culture and time period. Even within the same culture, say, historical England, women have been alternately constructed as “the chaste sex”, naturally suited to be closer to God and the church, the primary conduit between church and family AND, in other time periods, ravenous succubi who needed to have their sexuality tightly-controlled lest they pull men with them into the depths of hell.

      ANYTHING you can think of that you consider “manly” or “womanly”, besides the biological realities of physical sexual dimorphism, is socially constructed, which we know because ALL of them are inconstant and change based on culture and time period. If they were innate, they would be the same universally, and stay the same over time! Furthermore, these constructions are usually set up in a way that disadvantages women. When women were “the Godlier sex”, they were still not permitted to hold leadership roles within the church, and when they were “the lustful sex” they did not get a free pass to have all the sex they wanted because “they just can’t help it” (which is what happens when men are “the lustful sex”).

      So if “manliness” and “womanliness” are just socially-constructed concepts that harm women, what can we use to define the difference between a man and a woman? Well, our sexual dimorphism is the only thing that’s actually innate. Whether women are considered Godly or lustful, or whether we destroy these harmful sex-based social roles once and for all, we will still have a group of people who have female biology, and a group of people who have male biology. And we will still need words to describe these two groups of people, since biology is still relevant in some contexts, like health and reproduction and discussions about historical sex roles or biological dimorphism. So why not just keep using the same words as we have always used? The concept of woman and man as an “identity”, and not simple biological reality of “adult female human” and “adult male human”, is VERY new, and it’s not helpful. Why should or would we want to adopt new and unhelpful definitions of these very old words?

      “Let me put it like this, when you think of being a “man” or a “woman”, and how that forms one’s identity, how much of that is down to what is between your legs? If your gender identity is purely, 100% based on what you were born with between your legs, then I feel sorry for you, because I would have thought identity is formed by what is in one’s mind, not one’s pants.”

      You conflate “gender identity” with “identity”. If one’s gender is the whole of one’s personal identity, then you are saying that “cis” women all have the exact same personal identity, that we are all the same. You misogynist. piece. of. shit. Seriously, you have no idea how angry this paragraph made me. Fuck you. FUCK YOU. You don’t see how hateful this “gender identity” stuff is TO WOMEN because you literally think we’re all the same.

  15. johnny permalink
    September 1, 2014 10:24 pm

    transgender dudes now want menopause too –>

  16. Andrew permalink
    April 2, 2015 7:22 am

    You make be sick. You claim the only truth to transgender people is that either they have a disorder damaging sexual development or they’ve “fetishized” being the opposite gender.

    So a child who from the age of 3 to the age of twelve who consistently identifies with the opposite gender and had never felt right in their body have either fetishized or haven’t developed sexually? They’re fucking 3. They haven’t hit puberty, it had nothing to do with sexual development, and a three year old does not “fetishize” anything.

    You think that this child should be made to accept a gender rule they have no happiness in? Rather than helping them change their life to be more accommodating to their true feelings?

    Oh and, gender roles! Here’s the thing. They’re made up by society! That’s why every country had different gender roles and descriptions of masculine and feminine things! Matriarchal societies have existed! Probably still do exist in the world! Your notion that “society says black and white and so there is only black and white” is disgusting and ignorant!

    OK. You have a women who likes to dress as a man and a man who dresses as a woman but they both still identify as woman and man respectively? Is that acceptable to you? Their freedom to govern their own appearance? Now both of them identify as Genderless, as in they don’t conform to gender roles. What’s wrong with that? Does it matter that they were born male and female? OK now these two identify as the opposite to their birth. They say they are a woman with a penis and a man with a vagina. Sure their both fully aware that their “biological sex” is not what they identify with. But hey, gender is whatever you want it to be. When I say I am a women with a penis I’m not saying I wasn’t born a biological man, but that my gender, or my concept of my personality and role in society and my social circles more closely resonates with what society had assigned to females. For all but my physical body I am female. Because masculine and feminine ate made up by society, and I gave the power to realize that and figure out if my identity is what society calls masculine or feminine. I love fairies and pink and I want to have long wavy hair and be called beautiful. Yeah I have a penis. So what? I’m a girl.

    • April 2, 2015 7:43 am

      You are a grown man who believes that because he “love fairies and pink and I want to have long wavy hair and be called beautiful” makes him a female child. That is disgusting. Many men “love fairies and pink and I want to have long wavy hair and be called beautiful” but they don’t claim to be female children, unlike you.

      Men like you that claim women should be defined -not by our actual existence as adult female humans, but by stereotypes of “personality and role in society” are the enemies of all women and girls.

      You are a pig. A disgusting, sexist, horrible male chauvinistic pig. That is what you are.

    • April 2, 2015 7:50 am

      ” But hey, gender is whatever you want it to be.” Hahahahaha. No, asshole. Gender is a male privilege only.

      How many times has a woman talked her way out of sexual abuse by explaining that she “identifies as male”? Answer: NEVER.

      Do fuck off you disgusting pig.

      • Kelli Linnes permalink
        April 23, 2015 11:03 pm

        How many times has a woman talked her way out of sexual abuse by explaining that she “identifies as male”?

        you wouldn’t have to talk your way out of it, just read your blog and you talk like a man. I bet they run from you.

    • Nina permalink
      September 29, 2016 3:22 pm

      The vast majority (90%+) of children who “identify as the opposite sex” desist before they hit adulthood. Children don’t know the difference between sex and gender. If they happen to like things that are considered the domain of the opposite gender, they will believe they are the opposite sex. (Apparently there are even adults who are confused by this concept… like you… pink fairy wavy-hair man.)

      “Oh and, gender roles! Here’s the thing. They’re made up by society! That’s why every country had different gender roles and descriptions of masculine and feminine things! Matriarchal societies have existed! Probably still do exist in the world! Your notion that “society says black and white and so there is only black and white” is disgusting and ignorant!”

      I don’t even know what the fuck you think this means, because it’s an argument against trans-ing kids, not for it.

      “Now both of them identify as Genderless, as in they don’t conform to gender roles.”

      Because you can’t identify your way out of sexual oppression. Gender is not an identity, it is a cultural construct that is assigned to children based on their sex. It also sucks, and we need to get rid of it, not keep trying to polish the turd. All this stuff about gender “identity”, agender, neutrois, and genderqueer (as an identity instead of a verb), is just turd-polishing. JUST THROW AWAY THE TURD.

      Nobody is ever going to be “assigned neutrois at birth” and you dumbasses know it. Infants with female genitalia will continue to be observed female and be socialized with the trappings of “girlhood”, and infants with male genitalia will continue to be observed male and be socialized with the trappings of “boyhood”. The only way to fix this is to neutralize the concepts of “boyhood” and “girlhood” and let them simply have “childhood” instead. Children do not need to be transed — they need to be ALLOWED TO BE CHILDREN. If your kid likes fairies and pink… they’re not necessarily a girl! They’re just a kid that likes fairies and pink!

      “But hey, gender is whatever you want it to be.”

      No it ain’t. I want gender to STOP EXISTING but it keeps refusing to. (And I S2G if you call me “agender” I will reach through the monitor and strangle you, because that is NOT THE POINT.)

      “For all but my physical body I am female”

      The physical body is the only thing that CAN be female. The rest is completely made-up.

      “I love fairies and pink and I want to have long wavy hair and be called beautiful. Yeah I have a penis. So what? I’m a girl.”

      This is incredibly offensive to women. There are plenty of women who don’t like any of those things, and that doesn’t mean they’re not women anymore.

      You’re not a girl, you’re not a woman. You’re a man who likes traditionally-feminine things, and THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING A MAN WHO LIKES TRADITIONALLY-FEMININE THINGS. It just doesn’t make you into a woman.

  17. Mona permalink
    May 2, 2015 6:07 pm

    “Plenty of people are born with birth defects. Some are born with no legs, some missing an eye, etc. But no one claims humans are not a bipedal species.”

    If someone was using “humans are bipedal” as a reason to argue that someone born without legs isn’t human (in the way I frequently see people like you trying to say that trans men (“females” to you probably) and women (“males”) aren’t men and women respectively) then I will absolutely be arguing against that ‘definition’ in favor of that person’s humanity (‘legs don’t make you human’).

    It’s rather sickening to me that you’re actually using this as an argument.

  18. kat permalink
    May 14, 2015 10:46 pm

    You had a good blog until the last paragraph. The paragraph about transgender people is some hateful bulls*it. I hope you have learned to be more accepting by now.

    • Mortadella permalink
      June 12, 2015 7:20 pm

      Hey Kat, stop trying to scold grown women who know their own mind.

      • Zoe permalink
        December 20, 2015 4:20 am

        Hey, stop trying to be a feminist or whatever. You’re ruining the title for those of us who actually take action against oppression instead of complaining online. And the feminists who actually understand the radical idea that people who experience oppression share something in common.

      • Nina permalink
        September 29, 2016 3:24 pm

        Zoe claims to be a feminist but doesn’t understand that this new concept of “gender as an identity” versus “gender as a social construct” actually undermines the very foundations of feminism.

        Zoe, if gender is simply an identity, you understand that most laws protecting female safety and equality will become completely unenforceable, right?

  19. Rachel permalink
    August 13, 2015 9:33 am

    I total agree with this except the little dig at the Christian Creationist movement. It seems as though the author has done extensive research on intersex and transgender individuals and not very much on the concept of Creation. True Creation in its purest form does not go against any (ANY) scientific discoveries, only some assumptions. The theory of Creation does NOT disregard evolution as many think it does. Darwin’s finches truly did evolve to have longer beaks to reach deeper flowers and the shorter-beaked ones got picked off by natural selection. This, and all the underlying principals it holds, can all still be true. The only thing Creation denies is. change of kinds (i.e. Gorillas into men or dinos into chickens). There are many misconceptions of Creation out there, some even held by “Christians”, however true Creation theory does not neglect science but rather honor its findings.

    • Rachel permalink
      August 13, 2015 9:37 am


    • Rachel permalink
      August 13, 2015 9:44 am

      The reason I say I agree with this is because I don’t think it matters if you’re male or female. You are born with a sex depending on your genitals. If you have a penis and want to do things that are socially accepted for girls, that’s totally fine! And vise versa for females. I don’t think people need to deny their scientific gender simply to justify acting a certain way or being true to themselves. Just be yourself! Screw all these labels we’ve created, everyone needs to be more accepting. People are simply humans and they like what they like and they are who they are and EVERY SINGLE ONE of us is worthy of love, respect, and acknowledgment. Whether you’re gay, straight, male, female, Christian, Bhuddist, whatever else, you ARE worthy of love.

    • Nina permalink
      September 29, 2016 3:47 pm

      “The only thing Creation denies is. change of kinds (i.e. Gorillas into men or dinos into chickens)”

      The problem with this, scientifically, is that “change of kind” is not a real scientific concept. Biology is messy, and our biological classification system, where we sort living things discretely into species and genuses, etc., is our attempt at squishing a continuous system into a discrete set of categories. It works pretty well, but the idea that there are completely clear lines between the categories is a myth. Biological taxonomy is a model that we apply to reality, not reality itself.

      For example, the traditional definition of a species is the largest group of creatures that can all interbreed (so, a group of animals that can interbreed with each other but not the creatures outside that group). But chihuahuas (canis lupus) can’t breed with wolves (canis lupus), and zebras (equus zebra) can breed with horses (equis ferus). There are even cases of being able to cross-breed not just at the species level, but at the genus level — if you ever see a strawberry plant with pink flowers, that’s a crossbreed between a species in the Fragaria (strawberry) genus and a species in the Comarum (marsh cinquefoil) genus. There’s also a lot of debate on whether certain groups should be considered subspecies or species or genus, and what creatures should even be included in each group. This doesn’t mean scientists are incompetent, it just means they’re trying to use a discrete model for a continuous system, since the continuous nature of biology isn’t ~usually~ relevant and it just adds complexity to the conversation.

      To use an analogy, yellow is obviously not the same as blue, but the distinction between colors is still continuous, not discrete. If you slowly make small changes to the wavelength of yellow, you can eventually arrive at blue. A lot of small changes, like the beak size and shape of Darwin’s finches, will eventually, over a long enough period of time, add up to big differences. Saying there’s a qualitative difference from the way we get from short-beak-finch to long-beak-finch versus dinos to chickens, is like saying there’s a qualitative difference in the way we get from chartreuse to lime green versus getting from yellow to blue.

    • Nina permalink
      September 29, 2016 3:53 pm

      (And how much you want to bet some moron will take my post of “biology is continuous” as meaning “human sexual dimorphism is a myth”. When it is much simpler and more straightforward than taxonomic classification of all organisms. I blame the schools. The state of education for reading comprehension, critical thinking and science must all be pretty deplorable if they’re turning out so many young people who fail so badly in these areas.)

  20. Jenny permalink
    April 16, 2016 1:41 pm

    This is awesome, that’s what I’ve been saying all along! Thanks so much for this 🙂

    • None of your Business permalink
      September 16, 2017 5:00 pm

      So crazy is confirmed.

  21. April 30, 2016 6:26 pm

    I lost my penis,and balls in a accident,and after a while I said why not just transition to a woman,and It was the best thing I have ever done. Not only having a Sexy Body,but having all the sexy lingerie,bras,panties,dresses,jewelry,makeup,high heels to wear,and It feels so good,and natural. Not only having someone to always buy my outfits,meals,and take care of me all the time. Yes they get benefits from me too.

    • Helen permalink
      May 28, 2016 1:36 am

      Funny all that shit feels natural for you. Only a man would think those things were natural – you, after all, created them for us. They’re about as “natural” for an actual woman as that cheap wig you’re wearing.

  22. None of your Business permalink
    September 16, 2017 4:59 pm

    You’re XX or XY makes you a man or woman. So if a woman has a mastectomy she is still a female based on XX. If a man has his penis removed he is still male based on XY. I can identify as a woman I still can’t have kids. She can identify is a male she still can’t get my pregnant even if she is completely healthy. What you think you are has no power. Sorry. Men don’t have vaginas. And women don’t have penises. Even biology shows that man and women go together.


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