Thursday Theories – Trans “Ideology”

This is probably one of the last times I am going to talk about this. Because all too often “people” call being trans a “ideology”. This same people are normally always from a Religion … which makes me

Also, it is very EASY and simple to find out about trans History. It’s not that difficult. So either, you don’t want to know because you love being a bigot, or you just really don’t care what trans people have to go through.

Literally the first time I wanted to learn, so I went to Google and put in trans, History.

There is no excuse under the sun, to NOT go and have a look. IF you care, if you don’t care. Then yeah, maybe MTG is a reliable “source” Also though…No.

So here as some Facts:

We’ll start with where the term comes from.

1897 – Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld founds the first gay liberation organization in Germany: the Scientific Humanitarian Committee.

1907 – Magnus Hirschfeld is introduced to Harry Benjamin.

1910 – Magnus Hirschfeld coins the terms ‘transvestite’ and ‘transsexual’.

1919 – Magnus Hirschfeld becomes one of sexology’s founding fathers when he opens the world’s first sexological institute, the Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin. It becomes the first clinic to serve transgender people on a regular basis.

1949 – Harry Benjamin begins to treat transgender individuals in San Francisco with hormones.

Source: Trans History – The Proud Trust

Wikipedia Sources

1)The Gala (Sumerian: 𒍑𒆪 galaAkkadiankalû) were priests of the Sumerian goddess Inanna. They made up a significant number of the personnel of both temples and palaces, the central institutions of Mesopotamian city states. These were thought in modern times to have been individuals with neither male nor female gender identities.  In addition, some gala priests were women.

2) Because the galli castrated themselves and wore women’s clothing, accessories and makeup, some modern scholars have interpreted them as transgender.[Firmicus Maternus said “they say they are not men… they want to pass as women.” He elaborated, “Animated by some sort of reverential feeling, they actually have made this element [air] into a woman [Caelestis, the goddess]. For, because air is an intermediary between sea and sky, they honor it through priests who have womanish voices.”

3) Roman emperor Elagabalus (d. 222) preferred to be called a lady (rather than a lord), sought sex reassignment surgery, and has been seen as an early trans figure

4) Today, at least half a million hijras live in India and another half million in Bangladesh, legally recognized as a third gender, and many trans people are accepted in Thailand. In Arabia, khanith today (like earlier mukhannathun) fulfill a third gender role attested since the 600s. In Africa, many societies have traditional roles for trans women and trans men, some of which survive in the modern era amid recent widespread hostility. In the Americas prior to European colonization, as well as in some contemporary North American Indigenous cultures, there are social and ceremonial roles for third gender people, or those whose gender expression transforms, such as the Navajo nádleehi or the Zuni lhamana.

5) In colonial America, Thomas(ine) Hall in the 1600s adopted clothes and roles of both men and women, while in 1776 the genderless Public Universal Friend arose. 

Trans people have literally been in EVERY SINGLE CULTURE. Including those who knew nothing about the other cultures. Does that REALLY sound a ideology? Its not like Christianity, where certain Cultures and certain races of people embraced it and then ENFORCED it on others. In NO culture though, have they even been close to the majority. Just like the LGB community, they are not the majority.

WHAT IS TRANS HISTORY? From Activist and Academic Roots, a Field Takes Shape : Kritika Agarwal | May 1, 2018

So to the Christians, and any other Religions that persecute and harass trans people. If your Gods makes no mistakes, why would YOU call trans people a mistake? Maybe trans people are here to TEACH YOU a lesson? For once, it might actually be about you,lol. But you’re learning all the wrong lessons.

It’s perfectly fine to not understand. What is not fine is to just dismiss trans people, despite trans people being around before your “perfect, who makes no mistakes” creator. Especially when you have all this information at your fingertips. There’s no excuse for bigotry in the day and age, it’s just lazy, quiet frankly.

The Science behind the Trans brain

Is actually quiet new. The Nazi’s actually burnt down the first ever LGBT Science center, and a lot of the research was burned with it. (See above).

The Search for a ‘Cause’ of Transness Is Misguided : By Nat Mulkey on March 23, 2021: Scientific America

Most of the investigation into the biological basis of transness has been in the field of neuroscience. Postmortem studies conducted by Dick Swaab of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience suggested multiple differences in brain structure between transgender and cisgender individuals. These differences seem to indicate that transgender that transgender women and men have brain structures more similar to the brains of cisgender individuals of the same gender identity than cisgender individuals of the gender they were assigned at birth.

More recently, the field has moved from postmortem brain analysis to functional MRI studies. Cisgender men and women have previously been shown to have different brain areas engaged during a spatial-reasoning task. This research team found that both cisgender boys and transgender boys (assigned female at birth and on pubertal suppression therapy) had similar activation patterns during the task, compared to cisgender girls.

An individual should not need to justify their gender identity any more than someone would need to justify their eye color. 

Nat Mulkey – transgender nonbinary writer and fourth-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

Gene variants provide insight into brain, body incongruence in transgender

Date:February 5, 2020

Source: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Summary: Some of the first biological evidence of the incongruence transgender individuals experience, because their brain indicates they are one sex and their body another, may have been found in estrogen receptor pathways in the brain of 30 transgender individuals.

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. “Gene variants provide insight into brain, body incongruence in transgender.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 February 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200205084203.htm>.

Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age

Date:May 24, 2018

Source: European Society of Endocrinology

Summary: Brain activity and structure in transgender adolescents more closely resembles the typical activation patterns of their desired gender, according to new research. The findings suggest that differences in brain function may occur early in development and that brain imaging may be a useful tool for earlier identification of transgenderism in young people.

European Society of Endocrinology. “Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 May 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180524112351.htm>.

As you can see, there is more to trans people than what MTG “opinion” of them is.

Do I have to do this again?

The only thing that’s new is the term “trans” itself, that doesn’t mean though they just didn’t exist before then.

A little bit of LGBT “Science”

Just a quick blog about some of the History behind LGBT. I decided to write this, because a lot of TERFs and Gender Criticals don’t like being compared to the Far Right, Fascists’, or the beginning of the Nazis. Honestly, I don’t care if you don’t like being compared to a group that you don’t like, especially if you are doing what they do, or what they have done.

Expect a lot of “Did you know”

So…Did you know that the Nazi’s actually burnt down the first “modern day” LGBTQIA learning center?

LGBTQ Institute in Germany was burned down by Nazi’s – Teen Vogue, 2017: LUCY DIAVOLO

On May 6, 1933, Nazi demonstrators raided the libraries of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, a German name that roughly translates to the Institute of Sexology. The Institute was a privately operated research space for studies of human sexuality. More than 20,000 books were taken from shelves and burned days later in the streets by Nazi youth groups.

It was a blow to the life’s work of Magnus Hirschfeld, the institute’s founder. Hirschfeld, was himself Jewish and gay. He was a pioneer for rights and liberation in Berlins LGBTQ community. Founding the institute in 1919, after beginning his career as an activist in 1896, he created the pamphlet Sappho and Socrates, about a gay man who took his own life after he felt he was being coerced into a straight marriage.

The resources and data at Institut für Sexualwissenschaft were never replaced.

Teen Vogue Lucy Diavolo

The next two links, are links to papers that demonstrate how the a trans brain works and how a gay brain works. These are very complicated. These are actual academic papers, and are not from teen vogue.

It should also be noted that LGBTQIA is a relatively new “Science”, so not everything is 100% known. Especially since the destruction of Magnus Hirschfeld’s work, there’s hasn’t been much to go on. Other than how older cultures and religions have represented the LGBTQIA community.

Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age”

European Society of Endocrinology. “Transgender brains are more like their desired gender from an early age.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 May 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180524112351.htm>.

Structural connections in the brain in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation

Burke, S.M., Manzouri, A.H. & Savic, I. Structural connections in the brain in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation. Sci Rep 7, 17954 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-17352-8

Breast cancer risk in transgender people receiving hormone treatment: nationwide cohort study in the Netherlands

This large nationwide cohort study in the Netherlands showed an increased risk of breast cancer in trans women compared with cisgender men. The risk in trans women is still lower than in Dutch cisgender women and resembles a more female type of breast cancer and hormone receptor status. In trans men, a lower risk compared with Dutch cisgender women was observed.

Part of the studies conclusion from the BMJ

de Blok C J M, Wiepjes C M, Nota N M, van Engelen K, Adank M A, Dreijerink K M A et al. Breast cancer risk in transgender people receiving hormone treatment: nationwide cohort study in the Netherlands BMJ 2019; 365 :l1652 doi:10.1136/bmj.l1652

This is a completely fascinating paper. If you don’t want to read too much, and you’re like me. Not very smart, Science-wise. This has pictures! Haha … Showing the differences, and you can definitely see them!

Thursday Theories – Those pesky blood clots!

I have been and I am sure that you have been too, seeing a lot of news lately about blood clots with the COVID vaccines. It’s scaring some people off of getting them. I decided to write a list about other medications that also have a side affect of blood clots.

Common painkillers – Science Nordic

Birth Control Pills – Healthline

Hormone Replacement Therapy – British Heart Foundation

I don’t want to make you all frightened. I think we’re all old enough to know that all medications come with a side of risk, and not just blood clots.

My point is, what I am thankful for is hearing about the people who have gotten blood clots because of the vaccinations, I think we’ve only have had one person die so far? People are listening to their bodies again. Which is a good thing. All this information about the different medications and the risks that they carry, are making people aware and listen to their bodies now.

Why I find some other people weird

I was thinking about how some people out there, mainly your Conservative Christians or Conservative Religious people. How one of their complaints about trans people is that “God didn’t make a mistake, so stop trying to change your sex”. Now as we all know trans gender people know they can’t actually change sex. (Although with Science this is not actually that far off).

Whose saying though that God made a “mistake”? Apparently God doesn’t make mistakes? And who are they to question whether or not God made a mistake?

The same people who say to others to stop changing their bodies, because God doesn’t make mistakes. Are also the same people who:

  • Want surgeries done on intersex infants
  • Bleach their hair, change their hair
  • Straighten their teeth
  • By glasses and contact lenses
  • Don’t stop (and sometimes get some themselves) people from cosmetic surgeries.
  • They use make up.
  • Fight against people getting abortions.

Common Science

Too assert, there’s only two sexes *when there’s not even just two, according to Science and not Linehan* Too act like trans people are not aware of this, is ridiculous.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sex-redefined-the-idea-of-2-sexes-is-overly-simplistic1/

People like Linehan use a simplistic view to promote bigotry, and it’s stupid. It’s complicated. Our biological sex, doesn’t make us the person we are either. I’m not a women or even female JUST because I have the reproduction organs. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

I’m women and female, because of my brain. As Science has shown, our BRAINS play the biggest part in who we are. Even IF there was only two sexes, that STILL doesn’t make the person. Even if there were only two sexes, that means nothing when it comes to who you’re attracted too and how you feel about yourself and your body. The brain makes the person. Our “sexes” is only about reproduction, not sexuality and not personality. If that was the case, there would be no #LGBTQIA people.

Even in the world of animals, it’s not always so set. True, it’s far less. Even with animals though, sexuality and again, the brain, isn’t always simple. It’s a brain. You show me a brain that’s “perfect” and I’ll show you a liar.

Even if there were only two sexes, that means nothing when it comes to who you’re attracted too and how you feel about yourself and your body.

Share Your World, June 2019, Last week!

Share Your World

Share Your World, 6-24-19

QUESTIONS:

Are you more a thinker or a doer? (credit to Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove for this one)

Definitely more of a thinker, in fact, one may say that I over think.

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Why is beauty associated with mortality?

I actually have no idea. I guess it’s because it’s a reminder of what we are getting closer too? Although I know of some people who’ve been going grey their whole lives. It’s a sad thing to say but we can go at anytime, we’re just really lucky if we get to stay here a while.

If everyone spoke their mind (told the literal truth), would this world be a better place?

I feel like a lot more people do that these days and look how well that’s going. The funny thing is, Republicans thinks a lot of us “lefties” are holding back. They are right to an extent, but I think I can do better than them. I don’t have to REALLY tell them what I think about them…They know. I can still be polite and insult,lol.

Can religious beliefs affect scientific thinking?

I’m sort of iffy with this question. At this time, Australia is divided between the science and faith. Some may say that to do science is to have a kind of faith. Faith that your ideas, theories and experiments will work. Whatever “it” is. I don’t think you can have one without the other, they will always “collide” together.


Attitude of Gratitude

If you’d like to, share some gratitude in photo, written form or song. 

I just love this song. It really is actually helping me to “calm down”.

Uploaded by: Taylor Swift

Premiered on 17 Jun 2019

Worlds Aids Day (1st December)

Tomorrow is actually Worlds Aids Day, but I wanted to write about it now.

I feel it’s a little poignant that the “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie has come out recently, or it’s just me. In fact I’ve been noticing that there has been a lot of QUEEN related things around at the moment. Although, possibly the most famous person to get HIV/AIDS (of which there are numerous) I don’t think Freddie would like to be remembered that way though. I don’t think he’d want his name to always be in connection with “AIDS Day”.

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He was more than Aids…He was FREDDIE MERCURY!

 

Tikaalik

What is a Tikaalik?

Tikaatlik – Wikipedia

A Tikaalik is a lobe-finned fish from the late Devonian period (375 million years ago).

I was watching a series of David Attenboroughs. I love the guy, I really do, he does so much for animals and their conservation. As well as his absolutely brilliant documentaries. I do not watch them that often though, mainly because they leave me crying most of the time.

So, what is so special about this lobe-finned fish?

As I learnt on this particular season. The discovery of this fish was a historic discovery. It was the first fish that walked out of the water! It was the next step in the evolution change!

Did I spell lobe-finned fish, correct enough times?