There is some confusion about the words ‘sex’ and ‘gender’. They are often used interchangeably in common parlance but they are also used to distinguish between that which is material reality and that which is social construct, which is why I am keeping them separate.


First, two very interesting Twitter threads by La Scapigliata: one on the conflation of sex and gender can be read here and one on medical practitioners and transgenderism is here.

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Further reading from other sites:

A simplified overview of gender Auntie Wanda

An aversion to dolls and dresses is no proof you’re a man Hadley Freeman

Can we have an honest debate about gender? James Kirkup

Conflation of words “sex” and “gender” has arisen from Christian prudishness in a language that doesn’t have gendered words (English) A Twitter thread from @lascapigliata8

Conflating Sex and Gender does nothing for equality Shona Craven

Critical questions need to be answered in transgender debate Robert Jensen

Critically examining the doctrine of gender identity (Video of a talk by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper)

Debunking Myths of Sex Difference Cordelia Fine interviewed by Julian Vigo

Feminist Perspectives on Sex and Gender Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (revised October 2017)

For three years my childminder thought I was a girl Interesting Twitter thread by Lachlan Stuart.

Gender – a Feminist, Environmentalist Critique Perspicats blog

Gender identity and the big questions that have yet to be answered Guardian

“Gender is not a binary, it’s a spectrum”: some problems  Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

Gender is not a spectrum Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

Gender is not an identity, it is a tool of patriarchy  Gender Critical Greens

Gender roles: Men and women are not so different after all Iowa State University News Service

How did we get here?  Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

I’m Graysexual, Ambrosexual, Genderfluid & Non-binary – no, really it’s true Perspicat blog

Is biological sex a social construct? Social Justice Wizard

Is Julia Serano right that transwomen are female? Marcus

Julia Serano’s Arguments for Gender Identity are Unconvincing, Incoherent, and Insulting Jonah Mix

Keingenderism, Truth, and Where the Transgender Movement Gets it Wrong Angelos Sofocleous

My daughter is not transgender. She’s a tomboy Lisa Selin Davis

My journey to gender criticism Critical Kid Blog

Non binary identity aka not fitting in with the popular clique Purple Sage

Obsession with gender identity goes too far Nigel Biggar

Playing the intersex card Jonah Mix

Questioning gender fluidity is the new blasphemy Brendan O’Neill

Science can’t accurately support gender neutrality Deborah Soh

Sex, Gender and the New Essentialism Claire Heuchan, Sister Outrider

Sex and Gender are Dials not Switches David P Schmitt

Sex vs. gender The New Backlash blog

Some basic questions on sex and gender for progressives Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

Study Shows Gender Stereotypes Increase Depression, Violence, & Suicide In Kids Article about a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health

The battle over gender: what makes you a man or a woman, anyway? Helen Lewis in the New Statesman asks Adrian Dalton, Bethany Black, Julie Bindel and Gia Milinovich

The Battle Over What It Means to Be Female Chris Hedges

The Manifesto of the Gender Rebels Purple Sage.

The Sex Delusion Jeni Harvey

The Trans Conundrum – What is the Real Meaning of ‘Gender’? Miranda Yardley

The Trans Lobby Peddles a Pink and Blue World Janice Turner

Thoughts on Sex and Gender Daniel A. Kaufman

To whomever it may concern: RE: My Gender Identity Fair Play for Women

Trans Issues and Gender Identity Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

Transformed: The Credit Suisse director known as Pippa and Philip Pips Bunce

Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme Paul McHugh 10.06.15

What are little girls made of? Gender ideology and why it harms us all Magical Birth blog

What happened when a primary school went gender-neutral Telegraph 15.08.17

What I believe about sex and gender (and what I don’t) Kathleen Stock

What is a woman?  The Feminista Hood

What is Gender Anyway? Sarah Ditum

What makes somebody ‘real trans’? Part 1 – Adults Lily Maynard

When the shoe won’t fit: transgenderism’s sticking points Renee

Why I won’t accept the politics of gender identity Jennifer Duncan

You can’t ‘feel’ race, but can you ‘feel’ female? On Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and unspeakable questions Meghan Murphy

You cannot dismiss the relevance of sex quite so casually Jo Bartosch (on a recommendation from the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) to make the category of ‘sex’ optional on the next census)





Last updated 07.09.18