Gender-affirming chest reconstruction surgery is highly effective for nonbinary patients

Even in the context of transgender identities and gender-affirming care and medical treatments, gender norms and stereotypes received from a cissexist society can still be uncomfortably prevalent, and this is particularly visible in the hostility with which nonbinary people trans people are often met. From within trans communities, “transmedicalist” factions often argue that the authenticity of one’s transness is defined by one’s desire and willingness to undergo certain gender-affirming medical interventions; from outside, “gender-critical” trolls characterize being nonbinary as merely adopting a superficial identity for the sake of distinguishing oneself as “special” or “different”, while wider society often has little awareness of the possibility and reality of genders outside the female/male binary at all.

None of these notions reflect the reality of nonbinary trans people’s lives – and one instance in which this becomes particularly clear is in nonbinary trans people’s pursuit of gender-affirming surgeries. Continue reading “Gender-affirming chest reconstruction surgery is highly effective for nonbinary patients”

A measured look at lactation and breastfeeding by trans women

While public awareness of transness and visibility of trans people have grown substantially in recent years, many people are still unaware of some of the particular details of the medical process of transitioning. For instance, trans women have described occasionally encountering individuals who are wholly unaware of what our breasts are made of; these people often assume that trans women’s breasts are always created by breast augmentation surgery. In reality, hormone therapy with antiandrogens and estrogen (and sometimes progesterone or other progestins) is sufficient to produce the development of breasts – not merely the appearance of breasts, but actual breast tissue histologically identical to that seen in cis women, along with the accompanying anatomical structures (Phillips et al., 2014).

And one of the least-understood aspects of trans women’s breasts is their capacity for lactation and nursing infants. Continue reading “A measured look at lactation and breastfeeding by trans women”

“Hey, where’s my Gender Analysis?”

Greetings, programs! You might have noticed that the blog looks a little different, doesn’t have a lot of its content, is kind of hideous, is located at an entirely new domain… Okay, it’s not even the same blog. Here’s the scoop: At Gender Analysis, we relied on hosting from a provider that turned out not to be as reliable as we thought. Whoops. But don’t be alarmed! We’re restoring from backups over the next few days, and Gender Analysis as you know it will be resurrected in its totality. While that process is underway, we’re using (which we somehow managed to grab before anyone else thought to!) as a temporary holding area for new Gender Analysis content. In the meantime, if you’re looking for material that’s currently offline during this transition, you can find a complete archival copy of at the Internet Archive. So please stand by, and we’ll return to your regularly scheduled programming shortly.

Analytically yours,

The Gender Analysis Team