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What Makes a Really Stupid Opinion About Caitlyn Jenner

I find it impossible not to respond to Elinor Burkett’s New York Times opinion piece, “What Makes a Woman,” in which she fumes against exactly one comment made by Caitlyn Jenner and goes on to complain that trans women are “undermining women’s identities, and silencing, erasing or renaming our experiences.”
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For Social Conservatives, Acceptance of Caitlyn Jenner Is the Apocalypse

The Washington Post has a pretty wonderful story today on how the right wing is reacting to Caitlyn Jenner: awkwardly, in the case of Republicans who’d like to be president someday, or, among pundits, with a full-on, “fling yourself on the floor, pee your pants, hurl your sippie cup and cry for mama”-style tantrum. »6/05/15 12:50pm6/05/15 12:50pm

Texas Mostly Agrees to Comply with Federal Anti-Prison Rape Laws

In a remarkably civil letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act “wherever feasible.” That’s a big step from previous Governor Rick Perry, who called the law “counterproductive” and “unnecessarily cumbersome.” Texas is… »5/21/15 2:15pm5/21/15 2:15pm

Science Magazine Cover's Depiction of Trans Sex Workers Sparks Outrage

For the cover of its special HIV/AIDS issue, Science magazine chose to use an image of transgender sex workers in Jakarta. While the purported intent of doing so was to raise awareness about this "key affected population," many have taken issue with the fact that the photo in question is pretty damn objectifying and… »7/18/14 6:30pm7/18/14 6:30pm

Elizabeth Warren Opposes Sex Reassignment Surgery for Transgendered Inmate

Transgendered woman Michelle Kosilek, who was imprisoned for the murder of her wife as Robert Kosilek in 1990, was granted a sex-change operation by a US district court judge three days ago. In the 126-page ruling, Judge Mark Wolf "there is no less intrusive means to correct the prolonged violation of Kosilek's Eighth… »9/08/12 2:00pm9/08/12 2:00pm

Judge Approves First-Ever Sex Reassignment Surgery for Transgendered Inmate

A transgendered woman incarcerated in the Massachusetts state prison system has won the right to have the state pay for her sex reassignment surgery, after a US District Judge agreed that the surgery was "medically necessary." Naturally, this has led to people making A Big Thing about what "medically necessary" means,… »9/04/12 7:45pm9/04/12 7:45pm