What’s Current: Philly Trans Health Conference cancels sessions on detransitioning & alternatives to medical transition

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Philly Trans Health Conference 2017 cancels all panels that address detransitioning.

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These entrepreneurial women were so sick of startup sexism that they invented a fake male co-founder and documented how differently people responded when they thought they were emailing a man.

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  • Kathleen Lowrey

    remington steele.

    (slow clap, fellow olds…)

    • cday881@gmail.com

      I remember it well.

  • FierceMild

    So, am I just too old to understand the young women who had to invent a fake male cofounder in order to get their art business going selling mostly misogynist kitsch that belongs at Hot Topic?

    I mean, is the irony intentional?

    • Zuzanna Smith

      I mean they could’ve done business with other women, I’m a graphic designer, and there are a lot of us, so, just saying.

      • Amy

        they said in the article “These collaborators, who were almost always male, were often short, slow to respond, and vaguely disrespectful in correspondence” Meaning even other women were dismissive with them, so the problem is lack of respect for women, by everyone! This is the problem with sexism, getting almost everyone (including other women) to treat women as sub-human. Most of the condescending work emails I get are from men yes, but some are from women too. We are targets of everyone. And entrepreneurial women get it so bad because how DARE they try to make money off of capitalism, that’s a MAN’S job.

  • Well, Taylor Swift seems to have channeled her anger in a very creative way. You have to admire someone who can do that.

    • Amy

      the dollar bill in the bathtub (that she won from the perv who grabbed her ass then had the nerve to sue her!) lol it has to be one of the funniest props ever.

  • melissa

    “While inclusion of so-called “plus-size” candidates in the Miss Iceland Competition may make the pageant more accessible, it doesn’t make it feminist.”

    I remember some other pageant letting contestant wear hijabs and “modest” clothing in the bikini portion. The trend now seems to be diversifying everything that’s misogynistic with whatever is considered “progressive” now. Even playboy had a woman with a hijab on. As did some make up/fashion brands. Just add in a bigger woman or a religious conservative woman from a minority religion, or a trans/”non binary” and its suddenly progress. They’ll keep adding marginalized groups to patriarchal traditions/institutions instead of ever making any attempt for any real change.

  • Wren

    JFC this is horrifying. It is all about $$$ and the proof is in the pudding. Thanks.

    • lk

      I have to wonder if transitioning were not such a money making machine, how much of the medical/mental health community would support this?

      How much can doctors, insurance companies, hospitals, speech therapist and etc make off of just ONE person who identifies as transgender?

      Awhile I read an article that detailed the cost of one man transitioning into a woman, the hormones alone cost 1500 per year which he has to take for life, plus he had to pay to see his doctor monthly to check his hormone levels.

      Add in the cost of all the surgeries that a man would have to have to pass as female, plus other incidentals (counseling, hair removal, new wardrobe etc) and the costs are really significant.

  • lk


    The Hormones and Handcuffs part really gets me:

    “The world of ‘alternate lifestyles’ offers transgender and gender nonconforming people the opportunity to express fantasies and other aspects of their identities in creative, safe manners. and to become empowered through negotiation and exploration in a manner that can be healing. ”

    So BDSM is empowering and healing?!

    What political or social power does violent sex give people? How does demeaning or being demeaned create healing?

    I find it ironic that this is even being called a health conference: what is healthy about removing parts of your body b/c the parts conflict with your feelings? what is healthy about stopping puberty? what is healthy about taking unncessary hormones for the rest of one’s life?