The World Professional Association of Transgender Health has issues a new version of their Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People.
You can download your own copy here: http://www.wpath.org/documents/Standards%20of%20Care%20V7%20-%202011%20WPATH.pdf
A nice article about it can be found here : http://transgenderequality.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/the-top-10-things-trans-people-should-know-about-the-new-standards-of-care/
This article talks about how being a feminist can be one of the most manly things a guy can do. A good read, check it out below:
Here are some things that happen to a dude when he first starts to speak up about feminist issues:
He discovers that women in his life whom he would never have associated with the word “feminism” have strong opinions about the things that he’s talking about. Because while we have the luxury of perceiving these things as not being about us, and thus not relevant to our lives, every woman he knows has had to consider what she’d do if she got pregnant when she didn’t not plan to. Every woman he knows has been talked down to by a man who wasn’t as smart or capable as she was. Almost all of them have been treated poorly or made uncomfortable by some dude at some point who saw getting into her pants as a prize to be won. Even women who seemed like just one of the dudes begin to share experiences that he never would have imagined that they’d had, because doing so around him begins to feel safe.
Other dudes, they get really offended. They call him pussywhipped, or claim that he’s just playing up some sensitive guy routine to get laid. They contest his manhood, call him a mangina, or claim that he holds some white knight hero complex, and they’re the real advocates for equal rights, because they’re willing to bully women without giving them special treatment!
He realizes that these issues that seemed like they were not relevant to his own daily life are actually very much about him, too. That issues that seemed, at first, to be matters of fairness that required taking a stance simply because it’d be cowardly not to are actually issues that affect him in every aspect of his life.
Realizing that feminist issues are also dude issues is a major revelation.
Moveon.org posted this video of Jean Kilbourne talking about the impact of media representation of women on girls. A worthwhile watch and perhaps a useful teaching tool.
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This month the Center for Excellence for Transgender Health out of the University of California, San Francisco, released online a new Primary Care Protocol for Transgender Patients. What makes this both important, and different than other resources, is that it focuses on primary care instead of just transition needs, and it’s designed to be accessible not just to providers, but also to gender variant people themselves. You can read more about it in this Huffington Post article, A New Tool for Treating Transgender People.
Yes, the J.Crew designer did indeed paint her son’s toenails neon pink. But that’s not the story here – the real story is the sensationalized reaction from the media. What does it mean that a picture of a five year old with painted toenails could rock the headlines on all major news networks?
One thing that it means is that the gender binary is still very important AND rigidly enforced. This is an amazing example of how we punish boys and girls for expressing themselves in ways that aren’t traditionally associated with their gender. To some people, it’s downright scary. Rules are being broken, new rules are being written, and it’s messing with what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman. More than that, it’s messing with who has the power. Maybe the J. Crew controversy isn’t about a boy’s toenails or the medias reaction, maybe its about patriarchy and sexism and a definition of masculinity that limits both men and boys.
Click to here to read the full story that’s the news anchor raising their eyebrows and parading out the experts. .