“Evidence Supporting the Biological Nature of Gender Identity” & Dawn Ennis @lifeafterdawn, Transition Radio @RadioTransition & The Advocate @TheAdvocateMag (USA)

“Evidence Supporting the Biological Nature of Gender Identity”  is a paper by Aruna Saraswat, MD, Megan Weinand, BA, BS, and Joshua D. Safer, MD. Recently, Dawn Ennis, ostensibly a reporter for The Advocate, used the paper to refute an assertion that there is no biological basis for gender identity, as follows:
CaptureWhat the paper actually says is that “(d)ifferent etiologies have been suggested as the cause of transgender identify however none have been proven definitively.” Additionally, the quote Ennis cites does not appear in the study, which you can read here. This is generally called “lying.” (The quote appears in a press release about the study, which you can read here.) Nothing in the paper shows a mechanism, or a connection of an observed structure with a specific behavioral manifestation. “We see this somewhat dissimilar physical structure” is a far cry from saying, “we know that this physical structure is connected directly to X behavior in this particular way.” Even fairly obvious, gross differences in brain mass between male and female persons has been proven to have merely a correlation to overall body size rather than to intelligence or anything so clear. Ennis continues the transgender tradition of cherry picking and, also, just making quotes up.

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  1. And this “traditional literature review” was itself an example of cherry-picking evidence to suit the sympathetic authors’ fancy. This research is “rigorous” to approximately the same degree as a Twinkie is “nutritious.” What’s needed is a proper systematic review. I have been meaning to do one for a while. The evidence is pretty damn obvious already, but the trans team and their academic & industry enablers confuse mainstream folks with this kind of spam-“science” on an ongoing basis. It’s necessary to counter it in the same arena.

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