Diagram showing how sex hormones are released and the effect of puberty blockers
Identity, Self, & Relationships

Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

It crossed my mind that we often talk about puberty blockers without actually talking about what they are, so I wanted to do this post to help fill that gap. The hormone party There are three types of hormones and hormone-releasing areas that are relevant here: Hypothalamus: The hypothalamus is the brain's hormonal air traffic… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Puberty Blockers

Separating sex and gender: What's biology, and what's socially constructed?
Social Issues

Separating Out Sex/Gender, Biology and Social Construct

I got thinking about this after watching an interview with Steven Pinker, one of my academic crushes, and then another interview with Jordan Peterson. Both referred to biological differences between men and women, although in different ways, and I wanted to do a post exploring my own take on sex and gender differences, and the… Continue reading Separating Out Sex/Gender, Biology and Social Construct

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Social Issues

It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

I saw an article the other day on CBC News about the government of Arkansas putting the kibosh on gender-affirming treatment for anyone under the age of 18. This is a major problem for transgender people in Arkansas specifically, as well as justice in general, so let's talk about why. The new law in Arkansas… Continue reading It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… a Psychological Construct

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is psychological construct. In psychology, constructs are ways to describe patterns of behaviour or experiences so that they can be explored, investigated, and discussed. It's a way of putting a name to things that don't exist in a… Continue reading What Is… a Psychological Construct

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Social Issues

Gender Identity and Parental Obstruction

Recently, I read a story in the local news that made me angry (not that that's unusual lately). A mother had gone to court to try to block her 17-year-old from getting a gender-affirming double mastectomy. A BC Supreme Court judge issued an injunction to stop the surgery that was scheduled to happen the next… Continue reading Gender Identity and Parental Obstruction

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.¬†This week we'll look at sex vs. gender, as they're not the same thing. While the terms sex and gender are often used interchangeably, they actually have distinct meanings. The distinction between the two was first proposed by a sexologist in the… Continue reading What Is… Sex vs. Gender?

Social Issues

Who Gets to Decide Others’ Gender Identities?

Last week, I heard in the news that the Vatican released a statement essentially saying that transgender identities simply doesn't exist.  It seems unlikely to be a coincidence that this was done during Pride Month. Dismissing transgender identities brings to mind a similar question to what's raised by the abortion debate bubbling away in the… Continue reading Who Gets to Decide Others’ Gender Identities?

Nevertheless, she persisted - watercolour drawing of a woman
Social Issues

Why Feminism Helps All of Us

It's easy to think of feminism as something that's solely about boosting up the status of women.  I would argue, though, that feminism is something that can lift us all up. Gender stereotypes Feminist beliefs may be enacted in different ways, but at its core feminism recognizes how women have been disadvantaged by traditional gender… Continue reading Why Feminism Helps All of Us