May 9, 2013

What I’m Reading: Jenny Finney Boylan, and Science!

I need to stop letting so many days go by between posts. Interest seems to wane so fast on the Internet! So, a less labor-intensive post today. 🙂

After posting about Jenny Finney Boylan the other day, I went ahead and ordered a used copy of her first book, She’s Not There: A Life In Two Genders. It arrived yesterday (free two-day shipping via Amazon Prime, yay!). The book is in very good condition for a used book — I’m fussy about book condition — and I can’t wait to get into it. Now I just need to finish the book I’m currently reading (Max Barry’s Lexicon), as I hate leaving a book unfinished.

In the meantime, I’ve also gotten lost in PubMed. You know, in that same way you can get lost in Wikipedia? One article leads to another, which leads to another, and suddenly an hour is gone and I’ve got nothing to show for it but a bunch of saved PDFs. Trying to work on more of the Science! posts. Filtering, categorizing, and knowing when to stop are the hard parts. There’s a lot of research on the transgender brain, though; I’m thinking that might be the next thing to tackle.

What science-related questions about transgender are you curious about? I’m always keen for new things to research.


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  • _She’s Not There_ is one of my favorite trans-related books! I read it early on in my transition and recommended it to some friends and family who were having a little trouble understanding. It helped lots, I think, because it’s a very personal story.

    So, re: science! Are there any studies with interesting results regarding a genetic component to transsexuality? I know there’s discussion about the epigenetic stuff surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, but I don’t think anyone has learned anything conclusive so far. I’m curious whether or not there are any things that seem to be genetically common among trans people, especially trans women since that applies to me. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something that is hypothesized to cause one to be transsexual, but rather just something correlated with the condition.

    • I’ve been looking into the genetics question a bit. I’ll blog about it at some point, but so far the evidence for genetic difference seems spotty at best. It seems the prevailing theory right now is that it’s something to do with brain development, possibly starting in the womb.

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