Video: The Science of Being Transgender

Video: The Science of Being Transgender

Most people are cisgender, meaning that their gender identity corresponds with their birth sex; however, some people are transgender, meaning their gender identity and birth sex are different. Increasingly, scientists have been working to help us understand what accounts for this gender variability, and research suggests that the answers may have to do with both genetics and the brain. 

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Sex Laws in the Netherlands

Sex Laws in the Netherlands

I've been researching sex laws in the Netherlands as part of the study abroad course on sex and culture that I'm teaching. One of the ways sex laws in the Netherlands are unique compared to the US is that prostitution and brothels are legal and regulated by the government--but you probably already knew that. So here are a few other legal differences that might be new to you. 

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What Sex Laws Look Like in the Netherlands

What Sex Laws Look Like in the Netherlands

As part of the study abroad course I’m currently teaching on Sex and Culture in the Netherlands, I’ve done some research into what sex laws look like over here. As I wrote in previous posts about this class, two of the ways that laws in the Netherlands are unique compared to the United States are that prostitution is legal and comprehensive sex education is mandated. However, those are just a couple of the most interesting differences. Here are a few more:

1.) Sex and the disabled. The Netherlands doesn’t just have legal prostitution—they also have government-subsidized prostitution for certain segments of the population. Specifically, disabled citizens are eligible to receive government assistance to hire sex workers. Why? Because sex is seen as a right—something that everyone who wants to participate in should be able to enjoy. Also, it’s something that’s seen as good for people’s mental and physical health.

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John Oliver on the Challenges of Being Transgender (Video)

John Oliver on the Challenges of Being Transgender (Video)

In the last few years, LGBT rights have advanced greatly in America; however, most of the benefits have gone to the Ls, Gs, and Bs. Far fewer have gone to the Ts. For instance, among the many states that have amended their non-discrimination laws, more have included sexual orientation than gender identity. Such disparities are likely a big part of the reason why trans individuals face higher rates of harassment and violence.

In a recent segment from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver takes an in-depth look at the current state of transgender rights in America.

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Video: This Is What LGBT Life Is Like Around The World

Video: This Is What LGBT Life Is Like Around The World

The United States has made great strides toward equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans over the past 15 years. For example, same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide, more states have adopted anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBT persons, and the federal hate crimes statute has been expanded to cover sexual and gender minorities. But what are things like for LGBT persons in other parts of the world?

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Video: Transforming Gender

Video: Transforming Gender

In the last few weeks, Caitlyn Jenner has become the public face of transgenderism around the world. Jenner's courageous decision to undergo her transition in the public eye has undoubtedly helped many people better understand and accept trans persons; however, it is important to keep in mind that the trans community is incredibly diverse and not all transgendered persons have the same level of fame, financial means, and support as Jenner. In light of this, I wanted to share a documentary entitled Transforming Gender, which profiles eleven transgendered persons living in Canada.

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What Percentage Of The Population Is LGBT?

How many people in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT)? A recent Gallup poll that received a lot of media attention put the overall number at 3.4% of the population and reported that women were slightly more likely than men to identify as LGBT (3.6% vs. 3.3%). How much stock should we put in the results of this poll? In light of other published sex surveys, I would be cautious about drawing too many conclusions from it.   
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Sex Question Friday: Why Are So Many Straight Men Into Transsexual Porn?

Every Friday on the blog, I answer people’s questions about sex, love, and relationships. This week’s question comes from a reader of the blog who was curious about why so many heterosexual men are pleasuring themselves to pornography featuring transgender and transsexual performers.

I run a porn blog and I keep getting messages from men wanting to see tranny / shemale porn.  I'm assuming these men are all straight-identifying, but maybe that's just my gay-identifying bias.  I'm wondering what, if any studies or knowledge is out there about men who are attracted to and watch this kind of material or even look for them in real life?  It does absolutely nothing for me, but this particular fetish is unavoidable if you frequent any kind of porn social network and it seems a lot of people are into this.  What are your thoughts?  Why might this be a turn-on for some, and what does it imply, if anything, about their sexuality? 

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