As a geek by nature, and gender science obsessive by circumstance, I was excited to see that Dr. Veronica Drantz just posted her most recent PowerPoint slideshow: Disordered or Just Different? Myth, Science, and Sexuality
Her previous slideshow “Science and Sexuality” greatly helped me understand the nature of gender identity and sexual orientation in the light of the latest scientific research. I’ve tried to get through a number of the different peer reviewed articles on my own, and believe me it’s dense stuff. Dr. Drantz’ ability to synthesize a lot of independent research to describe the emerging scientific picture around gender identity and sexual orientation is incredibly valuable.
Here’s her description of the new slideshow:
“Disordered or Just Different” covers the biology of core sexuality (genital development, sexual identity, and sexual orientation) but then builds on this foundation by distinguishing between sex and gender and adding some anthropological considerations. This new slideshow presentation culminates with a scientific indictment of the (pseudo)medical practitioners who are too quick to classify the merely different as disordered and who continue to harm gay, lesbian, transsexual, and intersex peoples.
It’s a fairly long presentation, but considering the vastness of material she’s covering it’s actually surprisingly brief. I’d encourage anyone curious to check it out.
For those who find this still a bit more technical than you can handle, I had already begun my next narrative post in the “Transsexuals: Facts not Opinions” series somewhat based (the science part at least) on Dr. Drantz’ earlier presentation. Hopefully I’ll be getting that out soon.