Zoe Brain (a.k.a. my blogging hero) has been digging up articles within (and beyond) the peer reviewed scientific literature relating to transsexual and intersex gender identity for quite some time. But yesterday she took the extra step of consolidating and summarizing everything onto (in Zoe’s words) …
An evolving page, showing papers, URLs to those papers, and quotes (usually from the abstracts) showing the significance of those papers.
For anyone interested in keeping up with scientific discovery in this area, this is an invaluable resource. Because it is a multi-disciplinary field of interest it’s very difficult to keep track of all the independent studies published across so many different journals. Zoe has just taken the pain out of that process, making it easy to browse across the latest findings from neurobiology, endocrinology, psychiatry, and genetics (among others) while providing links to all the underlying source material.
A couple of observations that leap out at me upon initial browsing.
- The peer-reviewed list is comprised of VERY fresh research. The average age of publication among the studies is 4.36 years. But there is a single 37 year old study skewing that number high. Take that study out and the average age is only 1.5 years. If you thought you understood what science says about gender identity, but you haven’t updated your knowledge for a couple of years, your understanding is outdated.
- The fact that this kind of information was only assembled due to the independent efforts of an unpaid blogger makes me wonder what all the various trans-focused organizations, professional and otherwise, are doing with their time and energy. This is basic foundational science which could be leveraged to build cases advancing all kinds of causes, from extending trans-related medical care, to insurance coverage, to legal definitions of gender identity, and on and on. Why isn’t there more interest in organizing and disseminating this kind of information?
Anyway, this is a page to bookmark and keep handy any time you’re challenged for what science says about transsexual and intersex gender identity issues. Mega-kudos to Zoe for putting this together.