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T-FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders is asking for a huge signal boost on this research! This is the FIRST (big, historical, important first!) ever collaboration between a trans health org and the eating disorder research community! We’ve partnered with student researcher Mary Duffy of the University of Saint Joseph to develop this awesome, meaningful and gender-literate survey that will give the mainstream ED sphere a much more inclusive and in-depth picture of how EDs affect our trans and gender-diverse communities, the obstacles we face in accessing effective care, and how ED therapists and facilities can better serve our needs. If this speaks to your experience, please take the survey yourself (or answer as much of it as pertains to you) before reblogging!
Representation in research is crucial for ED healthcare professionals to develop more gender-literate assessment tactics, therapeutic modules and trans-friendly policies in recovery facilities, as well as demonstrating how our communities are affected by discrimination/exclusions and structural oppressions in accessing proper care. Current research is super problematic in language, lack of gender and racial/ethnic diversity, the dangerous assertion of the transition-as-cure narrative, generalizing case studies, ignoring structural forces that contribute to our inability to access or afford ED treatment and assuming trans and gender-diverse communities struggle with EDs in attempts to conform to heteronormative/cissexist standards of beauty.
The mainstream ED sphere is finally LISTENING to us; let’s tell them what we need!
Reblogging for extra signal boost- if you haven’t yet seen this awesome and innovative research survey, please check it out and share in your trans/gender-diverse networks! Huuuuge thanks!!! <3
As a trans person who is currently struggling with ED recovery and freaking out about what’s going on with my body because there’s so little research about what ED recovery might look like in trans patients, I really really want to spread this around and hopefully as many trans people as possible can participate in this. I look all around the web for help, and all I can find is ED science about cis men and women, and I have no clue how this applies to my body and my experiences. In general, my experiences have so far gone right along with cis women’s, but I’m stlil scared, and knowledge helps to assuage fears.
So please, reblog this, spread this around, and hopefully a lot of people feel comfortable participating, because it’s really important to trans people now struggling with eating disorders, and especially for future trans people who might feel as lost and scared as me right now and would be helped by ED knowledge that specifically is about them.
This is actually a really good resource for people who don’t understand what it means to be trans* in this society and the kind of discrimination you face. For anyone who want’s to take a look:
Websites that allow Other, trans* choice, or blank field to be selected for gender/sex option?
I was curious to know what social media and other types of websites allow one to choose Other, trans* options (genderqueer, FTM, MTF, TG, and so on), and/or to leave the gender or sex field blank are out there? Here are a few that I’ve found - please do let me know about any others:
DeviantArt: Allows ‘Other’ and ability to show or not show your selection on your profile
Flickr: Allows ‘Other’ or ‘I’d rather not say’ (the latter leaves the field blank on your profile)
Google+: Gender field. Allows ‘Other’ and one can toggle who can see your choice: anyone, extended circles, your circles, or only you
Wikipedia: If you are a Wikipedia contributor, you can utilize Userboxes (other language listings accessible on the left sidebar) on your profile, which allow for a great deal of gender, sex, and orientation description. See also here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:ISD/Userboxes/Sexuality#Gender_identity Some of the userboxes that have been made with English descriptions, many with images, include femme, boi, two-spirit, kathoey, hijra, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, androgynous, intersexual, bigender, trigender, pangender, third gender, “This user has no gender identity, nor a sexual orientation,” and “This user is still unsure about their gender identity.”
Queer-specific websites tend to allow for more options as well, such as dot429 (allows for MTF, FTM, Intersex, and Queer) and Laura’s Playground (gender selection includes androgyne, crossdresser, FTM, FT?, intersexed, MT?, transsexual, and transgender).
Some websites might have two options but allow you to not select either (such as Goodreads) or if there is a selection, it has little or no effect on one’s interactions on the site, such as Raptr and Livejournal, which allows Unspecified/Other, but it doesn’t display anywhere, to my knowledge.
‘Other’, the predominant alternative selection on social media sites, can be, well, othering but it is a step in the right direction. It is also worth noting that there have been are a few work-arounds out there that can create more options, such as Facebook: Gender Neutral (video showing how to use Firebug to hide gender on your profile and have posts refer to you with “they/them/their”) OkChoices (script for OkCupid giving additional options for gender, orientation, and status).
But it’s difficult making a post for each article, so here’s a roundup:
Since I posted about Breaking Dawn being pro-choice (kinda), I figured I’d link you guys to some less pro Breaking Dawn sites that talk about the romanticizing of the abuse and life threatening child birth that Bella goes through.
Hey ONE Condoms fans. Today is Friday and that means it’s time for our weekly Links Roundup. At ONE we are committed to bringing you the most up to date information with everything regarding safe sex, sex education, condom use, and condom fashion.
So without further ado, listed are the…
For anyone who wants more information on herpes:
Awesome, informative article on the differences between HSV-1 and HSV-2 and how both can affect you
Another pretty good website about the different types of herpes
Really good comprehensive website