ZJ Sifts the Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy from the Effects of Sexism

The incredibly talented vlogger and transgendered woman Zinnia Jones has begun hormone replacement therapy (HRT). She wants to be open about the internal changes that are going on with the increase of estrogen and the decrease of testosterone in her body but she recognizes that there are a number of challenges in accurately interpreting and articulating her experience. A large part of the problem is how much sexist stereotypes shape our conceptions of what it is to be a woman or to be a man. She explains in fascinating detail many of the interpretive pitfalls she has to navigate in the video below:

ZJ has a transcript of this video at her terrific blog at Freethought Blogs.

In the spring, I posted a video of actual sexual reassignment surgery and at the end of that post I included another trans woman’s interpretations of the changes she experienced after hormone replacement therapy.

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • http://almulhida.wordpress.com/ Almulhida

    After more than a year on estrogen and about half a year on testosterone blockers I have to say I’ve noticed zero cognitive changes this entire time. Everything she says is spot on, but even with all the difficulties in sifting out what changes are due to what, it’s entirely possible to go through all of that and still feel no subjective difference it seems.

  • http://quinesqueue.blogspot.com Quine

    Excellent post. Thanks Dan and ZJ.

  • Brad

    Apparently transgender is preferred to transgendered now. Used to be the other way 20 years ago I think. Check her comment threads, or some threads in the A+ forums for more detail from people that know way more about the topic.

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    Very good subject. One that we know well. Thanks so much for sharing.