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Join hosts Aaron Kimberly and Aaron Terrell for a compassionate yet heterodox exploration of the question of trans.

Dysphoria, not ideology.

Transparency Gender Dysphoria Alliance

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 90 Ratings

Join hosts Aaron Kimberly and Aaron Terrell for a compassionate yet heterodox exploration of the question of trans.

Dysphoria, not ideology.

    Gender Ideologies - with Helen Pluckrose

    Gender Ideologies - with Helen Pluckrose

    Helen Pluckrose is a political and cultural writer and commentator, addressing current affairs from a liberal humanist perspective. Her particular focus is current Critical Social Justice (woke) scholarship and activism. Helen took part in the Grievance Studies Affair (along with Peter Bogossian and James Lindsay) which submitted shoddy, ridiculous and ideologically biased papers to academic journals known for publishing Critical Social Justice scholarship. In 2020, she co-authored Cynical Theories with James Lindsay, which traced the evolution of postmodern thought into Critical Social Justice scholarship. In that same year, she co-founded Counterweight, an organization for helping individuals push back at authoritarian Critical Social Justice policies and training programs at their place of work, university or child's school. Helen continues to work with individuals and organizations to resist ideological capture. Helen really just wants you to value evidence-based epistemology and consistently liberal principles.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Trouble with Gender - with Alex Byrne

    Trouble with Gender - with Alex Byrne

    Alex Byrne is a professor of Philosophy at MIT. A few years ago he started working on philosophical issues relating to sex and gender. And he just published a book on the topic called “Trouble with Gender: Sex Facts, Gender Fictions”. Pick up your copy here: http://www.alexbyrne.org/trouble-with-gender.html

    • 1 hr 16 min
    It's Okay to be a Man - with NJada

    It's Okay to be a Man - with NJada

    NJada is a detransitioned man who began social transition in 2013 at the age of 19, and HRT the following year. He ultimately detransitioned in 2015. Since then he has been gradually working through stages of self-acceptance. After taking a break from the whole topic of gender for a time, he began to get in touch with other detransitioners in late 2018. In 2022 he began to write and speak publicly about his experience on Twitter and Substack. He hopes to share what he's learned about the draw to identify as a woman and how he has come to accept and even love being a man.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    The Shaman Brain - with Courtney Coulson

    The Shaman Brain - with Courtney Coulson

    Courtney Coulson is an Australian detransitioner and YouTuber exploring the real psychological and social motivations behind gender dysphoria. In this conversation, Courtney discusses a topic not nearly covered enough on this podcast, which is the role of online fandoms in Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria and motivating adolescent females to transition.
    A note to listeners: Courtney is a quick thinker and this conversation takes a lot of interesting turns. So if you’re like me and often listen to podcasts with the speed increased, best to leave this one at 1.
    Courtney's video on Autoandrophilia: https://youtu.be/S1NjLzFszFs?si=YaYW7M1Td__wW3iE

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Another Whistle Blown - with Tamara Pietzke

    Another Whistle Blown - with Tamara Pietzke

    Tamara Pietzke is a whistleblower from Washington State whose story was published by The Free Press last week. Tamara has a Masters in social work from the University of Washington. She's since worked with older adults, pregnant and postpartum women, the chronically mentally ill, those in inpatient centers, and she's spent the last six years doing outpatient community mental health. She told us that she never sought out to be a whistleblower but she believes whole-heartedly in having a voice when something is wrong, even when it seems like you’re standing alone.
    The Free Press article: https://www.thefp.com/p/i-refused-to-approve-all-teen-gender-transitions

    • 44 min
    The New York Times ”Opinion” Piece & USPATH’s ”Medical” Conference - with Eliza Mondegreen

    The New York Times ”Opinion” Piece & USPATH’s ”Medical” Conference - with Eliza Mondegreen

    Eliza Mondegreen researches online trans and detrans communities, where she explores the ways questions and doubts are handled. She also writes about gender medicine for Substack, UnHerd, and other outlets.  We had Eliza back on the pod to discuss Friday's New York Times article on detranistioners (featuring Aaron K! and others) as well as her latest WPATH conference experience. 

    The New York Times article discussed: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/02/opinion/transgender-children-gender-dysphoria.html

    WHO campaign by the LGBT Courage Coalition: https://www.lgbtcourage.org/who

    Video from the San Francisco Trans Health Summit in which Dan Karassic threw Aaron T under the bus : https://youtu.be/7IBOIEOFYJw?si=J2I-7dHBi5knXtoR Eliza’s article: https://unherd.com/2023/12/the-secret-life-of-gender-clinicians/

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

changagarcia ,

Much needed nuance.

Thank you.

Bibbleshanks ,

Jamie Reed - Whistle-Blower Episode

This episode is one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to, and I listen to many. Reed opened my eyes and educated me about the poor quality of pediatric gender care in the clinic where she worked, and it would appear, in gender clinics more broadly. The bottom line is that the medical profession, and we as a society, need truthful and accurate information about the depth of therapeutic assessment supporting medical interventions on minors, the outcomes of those interventions, and the establishment of a self-critical process to minimize harms. I applaud Reed for bravely standing up for the interests and well-being of children, as I’m sure she knew in advance the heavy personal costs of doing so.

Lmariekozel ,

Really appreciate this podcast

As a liberal progressive (who was initially SO skeptical of ANY critiques of how care was being provided for trans youth) this podcast has really helped me to understand a more nuanced view. I applaud those that I now understand are trying to keep kids safe, whether that's through transitioning or not.

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