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To wish people would stop using transgender and intersex interchangeably??

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TumbleTrans Fri 10-Mar-17 18:35:03

I've noticed that this seems to have gone viral over the past couple of days

For those who don't know, it's a science teachers response to a so-called transphobic meme which basically states that penis = male and vagina = female. The teacher basically tried to shut these "transphobic" people up by attempting to give a scientific explanation as to why people are transgendered.

It may sound good at first glance however she's not actually talking about transgender in her explanation is she? She's talking about intersex condition(s) which is not the same thing as being transgendered. What's even weirder is that nobody seems to have noticed her mistake and everybody seems to be praising her, sharing her post over and over and making out that she's a hero grin It's even been posted on here a few times by posters who are once again using the terms intersex and transgender interchangeably.

I am transgendered. I am not intersex and I do wish people would stop using them interchangeably and implying that they are the same thing.

I also think a science teacher should know better and that at least someone, anyone, should have called her out for her error by now grin

AIBU to think people should just, um, not use them interchangeably?

TumbleTrans Fri 10-Mar-17 18:36:54

Does the word interchangeably sound weird to anyone else now?

I'm going to say it one more time.

Interchangeably smile

sonyaya Fri 10-Mar-17 18:37:19

YANBU at all.

FallenSky Fri 10-Mar-17 18:37:38


RufusTheSpartacusReindeer Fri 10-Mar-17 18:39:17

It must be fucking annoying if you are intersex

And yes interchangeably sounds weird grin

hazeyjane Fri 10-Mar-17 18:47:45

YANBU at all.

I have also seen activists linking to articles which include conditions such as PCOS in females and hypospadias in males, into the umbrella term intersex or DSDs (disorders of sex development).

And just for you, op, and because i now like the word...interchangeably and for a twist.....interchangeability.....

VestalVirgin Fri 10-Mar-17 18:49:15

Yes, indeed, one would expect a science teacher to know better.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 10-Mar-17 19:01:46

YANBU. That sort of ignorance serves neither intersex nor all the non-TRA trans people like yourself, OP.

As to the PCOS idiocy....well, if they're going to try to rope people like me in, I'd like to point out that the treatments include oestrogen or anti-androgens not testosterone ffs. And ones which for many of us enable our fertility, rather than destroying it.

TumbleTrans Fri 10-Mar-17 19:13:04

I'm just baffled by how nobody has pulled her up on this or attempted to even correct her. Surely someone must have noticed?

Ironic considering she was trying to address ignorance confused

ErrolTheDragon Fri 10-Mar-17 19:17:33

There are some comments under that piece which are critical of it.

TigerInTheSnow Fri 10-Mar-17 19:24:07

A facebook friend shared this, it's such a load of guff that I felt really irritated on reading it. She may be a 'science teacher' but what are her exact credentials? She could be teaching very young children and not even have a science degree. Both her science knowledge and her argument are very dubious. Apart from conflating intersex and trans, and talking about species which are totally different from humans, she refers to male and female 'hearts and brains' - this is not scientific fact! It's a load of nonsense!

ladyballs Fri 10-Mar-17 19:26:56


ErrolTheDragon Fri 10-Mar-17 21:33:14

I'm also at a loss to know why her sexuality is of the slightest relevance.

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