Ensuring Fairness (Statistics — Sex of transitioner)

“Statistics — sex of transitioner”
— image by Ensuring Fairness. Click on image to visit that site.

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Women’s culture/positive images.  There seems to be a pattern here: where an image isn’t objectifying women on its face, and where the message conveyed is supportive of women’s interests rather than obviously deleterious to women’s interests, female-positive images are often crafted as a political response to male-supremacist political positions and to patriarchy itself. Most of the images we have used here so far as examples of “Women’s culture/positive images” are not positive images in their own right: these images are necessary now, but would not be necessary and would not exist outside a patriarchal context where women are fighting for our very lives, and use various media to illustrate and advance our points.

Here, the graphic illustrates the disparity between MAAB transitioners (MTF transgenders/transsexuals) and FAAB transitioners (FTM transgenders/transsexuals).  From here, we may begin to speculate — meaning, applying radical feminist theory to the facts — as to why this disparity might exist.  For example, male privilege — boys and men routinely have their whims catered to, no matter what those whims are; or misogyny and erasure of class:female — misogynist patriarchal institutions of medicine and law are working in tandem here to create, normalize and enforce the patriarchal construction of “female” as defective, castrated male.

From Ensuring Fairness:

The majority of Transgender and Transsexual persons are male-to-female (“MTF”). We have compiled the following statistics from the Gender Recognition Panel (GRP) reports.

We know from empirical studies, that the majority of those under the Transgender Umbrella are MTF, and although the figures vary, but they usually fall between 70/30 to 85/15 MTF/FTM respectively. This range is also confirmed by the GRP statistics.

Additionally, there are age differences linked to sex. The majority of female-to-male (FTM) transitioners are younger, usually under 30. The majority of MTF transitioners are older, or “late-transitioners”. Whilst we could not extract the breakdown from the available GRP data, the general trends in age and sex do support this.

One issue with MTF late-transitioners, who have lived most of their lives as men, they generally appear still-male (or as cross-dressers) to most people. This impacts women-only service providers such as DV shelters, whilst the shelters may be willing to provide spaces for MTF transgenders, the other service-users will frequently see them as male cross-dressers.

Another statistical problem with transgender-recognition and women’s equality is that, due to the number of late-transitioners who have worked all/most of their lives as men, in male-dominated careers – and many continue in the same field – Equality Monitoring counts these individuals as ‘women in a male-dominated field, or senior management’. What this means, in effect, is that nothing has changed in terms of equal opportunity for FAAB women, but the statistics will indicate otherwise because MTF transgenders are counted as “female”.


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