'Coercive passing' can be thought of as an alternative term to 'invisibility.' Whereas invisibility suggests that one is simply “unseen” in their marginalized identity, the concept of coercive passing suggests that one isn't simply invisible but actively perceived as something other than they experience themselves to be (as influenced by social construction and power hierarchies). Thus, being 'invisible' in fact means being actively, coercively passed off as a member of the default/hegemonic group, entailing erasure as well as more subtle forms of oppression.
This is particularly relevant to the concept of bisexual invisibility — taken from this perspective, it’s easy to understand that bisexuality and bisexual people are not invisible, but are being actively and coercively erased."
Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution (p. 107) by Shiri Eisner (bidyke.tumblr.com and radicalbi.wordpress.com)
This came up on my dash and it’s totally relevant for Bi Visibility Week
But the date for Bi Pride is the 23rd of September ^^
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An overview of low dose testosterone for transition - why take it, options for dosages, pro’s and con’s.
Check out my last update (which was already 8 months ago)! And if you’re taking / have taken low dose, repost to add your blog to the comments so others can see more stories.
Phenotypic Sex: secondary, outwardly visible sex characteristics of a person. This includes genitals and breast development. A very wide array of genital shape is possible. This just refers to external genitalia, not internal. Internal reproductive organ shape may not be known until puberty or adulthood when infertility or menstrual issues may become known. Genital formations can include
- micropenis (small “penis”)
- Clitoromegaly (enlarged “clitoris”)
- hypospadias (urethral opening on the underside of the “penis”)
- aphallia (absence of a penis)
- fusion of the labioscrotal folds (gives the appearance of a scrotum)
- phallic urethra (a utrethra through the “clitoris”, much like in a “penis”)
- bifid scrotum (separation of the two halves of the scrotum, that can look like labia)
- Gonadal Dysgenis( underdeveloped gonads)
- Müllerian agenesis (absence of a vagina, uterus, or both)
- ovo-testes (gonads containing both ovarian and testicular tissue)
- Gonadal Agenisis (absence of any type of gonads)
- cryptorchidism ( micropenis and undescended testicles)
Karyotypic Sex: chromosomal configuration of the “sex” genes. This can only be determined through DNA analysis. Differences besides XX and XY include
- XO (Turner syndrome)
- XXX (Triple X syndrome)
- XXY/XXXY (Klinefelter’s syndrome)
- XYY syndrome
- XX male (de la Chapelle syndrome)
- XY female (Swyer syndrome)
- cells with XY and cells with XX (Mosaicism and chimerism
Hormonal Anomalies: These conditions are caused by configurations of hormones that can cause many of the phenotypic sex conditions, infertility, menstrual issues or lack of menstruation, early appearance of body hair or lack of certain body hair, deepening voice or lack of vocal deepening, muscle development or lack of, and other physical symptoms). They can also be caused by certain Karyotypic sex conditions.
- 5-alpha reductase deficiency (hormone deficiency that can cause a wide variety of genital forms including what appears to be a labia and clitoris, ambiguous genitalia, micropenis, or hypospadias)
- Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome/ AIS or Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome/PAIS(inability to process certain hormones causing genital forms including what appears to be a labia nad clitoris as well as internal testes, ambiguous genitalia, or a penis and external testes)
- Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (lack of an enzyme to make certain hormones causing early signs of puberty, enlarged penis, PCOS, lack of periods, clitoromegaly, fusion of the labioscrotal folds, lack of breast development during puberty)
- Progestin Induced Virilization (Caused by prenatal exposure to exogenous androgens, most commonly progestin, causing genital forms including enlarged clitoris, development of phallis, and fusion of the labia)
- Hypothalamic Hypogonadism/Kallman Syndrome (the hypothalamus produces lower level of sex hormone causing delayed puberty and cryptorchidism)Anyone who falls outside the typical sex binary is referred to as Intersex. 1 in 500 to 1500 display “ambiguous” genitalia. This does not include chromosomal differences, hormonal differences that don’t cause “ambiguous” genitals, or differences in the internal reproductive organs. That number could be as high as 1 in 100 births. There are approximately 370,000 births a day, which means 246-3,700 Intersex people are born every day.Note: this is the most basic information, not a lot of detail is provided. There are many symptoms that can come with the conditions listed here. Some can cause serious medical problems and require treatment, others don’t. I intend to make more posts in the future because detailed information that isn’t totally medicalized and difficult to understand is scarce for many of these conditions. If anyone has any information to add or if I’m missing anything let me know. I used a few different sources to try to include as much as I could, but I’m sure I missed something.
But we should also remember that most people have the same kinds of feelings and wants. Everyone wants to be the hero sometimes."