Re: Those Scientists Behaving Badly. Looks like someone got their degree out of a crackerjack box.
Well, slash is kind of the female equivalent of the straight male interest in transsexuals. That is, the opposite of what culture would predict. So it probably reflects a more direct subcortical effect...
Followed by this quote:
I'm sensitive to your thoughts about the term "tranny," but that's the term they use for themselves and also the term used by people who love them (as people); at least in the adult industry. It wouldn't be appropriate to describe a transsexual outside the industry; at least, I'd be reluctant to use it. But hearing your reaction, I won't use that term at all any more.
He later begins using the term 'shemale'.
But perhaps this ALL can be explained on learning more about the book these faux socioscientists have sold. The book they're supposedly exposing their stupidity and prejudice for; RULE 34: WHAT NETPORN TEACHES US ABOUT THE BRAIN.
Hmmm. That explains so much doesn't it, from their presuppositions in search of vague data to fudge, to their terminology, to their point of view on objectification.
ETA: Perhaps their 'loose' views and terminolog usage has something to do with Boston University going 'GTFO'. Meaning they have as much FOR SCIENCE backing as someone on the corner who asks for your underpants because 'they're conducting a study'. It's all arm chair sensational psychology and Penguin book contract dreams.
I have learned something from all of this, though. It never before occurred to me that there are swathes of the public who only experience the concept of trans individuals, lesbians or black women and men via the vehicle of porn. If I think that there are white people who only ever see Luscious Lesbians, who're just straight women who are bored, of course they'd wouldn't understand real lesbians. And if they only ever see black women via porn, of course they'll be surprised to pull back the stub of their arm from when they tried to touch one of us. And if all they ever see is porn where white men get smacked to a corner so black men can hoard all the white women, that would explain a lot of their 'black men = evil'.
Of course tv, far less porn, is seriously removed from real life. But there are a lot of idiots who live carefully segregated lives, who just might not realize that.
One a related note, Kalinara of Pretty Fizzy Paradise, caught a clue and has edited/updated the post she made about crossdressing.