2018 Kirby Institute study shows females very likely to experience sexual coercion

The largest Australian study of trans and gender-diverse health was conducted in 2018. You can download the findings of the 2018 Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey here from the Kirby Institute.

About the respondents

It was an online survey with 1613 completed answers from “trans or gender diverse” respondents. 82% lived in a major city and had an average age of 24.5 years. 74% were tertiary-education (noting that 28% of respondents earn less than $15k annually).

A large number of participants were female. Is this surprising when the lead researchers are well-connected trans-identified females?

Female 61.1%Male – 38.9%
Non-binary female – 39.2%Non-binary male – 14.3%
Trans man female – 21.9%Trans woman male – 24.6%
2018 Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey – page 6

Interestingly, 3.4% of respondents had not yet told anyone they are trans or gender diverse (p6).

Very interestingly, 35 respondents were certain that they were intersex. That’s quite a high number and could point to sampling issues.

Sexuality and Labels

I want to point out the 3 spikes in the graph on sexuality labels.

2018 Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey – page 8
  1. The correlation between “queer” and non-binary female identity is striking. 20-something women seeking their place, trying to fit into a queer world where it’s not cool to just be a straight or even bi-curious female any more.
  2. The massive cluster of queer, pansexual-identified people. The average age of participants is 24.5 years. They are tertiary-educated and so are in the phase of life where they begin to climb the career ladder and look for partners. Over half of respondents were single. They’re horny. I’d bet their Tinder profiles have zero filters applied.
  3. The undeniable spike of trans women (men) who identify as homosexual women. These are the space invaders. Only a handful of trans women (men) identified as queer, indicating that they aren’t embracing the new ideology that anybody can love any body. These are straight (possibly homophobic) AGPs cruising for lesbians.

According to this study, trans people experience incredible rates of sexual violence

Page 10 and Appendix E deal with sexual violence and coercion. The study asks:

‘Have you ever been forced or frightened into doing something sexually that you did not want to do?’ Participants had the option to bypass this section entirely, an option taken up by 180 (11.2%) participants.

The findings are astonishing. Not least because they switch out the words in the question “felt forced or frightened” with new words “experienced sexual violence”.

2018 Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey – page 10

Excluding those who did not answer these questions, survey participants reported rates of sexual violence or coercion nearly four times higher than found in the general Australian public

The figure for “the Australian Public” is from a groundbreaking survey of sexual attitudes in Australia. The figure stated in the summary findings is that 4% of men and 22% of women had ever been frightened or forced.

Australian Study of Health and Relationships, Sex in Australia 2 Summary Data

I have a few small issues with comparing these figures.

Excluding non-answers

Firstly, the trans and gender-diverse figure excludes respondents who don’t answer the question. This gives a larger percentage than if they had been included. The total number of people who claimed they had been coerced was 762. As a percentage of answers to this question this is 53.2%. As a percentage of responses to the survey it is only 47.2%. A small but significant difference.

As an absurd example, what if only 1 answer was received to this question and what if that answer was negative? It would be hard to believe that zero respondents had experienced coercion when we know how high rates are in the general population.

The question is general in nature

The study does not ask when sexual assaults or coercion occurred. It asks “have you ever” been frightened or coerced. It may have occurred in childhood. It may have lead to the trauma that precipitated gender transition. The study interprets the results as though trans and gender diverse people are at risk of present harm. It may well be that they are a product of past harm.

The question is subjective

The question does not refer to criminal or medical standards of sexual violence. It asks if they felt frightened or forced. There are many times I have felt frightened or forced, not just in a sexual context, but in the workplace, out at social events and when dealing with people on the streets. These times rarely amounted to experiencing assault.

The results are discussed in a way that supposes a “yes” answer means the person was assaulted by an objective medical or legal standard. By using the term “sexual violence” the discussion evokes sexual assault and rape that should be reported to police rather than a feeling of coercion. This study was reported sensationally in the SMH under the banner “‘What’s in your pants?’ Gender diverse people exposed to high rates of sexual violence“.

Coercion is bad enough. It doesn’t need to be amped up in order for us to have a serious discussion.

Not ALL transgender people experience high rates of violence

The study points out that the highest levels of coercion (remember this is answering yes to ‘Have you ever been forced or frightened into doing something sexually that you did not want to do?’) are experienced by females.

Sexual violence and coercion were much more common among participants who had been assigned female at birth – trans men and nonbinary people – compared with those assigned male (61.8% vs 39.3%)

Yet it does nothing with this insight. The study hurriedly adds that trans women also experience exceedingly high rates of sexual violence and moves on.

Women. Experience. Sexual. Coercion. It’s not because they wear frilly dresses, it’s because they have vaginas and uteri. Wake up people! It’s probably the transbians from page 6 who are doing it.

Gender Affirmation

Before we leave this study, I’d like to point out this graphic. We don’t often receive insights into how hormones affect women. This figure makes it crystal clear. Testosterone increases female libido. You may have witnessed a trans identified female (or non-binary female) taking testosterone and then changing her behaviour regarding sex and relationships.

2018 Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey – page 11

Page 15 holds a graph of risky sexual practices. Trans men (women) are clearly ahead in “inconsistent condom use (casual partners)”.

2018 Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey – page 15

Oestrogen depresses male libido. Many men will choose to take oestrogen in order to grow breasts and then discontinue use so that they can regain use of their genitals (quote – top left of the image).

Who is behind this study?

That’s a very, very interesting question, which I will answer in my next post.

Stay tuned!

You are not trans

You are probably trans

The ‘trans umbrella’ takes in anyone remoted outside of the cis-white-heteronormative milieu. Notice how there is the umbrella protects trans against the rain of cis-gender, feminism, women & masculine men? The figures at the bottom right of this image are having a conversation.

Yellow person (under an umbrella): “… but just because I’m a masculine woman, does that mean I’m transgender?”

Blue person: “No one can tell you how to identify – you get to decide for yourself!”

If you think you may be trans, then you probably are. amitrans.og says so.

But it’s just labels

It is just a label until you start counting. Suddenly everyone is trans. As the rate of transgender people skyrockets, so do the rates of transgender poverty, transgender murder, transgender achievements. So the focus shifts from finding actual pockets of poverty to solve, to promoting “transgender people” as a class. And who is at the top of that class?

While you were a non-conforming butch lesbian, your heros may once have been Melissa Etheridge, KD Lang and Susie Quattro. Now that you are under the trans umbrella, your representatives are much more likely to be straight men. Changing gender makes them non-conforming in the blink of a mascara-encrusted eye.

Did you give your vote to Charlotte Clymer or Sarah McBride? Please tell me you’ve seen Alex Drummond of Stonewall UK’s beautiful beard. He keeps it glossy because he says he represents ‘gender non-conforming’ women. I hope you cheered the success of Martine Rothblatt – the world’s most highly paid female CEO.

Now that you are trans, you are counted as a trans statistic. Your trials and achievements bolster the wealth and power of these pretenders. If you are in poverty, it bolsters the case for more funding to trans people (but not necessarily more funding for trans people who are in poverty). If you suffer violence, it will be attributed to your trans status, without looking further into the actual causes such as unsafe areas, known predators, risky behaviours and partner violence.

Stand up and be counted

Be counted as a lesbian.

Be counted as a woman.

Be counted as a woman who likes cars.

Be counted as a man who is feminine.

Be counted as part of your community.

Be counted for what you believe in.

Be counted as YOU.

Get out of that umbrella marked “trans” and you can dance under the rain

Trans is a big funnel to collect and assimilate everyone who feels different or uncomfortable in an alienated society. It is a processing engine that turns unique individuals into a trans identity. Instead of saying “hey I’m Kit, I’m a writer”, now I say “I’m Kit, I’m trans, my pronouns are he/him/his”. Individuality is stripped away, even as bodies are stripped of their unique organs.

We used to tell children not to be afraid to be themselves. Now we tell them not to be afraid to remove any trace of themselves.

Your unique qualities matter. What you do shapes the world around you. Your friends, family and every single child you come in contact with sees the way you navigate life’s challenges.

So be counted. Be proud.

They see the you are proud of your body and celebrate it without surgical amputation. They see that you love your face with it’s asymmetries and lines and thin lips. They see you delight in your passion and that you don’t let gender expectations get in your way. They see that you are a woman-loving-woman, and they know that love is love. Don’t be ashamed, don’t hide your light.

You are not trans.