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Eddie Redmayne stars as Lili Elbe.

The Danish Girl: all skirt and no substance

The film tells the story of Lili Elbe, who was one of the first people to receive sexual reassignment surgery. Sadly, the film barely scratches the surface of the real story.
The gender binary does not adequately describe the experience of people who identify as genderqueer. Black Hill Design/www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is genderqueer?

Germaine Greer's comments that "post-operative transgender men are not women" have provoked outcry from transgender activists. So let's have a meaningful discussion about gender, sex and the complex relationship between the two.
The idea of ‘family balancing’ is based on the belief that children come in two genders that have essentially different traits. Jason Pratt/Flickr

Choosing children’s sex is an exercise in sexism

The risk of harm in sex selection stems from the fact that parents don't desire any child, they want a child of a particular sex, who is to remain within the limits of binary gender roles.
David Bowie posing for the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. Image courtesy of ACMI.

Bowie and gender transgression – what a drag

David Bowie has long confounded us with enigmatic acts of gender transgression, with gestures and personas drawn from Hollywood stars, literature and avant-garde art. That flame still burns brightly.
In both of photographer Annie Leibovitz’s shots, deviance is synonymous with beauty. Vanity Fair

Two covers, two culture shifts

Caitlyn Jenner evokes Demi Moore's controversial 1991 Vanity Fair cover shoot, done when pregnancy was something to be hidden.
Transgender is an umbrella term, encompassing a number of different identities and practices. 'Umbrella' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s in a word? The challenges of ‘transgender’

Transgender is a relatively new word. So when an academic seeks to create a transgender historical archive, complications abound.

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