How Not To Do Research

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From everyone’s favorite internet troll:

“There has been something of an ongoing debate online over the origins of what can be called the “Transgender Paradigm.”  The rather notorious kook and gender fascist Mr. “Cristan Williams” has tried to claim that the term has a long history, and that the fact that the term, and the movement that has pushed it as an umbrella term arose pretty much starting in the mid-Nineties is a “myth.”  Mr. Williams has provided quite a bit of highly questionable (at best) evidence, and has tried to bury opponents in an heap of ad hominem attacks and arrogance.”

The next bit is awesome:

Her representation of the data is iron-clad. Right? I mean… just look at it: “… ‘transgender’ is completely absent until around 1990.” OMG!

Or, maybe she doesn’t understand how to use the tool she’s citing as being proof that “… ‘transgender’ is completely absent until around 1990.”

Let’s just recheck that dataset:

She titled her research effort:


Case closed, eh?


I know this troll’s game, Fox “News” plays it too!

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Cristan Williams is a trans historian and activist. She started one of the first trans homeless shelters and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at the social justice site, is a long-term member and previous chair of the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group, is the jurisdictional representative to the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), serves on the national steering body for UCHAPS and is the Executive Director of the Transgender Foundation of America.

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