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Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Study Dismisses the Autogynephilia Approach to Transgender

If you're like me, always wondering why I am the way I am, you may be interested in Jack Molay's most recent post on his blog, Crossdreamers.

This well written piece reviews Dr. Jamie F. Veale's (pictured on the left) and Dr. Ray Blanchard's different theories on transsexualism, including the theories behind late onset and early onset transsexuals.  As an example, I extracted this paragraph from Jack's post referencing Veale's Identity-Defense Theory:

According to the Identity-Defense Theory some transsexual children are more likely to repress their gender identity than others, which at least partly explain the difference between early and late onset.  Veale notes elsewhere that introvert gender variant kids are more likely to try to follow the gender behavior expected by their parents, as introverts are more likely to be people pleasers. Indeed, Veale goes as far as indicating that this may also influence their sexual orientation: A repression of gender variance may go hand in hand with a repression of same-sex attraction.

If any of this piques your interest, allow yourself 10 minutes or so to read Jack's most recent post, New Study Dismisses the Autogynephilia Approach to Transgender.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

So your posts aren't appearing on T-Central

   Blogger, like all pieces of software, has quirks. And sometimes we encounter them in the running of T-Central. After all we're pushing the limits of the platform by using it as a syndication site rather than a classic blog.
    We encountered one of Blogger's quirks last week. Posts from one of the blogs we follow weren't appearing here. There seemed to be no obvious cause, just a refusal to work.
    Blogger syndication, like all such services, is powered by feeds. Structured machine readable lists of content, in this case blog posts. When we found the reason why this feed wasn't appearing here, it turned out to be that the feed content was too large. It contained the whole post rather than just an excerpt.
    The fix was simple. Most blogging platforms will have an equivalent setting but since the blog in question was hosted on Blogger we'll show you the Blogger instructions. Go to Settings, then to the Other section, then find the Allow Blog Feed selector under Site Feed. Select 'short', save the settings, and you should be good to go. Take a look at this screenshot from T-Central's settings page.

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