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16-01-2022

“Wait, What Is That? A Man or Woman or What?”: Trans Microaggressions from Gynecological Healthcare Providers

Authors: Lex Pulice-Farrow, Louis Lindley, Kirsten A. Gonzalez

Published in: Sexuality Research and Social Policy

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Abstract

Introduction

The present study focuses on the microaggressions that transmasculine individuals are subjected to by their gynecological healthcare providers. While microaggressions have begun to be more frequently studied in the literature, no studies currently exist that examine how they are experienced by trans individuals undergoing gynecological care.

Methods

Participants included 131 transmasculine adults who ranged in age from 18 to 49 (M = 27.12, SD = 5.77). Data were collected between January and March of 2020.

Results

Results were analyzed via thematic analysis and revealed six data salient themes: (1) systemic erasure of identity, (2) societal parentification of medical providers, (3) environmental microaggressions, (4) trans medicalization, (5) rejection of identity, and (6) educational burdens.

Conclusions

Discussion centers on how to use an understanding of microaggressions to improve gynecological care for trans patients.

Policy Implications

Through understanding the microaggressions gynecologists perpetuate against trans patients, scholars can develop interventions designed to educate medical providers and implement medical-related policy changes to further protect transmasculine individuals as a marginalized population.

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Footnotes
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Consistent with past transgender research (see Beemyn & Rankin, 2011), the word trans has been chosen for this study as a more inclusive term to encompass the range of identities of people who do not identify with the gender/sex they were assigned at birth.
 
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Metadata
Title
“Wait, What Is That? A Man or Woman or What?”: Trans Microaggressions from Gynecological Healthcare Providers
Authors
Lex Pulice-Farrow
Louis Lindley
Kirsten A. Gonzalez
Publication date
16-01-2022
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Sexuality Research and Social Policy
Print ISSN: 1868-9884
Electronic ISSN: 1553-6610
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-021-00675-7