Ayaan speaks with Helen Joyce about her new book, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality. They discuss the rapid rise of gender-identity ideology, the differences between the US and UK, and much more.

Helen Joyce is The Economist’s Britain editor. She joined the paper in 2005 as an education correspondent, and between 2010 and 2013 was the Brazil correspondent, based in São Paulo. Since then she has edited the paper’s International section and Finance and Economics sections.

She has a PhD in mathematics from University College London, and before joining The Economist she edited Plus, an online magazine about math published by the University of Cambridge, and the Royal Statistical Society’s magazine, Significance.

Helen has a new book, out this week, titled “TRANS: When Ideology Meets Reality.”

Follow Helen on Twitter @HJoyceGender.

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  1. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne

    Why exactly is there such a difference between American and British feminism?

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  2. Taras Coolidge

    Terrific podcast!

    “Helen Joyce is The Economist’s Britain editor.”  I wonder how long she will be, after publishing her book. The Left is not mocked.

    I am certainly going to read the book.

    And I’m giving a copy to a certain niece on her birthday, though it may mean she never speaks to me again!

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  3. Taras Coolidge

    On the subject of sex differences in athletic ability, I got interested in 800 meter runner Casey Semenya while watching the Summer Olympics. The announcers said she had been permitted to compete in spite of having ten times the normal level of testosterone for a woman.  If any woman can compete with the men, I figured, it would be she.

    Turns out, her gold medal time would have put her dead last in the first heats of the men’s 800 meters.

    Only later did I learn what the media were holding back.  The reason for that high testosterone level is that Semenya’s chromosomes are XY.  Apparently she’s a natural transgender, with a male body and female genitalia. To be precise, the body of a mediocre male athlete, but sufficient to dominate female competitors.

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