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Announcing: Identity Crisis, Advice for Gender Critical Teens and Twenty-Somethings

A multimedia collaboration between 4W and Plebity, featuring M. K. Fain and Sasha White

M. K. Fain
M. K. Fain

Today’s teenagers are pressured to agree with all aspects of gender identity ideology, or else risk major social backlash. While some teens take up the mantle with enthusiasm or go along uncritically, a growing number of young people are left with unanswered questions, and at a loss for how to begin to answer them. For trans-identified or detransitioned/detransitioning, lesbian, gay, or bisexual teens, navigating the new gender ideology within their community can be a minefield, fraught with potential social missteps. For any young adult who is critical of or questioning “gender identity”, stepping out of line with the liberal feminist mainstream can feel like a major risk. If you fall into one of these categories, you may feel alone and isolated with no one to turn to for support.

Identity Crisis  is a new weekly column and podcast for young people struggling with the modern orthodoxy of gender identity ideology—developed in collaboration between Plebity and 4W by women who have been there.

Whether you have questions about your own understanding of gender and feminism, are looking to support a friend, or are struggling with fear of getting “cancelled”—Sasha White (Plebity) and M. K. Fain (4W) are teaming up to provide guidance on how to navigate these situations in a healthy and productive way. Sasha and M. K. are both women in their twenties who have experienced extreme pushback on their gender critical views. We were both fired from our unrelated jobs and #cancelled for our online critique of liberal concepts like “nonbinary” identities and “neo-pronouns.”.

But, thanks to the backlash, we’ve also met many young people who reached out to us in search of connection and guidance. We have heard from teenagers and young adults who feel alone, isolated, and utterly lost amidst the pressure to agree with statements like “transwomen are women” in their schools, social groups, and even workplaces. Navigating these situations is hard, and yet so many young people today are faced with the same dilemmas. We have created this space to provide concrete advice, guidance, and support to teens and young adults based on our own experiences.

Each week, we will answer one or two of your questions, both as a running column here on 4W, and in the form of a video on YouTube. To submit a question, email us at: [email protected]. We may publish your question in full, so be sure to leave out or change any identifying details if you would like to remain anonymous. Or, specify that your question is private and you would rather we discuss it in a general way.

You can watch or listen to Identity Crisis on Youtube, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can also subscribe to updates here: identitycrisis.xyz/get-updates

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If you want to support this work, please consider becoming a patron of the Plebity Free Speech Fund. All proceeds raised through the Fund will be redistributed to people who have suffered material consequence for their speech, such as getting fired.

Identity Crisis

M. K. Fain

M. K. is a feminist writer with a background in activism & psychology. She is the founder and editor of 4W, and co-founder of Spinster.xyz.