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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 19 2013

Trans 101

This is the final post. -N The circumstances under which I first began blogging were very different than the circumstances under which I’m now leaving. I began being invited to speak about trans and LGBTQ issues in a cis-dominated space. My role was, more or less explicitly, to simply be a trans voice in that …

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Mar 17 2013

Acknowledgments, Thanks Yous, and Goodbyes

This isn’t the final post either – N. UPDATE: also, goddamnit, I am so so sorry, but I don’t think final post is going to be finished by midnight. Not unless I rush through it, and I really don’t want to fuck it up. -sigh- Tomorrow morning then, everyone. Goodnight. Soooo… Adding to an already …

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Mar 17 2013

How Do I Know If I’m Trans?

This is not the final post. – N … “How do I know if I’m trans?” This is, by far, the most common question I’ve gotten over the last year and a half, since I began blogging. I’ve gotten it in comments, e-mails, on Facebook, over twitter…sometimes even on dates with ostensibly cis men (which …

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Mar 12 2013

My Traumatic Life Story

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(trigger warning for the last third, following “I wish I could have”: rape, incest, heroin, trauma)   Tell your story. Speak your truth. I’ve heard these phrases a lot. Trans women have heard these phrases for decades. We hear them from cis people, at a frequency up there with “have you had the surgery?” And …

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Mar 12 2013

Homophobia, White-Supremacism and “Disco Sucks!”

The first album I ever bought on my own, with my allowance, was Mezzanine, by Massive Attack. I never really thought much of that until recently. And the main kinds of music I really loved when I was that age, that kicked off my being into music in general, that set my love of music …

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Mar 11 2013

Privileges and Decoys: Part One

I recently had an exchange with someone remarking that using specialized terminologies like “cisgender”, “privilege” and “intersectionality” can have the consequence of creating an echo chamber. Given that the only people who will comprehend what you actually mean by these terms, she argued, you’re limiting your audience to people who already are on the same …

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Mar 09 2013

Born This Way (Reprise): The New Essentialism

Okay… this is long… So let’s start with me making some, perhaps entirely groundless, assumptions that we’re already on the same page about some stuff. Like how the debate between a bio-essentialist “evolved behaviours” view of gender and sex, and the social-constructivist “blank slate” view of gender and sex, is a harmful false dichotomy, that …

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