Natalie Reed

Author's details

Name: Natalie Reed
Date registered: December 12, 2011
URL: http://www.freethoughtblogs.com/nataliereed


Natalie Reed no longer blogs here at Freethought Blogs. But she still writes things about stuff! To keep up to date with her present goings on, please feel free to follow her on twitter at @nataliereed84. If you'd like, you can contact her at sincerelynataliereed (at) gmail (dot) com. Avatar and banner for this blog were graciously designed by Shanna Cundal (www.shannacundal.com). All my best to everyone... EVER.

Latest posts

  1. Trans 101 — March 19, 2013
  2. Acknowledgments, Thanks Yous, and Goodbyes — March 17, 2013
  3. How Do I Know If I’m Trans? — March 17, 2013
  4. My Traumatic Life Story — March 12, 2013
  5. Homophobia, White-Supremacism and “Disco Sucks!” — March 12, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. All In — 400 comments
  2. The “Ethical Imperative” Of Disclosure, or: How To Believe Your Victim Owes You An Opportunity For Abuse — 305 comments
  3. Disgusting — 234 comments
  4. Target Audiences And Playing Nice — 211 comments
  5. God Does Not Love Trans People — 187 comments

Author's posts listings

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


(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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Jan 19 2013

Discourse And Intersectionality

Here’s the thing: nothing I write is original. A few weeks ago, someone wrote to me on twitter asking about my failure to recognize the prior work of Monica Maldonado on the subject of radical-feminism’s relationship to trans-misogynistic violence, in my Complicity Vs. Cause post. My initial reaction was defensive. I felt like I was …

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Jan 17 2013

“Ideal Bodies”

Beneath the mountains of words and ink and bile spilled over the past couple weeks over the conflict and controversy surrounding Julie Burchill and Susanne Moore’s statements in the British press, a single phrase is identifiable as the sort of keystone on which the entire mess hinges. That keystone is Moore’s petty remark about lacking …

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Dec 13 2012

Complicity Vs. Cause In Trans-Misogyny And Violence

There’s some things I’ve been trying to be better at lately. One of them is not saying “rad-fem” as a pejorative. One is not saying things that imply or suggest that “radical feminism” is interchangeable or necessarily consistent with trans-exclusionist radical feminism, or suggest that transphobia, cissexism and shitty opinions about sex work are somehow …

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