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

Dec 12 2012

I’m Not Your Candy Darling, You’re Not My Maury Povitch

“Exploitation Cinema”… it’s all in the name, isn’t it? One of those rare instances in which bigotry and kyrarchy brazenly names itself. And we, collectively, brazenly accept it as a legitimate aspect of our cultural discourse regardless. How, exactly, is it that white male hipsters can go around describing themselves as fans of “exploitation film” …

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Dec 10 2012

Sophistry And Semantics

Of the various reservations people express about transgender discourse and trans-feminism, or the justifications they provide as to their resistance to such conversations, one that I find notably frustrating is the idea that it’s primarily just sophistry, jockeying for relative intellectual status and empty debate over semantics and terminology. I understand where that perception comes …

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Nov 20 2012

Transgender Day Of Remembrance

I have nothing to say today. But I do have a point to make. I, and women who look me, are not the kinds of people you should be looking to today for understanding the significance of this day of mourning… its politics, its tragedy, its implications, and its exploitation. The voices heard should be …

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Nov 17 2012

The Radical History Of Transgenderism

Nearing her death in 2002, Sylvia Rivera, no less outspoken and uncompromising in her old age, expressed a wish to see the current generation of queer activism “destroy” the Human Rights Campaign, which she had come to regard as highly emblematic of the kind of exploitation and backstabbing of trans people by the wider queer …

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Nov 16 2012


Trigger warning for fairly obvious reasons. This was written primarily for the purpose of catharsis. Please take this warning seriously if you’ve struggled with addiction, especially opiates, and aren’t fully confident in your ability to handle evocative descriptions of such experiences, or if you’ve had traumatic experiences related to a loved one who was or …

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Nov 16 2012

Five Ways Cis Feminists Can Help Build Trans Inclusivity And Intersectionality

The title kind of says it all, I guess. Lately, I’ve come to notice a kind of annoying trend amongst many cis feminists who profess themselves as allies to trans people and trans-feminism. Far too many such allies (I think “ally”, like “social justice”, is a term that I no longer consider benign, and have …

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Nov 09 2012

Transition As Transaction: “Passing” And The Commodification Of Womanhood

Very early in the film Transamerica, the trans woman protagonist, Bree, is seen practicing along to a “Finding Your Female Voice” video, from Deep Stealth Productions. Deep Stealth is partly owned and operated by Andrea James, who acted as a consultant for the film. I’ve never been quite able to shake the sense of this …

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Nov 06 2012

On Detransition

Note: This post owes a great deal to the contributions and input of a friend who had lived through relevant experiences. While they wish to remain anonymous, I want to express gratitude for their help and lend credit where credit is due. Last week a story broke in the British press concerning a young trans woman, …

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Oct 27 2012

Trans-On-Trans Oppression Is Still A Cis Problem

The Trans Community is not a healthy thing. I’ve taken to capitalizing it as such, because there isn’t, exactly, one single monolithic trans community. There are many, many trans communities, some as small as just circles of friends who happen to share that particular aspect of gender together. But The Trans Community is something else. …

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Oct 25 2012

The Personal Politics of SRS

I’m afraid I have to collapse the wave function on the whole Schroedinger’s Genitals thing I had going for awhile: I’ve not had lower surgery. Hopefully, that won’t encourage any creepy love-letters (yes, something I’ve actually dealt with. More than once). The reason I’m mentioning that very personal, and very uncomfortable-to-mention, information is that it’s …

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