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Category Archive: Autobiography

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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Nov 16 2012

Down

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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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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Sep 03 2012

“I Always Knew”

It often strikes me that one of the most central means by which transgender identity, and the whole transgender mythos, as it exists for our culture, is held together is through narrative, “our stories”. The very concept itself seems hinged in a narrative progression, a story told in miniature even through the terms we use: …

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Aug 09 2012

Disgusting

Dear Sir, You probably don’t remember me. There’s a reason for that, and it’s basically about power. Not, like, “oh, dude, you’re so powerful!”, but just the sort of basic, day to day power-differentials that exist, between all of us, in accordance with things completely beyond our control, that have nothing whatsoever really to do …

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Jul 30 2012

Novaries

There is a lot of me that genuinely cherishes who and what I am. Often I find myself drawn back to the same, basic, long since tiresome and boring question… would I trade my life for a different one? Am I happy with the life I’ve been given? Am I okay with having been trans? …

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Jun 17 2012

Blogathon: 23rd Hour

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  Almost there… Just a little bit longer… Hang on, Natalie. Imagine how much sweeter your terrible, cheap, back-pain-inducing mattress will feel if you make it. And then sleep ’til Monday. Wake up and then PARTY FOREVER BECAUSE EVERYTHING WILL ALWAYS BE GOOD FROM THAT POINT ON WITH NOTHING BAD EVER AGAIN. I think I …

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Jun 17 2012

Blogathon: 21st Hour

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Damn. The birds outside are being total jerks right now. You have like no idea. I also think it’s important for you to know that my favourite Marvel characters are totally Dr. Strange, She-Hulk, Mystique, Magneto and Emma Frost, while my favourite DC characters are Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon, Renee Montoya, The Doom Patrol, Wonder …

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Jun 17 2012

Blogathon: 19th Hour

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This is the part of the evening where “thinking” sort of ceases being a viable possibility. This is my Army Of Happy: They help cheer me up during moments where I’m not feeling very strong.

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Jun 17 2012

Blogathon: 17th Hour

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It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue. Damn. Actually nodded off there for a second. NOT a good sign. It’s way too early in the night to start accidentally falling asleep. So… One of the many, many frustrating questions us People of the Transitive Function are often asked is …

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