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Category Archive: Ethics

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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Jul 19 2012

Trigger Warning

A couple days ago I was mindlessly killing some time and unboredifying myself by clicking the random button at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. After awhile of this, a certain comic pulled up. The caption read “Who says money can’t buy happiness?” and, in the panel, an enthusiastic, smiling man was handing a syringe over to …

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Jun 16 2012

Blogathon: Eighth Hour

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Sorry. My “eight” key is broken. What’s particularly annoying about that is how many of my internet usernames involve the number “eighty-four” (my birth year). So I just got back from grabbing some lunch, and it is easily the most dismal, shitty, dreary day, like, EVER. Great googly moogly. Anyway… TRIGGER WARNING FOR AFTER THE …

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Jun 16 2012

Blogathon: 7th Hour

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Oh look! A fancy banner thing! I hope you’ve been donating, because I’m not bloody well doing this just for the sake of sore wrists, misery and exhausting a month’s worth of topics in a single weekend. <3 Anyway, I hate to break the levity, but one thing that has been very significant to me …

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May 28 2012

Imagine No Religion 2- A Recap

Okay, I’m back! With a nice little bundle of posts for the coming week. First things first, though, as promised, I wanted to write a little recap of the Imagine No Religion 2 conference, and a few of the things that stood out to me over the course of what was, all in all, a …

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Apr 10 2012

But Seriously, Prostitution Is Not Sex Slavery

As I mentioned a couple days ago, Taslima Nasreen has now joined Freethought Blogs, and I (and the rest of us) are well and truly honoured and excited to have her. I really do have an immense amount of respect for her. But yesterday she wrote a post that I find I absolutely can’t leave …

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Mar 26 2012

German Trans Girl Forcibly Institutionalized

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Remember when I wrote about the 11 year old trans girl whose absentee father was trying to have her committed to involuntary inpatient psychiatric care because he believed she’d been “brainwashed” by her mother into having a female gender identity? In some of the most appalling, disgusting news I’ve ever heard, the German courts have …

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Mar 20 2012

The “Ethical Imperative” Of Disclosure, or: How To Believe Your Victim Owes You An Opportunity For Abuse

Another sad and tired cliché of the trans discourse. Another offensive question that cis people consistently ask us so as to assert their privilege. Another way they seize control of the discourse to subtly remind us who’s boss. Something I’ve been skirting the edges of for quite a while but haven’t yet dealt with directly. …

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Mar 14 2012

The Gendering Of Children, And Raising Trans Kids

There are a couple interesting things going on on twitter lately. There’s the hashtag #ididnotreport, where women (and men, and members of other genders) describe circumstances of rape or sexual assault that they did not report to police or authorities, and why. It’s a very, very chilling look at the intense social pressures that enable …

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Mar 12 2012

On A Hypothetical “Cure” For GID

So here’s a thought experiment that pretty much every trans person ever has been subjected to a good umpteen-dozen times by “curious” cis people… “Let’s say there was a pill you could take, or like a certain kind of brain laser, that could make you, like, identify as your assigned sex, would you do that …

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