Posts tagged trans

Anatomy of a disrespectful press

There’s a rather nasty crime report doing the rounds right now which, sadly, is an easy bandwagon for internet transphobes and armchair “real men” to leap on to. To a lesser extent, it is a vehicle for trans fears, which I think is right, but not necessarily for the reasons enumerated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twixt stealth and authenticity

Should i write some “trans porn”? Read the rest of this entry »

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The perils of passing

Given that passing is allegedly the holy grail of all transition,it might come as a surprise when i admit that it has me thoroughly floored.

For twice, now, in the space of 48 hours, being accepted as who i am has had me in a tizz, wondering whether i ought not to out myself “just in case”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nat West and the gentle art of forgetting

I suppose I should be sympathetic to the plight of Nat West savers. I mean, I AM one, so if anything else goes tits up, it could well be my account, my direct debits and…well, you get the picture.

But still, I can’t help feeling a touch of schadenfreude (look it up!) at all those earnest folk in the media and on phone-ins worried about bad credit records being created through no fault of the individuals concerned – and therefore why matters should be corrected at the earliest possible, leaving not the shadow of a stain on their personal history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Write-up of Onscenity’s “Bodies” Conference (II)

Next up is a collation of three somewhat shorter papers addressing feminity, the dynamics of the showgirl and the grotesque on stage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Only in the Mail? Why the pcc must not allow textual criticism as excuse

Bullying is bad. A bit less bullying at school would be a good idea. Schools that put in place policies and approaches that reduce the incidence of bullying – often based around perceived difference on the part of minorities – should be praised.

All pretty unexceptional ideas. But not, apparently, if you write for the Daily Mail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Death becomes her…

How would you like to be know at your funeral? Mostly, i guess, my own answer is much the same as others would give: with respect, and as i have lived.

Which is to say that my own life and my obvious life intentions should be respected and not play second fiddle to anyone else’s issues.

Except: there are some instances – like murder – where stripping away the veneer may be a sad and awful necessity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Event: H-Word Happiness, Health and well-being for lesbian, bi, trans and queer women (May)

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Event: The Vagina Monologues, Brighton (March)

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Words, wright and rong

I have been taken to task lately – the same poster in both cases – about my use of words. On the one hand, questioning my inclusiveness: on t’other, sensationalist use of “rape”. We’ll get to the second in a moment.

I’m not sure if this is to become a regular habit..or just a quick fly-by. Not sure also how helpful some of this linguistic policing is. But it raises some quite important issues which I’d like to toss out into the ether. Read the rest of this entry »

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