Transphobia and Other Labels

Posted on Sat 09 October 2021 in trans • Tagged with transphobia, terfs

No-one likes being labelled, especially when one feels it to be pejorative or unkindly meant, or demeans you as part of a category of people. As a trans woman, I understand this. Nor is name-calling much help if you are minded to have a reasoned debate, if there is a …

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On Corrupting the Young

Posted on Wed 30 June 2021 in trans • Tagged with trans Classics

An allegation of corrupting the young, particularly when it involves experts or educators, is an old favourite of the reactionary or the fearful. It can be exploited by unscrupulous politicians to create or inflate a moral panic, sometimes with devastating consequences. If I were spiritually minded, I might even suggest …

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Cambridge, We Have a Problem

Posted on Fri 30 April 2021 in trans • Tagged with trans, Classics

I've been on Twitter, technically, for about a decade, but hardly ever used it. I did the whole flamewar thing in the 1990s on mailing lists and newsgroups, and the appeal of doing that kind of thing again in a short form-factor just seemed too exhausting. And yet, I've lately …

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Fifteen Minutes of Notoriety

Posted on Fri 28 June 2019 in transition

As Warhol suggested, it happens to everyone, and it happened to me. And it was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life, and it's stayed with me. Aside from the personal impact, it has left me intensely suspicious of all media, not just the tabloids, and also some …

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Stopping and Starting

Posted on Fri 28 June 2019 in transition

To save time repeating tedious explanations to everyone, I thought I would try to offer an explanation of my ... erratic ... history of transitioning.

Those who've known me a long time or have heard dark whispering in corridors or were avid readers of the Mail, Sun or Telegraph back in the …

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Why Artemisia?

Posted on Thu 27 June 2019 in misc

Why the title? Four aspects of Artemisia appealed to me. In relation to the blog element in particular, I was thinking of Lucretius' well-known image of honey and wormwood in the proem to Book Four of \emph{De Rerum Nature}. Poetry, he says, is the honey that disguises the bitter …

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