EXPLORING TRANS — WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010, 5:40 PM
When I was little, my grandmother made me a pink princess costume for Halloween: a little petal pink shift, a darker pink cape that tied with a white grosgrain ribbon and was trimmed with sequins, and a pale pink satin tiara, also trimmed with sequins. I loved it. After Halloween, that costume ended up in my dress up box (a purple box with white hearts), and I played with it all the time. Continue reading
Posted in Exploring Trans, Trans/Queer
Tagged "Mutilating Gender", childhood, Dean Spade, Exploring Trans, gender, gender binary system, gender roles, narratives, postaday2011, trans, transgender
I’ve never been very good about reading one book at a time. There are so many books, and there’s so little time — I’m nearly always in the middle of several books at a time. I’ve recently finished Queer (In)Justice (written by Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock), which I’d strongly recommend to everyone, and I just started Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness yesterday (I can already tell it’s going to be excellent). I’m also in the middle of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex, by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, which I’ve been working my way through it for a while now. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Rambles
Tagged Andrea Ritchie, books, criminal legal system, Dean Spade, gender, gender self-determination, Joey Mogul, police brutality, politics, postaday2011, prison abolition, prison industrial complex, queer, Queer (In)Justice, racism, reading lists, trans
I’ve been told that I should be a lawyer basically my entire life (not “should” as in “must be,” should as in “would be good at”). My grandfather is a criminal defense attorney (well, he was — he recently retired after fifty-odd years of practicing law), and I’m the only one of numerous children and grandchildren who has ever shown any kind of law school leanings. None of that, of courses, is a reason to go to law school (and/or become an attorney), but it speaks to the fact that the the possibility of becoming a lawyer has been somewhere in my mind for as long as I can remember.
Think about how many times a day you use pronouns. How many times you say something like, “When will he be here?” or “Do you know her?” or “Give the plate to him” or “He’s late” or “Her coat is over here.” Now, imagine that every single pronoun is a pinprick of hurt, a reminder that — on a very basic level — who you are doesn’t correspond with who people think you are. Continue reading
The thesis is such an integral part of the Bryn Mawr experience that it has its own Step Sing song (“I’ve Been Working On My Thesis”), and it’s the beginning of another (“Colossal Pain”). Everyone knows about theses: we’re told horror stories about them for three years.
Perhaps needless to say, I was nervous about the thesis process (“terrified” might be a more accurate word — if some of the seniors I’d talked to were to be believed, my thesis was going to eat my soul). The start of junior year rolled around, and I still had no idea what the topic of my thesis would be. Oh, I had mumbled a little to the philosophy major advisor the spring before about queer theory (not that I had read any Foucault or ever studied queer theory at Bryn Mawr), but after not managing to get through either of the Judith Butler books I had checked out over the summer, that was looking less and less promising. To make matters worse, my thesis advisor was on some kind of emergency medical leave for the first half of the semester. Better and better, right? Continue reading
Posted in Bryn Mawr College, Life, Trans/Queer
Tagged anxiety, Bryn Mawr, Dean Spade, gender, gender binary system, hope, philosophy, senior year, thesis, trans
So, I realized that I just freaked out about the fact that Dean Spade has a book coming out, and most of you have probably never heard of him (unless you were near me around the 26th of March this past spring, as I had just attended a lecture he gave and wouldn’t shut up about him).
Dean Spade has a book coming out! I’m so excited! !!!!!
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I’ll continue in a more sedate manner. Continue reading