One Lovely Blog Award.

Not sure what I did to earn this, but the wonderful A Kinder Way has yet again nominated me for a blogging award, and who am I to contradict? The rules for this one are very simple... Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog. List the rules. Display the... Continue Reading →

Shell

"Let us be clear: there is no such thing as “sex-reassignment” surgery. A mutilated male pumped full of estrogen remains just that—a mutilated male pumped full of estrogen. He has not “transitioned” into being a woman. He can never be a woman." (Margaret A. Hagen, Transgenderism Has No Basis in Science or Law) "At the... Continue Reading →

A Year of Existence

It was on the 8th of January 2015 that I began this blog, following the advice of my friend Jason, with no very clear idea but plenty of trepidation as to what might come out of it. Now seems as good a time as any to take stock of what I have learned and gained...... Continue Reading →

Responsibilities of Embodiment

Last week at Royal Mail, while on break and working my way through the exercises in my Springboard Workbook, I encountered the following passage... Being a woman Being a woman is at the core of who you are. Usually the first thing that people notice about each other is the gender that they are. Some... Continue Reading →

Little Miss Morbid

Owing to the recent extreme quietness of news on the transition front, which tends to test the morale, I dug out an old vampire novel Wolves of Dacia (nothing to do with cars) that I wrote around 2008, hoping to keep myself busy for awhile with editing and maybe see if I could make something... Continue Reading →

Misogyny

I have now had answered to my own satisfaction that as a transwoman, I can expect to receive prejudice based on the fact of my being trans. Now to the vexed question of whether or not I will also receive prejudice on account of being a woman (or a whatever... I appreciate this is a... Continue Reading →

Porcelain Doll

(Image from Gusten's Restoration Studio Portfolio... would that it were that straightforward) I have, as I may have mentioned, made a few trans friends online who do not fit within anyone's stereotypes, whether those of obvious "men in dresses", nor those of glamorously uber-feminine Caitlyn Jenner types. Jaqueline Andrews and Dr. Aoife Hart are fairly... Continue Reading →

Sort Him Out

(Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, "The Imitation Game", Black Bear Pictures, 2014) Being a librarian, Cal often brings DVDs home, and no prizes for guessing what last night's offering was... I can definitely recommend this film, though it plays fast and loose with actual history something awful. One could almost call it the "Braveheart" of... Continue Reading →

Transphobia

It took its time, but it had to crop up eventually... ...though I am never quite sure if "phobia" is a fair description. He certainly did not strike me as consciously afraid, and even seemed on some level to enjoy the encounter, or at least rather more than I did. "Phobia" does seem like clumsy... Continue Reading →

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