Newsletter is out! I wrote about "The Wind" and "The Nightingale," and what Westerns look like when you're not lucky enough to be a cowboy:…
Speaking of bleak rape-revenge movies, "The Nightingale" is one of the bleaker ones. The heroine survives, she kills her rapists, and it doesn't matter, because... her family's still dead. Australia still gets colonized. What happens to her happens to millions & gets forgotten.
Good revenge movies are rarely empowerment fantasies. They're not Joaquin Phoenix Joker "society doesn't understand me so I have no choice but to be a badass" shit. Revenge is what people turn to in the absence of justice; the injustice, the absence of healing, is the point.

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13 Feb
I guess what bothers me with the current Britney cycle is that we tend to have these ~20-year cycles of realizing our cultural misogyny ruined some woman’s life — Britney, Diana, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, etc. — and by the time we’re sorry half of them are dead.
We often “repent” only for really pretty blonde celebrities who are beloved for other reasons. Like, we decide that Britney didn’t deserve it. Or that Diana didn’t deserve it. We tell stories about how sweet they were. We don’t ask about the less sweet, less famous victims.
We don’t say *no-one* deserves it. And that’s a problem, because when the cycle is ongoing, everyone can come up with a reason why the target is the worst or had it coming. Women shouldn’t have to be pretty & talented & nice enough to *earn* basic recognition of their humanity.
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13 Feb
I have an extremely half-baked theory (extremely) (like: I have just seen this happen to friends a lot) that trans people who haven't come out yet are more vulnerable to online harassment because our social discomfort is easy to pounce on as a sign something is "wrong."
You know, a bully will always pick the kid who reacts, or who seems extra vulnerable -- sadism isn't satisfying unless you know you're hurting someone -- so people in pain are easy to target. And someone who's already uncomfortable with their social role can read as "cringe."
Re: This week's Britney talk, it's similar to how celebrity media paints most women as "crazy," but, when that narrative hits someone who has a legitimate mental illness they can aggravate with stress, they tend to go into overdrive with tormenting that person to get reactions.
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20 Dec 20
I always feel strange writing first-person stuff about transition. I'm sensitive to the idea that these are little-understood experiences -- I'm still trying to understand mine -- and that cis people are looking for narratives to weaponize against the wider community.
I've tried to build accountability into writing. The stuff I've written has usually been self-published, it's labeled as being about my own experience & no-one else's, I've usually discussed the subject with other trans people, and it's gone past trans people before publication.
None of that means I won't fuck up or can't fuck up, but it makes me feel more confident that I can discuss my own experiences without being seen as the one and only ambassador, and without exploiting trans communities for content or money.
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