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Feminist queer disabled transsexual writer. Scientist. Nerdy femme. Broke Academic. Seen on: @autostraddle, @theadvocatemag, @bustle, @verge, @thedailyshow
Nov 23, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
The feminine urge to set your entire life on fire because you’re tired of feeling stuck and directionless Almost 20 months of living in pandemic healthcare professional life suddenly happening right when you were trying to change careers and make major life changes will kind of turn your brain to mush.

If there is a purgatory, this is what it feels like.
Nov 23, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
We really have to stop talking about thing like socialization and privilege like they’re objective reality rather than just rhetorical analytical tools built from a specific lens.

Those lenses almost universally exclude trans people, so the tools aren’t really useful for us. The concept of male privilege is a tool of academic rhetoric created to analyze the power dynamics between cis men and cis women. It’s a very *useful* construct, but it won’t tell you anything all that useful about trans people as general class because it wasn’t DESIGNED for that
May 24, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
Sorry to nest threads, but this is important to consider about the “kink at pride” discourse.

Sex-negativity and trans-exclusion rhetoric are closely bound, as the original T*RF movement grew from 2nd wave sex-neg camp. It’s not *universal* but it is *common*. This is also why SW*RF and T*RF are so often two sides of the same coin. You essentially won’t find anti-trans rhetoric without sex-negativity. (The racist/fascist connects are newer.)

There are definitely exceptions in the sex-neg root material. MacKinnon was trans-affirming.
May 22, 2021 12 tweets 3 min read
I wrote a comprehensive literature review of AGP in grad school, including reading/analyzing Blanchard’s original study & conclusions.

The study design— garbage. The instrument design— garbage. And the conclusions were hilariously flawed.

Everything that’s followed is nonsense. To briefly summarize without digging out my paper

1. Blanchard’s study was TERRIBLY underpowered, his subject selection criteria contained tons of bias, & he utterly failed to account for social desirability biases. All things that any undergrad social science student could see
Apr 9, 2021 16 tweets 3 min read

One of the most fascinating manifestations of transmisogyny is the way it shapes the public discourse on transness overall.

In many ways, the wider public perceives trans women as the “source” or “root” of transgender phenomenon. We are to “blame” for this “deviance”. Because of this, most discourse and policy actions on trans issues is framed in a peculiar way:

People/society need to be protected from trans women, but AFAB people need to be protected from the corrupting influence of transness *itself*.

I’ll tell you why that’s interesting
Mar 30, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
If the identity terms I use for myself offend you, I kindly invite you to Get Fucked.

Yes, I identify as transsexual, which I recognize as existing under the wider transgender umbrella. I identify this way because my experience of transness is rooted in physical dysphoria. My needs as a trans woman centered around physical/medical transition. That is MY experience. Transsexual as an identity gives me space to both honor that specific experience and advocate for those needs.

It has *nothing* to do with having or needing bottom surgery to be trans
Mar 30, 2021 26 tweets 5 min read
Heteropatriachy says the two worst things a woman can be are:

1. Unfuckable
2. Fuckable but unavailable This is so much the case that heteropatriachy tries to define womanhood essentially by whether a woman is fuckable & available to them.

Which is why lesbians, fat women, Black women, trans women, sex workers, disabled women all so easily get shunted to “unwoman” so often.
Mar 29, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Trans rights are not just for unobtrusive AFAB non-binary people and trans men who uphold traditional patriarchal paradigms

Being feminine & cis-passing has never gotten me any rights, just creepers, objectification, & accusations of “deception”

Smacks of femmephobia & misogyny Trans women continue to be primary target of transphobic harassment, and the most vitriolic hate is reserved for us. That’s life under transmisogyny, and how pretty you are matters very little. Whiteness and wealth might protect a little.

But we are still villains, each of us.
Nov 18, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
I know I’ve said this before, but:

We are absolutely not prepared for the aftermath of the collective trauma experienced by healthcare workers during this pandemic. My colleagues across functional areas and allied professions are so far beyond their limits. Not just doctors and nurses, but laboratory, radiology, respiratory therapy, transport, pharmacy, housekeeping, nutrition, physical plant, clerics, etc. It’s ALL OF US.
Mar 28, 2019 6 tweets 1 min read
Unpopular opinion and rant time:

I don’t give a crap about whether a lawmaker displays the trans pride flag in their office. It’s a nice photo op, and a sign that we’re no longer *absolute* political poison pills. But, it’s a toothless milquetoast gesture.

What I DO care about: -Does your office have trans people on its payroll?
-Are you actively pushing for a comprehensive LGBTQ civil-rights act?
-Are working to make healthcare and transition care available to every trans person?
-Are you working to address the rising violence against TWOC?
Mar 20, 2019 7 tweets 2 min read
Hey y’all,

I am genuinely many of you were “identified” as “gifted” at some point in K-12, but diagnosed with one or more learning/cognitive disabilities as an adult. Obviously, no need to participate if you don’t feel comfortable sharing. I ask because I find myself really frustrated knowing so many of the things I struggled with, that I was made to feel were my personal failings, are things I have no control over, and maybe college would have sucked a lot less if I could have had support for disabilities.
Mar 15, 2019 6 tweets 1 min read
Women, LGBT folks, and people of color have been talking for years about how “online hate” is the same thing as “real hate”. We’ve been telling you that the ultra-right are being taught to *enjoy* harming others in online spaces, and that it was breeding real world violence. The Internet is not some walled-off, consequence free space. Whether someone is the target of a harassment/stalking campaign, being doxxed, being “swatted”, or being gunned down...the goal is the same: sadistic pleasure in harming marginalized people to feel powerful.
Dec 14, 2018 16 tweets 3 min read
Attention: Incoming thread of some thoughts on Trump, Impeachment, and GOP strategy. One of the things I’m growing increasingly concerned about is that Trump is a squid who thinks he’s a shark swimming with actual sharks. He THINKS he’d savvy and slick, but as we have seen, he truly isn’t.

But he’s playing with folks who experts at political strategy.
Dec 6, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
If you’re looking at what’s happening on FB and Tumblr and are thinking “wow, it’s like basically EXISTING as a sex worker or queer/trans person is now against the rules”, you’re exactly right, and that was the plan all along. The GOP has been losing the culture war largely because of the internet. It’s allowed marginalized folks to speak with way more voice than we’ve ever had before. It’s humanized us to the masses, and turned the general cultural tide away from Christian Conservatism.
Sep 3, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
A REALLY strong sign that your “scientific” article is total hokum:

When folks raise legit questions about your obviously flawed methodology and specious conclusions, you respond by calling them whores and perverts and can’t defend your *actual* work.

#ROGD I’ve presented at a number major professional conferences in multiple disciplines, and I’m a peer-reviewer for several journals. I can honestly say that I’ve never had someone try to defend work I criticized by calling me a slut. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Jul 25, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Here’s the thing about Spicy’s comments about trans bathrooms and the whole controversy in general:

Trans folks didn’t start the hubbub. Neither did progressives. The ENTIRE issue as a political issue was manufactured by conservatives as a scare-mongering tactic. Trans folks have been in your damn bathrooms for decades, and everything was fine. We didn’t start fighting for laws that specifically enumerated our right to use the proper bathrooms. We just used them without making a fuss. It was scary sometimes, but it was largely a non-issue