Author: piny

Prodigal

Michael Penner committed suicide a couple of weeks ago. I found out about it when this post was linked off of one of our Self-Promotion Sundays. It is normally wrong to refer to a trans person’s assigned-gendered past as though…

Ad hominems, etc.

I wrote this in a thread on Questioning Transphobia, to Voz, whom you all may have seen in comments: Well, yes, but…look, you’re an asshole. I agreed with a lot of the things you were saying about transmisogyny and exclusion,…

Internet Friends:

I’d appreciate some help from the Feministe commentariat. I’m trying to buy language software. I have heard wonderful things about Rosetta Stone, but they are fucking expensive. Can anybody out there speak to whether they give good value for the…

Terms of Debate

Over at A Little Bit Pregnant, Julie posted about the murder of Dr. Tiller. One of her commenters–Jennifer on Jun 1, 2009 11:10:02 AM–put her personal beliefs this way: I am pro-life and believe that all life is precious, in…

Housecleaning

I spent this afternoon cleaning out some closets in preparation for giving them a fresh coat of paint. You know how it is: things pile up, like sports equipment and camping gear and canned goods and cheap plastic dildoes that…

And this was her wise reply…

For years, I really hated this little spot on my body. I shared my concern in support groups and recovery meetings, sobbing and unable to hide my shame. It was a small portion of my penis. To create my clit,…

Post Mortem: On Beyond Galloping Zebras

Thursday I met with the psychiatrist who oversaw my transition and a few months of my re-transition. It was interesting–very brief, and anticlimactic; at this point, I’m not really in transition in either direction. She also clearly saw it as…

Petit Fours

Why is the lefty hatefuck in effigy so exclusively a liberal-dude-on-right-wing-woman phenomenon? Even if you agree that women have a harder time using their bodies to sexually degrade people, surely citizen scrota everywhere can be dangled in the faces of…

Yet More on Comments Threads

Claire left this comment in the Education 101 thread: Yes, I followed the thread, and I’m very familiar with the phenomenon of transphobic gender essentialists on the internet calling themselves radical feminists. (Presumably, they learned what “radical” means from the…

Reunion

This week, I’m meeting with the psychiatrist who oversaw my transition and the first few months of my re/de-transition. I’m not seeing her for therapy–at least, not technically–but as an update: to tell her how things are going and what…

Educating 101

So–thanks again in significant part to me–the thread on Cara’s boycott post has already been derailed into a thread about the problem of expecting education from members of a marginalized group. So I figured I’d start a new thread. Mind,…

Question of the Day

Remember during the Starr Report years, when American parents everywhere were mortified to have to explain words like “blowjob” and “cumstain” and “vendetta” to their young children? Anyway, did anyone else have to explain the slang definition of “teabagging” to…