Expository Pieces by Allison Washington
(A partial list; selected pieces in reverse chronological order. Titles are links.)
Trans Women and the Police: Cairo, Amman, London, San Francisco, them., June 2018.
A sweeping reported piece comparing the treatment of trans women by law enforcement in the Middle East vs the West. The West doesn’t come off looking so great.
The changes (or lack thereof) taking place in languages as a result of changing perceptions of gender in society. Turns out English isn’t too bad.
The anti-trans moral panic being fueled by UK media.
The conflicts and complexities of ‘passing’ as a trans person.
The harm done when men dressed as women are seen to represent trans women.
No, trans people aren’t obligated to disclose their trans status when dating; here’s why.
Information for transfeminine persons considering genital surgery. 2017.01.14
Just a small taste of what it’s like to be Allison. Published in Be Yourself. 2016.11.28
A run-down of everything involved in transfeminine gender transition, for those who want to know, cis or trans. 2016.11.21
A deconstruction of the discussion around the term ‘cisgender’ and why the word matters so much. Published in Crossing (G)enres. 2016.11.19
A survey of the many choices and concerns surrounding medical transition. 2016.11.09
A discussion of what transmisogymy is and how it impacts the lives of trans women; with some of Allison’s experiences in this regard. 2016.11.02
A recounting of Allison’s experience transitioning during the 1980s, with a more general discussion of the challenges trans women faced during the ‘Trans Dark Ages’. 2016.10.23
Some thoughts for those trying to figure it all out. 2016.07.10