Whenever I hear about a cis person’s childhood, I’m reminded of how different growing up is when you’re trans.
Being trans means different things at different points in your life, but it means you’ll never have a time of innocence and naivete to look back on.
The only time it doesn’t feel awful is before you’re old enough to understand it and after you start dealing with it. And it starts to hurt when you’re young. Really young.
At three years old, being trans means being confused as to why people keep telling you that you’re a boy when you…
If you’ve spent any time at all in trans spaces, or spend most of your time in “woke” spaces, you’ve probably been in a group that included pronouns as part of introductions. When it’s a routine thing, it’s helpful for nonbinary people, easy for cis people and binary trans people who’ve transitioned, and torturous for closeted trans people forced to misgender themselves. But that’s a story for another time. Today, I’m writing about what it does when it’s not routine.
Asking a binary trans person for their pronouns when you wouldn’t ask a cis person isn’t inclusive, it’s exclusionary. It…
Most developed countries have healthcare systems that ensure all their citizens can get the care they need.
We have an industry designed to extract the maximum profit from sick people. We’re usually considered the only developed country to have this instead of a universal healthcare system, though it’s not entirely unreasonable to say that any country without universal healthcare isn’t a developed country.
Most people get health insurance through their jobs. They’re also at-will employees, meaning they can be fired at any time for any reason that isn’t expressly prohibited by law. …
One of the strangest things that people often say is that they “don’t have an opinion” on the rights of people not like themselves. They seem to have a belief that because they’re not actively being homophobic or transphobic, they’re not a bigot. At the same time, they get to avoid being called an “SJW” (which, really, is the weakest insult imaginable) by bigots.
These are the people who say that they accept trans people, but ask whether being straight means I’m attracted to men or women. Because they wonder if I consider myself to be “really a man” as…
I’ve decided I should actually introduce myself here, as I’ve been lurking for a while without saying anything. I came here shortly after James Finn was banned from Quora, but I’ve been doing my writing there and only reading here.
I have an article that I’m going to be publishing here soon, and I’m going to try to put my transition related experiences here, along with a certain amount of political commentary. I might also cross post some of my Quora content that I think might be of interest here.
Now that I’ve broken out of the initial lurking period that I tend to have when I join anything, I’m probably also going to be more active in comments. For those who know me from Quora I’ll basically be acting like I do over there instead of like a ghost.
Physical/computational chemist, (murder)bird nerd, liberal socialist, feminist, generalized nerd.