Category Archives: politics

My first vile comment from a Trump supporter

The comment was in response to a recent blog post in which I offered advice on what to do if you use the wrong pronouns for me. The full comment is below, unaltered in any way. I don’t think I need to add any commentary: It really speaks volumes without my assistance.

{content warning: hate speech, transphobic language, ableist language}

 

 

 

I think no change that to I know that Ost people on this blog have serious

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How to make like an ally: The “standing up against transphobic bathroom bills” edition

I want you to understand how terrible public restrooms are for me.

For almost my entire life, I exclusively used women’s restrooms. Within the last few years, as my appearance has become more masculine, I’ve had multiple uncomfortable encounters. I’ve experienced this a few dozen times: A woman walking in while I was at the sink, stopping in her tracks and staring at me, and backing slowly out of the bathroom to look at the sign and make sure she … Read more

All education is civics education: A meditation on electoral politics

I teach college.

That’s a thing I do, and it’s also the biggest and most important piece of my professional identity. Because I was a PhD student, and then a PhD candidate, and then a person with a PhD, I am very aware that my first identity is supposed to focus on my scholarship, and my second or possibly my third is supposed to be about my teaching.

Eff that. Teaching is the most important thing I do. It’s also … Read more