My New Piece: Nonbinary Trans Identities

It's finally out, published, and live with Oxford Research Encyclopedia. You can download the PDF here. If you have library access, there's that method as well. Or you can email me and I can send you a copy gratis.

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Buttigieg and the Gay Pastoral

Pete Buttigieg’s run for the presidency apparently matters. That’s what we are told in the Washington Post. Adam McMahon, assistant professor of political science at Rider University, lists three reasons to justify the claim. First, “Mayor Pete,” as he is referred variously, is the first “out” runner for the Democratic nomination (and potentially the first … Continue reading Buttigieg and the Gay Pastoral

Feminism and Dying: Reading Sedgwick Part One

Part One: Finding A Voice My writing is difficult. “B,” I’ve heard people say. “If only you wrote what you just said, exactly how you said it, instead of the way it was written--I would have understood you.” Really? I meant the same fucking thing in the same fucking grammatical ways, just with different symbols … Continue reading Feminism and Dying: Reading Sedgwick Part One

Queer Eye and Normative Dreams

Allow me to have a brief but queer detour on my way to Queer Eye. I think Fredric Jameson might have been right. (Wait, was it Jameson?) He argued that contemporary (or post-modern) culture sells “intensity.” It promises what Brian Massumi calls affect. For the normal person, the consumer of mass media, it sells an assortment … Continue reading Queer Eye and Normative Dreams

The Violence of Law: Excerpts from My Dissertation

"To rephrase Derrida, through jurisprudence of equality, the law that seeks to include trans subjects within the framework of liberalism is a cisnormativity thinking itself as anti-cisnormative, a cisnormativity in the consciousness of a liberating progressivism (original quote is ‘ethnocentrism’ in Derrida, 1967, 120)." "What law seeks to do is to cast light, as Derrida … Continue reading The Violence of Law: Excerpts from My Dissertation

Commodifying Epistemic Practices: Race, Gender, and Dialogue

I will try to keep this entry brief, since so much of it can come across as mansplaining (which is really just cis-splaining—but I’ll save that for another day). It’s in reaction to several blog posts concerning appropriation and expropriation of black femininity by cis gay men (I’m assuming the Time piece was referring to … Continue reading Commodifying Epistemic Practices: Race, Gender, and Dialogue