Victorian literature, psychoanalytic theory, academic gossip, trans femme style, and scurrilous ribaldry from Californian writer and critic...
If you like short, critical essays on novels, films, poetry, music, critical theory, haircuts, people u don’t like, people u like 2 much, psychoanalysis, body parts, etc. I write those and post them here, so that could work. I’m also a trans woman, about eighteen months into a medical and social transition, and that’s an important part of my writing and my reading.
I use this newsletter to explore trans questions within a feminist frame, and often through various attempts to be funny. That means, for me:
• trans feminism shares goals with other kinds of feminism, and “trans women are women” is a descriptive statement about how we all relate to one another.
• I am not dogmatic about the nature of my transness (I barely understand it myself), and I welcome discussion and disagreement.
• trans experience and embodiment is neither new nor uniform - part of this work is to uncover historical expressions of transness in historical figures usually not associated with it. In that frame, I think about transness with a number of historical writers - Browning, Descartes, Eliot, Swinburne, Freud - as well as contemporary poets like Jos Charles,