Shrinking to survive: A former trans man reports on life inside queer youth culture

This is a long read but please take the time to read it. Really powerful & honest.


Max Robinson is a 20-year-old lesbian who recently detransitioned after 4 years of hormone replacement therapy. She underwent a double mastectomy at age 17, performed by plastic surgeon Curtis Crane in San Francisco. Max reports that her gender therapist at the time, Dr Shawn V. Giammatei, wrote letters verifying the immediate medical necessity of these treatments.

Max currently works to provide direct support to developmentally disabled adults living in group homes; she detransitioned on the job in December 2015. Her novel Laika, which tells the story of the little stray dog who was sent outside Earth’s atmosphere in a Soviet satellite, is available digitally or in print here. In addition, Max and her partner collaborate on many graphic art and creative writing projects.

 Max, like many young lesbians of her generation, was led down the path to FTM “transition” as a teen, effectively short circuiting her…

View original post 5,374 more words

The ‘Bern’ kept us warm


I arrived at Alumni Arena at 5:26 p.m. There already was well over 1000 people outside and the line had stretched into the distance past eye sight. There were students not just from UB but from every college in WNY. This being said the students weren’t alone because in attendance was families, union workers, teachers, and veterans. They lined up all the way from the front of Alumni Arena to the back near the far end zone.


The wait in the line was purgatory. The rain at one point was sideways and the wind was constant. To make matters worse after a certain point in the line people couldn’t bring their umbrellas or backpacks for security reasons. Still that didn’t break the people’s spirit.
“I could sleep out here if it means I get to see Bernie speak.” Said Dana Ughetta, an elementary teacher standing with her daughter.
The line…

View original post 237 more words

To gender or not to gender? (Thoughts prompted by the death of Zaha Hadid)

Really good thoughts here about gender & language.

language: a feminist guide

Last week, after Zaha Hadid’s death was announced, someone I know posted on Facebook: ‘It’s annoying that the coverage keeps referring to her as “the world’s most prominent female architect”. Why not “one of the world’s most prominent architects?”’

Most people who responded agreed that it was sexist to put Hadid into a subcategory of ‘female architects’ rather than acknowledging her status as one of the leading figures in contemporary architecture, period. But one person dissented, arguing that since it’s still harder for women to succeed in most professions, drawing attention to Hadid’s sex underlined rather than detracting from her achievements. This commenter also felt that highlighting women’s successes explicitly was important, because it helped to inspire other women and girls.

‘To gender or not to gender’ is a question that has also divided feminist linguists. Robin Lakoff, author of the influential early text Language andWoman’sPlace, is…

View original post 1,917 more words