I do this thing sometimes where I sit in my bathroom naked for hours on end, just making up scenarios and talking to myself and acting out having super powers. Basic nine-year-old shit. And then I finally go to my bedroom and make a terrible life decision that I regret for quite some time and that probably ends up hurting someone.
Well, I started to go into that tonight and I stopped myself. I talked myself down. I’ve used that trick before, like when I was having an emotional breakdown in my car and voices were yelling at me about life, or another time when I really wanted to drive myself into a tree. But yeah, I used that trick tonight and it worked, so that’s nice. Although I still made this post, which is pretty idiotic.
I can’t wait to be like half a grownup and living in an apartment with my two best friends, a cat, and a few pot plants, man, just trying to figure shit out and having adventures.
The new book Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a collection of essays describing the varied experiences of trans people — and the social, political and medical issues they face. It’s written by and for transgender and gender non-conforming people.
We speak to the editor and two contributors about the book and their experiences.
Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote the introduction to the book. She is a trans woman. In the interview we discuss transgender surgery:
"The question of surgery is an interesting one for a couple of other reasons. For one thing, it’s the thing that traditionally in the media always gets fixated on, the question of, "Tell us about the surgery. What happens in the surgery? Have you had the surgery?"
And transgender people have, for decades, offered up their most private selves as fodder for these kinds of interviews. …But we’re trying to get to a place now where when we talk about transgender people, it’s not a conversation about a trip to the doctor’s office. And, to some degree, what is private for everyone else ought to be private for us as well.”
Photo: Transgender author and Colby College English professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, shown in Belgrade Lakes, wrote the introduction to “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves.” The Associated Press
This is fairly old, but I missed it until I heard it on Fresh Air Weekend today. Pretty interesting, and I think a good listen for everyone, no matter the degree of activity in or opinion about the trans community.
but if a playground doesn’t have swings is it really even a playground. or is it just. a disappointment
That sounds like a game my parents played called “child or disappointment.” The chances were fifty-fifty so they had to have me if they wanted a child.