The University of Chicago’s Incoming Freshman Letter is a Trigger Warning for Willful Ignorance and Dishonesty

The University of Chicago has demonstrated that, as an institution, it is unaware of the actual purpose of trigger warnings and has no desire to actually do the research required to find out their true purpose. As an academic, I find the concept of an entire institution publicly demonstrating their own ignorance and willfulness to continue existing in a state of that ignorance to be absolutely appalling. My sympathies are extended towards the incoming class of 2020 who received the letter announcing this policy. For the purpose of educating this class and any other people who may be interested in … Continue reading The University of Chicago’s Incoming Freshman Letter is a Trigger Warning for Willful Ignorance and Dishonesty

“I’m Gay, for You”: The Status of Queerness as Identity and Attraction to Transgender People

When discussing queerness in relation to loving or being attracted to transgender people, several realities must be acknowledged as to the lived realities of transgender people. The first prominent point, and perhaps the most important for any discussion regarding transgender identities, is that transgender people as a group are composed of a wide variety of identities and physiologies. Even when the element of individual human variability is ignored, transition is not a straightforward shot towards an idealized, binary body. Instead, it should be the practice of an individual reclaiming ownership of their own body, modifying elements of that body in … Continue reading “I’m Gay, for You”: The Status of Queerness as Identity and Attraction to Transgender People

Existing Publicly as an Awkward Nerd: Some Thoughts on the Cultural Effect of Pokémon Go

The Pokémon series of games have been pretty groundbreaking in regards to encouraging connectivity, from the original wire-connected Game Boy generations to the advent of wireless international play in the 3DS generation. Within the past couple of generations, Pokémon, and … Continue reading Existing Publicly as an Awkward Nerd: Some Thoughts on the Cultural Effect of Pokémon Go

Transitioning as Body Modification: An Argument Against Medical Gatekeeping

Medical gatekeeping – the practice of denying medical treatment to individuals based on a set of criteria that differs based on their ascribed identities – is a practice that physically transitioning transgender individuals are far too familiar with. Although the … Continue reading Transitioning as Body Modification: An Argument Against Medical Gatekeeping