(note: all of this is about how I treat myself, and not what anyone else has been doing to me) I feel like a lot of what I do these days is simply trying to figure out the lines of power that connect me to all the people around me. Figure out which lines place […]

So I bumped into this post on tumblr talking about how effemiphobia is a real thing. Having never even heard of this term, despite being one of its putative targets for years, I checked google to see if this really was a thing. So see here and here for more writing about this (the second […]

We unveil your hypocrisy because the oppression of transsexual women in the media is dangerously alienating. These poorly conceptualized images of transsexual women are not just created by straight producers alone. In many cases these offensive media images are created by gay male producers. This says volumes about the transphobia and/or ignorance that is evident […]

(Originally posted at Womanist Musings. Posting here for archival purposes.) So, I’ve been trying to do some research into what bakla means back in the Philippines (since I live in the diaspora). One article I’ve read (of a few): Winter, Sam, Sass Rogando-Sasot, and Mark King. 2007. “Transgendered Women of the Philippines.” International Journal of Transgenderism 10:2: […]

Are Your Skinny Jeans Starving the World? | Mother Jones: … I started this article thinking it would say something interesting about capitalism and the clothing industry. And it kinda does.  But. You can tell an over-privileged dude wrote this. Look at this conclusion: So what are your options for a guilt-free closet? Vintage and […]

Something about this latest tragic murder is hitting a particular place with me. And I really do think I’ve reached a turning  point. I’ve been slowly settling into and becoming more comfortable with my gender. Still always and forever third gender bakla. But I’m femme. And definitely trans feminine, which is the one non-racist western […]

(Originally posted at Womanist Musings. Posting here for archival purposes.) The other day, I had an interesting discussion about language and the trans* community. One thing that I’ve been discussing a lot in my posts here has been the hegemonic discourse of the white trans community. How they police language very heavily and use it […]