[-empyre-] Situated body, Situated practices

warkk WarkK at newschool.edu
Tue Sep 10 20:05:26 AEST 2019

When i came out (on Facebook, natch), Sandy sent me a message which said:
"Now you know why, when i met you, i made you nervous."

True story. I had so much internalized transphobia because i knew i was
clinging on to masculinity by a thread.

"The internet" has a lot to answer for. It turns out media designed for
extracting surplus information out of us is a great breeding ground for

Then again, it is a space where trans ppl can find each other. I'm
transitioning with the help of big sisters i know IRL -- but met on

Then again again, its a space for ppl who hate us. Its exhausting playing
whack-a-mole with ppl who think you are not human.

The actual German-style Nazis started with queer and trans ppl too. The
Nazi-book burning pictures you see most often are of the Hirschfeld library.

Who was Hirschfield? Who was Harry Benjamin? What was the medicalized model
of the transsexual? Well for that you'd need to read this:

-- in which Sandy became big sister to us all.

Ironically enough, for complicated reasons, i'm among sisters who all call
ourselves transsexuals again.

But then one of themes is change, right?

On Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 2:17 AM Allucquere Rosanne Stone <
allucquere.stone at gmail.com> wrote:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> Hi folks, Sandy here.  McKenzie and I met in the mythic time of the latter
> part of the XXth Century, when she (then he) met a busful of middle-aged
> theoreticians debarking at a conference venue.  McKenzie glanced at me and
> then stared with an expression I interpreted as loathing, and which later I
> realized was something more akin to terror.  I thought that they might be
> an F2M afraid of being outed, so out of courtesy I gave them a wide berth.
> In retrospect I wish I hadn’t.  Roads not taken, ships that pass in the
> night…
> At any rate, we’re here now, and it’s a great pleasure.
> Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of young transpeople in what at some point in the
> past was a general catchphrase for personal turbulence: going through
> changes.  Right. Ch-ch-ch-changes.  Who knew.
> Well.  The present moment is so chockfull of changes.  A close relative,
> an intelligent, perceptive, empathetic and caring person, is a Trumpist.  J
> Epstein, an intelligent, perceptive philanthropist, was a raging
> pedophile.  Valerie Plame has launched a campaign video that either reduces
> or elevates politics to the level of Hollywood spectacle — literally… all
> it lacks is Jason Statham and Vin Diesel getting out of the car behind
> her.  A woman has given birth to a cow’s head.  We’re all busy slouching
> toward our particular Bethlehem.  What’s not to like?
> I’ll say something about change that’s more related to this thread later.
> This is just a little introductory blurt until I have more time.
> Sandy
> Allucquere Rosanne Stone
> Drive-by Theoretician
> Faust: How comes it then that thou art out of hell?
> Meph: Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.
> Sent from my iPhone. Please enjoy all autocorrects and typos.
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