Yesterday was Transgender Day of Visibility. This is a day that I have very mixed feelings about, as do many other trans women. TDOV was started in 2009 by Rachel Crandall as an attempt to set aside a day to celebrate and acknowledge the lives of trans people. Prior to the promotion of TDOV, trans people had already marked a day of the year specifically for recognizing trans people. Since 1999, trans people have used November 20th as Transgender Day of Rememberance, a day to memorialize those in our community who have been killed by anti-trans violence. …


The standards of care are an outdated relic and reflect a bigoted view of trans people. It is time to get rid of them.

During much of my transition I have had the luck of being able to attain care that followed a more or less informed consent model. In the most simple terms, this means that my care was not predicated on the approval of mental health professionals providing me with a green light, but was instead structured around the assumption that I was informed of the risks and effects of transgender related medical care, and that I was…


The relationship between gender and capital is complex, but a materialist approach to both requires us to recognize the centrality of proletarian revolution for the liberation of women.

Poster from Red Women’s Workshop (1983)

Historically, the relationship between feminism and Marxism has frequently been characterized by tension. While Marxism has sketched out a profound vision of human liberation, feminists have often been skeptical of this vision’s inattentiveness to gendered oppression. Likewise, Marxists have often feared that an overemphasis on gender would distract from the primacy of class contradiction at the core of class struggle. Despite these concerns, there is also an important history of Marxists and feminists working together to better understand the relationship between class society, gendered violence, and oppression. …


The theory of gender that emerges from Contrapoints’ videos offers us an eclectic mix of contradictory theories, and fails to give us a systemic theory of gender that can inform feminist strategy.

Image by Natalie Wynn (Source)

If you are at all invested in the baffling world of online trans discourse, you have almost certainly by now encountered controversy about one of the online left’s most prominent public trans intellectuals: Contrapoints. For those who are not familiar, Contrapoints is a popular trans Youtuber (285k followers at the time of this piece) whose art house-styled video essays explore topics related to gender, capitalism, queer theory, and pop culture. …


Originally from a facebook post, but copied to medium to allow easier archiving and access.

Non-voters are the largest voting demographic in the United States.

Liberal arrogance assumes that this is because they have no been properly motivated, that no one has adequately enlightened them to the importance of exercising their voting rights.

What if, on the other hand, we assumed not that we know better than non-voters, but that non-voters are making a rational decision that reflects their social interests?

Non-voters are younger than voters, by far. I know myself and most the young people I know feel so failed by the neoliberal economics that dominates our country that we are not super hopeful…


For communists in the United States, it is time that we analyze the ways the University has attempted to control the narrative around Marxist theory, and its time we push back.

Communists have always had a complicated relationship with theory.

On the one hand, communists have historically struggled around developing a correct theoretical line. We have not condemned theory as simply irrelevant, but have instead argued that theory has to inform our actions. Marx devoted his life to the theoretical development of a scientific approach to socialism. At the same time, Marx insisted that communism is “the real movement which abolishes the present state of things.” Such a movement does not result merely from holding the correct theoretical line but by putting theory into action. …


Civic pride for a nation founded and maintained through white supremacy is white pride. Political violence in the name of civic nationalism is white supremacist violence. We have to stop mincing words.

On August 4th, 2018, thousands of protesters amassed on the streets of Portland, Oregon to defend their city from a group of outside agitators. A month before, Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys had showed up and severely injured several anti-racist and antifascist protesters. When they returned in August, the counter protesters were much more prepared.

On the day of the protest, Proud Boys and Patriot Prater supporters refused to enter to park they were permitted to demonstrate in because entrance to the park required disarmament. This resulted in one side of a major city street full of illegally assembled…


The only path forward for trans liberation is the abolition of capitalism and the development of socialism. Its time for trans people to acknowledge this, and its time for Marxists to make it safe for us to organize with them.

This week I had to get my hormones for the first time on a new insurance plan. Because the US has a privatized healthcare industry where insurance is largely predicated on employment, this is an experience many other trans women have had as well. After navigating the bureaucratic nightmare of transferring my prescriptions into a pharmacy within my new network, when it came time to pick up my prescriptions I was shocked to find that I would have to pay over 100 dollars for my hormones. On my previous plan, my hormones had cost around 15 dollars. …


Perhaps it is in bad taste to respond to a book review as if it is a treatise, but sometimes someone writes a book review that correctly diagnoses a problem not just with the text reviewed, but with culture writ large. And in those instances, you will have to forgive me for taking a book review to be paradigmatic of a specific argument and standpoint.

Recently my friend Joe Laughon wrote one such review. In his book review for Jonah Goldberg’s Suicide of The West, he explains what he takes the be the strengths of Goldberg’s work, while critiquing its…


Trans feminism and lesbian feminism are often understood to exist in opposition to one another, but there are important lessons they can teach each other if they are willing to engage in dialogue.

The story goes something like this: Lesbian Feminism has been losing relevance for over a decade now. Ideas like compulsory heterosexuality, political lesbianism, and lesbianism as a revolutionary approach to feminism are now all met with substantial hostility. Younger feminists are concerned wary of stringently defined identity and prefer more fluid notions of queerness over more static labels like lesbianism. Trans Feminism, of course has had a rough relationship with Lesbian Feminism, and in order for feminists to include trans women, we must push back against the outdated ideas of Lesbian Feminism.

A quick dip into the murky waters of…

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