Haunted but not Alone: A Trans Take on the Horror Industry

Adapted from Dirge Magazine, August 2017 cw: discussion of transphobia and horror tropes The central struggle of most horror films is in strong but vulnerable people fighting for their lives and facing off against malevolent forces that want to kill them. This is also basically the transgender manifesto – so why aren’t there more trans … Continue reading Haunted but not Alone: A Trans Take on the Horror Industry

How to Deal with Assholes this Holiday Season (and All Year Round)

Adapted from Dirge Magazine, November 2015 How to Deal with Assholes this Holiday Season cw: emotional abuse, discussion of oppression   Did your new haircut make your Grandma cry? Does your partner want to throw out your collection of weird erotica? Does your obsession with taxidermy make your best friend roll their eyes? Maybe you … Continue reading How to Deal with Assholes this Holiday Season (and All Year Round)

What the Story of Phineas Gage Can Tell Us About Our Amazing Brains

Adapted from Dirge Magazine, September 2015 What the Story of Phineas Gage Can Tell Us About Our Amazing Brains cw: brain damage, depictions of violence Phineas P. Gage was a good man. He enjoyed his job as the foreman of a railroad construction site in Vermont. The men working with him described him as capable, hard-working, fair, … Continue reading What the Story of Phineas Gage Can Tell Us About Our Amazing Brains

Mrs. Monkey-Suits and the Dark Beauty of Dementia

Adapted from Dirge Magazine, August 2015 Mrs. Monkey-Suits and the Dark Beauty of Dementia Cw: depictions of memory loss, mentions of violence  She was the last person left in the lounge, so I readied her wheelchair and strolled over with the warmest, least-threatening smile I could muster.  “Good evening! It’s nearly midnight. Would you like … Continue reading Mrs. Monkey-Suits and the Dark Beauty of Dementia