From a very young age, watching old family videos of myself was extremely uncomfortable. I didn't know what the word 'transgender' meant, or 'dysphoria'. It didn't feel like watching a younger, more innocent version of myself – it felt like watching a loved one who wasn't there anymore. As though one day they’d simply stepped off the path I'd followed.Read More
he takes the invitation,
setting up his army of bending knees
and jaggering arms.
i shimmy to his shake, forearms up,
i’ve come out swinging wildly,
creating a shield of air and space,
bricks built with each dramatic vogue.
I'm sick of feeling embarrassed & apologetic for the way I look, act & am.
I can dress, eat, drink & look however I want.
I want to be & do whatever I want.Read More
The cultural perception of mother-daughter relationships is an interesting one. There is this idea, a pressure almost, that you should grow up to be best friends with your mum. The way these relationships are held up, hailed as the type of relationship all women should aspire to have with their mothers, only show one side of the story, one aspect of a complicated situation.Read More
the hand of the butcher
has halved me
and his is a blade that
cuts and heals simultaneously
“Said you needed some time away from home.”
I told you it is necessary for you to be away from home.
I told you that you need to stay away from home.
I told you that you have to stay home.
Chronic illness and disability is a monumental barrier to participating, even at really welcoming events. I want to volunteer next year as well, but now I worry my apparent flakiness will forgo my being considered. How can I show people that I’m a dedicated and passionate person, when my chronic illness or spinal pain could flare up at any moment, making me need to lie down or rest?Read More
The girl in the mirror accuses me everyday
Of the appreciation I cannot give her,
Of the love I keep away.
Sweet Breath is a selection of drawings from a summer spent making sense of the body as an organic form; full of sweetness, softness and strangeness.Read More
While it is undoubtedly important for feminist and queer theory to examine the negative impacts of societally-enforced coercive femininity on girls and women, it’s also essential not to dismiss the potential personal power of a reflexive and reclaimed engagement with subversive femininity.Read More