i’ve been talking about this for many years now (here, here, here, and even here – rejection emails not included).
but here we go again:
the main structuring fact of so-called trans healthcare is that the exact doctors who trans liberals hold up as “the best” (cohen-kettenis, for instance) have decades-long collaborative relationships with the exact doctors who trans liberals hold up as “the worst” (zucker, for instance). those two, for example, regularly co-author academic and clinical papers, textbook chapters, and such, and have for as long as they’ve been working in the field.
and what these supposedly “good” doctors’ practice (always remember: practice is purpose), especially when it comes to young people, is the same old gatekeeping with shiny liberal rhetoric. wanna get a trans clinic to question whether you should be there? all you need to do is let them find out you’re wearing a kind of underwear that’s marketed to your originally assigned gender group! (this recent example taken from one of the “best” clinics in the u.s.)
Continue reading you can’t support both trans liberation and medical ‘expertise’
a first line of thinking after reading maya rosen’s fascinating interview with tal hever-chybowski, published this week in Jewish Currents. to be clear, i like what THC (can i resist? no.) has to say a lot, and adore the cultural project he and his journal, Mikan Ve’eylakh [From Here Onwards], are pursuing. i’m thinking my way into the gaps i find in this interview because that helps me understand how it all fits into my own yiddish-anchored diasporist thinking.
Continue reading diasporic hebrew? diasporizing ivrit
one of the greatest singers i’ve ever heard, one of the cultural workers i most admire, died on thursday morning.
the best way i know to honor her is to say her name and tell people to listen to her voice, in song, speaking, or on the page.
jewlia eisenberg zts”l
you can find out about her and her music (and watch and listen) on her website, here.
you can read her wise and generous thoughts on adventurous yiddish music here.
you can hear her on all the usual places, under her name and her bands: Charming Hostess. Red Pocket. Book of J. my favorite will probably always be Trilectic (Charming Hostess, 2002), but i’d never argue about it.