Guest Post: On Being a Trans Woman and Crossing the Bathroom Line

Please take the time to read this.

The Belle Jar

By Xeph Kalma

I don’t work for a big company. It’s tech, and it’s a small office, and everyone knows each other. The people are generally kind, I guess, and frankly, I mostly feel like I should just be so gosh darn happy to even have a job me that I shouldn’t have any problems with the situation there.

I tell myself that I should just deal with the constant microaggressions, the misgendering, the fact that no one speaks to me unless they have to; I should get used to the fact that I basically get treated like garbage there, because HEY, LET’S BE REAL. As a trans woman of colour, I am literally super, duper, lucky I have a job. Not kidding. Look at the stats. Probably the only reason I’m employed right now is because I started transitioning while at this company.

So I guess what I really mean is…

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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


Alliance For Choice and BFN response to abortion consultation

Belfast Feminist Network

Alliance For Choice and Belfast Feminist Network Joint Press Release:

We welcome today’s consultation paper from the Department of Justice – The Criminal Law On Abortion, Lethal Foetal Abnormality And Sexual Crime: A Consultation On Amending The Law By The Department Of Justice.

First of all we would like to draw attention to the fact that there are now no women on the Justice Committee. This is the Committee dealing with issues such as abortion law, sexual crime legislation, law governing domestic violence and law affecting sex workers, all of which overwhelmingly affect women. It is completely unacceptable and reflects the deep chasm between the experiences of more than half the electorate and the understanding of those with the power to make change.

We would also like to highlight the limits of a consultation paper on abortion that refuses to acknowledge, issues often labelled as ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’. There…

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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


Some News

So things have a been a bit quiet here, that is due to me having moved my blogs to my new site.

From now on you will find me here

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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


Abortion in Medieval Ireland

Perceptions of Pregnancy

The Perceptions of Pregnancy blog, like the Researchers’ Network, aims to reach beyond boundaries and borders, and to facilitate an international and interdisciplinary conversation on pregnancy and its associated bodily and emotional experiences from the medieval to the modern. Today’s post is contributed by Gillian Kenny, a Research Associate at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Abortion (or the lack of it) is back in the news in Ireland again following reports that a woman who claimed to be suicidal was denied an abortion and instead gave birth by caesarean at 25 weeks. The roots of lay and clerical anti-abortionism in Ireland would appear to be a modern phenomenon as medieval sources indicate a country in which abortion could be seen as a less severe offence by clerics, for example, than bearing an unwanted child or committing ‘fornication’.[1] In the middle ages women commonly underwent abortions…

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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


Women’s right to abortion: compromise is the losing option

the irish revolution

by Anne McShane

The government hoped that the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013, which came into operation in January, would stifle the demand for change in favour of women’s rights. But the opposite has happened. There has been a new spate of protests over the first reported case under the new legislation. ‘Miss Y’, an asylum-seeker who arrived in Ireland early in the year, sought an abortion on the grounds that she was suicidal. Despite her clear desperation she was refused the procedure and forced to continue the pregnancy. Yet another victim of the misogyny embedded deep within the theocratic Catholic state and its institutions.

The 2013 act was reluctantly introduced by the government in response to immense pressure from the population. Opinion polls have consistently shown an overwhelming majority in favour of some abortion rights. One published in the Irish Times in June 2013 showed over 80%…

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Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Are you coming to the March for Choice?




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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


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