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The Women of “Twin Peaks,” From the Trickster to the Shapeshifter

The Women of “Twin Peaks,” From the Trickster to the Shapeshifter

“In honor of Women’s History Month as well as the upcoming Twin Peaks revival, here are some alternate readings of the female denizens of that strangely frightening little mountain town. Many of these archetypes apply to multiple women at different times in the series. I’ve chosen the one for each that is most representative of her overall journey.” For Wear Your Voice Magazine, March 2017. Read full post.

Trans Folks Will Finally Be Counted in Pakistan, But Other Rights Lag

Trans Folks Will Finally Be Counted in Pakistan, But Other Rights Lag

“The Lahore High Court of Pakistan took a major step in defense of transgender rights in January by including the transgender community in the March 2017 population census.

The Pakistani government has officially recognized a third gender since 2009 — a move that granted basic civil rights, such as the ability to identify as trans on official documents. However, the trans community was disenfranchised until 2012, when the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared equal rights for transgender individuals, including the right to vote as a third-gender person, as well as the right to inheritances. Before that, only males and females were permitted to vote, even though a third gender was officially recognized. By 2013, transgender Pakistanis were running for government office.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, February 2017. Read full post.

The Complicated and Sometimes Racist History of Referring to South Asians as “East Indian”

The Complicated and Sometimes Racist History of Referring to South Asians as “East Indian”

“Ultimately, the term ‘East Indian’ is a remnant of archaic geopolitical Eurocentric positioning and shouldn’t be used at all in a modern context, unless you are talking about people from the eastern part of India. To use it in any other context is playing to Orientalist — and yes, racist — othering of not only people from India, but also Native American populations throughout North America who shouldn’t still be called ‘Indian’ at all.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, Jan 2017. Read full post.