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Coming Out as Trans

I've decided as of yesterday to finally come out as trans. As such, my new name is Persephone and my chosen pronouns are they/them or she/her.  You may have noticed the domain doesn't reflect my transition and that my dead name is plastered all over the place (a consequence of me not really thinking this through). I will aim to rectify this over time. In the interim, I would ask you to please not to deadname or misgender me. Thank you! As for why I did it, let's just say the reasons are complicated. It's certainly not something I chose lightly. Rather, I'd been considering it for several years and probably would have come out in 2020 had my ex at the time been more supportive.  In spite of their abuse, I was also hesitant to come out for fear of reprisals from online hate groups. But then it occurred to me: I'm already writing a book about TERFs and fascists; I may as well face them as I actually am than try and pass for something I'm not. *** About me: My n
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Sex-Positivity versus Sex-Coercion: Selling Sex, Iconoclasm, and TERFs

This Marxist-feminist book chapter* (which I am editing on a daily basis) examines differences between sex-positivity and sex-compulsion in sexualized media, especially sex work. Specifically, it examines how corporations and TERFs use canonical imagery to create sexist arguments, exploiting sex workers while condemning sex-positive artists who seek to liberate sex workers through their own iconoclastic output. The reasons for writing it are largely personal—for me, as a Marxist trans woman and Gothicist, to think about these social-sexual themes relative to my sex-positive output, humanist education and lived trauma.  *Currently intended as a chapter within my upcoming book,  Neoliberal and Fascist Propaganda in Yesterday’s Heroes , which  touches on notions of body representation in popular American media.   If you're curious, the first chapter can be viewed, here . Artistic Nudity Warning: This chapter thoroughly discusses sexuality in art, including visual examples from popular