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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

Sex Positivity versus Sex Coercion, or Gothic Communism: Liberating Sex Work under Capitalism through Iconoclastic Art

(artist: Persephone van der Waard ) [the back cover abstract]: This Marxist-Gothic-genderqueer book examines the various differences between sex positivity and sex coercion in sexualized media. Specifically, its "Gothic Communism" combines anarcho-Communism, 4th wave feminism with the sharpness of Gothic academic theory, online political discourse, postcolonial, queer theory, ludology, sex education, antifascist sentiment, poetry and a variety of sex worker illustrations/exchanges to holistically examine and combat mental enslavement during the Internet Age—how neoliberal state-corporate proponents, TERFs and cryptofascists use canonical imagery created from coerced sex work to affect imagination as a socio-material process , using it to generate cryptonymic, hauntological, socio-material arrangements that continuously exploit sex workers under late-stage Capitalism. canonically enshrine their abuse in hauntological crypts that "incarcerate," "lobotomize,"