Cyber Trolls and the Ineluctability of Online Abuse

[published in Medium, 24 March, 2016] On 7 February, 2016 NYMag.com published Jesse Singal’s phenomenally researched and written piece, “How the Fight Over Transgender Kids Got a Leading Sex Researcher Fired,” which details the mishandling of an investigation and the defamation of the target of this…

The Trap of (In)Visibility and the Erasure of Difference

[published in CounterPunch, 15 January, 2016] One of the best articles I read in 2015 was Adolph Reed’s “From Jenner to Dolezal” wherein Reed critiques the language of identity politics in this year’s almost coetaneous “outings” of Bruce Jenner and Rachel Dolezal. Reed’s critique takes to task…

Dispelling Fictions and Disrupting Hashtags

[published in CounterPunch, 25 August, 2016] Last week there was a hashtag assault on gender critical women called #TERFweek enacted by a handful of transgender activists on the Internet which resulted in the usual series of straw man arguments and fictions crafted about anyone who writes critiques of gender. The usual…