A Late Night Walk in Tran Nuys

You know how some people believe that the universe is literally testing us? Like, once we believe we’ve accomplished something or overcome a personal emotional hurdle, the world will throw you a challenge, or a test, to see if you’ve actually overcome it? I never believed that to be the case… but I do have some pretty strong evidence to support the hypothesis.

Rewriting Sexuality: How I Unlearned Toxic Masculinity

Looking back, it’s honestly unbelievable the number of things I was told as a young boy that were, at best, horrible advice, and at worst, actual dangerous and predatory behavior….Identifying as female has completely changed the way I think about sex yet again.

My Top 10 Films of 2020

This was a weird year, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t get a number of films that are worth bringing with us as we leave 2020 in the dust.

Animorphs is Vital Trans Representation

Long before I’d heard the word “transgender,” I was a kid who loved Animorphs. In 4th grade, for the first time, I imagined myself transforming not into an animal’s body, but into the body of a female classmate… I’d never felt so complete.

Cyberpunk 2077: Is Bad Trans Representation Better Than Nothing?

…the presence of trans people in our media has allowed trans existence to become normalized. We’re no longer a quiet secret, lurking in the shadows, ready to trick you into falling in love with us, and people have generally begun to accept that trans people exist as a part of the vast tapestry that makes up humanity…Allowing trans characters to exist, even if the portrayals aren’t accurate or positive, forces people who likely don’t know a trans person in real life to share space with us.

Code of Honor [S1x04], or the Most Racist Episode of Television I’ve Seen in Years

My question is this: if we’re taking down episodes of old tv shows that we now know are incredibly racist, why the hell is Star Trek’s “Code of Honor” still on Netflix?

Sports, Masculinity, & Me

“Because I have a penis, I was seen as male, and it was expected of me to play sports. Failure to live up to the masculine expectations of my parents would result in mockery, insults, or grounding, if not physical abuse. So I tried my very best to do what was expected of me.”

The Naked Now [S1x03]—How Star Trek Really Feels About Women

On its surface, the premise of “The Naked Now” is a good one: the entire crew is affected by something that makes them behave as though they are drunk…but the script divides its characters down a gender line: the women are stupid, incapable, horny, and serve no plot function, while the male characters resist their urges and solve literally everything.

Using Empathy to Heal Trauma & PTSD

…people who inflict trauma on others are almost always running from an unresolved trauma of their own. Trauma acts differently than other memories—it doesn’t slip in to the background. It paralyzes you emotionally as the person you were when you experienced it.

Stuck in the Middle With Me

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I did, in fact, come out, and it wasn’t just some wish-fulfillment dream that I imagined happened three months ago. In general, I’ve been feeling stuck—completely frozen in place, unable to move forward, and unwilling to go back.

Encounter at Farpoint [S1x01-02]—Star Trek’s Inherent Imperialism Problem

Q is presented by Star Trek: The Next Generation as a mischievous, untrustworthy villain—a barrier to the great glory of Starfleet’s mission: To boldly go where no man has gone before. But already we have a problem: how can you claim that no one has explored these areas, if every time you arrive on a new planet, you discover a new civilization? Isn’t that someone?

Star Trek: The Next Generation—A Modern Perspective From a Non-Trekkie

Growing up, I was never a viewer of anything Star Trek. The first Trek content I saw was JJ Abrams’s 2009 reboot, which gave me a skewed perception of what Star Trek really was (seeing as all JJ did was slap a Star Wars filter over the Star Trek universe). When COVID hit, and weContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation—A Modern Perspective From a Non-Trekkie”

I Changed; My Ability to Assess People Didn’t

When I was a kid, I believed the world was a certain way. Because nearly all of the people in my life shared that worldview, it seemed likely that it was probably correct. Even as my family moved, over and over again, from state to state, we always settled in areas where, once again, everyoneContinue reading “I Changed; My Ability to Assess People Didn’t”

How Bullies Ruined Pokemon Go

One of the few things that brought me solace during this pandemic was the cell-phone based augmented reality game, Pokemon Go. I’ve never been all that much of a gamer, but something about the simplistic gameplay and rock-paper-scissors style type match-ups of the Pokemon franchise always spoke to me and made me feel calm. AddContinue reading “How Bullies Ruined Pokemon Go”