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Miscellaneous writings by Danielle Navarro. This site is more a personal journal than anything else. Sometimes I write ‘essays’ in the sense of short pieces of writing on a specific subjects, but more often my posts are ‘essays’ in the sense that they are tries or attempts at something. Rarely coherent, often emotional, and I wonder at times why I don’t hide this site entirely from view.
May 31, 2020
I found the dates in my calendar.
May 27, 2020
I am haunted by a terribly pedestrian phrase.
Dec 19, 2019
Sometimes you have to learn to let go.
Nov 08, 2019
It has become customary on the internet to use the term ‘triggered’ as a joke. I have come to believe that those using the word in this sense have never experienced a panic attack.
Oct 24, 2019
A long piece on transgender rights, in which I admit that I do have opinions on what social and political considerations a person such as myself deserves. The central claim is that transgender rights can be justified on their own terms, pragmatically, without requiring any recourse to strong metaphysical claims about the nature of gender identity.
Oct 23, 2019
The story of my preparations for my first rape trauma counselling session, told mostly in fits and starts. There are a lot of unpleasant memories jumbled in here, and they don’t necessarily map onto the people or events one might think they do.
I don’t quite know where this story begins. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember, so much so that they feel like an inalienable part of who I am.
Feb 15, 2019
This is not a post I want to write. It is not a story I want to tell. It is not a story I want you to read. I am ashamed to put words to it, scared to say “me too”.
Feb 14, 2019
For the longest time one of my favourite lines in feminist history came from the famous speech by Sojourner Truth. I learned recently that my understanding of the speech was mistaken, and have been pondering what lessons I should take from that.
Jan 24, 2019
A short, disjointed essay on the strangeness of being a trans woman in academia.
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