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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.
Jul 16, 2020
Some thoughts on a certain social media website.
There is a strange kind of intellectual myopia that academics are vulnerable to whenever the subject of transgender rights comes up. People who might under normal circumstances speak in a careful and measured fashion suddenly become prone to wild exaggeration and reckless generalisations. I am genuinely baffled as to why this happens, but I have some hypotheses.
Jun 27, 2020
Notes on “Inferior” by Angela Saini
Notes on “White Tears, Brown Scars” by Ruby Hamad
An essay about transitions, changing worlds, and how we sometimes don’t notice that things are no longer what they once were.
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.
Jan 24, 2019
A short, disjointed essay on the strangeness of being a trans woman in academia.
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