Beyond Authenticity: When the Truth is Impossible to Express

queer & trans identities

“One does not always stay intact.”
—Judith Butler, Undoing Gender
 

Thoughts

I’m not quite sure who I am. That’s why I write fiction. I can fade into a story and express myself through multiple voices. It’s also why I’m an academic. There’s some comfort working in a web of scholarship, made intricate with theory, forever weaving and reinforcing.

Blogging like this, however, is hard. I need to find a voice without relying on the imaginative sorcery of fiction or the theoretical cunning of academia. I need to figure out how to speak as me.

Self is my least fluent language.

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