Today on the blog, in honour of Transgender Day of Visibility, Anna Hodgart speaks to Policy Officer Vic Valentine, of the Scottish Transgender Alliance about their work.
Thanks very much for chatting to us Vic, can you start by introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your role at STA?
Hey, my name’s Vic and I’m the Policy Officer at the Scottish Transgender Alliance. I’ve been working at the STA for a little over 9 months – I’d lived in Edinburgh previously as I did my undergrad here and was excited to move back when this opportunity came up! My role as the Policy Officer here is pretty varied – I spend most of my time delivering training, organising community research, and talking to other professionals about how to make their services or workplaces more trans-inclusive; whether this is through redrafting their policies or talking to their staff so they have a better idea of trans identities and some of the particular issues faced by our communities.
Amy Rodgers is a student at the University of Glasgow undertaking an M.Res in Law. Her thesis concerns the effects of Queer theory, actual and potential, on gay and transgender legal rights and the role of law in legal theory.
Asked and answered by Michel Foucault in his introduction to Herculine Barbin:
“Do we truly need a true sex? With a persistence that borders on stubbornness, modern Western societies have answered in the affirmative. They have obstinately brought into play this question of a “true sex” in an order of things where one might have imagined that all that counted was the reality of the body and the intensity of its pleasures.”
Kate Holliday considers whether female artists in the entertainment industry are empowered by their hyper-sexuality, or simply being exploited in a 21st century fashion.
As a young, feminist woman in this advanced age of female sexuality, I am initially thrilled at the attitudes being flaunted by so many females in the entertainment industry. From Miley Cyrus’ unabashed twerking and nipple pasties, to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ video and sex-oriented rap lyrics, to Beyoncé’s pole dancing with “FEMINIST” emblazoned behind her – we have entered a new era in which the sexual power of women is acknowledged and celebrated. And…exploited?
Daniela Pichardo writes a personal essay about her evolving relationship with feminism.
As a girl, I didn’t even know what feminism was. All I knew is that I liked the Thundercats, I played with swords, I wanted to be a Chemist, I had several scabs, my favourite colour was blue, and I thought boys’ toys and clothes were so much cooler than girls’.
Ellen MacAskill chats to Josephine Sillars ahead of her upcoming show.
Josephine Sillars’ music combines lyrical narratives about love and growing pains with piano and haunting vocals, ‘anti-folk’ attitude with Regina Spektor’s theatricality.
Power demands us to acknowledge who has it and who does not. Power demands we use it or we fight for it. Power is like a dollar: it may as well be a million if you don’t have any. Power is assigned to us in a quantity, and it is in the lack of it that we yearn for it the most. When we assume something is assigned to us, we lend ourselves to accepting only what we are given.
Rachel Cunningham writes a response to the movie Selma, talking about how powerful the collective spirit can be.