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ESSAY: Exposing the Underling of Transphobia: How Cisnormativity Fuels Transphobic Violence in “The Violence Chapter.”

In this essay, I considered how cisnormativity acts as the fuel for transphobic violence both in The Violence Chapter and in real life. I took examples from The Violence Chapter and paired them up with researched examples of trans* people.

This essay helped me truly understand cisgendered privilege and the overwhelming disparities between trans* and cis people. When writing this, I remember sitting in the library crying into printed copies of research articles. At that point, I had a rather neutral stance on trans* people but as I sat there crying alone in the library, I thought about the past ways in which I had been wrong in my views of trans* people. This essay really changed me, and I remember thinking that I didn’t care what my grade would be as I handed it in–I was so happy to have learned something so deeply important, and that was what mattered most to me in that moment. When I received my grade, I was ecstatic with the A+ I was given. This was the first essay in which I learned essay writing could be a transformative experience and began to love essay writing.

POETRY MANUSCRIPT: the sick person doesn’t die at the end of this one by sb. smith

This is a chapbook I wrote and edited with the help of Sonnet L’Abbé. It chronicles the difficulties I experience in my life due to ableism in social life, medical and bureaucratic settings, and so on. The book opens with lightness and humour by describing the complexities of life through the simile of a video game, and closes by criticizing the supposed necessity of medically-assisted suicide in an overwhelmingly ableist society.

While writing the pieces in this chapbook, I challenged myself with the task of sticking to the task of solely writing about Disability. I found that writing these pieces helped me give words to innately understood and nuanced experiences. Working with Sonnet was extremely helpful in learning the ins and outs of chapbook construction. In class, Sonnet challenged me to write in strict form (eg. sonnets or ghazals) and outside class, she helped me realize the potential these pieces had when working side-by-side in the pages of a chapbook.