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Menstruation

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Gender and sex cannot be reduced to reproductive organs

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Here we go again. Amid a global pandemic and worldwide protests in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, a straight White cisgender billionaire can still grab headlines with trans-antagonistic tweets, taking issue with the fact that people other than women menstruate.

I am one of those people. I was assigned female at birth, but I am agender. In 2014, I transitioned to male for legal and medical purposes and began testosterone therapy. After enduring decades of unwelcome menstruation from unwanted reproductive organs, I was glad to put an end to their function.

Unfortunately, I recently began menstruating again. As has happened…


Dear Level

You’re a grown man, right? Run that red light

Illustration: Janet Sung

I have a superpersonal story to share. It’s not my story. Nope, not at all. It’s the superpersonal story of… a woman I know. We’ll call her Not Me.

Once, early on in a new relationship, Not Me started a hot-and-heavy sex session with her partner. A few moments later, he got a stricken look on his face.

“Are you okay?” she asked.

“I feel like… I just scraped against something,” he said. “Is there something inside you?”

Not Me’s first thought was a random 1984 song by Sheena Easton, “Sugar Walls.” Though she was only 11 years old, this…

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