Rye-ser-rin — She who travels.

Rejserin is a place to explore ideas, culture, and identity. The primary focus of this Medium is tackling issues relating to what makes us who we are, especially the constructs we erect around gender, sexuality, and our cultures.

The articles flow from the author’s lived experiences, engagiing in an ongoing conversation that threads from the beginning of the Medium to the present day. While each article is in the present moment, there are themes that are interlinked, such as gender identity and sexuality, that build and connect, link interlinked. …


For me my voice is a very personal thing, the one thing that is guaranteed to either affirm or out me to other people. 21 years into this gender adventure of mine I have still never had a single session of vocal training, and while on most occasions my voice comes across as feminine there are times when I patently get misgendered because of it. Admonishments from previous partners still ring through my ears, yet somehow it is just a part of me, my voice a layer of texture that adds to my character.

Don’t get me wrong, for most…


Walk into any store and invariably women will be asked to pay the pink tax for “female” products that are exactly the same as male equivalents but in bubble gum colouring. Scroll through any social media and invariably you will be bombarded with fashion, make-up, car, gadget, and all sundry of ads that explicitly use gender to both code and sell a product. It is such a fact of life that unless you take a step back we assume it is a natural order of things. Women are sold femininity pre-packaged and bottled up with a neat bow, while men…


In an age where gender is often reduced down to both biological essentialism and gender performativity, it is worth considering the three core elements that make up what should be consider a person’s gender identity: internal gender compass, gender expression, and chromosomal biology. Some feminists, along with a vocal minority of politicians, newspapers, and Twitteratti, seek to confine gender, especially whether being trans is a moral sin, into discrete boxes, usually those of biology and gender expression. This then begs the question: what makes a person trans? …


Those personality tests that ask you to rate and probe and probe, the ones at are in essence horoscopes without the mystical cosmic rays, usually make me cringe. In part because they are so easy to gin, but also on the answers we tend to hang so much. For me, the ones that always get me are the self-reflexive ones that somehow always leave off the most essential elements, such as rejection, loss, loneliness, and the most basic human desires. …


In many subreddits dealing with trans and LGBTQ+ issues I come across comments talking about how trans experiences are bad, that they wish there was a brighter future, and how being trans is such a burden. It’s a theme that proliferates across the media, that being trans is such an awful thing that why indeed would anyone wish to be trans or seek to publicly live a trans life. …


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Contains Mass Effect Trilogy Spoilers

The release of the Mass Effect Legendary edition marks a personal milestone for me, another chance to do a deep dive into a game series that left a profound mark. Each of the three games resonated in ways that games rarely do, with some scenes, such as ones with Mordin and Legion, leaving me bereft. This is a personal piece about my relationship with the trilogy, exploring how the games left their wonderful traces in my soul. A love letter if you like.

To talk about Mass Effect is akin to always bringing the hyperbole…


When politicians start coming for minority kids you know they are desperately trying to distract from the bigger problems a nation faces. Be it migrant kids in cages, young black folk getting locked up for long stetches for crimes white kids get slaps on the wrist, or trans kids who just want to play sports, the situation is the same. Those in power using kids to scapegoat for wider social ills that they caused through exclusionary policies.

Trans youth are some of the most underprivileged and marginalised in society, doubly so if they are trans children of colour, working class…


As a 90s teen one of the political lessons we were continuously told was that to attract voters, to win power, the left needed to shift towards the centre. Blair, Clinton, and whole host of other politicians swallowed right wing economic theory, harnessed it with a smattering of socialism and served it up warm to their citizens. It worked, at least for a while, but the post 9/11 world where the cold war victory consensus broke down push societies towards the extremes. The right reacted by amping up culture wars, blaming immigrants for all the social ills, and rallied those…


Winston Churchill was a sceptic of the people, seeing democratic processes as the least bad option. Sometimes it is easy to see why, with misinformation and wilful bending of facts justifying the worst excesses of the political process. Covid-19 has tested the mettle of many democratic processes, with many politicians falling back on old tropes and hand waving to see their nations through. It is also easy to see “the will of the people” as simple a bunch of turkeys being led to Christmas merrily along the way, as why else would they continuously vote against their own best interests?

Rejserin

Writer, researcher, and generally curious

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