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. …


Hope goes to die, in flames or withered on the vine of old age. Its torch passed from those who burn brightly to the ears of those in need. Hope. In times of darkness, in times of want, in times of affliction. Hope, cried out, called out, broken on the wrack and ruin of lives cast aside. Bodies for the cause, revolution, that is the cry, yet hope swells all who wish to, need to, hear. In the here and now hope dwells for a post-Covid world, yet what is this hope that we actually see?

Not the cynical hope…


I have been invited to do a talk about J K Rowling and cancel culture in April 2021, and one of the central points I raise during my discussion about her was the power of the platform she has carved out for herself. One of my prior posts covered my opinions about her, essentially stating I was cutting myself adrift from her work and personally no longer investing any of my emotional labour in her output. …


Yesterday I was fortunate to be a panellist on a discussion of pronouns and their impact on trans lives. To prepare, over the last week I read back through various books and blogs, as well as reflecting on my non-binary friends perspectives on what pronouns mean to them. During the talk it became clear that while pronouns are still a significant issue for binary trans folk, there is a clear and present need to both support non-binary folk in their pronouns and have a wider conversation about what exactly pronouns mean within broader society.

For me it boils down to…


It is easy to define gender with a fixed binary of male and female. Many of the societies we inhabit assume that this binary is fixed, a rigid axis within which the societal structures we build revolve. The conceptualise something different, to see gender in the vast hinterland beyond, is essentially to break apart the very foundations of our societies. Though, if gender expression is a performative act, then why should it matter how you define your gender?

The old jibe about Apache attack helicopters belies a more interesting point. What exactly does it mean to be male or female…


I grew up with a cat who was only months older than me, a regal huntress who proud displayed her trophies at random o’clock in the morning. She was the sort of cat that did her own thing, including gerbil retrieval when the little fellow went walk about. As I grew older she was there in the fabric of life, as bunnies, guinea pigs, and the family menagerie joined, lived, and passed on. She was there for all of it. Until she was not. …


by R E J Saunders

Consent, be it sexual or social, has become an integral part of societal conversation over the last decade. Not that consent was never important, but as abuse has come to light it is an ever more important tool in both preventing abuse and empowering people to say no to situations they find themselves it. It also places the burden on all parties in sexual and social situation to be aware of their own and other people’s boundaries, and to not just make assumptions.

Back in the not-so-glamourous 1990s sex education was all about condoms and…


There was a point when the old name was the only thing that could grab my attention, lost as I was in whatever I was doing. It held the key to unlocking my focus, grabbing you what you needed from me in the moment. I count the day I changed my name legally as the moment I stepped over the gender Rubicon, my coming out, and while in many ways it was completely affirming, it took years before I automatically responded to my current name. …


By R E J Saunders

Who are you? Be honest. Are you the person in the mirror, the person you post on social media, or a collection of personalities you choose to present to yourself and the world? You are never really a singular you, more a collection of personas that people see and online databases collect as you live your life. You may change from situation to situation, one person in private and another in public. You are as much the mask you wear on Instagram as you are in the offline, at least to datasets and algorithms. …


This post contains spoilers for Greenland (2020), Godzilla (2014), Deep Impact (1998), Dunkirk (2017), Chernobyl (2019), War of the Worlds (2005), Independence Day (1996), Armageddon (1998), and World War Z (2013).

Watching Greenland is a visceral experience, a deliberate balancing act of terror, desperation, and willing the protagonists to their final destination. It is less about rocks slamming into earth, and all the better for it. It is more a meditation on that will to survive, the need to complete the task than setting up gratuitous special effect shots. Indeed, while there is plenty of CGI, what there is flows…

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