Natalie's Posts

Debunking the COGIATI

Debunking the COGIATI

My first forays into the trans internet were back in the Fall of 2001, while I was having a particularly bad “episode” of dysphoria that led, for the first time in my life, to actually conducting extensive research into what transition entailed. The e-landscape back then was a bit different than it is now. Those were the days of GenderPeace and AuthentiKate. When TSRoadmap.com was the Bible and An... »

The Comparison of BIID and GID

The Comparison of BIID and GID

A few days ago, Christina Stephens, a friend and partner of JT Eberhard posted a fantastic and fascinating piece on Body Identity Integrity Disorder over at Eberhard’s blog, WWJTD. BIID, while one of those things that is widely “known of” (in the pub quiz night “ever heard of those people who voluntarily choose to have their limbs amputated” kind of way) is certainly not widely understood. Christi... »

Coming Out Stories: When Coming Out Is Shutting Yourself In

Coming Out Stories: When Coming Out Is Shutting Yourself In

For me, being a skeptic, and the personal importance skepticism has for me, almost entirely boils down to one thing: knowing that I’m an irrational, crazy idiot capable of incredible cognitive distortions and amazing feats of self-deception. Skepticism is a safety precaution and coping mechanism. My intellectual emergency brakes. The initial crazy that led me into discovering and understanding the... »

Working Out My Feelings On “Work It”

Working Out My Feelings On “Work It”

This post was written in front of a live studio audience. This service is provided so you know exactly what to laugh at, exactly what to think, and exactly what to feel. And when. So I did it, dear readers. I did it. I watched the pilot of Work It. All the way through. From beginning to end. Without gouging out my eyes LOL. And you know why I subjected myself to this? I do it for you, dear readers... »

Help Us Build Our Resources Page!

Help Us Build Our Resources Page!

So, we were hanging around at twilight in Queereka Valley by the waterfall the other day, drinking mimosas served to us on silver trays fastened to the backs of tamed ladybugs the size of golden retrievers (as we are wont to do) and discussing possible static pages to add to the site when Will, King of the Man-Fairies, made what I found to be a pretty damn awesome suggestion: “What if we wer... »

13 Myths and Misconceptions About Trans Women: Part Two

13 Myths and Misconceptions About Trans Women: Part Two

This post is a continuation of an article posted on Skepchick yesterday. 8. You’re appropriating the female body. Appropriation is about co-opting someone else’s identity. We’re not doing that. We’re expressing our identity. It is not an act of attempting to emulate or express ourselves as The Other, we are attempting to more accurately and honestly express The Self. We don’t transition into... »

Welcome to Queereka!

Welcome to Queereka!

Hello everyone, and welcome to Queereka! Queereka is a specifically LGBTQ skepticism blog (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer). In much the same manner that Skepchick approaches science and skepticism from a women’s, feminist perspective, and approaches feminism and women’s issues from a scientific, skeptical perspective, we shall try to be the same for the intersection of LGBTQ issues and... »