A sudden loss of tension in our lives would be like a loss of gravity: disorienting, frightening, and cause for panic.

Why do we so often want to want? You know, like what you see some delicious food and think ‘if only I was hungry, I’d enjoy eating that’. Why…

I used to have clarity: do as I am expected. Now that I’m resigned from that game, I have to sort out who I am and what I want.

One benefit of doing what you’re told is you never have to figure out what you want. There are plenty of…

It’s the small things in life that often bring the most happiness moment-to-moment.

I might never wear a fancy hat, but it’s nice to know I have the option. [Image: “The Millinery Shop” — Edgar Degas (1879/86) : Public Domain.]

In some ways I feel like one of those research monkeys that spent a lifetime in a sterile cage doing nothing but whatever experiment was demanded of me. My life pretending to be a man was sparse…

There is work to be done for a better future.

We can all take a moment to feel relief at the end of the most wretched presidency in modern history. Just a moment, though, since nothing is over and all the work remains to be done. For the left and…

We can either benefit from the system or attack it, but not both.

“Prisionero encadenado” — Francisco Goya (1806–1812) — Public Domain

If we speak against power — or worse, act against power — we will be punished according to the caprice of the powerful. In our time this can mean loss of job, homelessness, social isolation, hunger, violence…

To keep living we’ll need to change this thing we’ve been taught to serve called ‘the economy’.

Image: Public Domain

The economy is destroying the planet and threatening all of humanity. That is a matter of fact. The ecological and human disasters of the economy are too many to list in full but…

Or maybe I was. Or maybe I changed along the way, or maybe I decided to live like this. It doesn’t actually matter, though.

Spectacular rainbow outside the settlement of Humbolt-Dewey, near Prescott in Central Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.

I know I’m supposed to say I was That is the party line for LGBTQ people, and I understand why, but I can’t…

Answering a question I’ve received from a surprising number of people.

Image: Public Domain

Since coming out a lot of people I know have asked how I knew I was trans, so it must be a common curiosity. …

The ability to help ourselves doesn’t mean we’re to blame if we try and fail to do so.

There’s a common sentiment — usually uttered with good intent — that goes something like this: That by itself is true enough;.

We’re killing ourselves trying to win at games that aren’t real and have no stakes.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

My five-year-old nephew, Connor, once fled in tiny adorable anger from our little pile of LEGOs into his room and slammed the door. His mom went to check on him. Why was he angry? He…

Victoria Strake

Essayist, former scientist, trans woman. Striving for actionable methods of peaceful revolution — relationships, community, mutual aid, subsistence, science.

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