Archive for December, 2009

KinkForAll DC: Components of Gender

WordPress forbids me to embed the video, but you can follow the link to Vimeo. It was recorded by Helio_Girl and processed and uploaded by MayMay at the KinkForAll unconference that happened in Washington, DC in November (thanks to the amazing work of Nikolasco and others).

This is the talk I gave on what I saw as the components of gender, inspired by a conversation with Nobilis on Twitter a few weeks before the unconference. The video is about 30 minutes long and includes discussion with Adisson and other participants I can’t readily link. At this time I cannot provide a transcript but there will be one forthcoming.

If I can get permission to post an audio-only version in the podcast feed, I will do that too. Since I’m basically just slouching in a chair waving my hands around, this is essentially a talking-head video, and the least I can do for Nobilis is save him the trouble of ripping the audio himself. 😉


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Trans(re)lating 005: Trans Film

00:00 Opening
00:59 Introduction
– Explanation of changes
04:11 Transgender in film
12:00 Upcoming episodes & contact information
13:45 Promo for “Empress Sword” by Paulette Jaxton

Links mentioned:
List of transgender characters in film and TV (Wikipedia)
What’s In a Name? (rationale for changing podcast name)
Empress Sword by Paulette Jaxton

Email: feedback@transrelating.com
Twitter: twitter.com/DDog
Podcast blog: http://transrelating.com

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License

Trans(re)lating 005: Trans Film

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This promo is new, featuring some gender-bending characters known in myth and fiction, and 60 seconds long.

Trans(re)lating promo 2 (60 seconds)

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I redid the original promo so that it would feature the new music and new name and other info, and tweaked it a little so it’s only 30 seconds long.

Trans(re)lating promo 1 (30 seconds)

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Trans(re)lating: New Theme

I made this in about an hour in Garage Band, after a couple of false starts trying to find my rhythm. It’s just a mix of about six or seven samples, but I like it.

Embellish it as you see fit, just let me know so I can hear what you’ve done with it. 🙂

Licensing: Creative Commons License
Transrelating Theme by DDog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Transrelating theme

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Welcome the Second

My name is DDog, and this is the reboot of my podcast, Trans(re)lating.

It was formerly the Ask A Tranny Podcast, which had to be changed, for reasons outlined in detail here. The short version is that the word “tranny” is a slur that some trans people attempt to reclaim, as was my intention with having it in the name of my podcast. However, as a trans man, I am responding to the many people who have expressed cogent doubts that trans men and masculine-identified genderqueer people have adequate stake in the word to properly reclaim it, by choosing not to use the word. I do not wish to participate in transmisogyny and I do not wish to perpetuate the idea that “tranny” is acceptable for wide-spread use. I decided I could no longer in good conscience use it in the title for a project that is supposed to be educational.

The original LibSyn page will remain up, as an archive for the episodes I’ve already released under the old name and a place to host files going forward. Those who are already subscribed will hopefully not notice a difference because I’m attempting some Feedburner magic to make all future episodes appear in my listeners’ podcatchers. Some previous posts like my podroll and resources lists will be reposted here for continuity’s sake. The old episodes will be linked in place here but without audio attached, so new listeners can go back and listen to the first six episodes on the old blog but old listeners won’t have to re-download them.

I hope you enjoy your stay.

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I’ll be posting an audio version of this for the people who just listen to the podcast and don’t read the blog.

I will be changing the name of this podcast to Trans(re)lating.

At some point I will post the video of the same name I created for an activism class a few years ago, once I have the permission of all the participants. I’d planned to do it anyway, but it ties in nicely in this case.

The only problem now is how to make the transition. This blog, all previous episodes, my Feedburner account, and the email address associated with this podcast are all “ask a tranny.”

  1. I don’t think I can change the LibSyn address unless I buy a new account, and either cancel this one, or keep it to maintain the six episodes I’ve already posted. I don’t want to just disappear the record created on this site (episodes, posts, comments), but I also don’t want to keep paying for a website I’m no longer using. I think I could mask it with another domain name, but I don’t know whether that means no one will see the LibSyn address again or the new URL will merely redirect.
  2. I may redo the episodes I’ve already done. There are only six of them after all, one of which doesn’t even have the old opener/closer; it wouldn’t be that hard to edit in new titles and contact information. I don’t want to perpetuate a title I have decided is problematic for me, but I also don’t want to pretend I didn’t start out as Ask A Tranny.
  3. I can change the name in the Feedburner link easily, but I don’t know how that will affect subscribers. Most of my listeners use iTunes and I think I can change the feed that iTunes pulls down without too much trouble, but I don’t want to strand those who don’t use iTunes.
  4. All decent variations of “transrelating” that I can think of are unavailable as Gmail addresses. I don’t use my personal email address for the podcast because it’s long, obscure, and hard to spell.

I know I should have thought about this when I started the podcast last year, but I was in a different place last year. (Weren’t we all.)

I’ll also be changing the format slightly to go with the new name. I realized I had a lot of episodes I wanted to do without listener questions associated with them. I’ll still be answering questions (I’ve got four or five in the pipeline right now) so please keep sending them in, but I also want to do videos, book and movie reviews, interviews and discussions, feedback, and general topics without ending up with more “special” episodes than regular ones. Special episodes will probably end up being cross-posted episodes from other podcasts I think are relevant.

Thanks for sticking by me during my erratic update schedule. I do have a running list of possible future episodes that’s over 30 ideas long now; the only thing is to get back on a schedule for writing and recording them. My semester is almost over, so I should be able to start back up properly by January.

If anyone has any tips or comments, I’d appreciate it.

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