This “zero tolerance” approach on the left is like some kind of Monty Python satire of activism. It would be funny if it did not lead to the right pointing out how the left isn’t actually thinking, it’s just playing a game of identity politics go fish. Who has the most oppression cards? They win!
"It was only when Galileo’s Middle Finger came out that the mix of the two lives was revealed, and so the gig was up. The nice lady at the drycleaners no longer wondered if the fancy clothes I was bringing in belonged to another woman who just happened to be my size."
Some thoughts in conjunction with Galileo's Middle Finger receiving the 2016 Adult Non-Fiction Book Award from the Society for Midland Authors.
Why did the cover and subtitle of Galileo's Middle Finger change from hardback to paperback? And why did this make me think a lot about Hope Jahren's magnificent Lab Girl?
In April 2016, I was honored to give a plenary address to the Society for Sex Research and Therapy (SSTAR) at their annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. My friend and colleague James Cantor recorded the talk so that I could share it. You can listen to it by clicking here.
When Galileo's Middle Finger came out in paperback, New Hampshire Public Radio had me on for their 10-Minute Writers' Workshop to talk about writing the book and about being a writer. We went where I didn't expect; it was a bit like psychotherapy.
Note from Alice Dreger: Prof. Bruce Henderson of Ithaca College shared with me the letter he sent on March 25, 2016, to Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director of the Lambda Literary Foundation, about the withdrawal of my book from finalist status for a Lambda Literary Award. I asked Prof. Henderson whether I could reproduce his letter here, and he gave me permission.(This version is slightly different from the one he sent because it has been edited by Prof. Henderson for clarity and to correct typographical errors.)
March 24, 2016
Lambda Literary Foundation
Dear Mr. Valenzuela,
In September 2015, I was honored to give the Constance Holden Memorial Address for Distinguished Science Journalism at the annual meeting of the International Society for Intelligence Research in New Mexico. I spoke to the group about how to protect yourself if you do research in politically dangerous areas.
The transgender activists who demanded and ultimately achieved the shut-down of Zucker’s CAMH clinic said that Zucker’s approach was full of stigma. That’s because he didn’t simply “gender affirm” every child that came by.