Miss Gwenllian

As noted in my biographical descriptionall proceeds from my book sales are donated to Stonewall Cymru — specifically, to support Welsh-language services for trans youth in Wales and abroad.

Unlike a Patreon or YouTube celebritydom, academic monographs aren’t major money earners. Nonetheless, I’m pleased to say that my first royalties payment for Ancestral Recall arrived today — and several hundred dollars will be making its way into the hands of folks doing loads of good for the scared and vulnerable.

 

 

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Look at who is displayed front and centre at the @scholarmqup table for Congress!

❤️👧📚👒🌼

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beth nawr yw’r ddadl ynglyn a’r iaith?

‘Featured image’: braint ac anrhydedd yw cyhoeddi y gwaith celf gwreiddiol wnaed gan yr artist Ruth Jên i ddathlu pen-blwydd Y Lolfa yn 50!

Pen-blwydd hapus i’r — bydded i fwy o Gymry Cymraeg gael eu hysbrydoli gan eich mentergarwch ddiwyllannol!

Murlun newydd Ruth Jên gydag eiconau cenedlaethol (2006):

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Mae’r Lolfa wedi cyhoeddi cannoedd o lyfrau. Dyma edrych nôl ar y rhai fu’n boblogaidd iawn dros y degawdau!

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#yagym : Meleri Wyn James: #NaNel

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meic stevens: a’r brawd houdini

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anweledig: 6.5.99

From a Lonely Seat at an Empty Table: Transsexuals and LGBT ‘Forums

The pros and cons of ”ally praxis” and the continued botching of having practical LGBT inclusion in the current milquetoast milieu of “feelings first” symposiums, and why I think it’s becoming a problem . . . this is a topic of increasing concern for me based on my experiences traveling, speaking, and being denied the right to speak.

Safe Spaces are turning into Insular Isolationism. The “shoo! don’t ask the hard questions” dictates of the liberal Catholic university aren’t help a jot. Forgive my usual bluntness, but pervasive and dangerous misunderstandings of trans people are not helped by generic LGBT pep rallies that that really in fact just push trans issues further to the periphery and invisible.

While so much good is being done to support queer and questioning undergrads — including some admirable examples by Jesuit priests who are openly campaigning against harrasment — the overall framework for education and solidarity especially for transgender Catholics on Catholic campuses is superficial and sketchy at best. Hugs are not enough.

Darllen Rhagor

Listicle Nuns: On Cul-De-Sac Catholic Social Media Evangelization

 

Far from the free speech forum YouTube feigns to be — the rhetoric is so asinine that even getting your opponent’s name correct is not a requirement in the shock-jock gibberish of social media politics. Views count, words don’t.

I segue from this preliminary thought — the broader discursive failure of social media, and specifically the dangers of emulating such trends that we, as Catholics, should abstain from. Me included. I’m trying to be less snarky and combative this Lent, but it’s not easy.

The ethical recursivity that is the Zorkian ECHO-room is to be avoided, in which every verbal perception overwhelms both speaker and hearer in its selfish presumptions of right and righteousness.

CNA Live recently featured a well-meaning listicle entitled Five Nuns To Follow for InternationalWomensDay. And their purpose is sincere, sure … promote the platforms of women religious online in order to bolster support for their circulation of the faith they tweet about. However, a glance at the list is telling … it’s anything BUT “international”.

Darllen Rhagor

Tea with Gwynfor

Near Macynlleth, 1996 — afternoon conversation and a cuppa with me —  Dr Gwynfor Richard Evans apologised for when his biro ran out of ink and his hand switched to a soft black for ‘six’. He was that kind of person. ❤

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See here for information on Plaid Cymru hunger strikes, linguistic activism, and the creation of Welsh-language television.

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I extend my sweetest thanks to Dr Laura Thor, co-panelist, colleague in study, and sister in faith; without her, I never would have made it.

Our panel was, in my estimation, a powerful collaboration between psychotherapist and theologian, cis and trans — discussing earnestly what the Catholic Faith means to an individual in transition and the role of faith in recovering from gender dysphoria.

Thanks to all who attended!

The research I presented here will be included in my forthcoming book The Theology of the Marginal Body: The Catholic Church and the Diversity of Sex. 

As both gender theorists and Thomist theologians misconstrue and misrepresent my scholarship on this subject, I am no longer posting blog entries or the like discussing transsexuality and theology in a public manner and will stick to academic venues of publication. Thank you for your understanding.

 

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A Favorite Haiku by Issa

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「世の中は地獄の上の花見かな」
小林一茶
In this world

(on the roof of hell),

viewing cherry blossoms . . .
Kobayashi Issa

ぞえ

24.01.17

Catholic Trans Women: Dispatches from the Devil-Possessed 

“Suspicion often creates what it suspects.”
C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

It’s just not easy being Baphomet.

Of course, Caitlyn Jenner makes it look like one massive blast of everlasting fun, fame, facial surgery, and regularly scheduled cocktail parties with gender rebel comrades — drink flowing on demand, arguments take three episodes, everybody loves us, and the tab for the lot arrives off-camera.

But being the twisted embodiment of an Anti-Adam, the dupe who violates both the Imago Dei and the imago hominis simultaneously, takes effort. Effort driven by a demon called Sex Dysmorphia, who shapes Itself in the human world as a delusional male artificially repurposed to be a ghastly parody of womanhood. How else could such a blasphemous dismemberment of the gendered subject arise but from a Satanic power of unwholesome influence and intervention?

Yes, the transsexual experiences extreme discomfort in their anatomical corpus. But that’s the first step toward a deceitful ontology, engineered by the Father of Lies, and pushed upon us, the psychical incompetents.  Transsexuals, statues of the devil —  don’t the two just like immediately seem to go together?

Fr Dwight Longnecker vivisects transsexuality in his essay “The Devil of Detroit and Caitlyn Jenner“, wherein the title already contains the thesis.  Just a comparison, they say. Don’t take too literally, they say — yet his metaphors are consistently hellish. According to Longnecker, we rock the sympathy card hard, but troll tactically to tear apart the mortal condition. His analogy proposes, in retaliation, to explicate “some interesting details” [read: symptoms of Devilish influence] of my kind. And, as for method, Longnecker intends to debunk the hallucinations of severely disturbed trans people by appeal to allegory. If enough scurrilous associations can fantastically be put together, then situating transsexuality vis-à-vis Satan-worship will demonstrate that they are practically synonymous.

Thus, in Longnecker’s analysis, Caitlyn Jenner (our terrible spokeswoman) is a reflective morphology of the multisexed arch-enemy, Baphomet (our supposed dark lord). The author contends, in lieu of research, that a “visual illustration of what is going on” [read: demonic possession] will prove his point. So it’s really not a subtle pairing: Satan, trans women — all neatly allied, forever in league. Working with loaded juxtapositions, Longnecker observes, “As I looked at the image [Baphomet] and read up on it I saw that the Devil is portrayed as transgender or androgynous.” Longnecker thereby implies throughout his rumination that that the first to fall was also the first to trans. Ergo, transsexuals must be his compatriots: “This [read: They, as in trans women] is precisely what Satan is doing at this time with human sexuality . . . . trans genderism [sic], gender confusion and ‘identifying’ as whatever gender a person wants.” Transition in his view operates as a nefarious secret code for dark arts that motivate and direct us:

“[Transgender] Satan is the proper image for America’s current passion for total tolerance and the embrace of every kind of weirdness and perversion under the sun” (Longnecker).

And sure there’s nothing weirder or more perverted than a you-know-what! And, as if pointing to himself in gratitude, Longnecker assures us that we all “now know who is behind all the sexual depravity, perversion, confusion and fear in the culture of death” that the transsexual supposedly revels within.

Yep. You-know-who.

Darllen Rhagor