Sophia Hottel
Liberalism, science, trans* issues
Created 26 May 2020
  • On Violent Victimization of TGNC People
    21 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Yesterday was the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the yearly commemoration of the transgender victims of homicide. The Human Rights Campaign recorded 46 transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) pe...
  • (Against?) The Greater Good
    15 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    In the beginning, Nietzsche chronicled the genealogy of morality. He argued that Greek and Roman culture had a “master morality” mindset, where the good aristocrats ruled over the bad slaves. This was...
  • Media, Metaphysics, Liberalism, and Religion
    22 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    When most people hear the word metaphysics, they think either “hippy bullshit,” “nerd bullshit,” or “what’s that bullshit?” Those who are familiar with the term might instead think of arcane dialogues...
  • Why don't you get it?
    09 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    “What the hell is that? What gender are you? Fucking abomination.” Roughly every 45 days since I have moved to Philadelphia, I have been harassed over my gender. "Hey you in the small shirt, come over...
  • Conversion Therapy and Gender Dysphoria
    26 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    On May 23, I received a text from someone close to me. It was a link to a news article about transgender youth, and they wanted my thoughts on it. I obliged. And then I received their real question: “...
  • Miscellany on Death
    09 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    One might reasonably think that I would have written something more Pride-y for June. Perhaps my last essay was a fluke, and this week would be on how pride is good or on the liberal influences of pos...
  • Neoliberalism and Social Justice
    02 Jun 2021 • 4 min read
    Neoliberalism is a contested term. It first made a splash as an attempt to revitalize liberalism in the context of an ongoing feud between socialism and laissez-faire classical liberalism. It saw that...
  • Cisgender Convenience and Transgender Progress
    11 May 2021 • 9 min read
    On April 24, The Economist published “Trans medicine gets entangled in America’s culture wars.” They promoted it on Twitter, claiming “Lawmakers in conservative states are pushing back against the Bid...
  • Pronouns and Misgendering
    04 May 2021 • 3 min read
    When it comes to transgender topics, one of the more frustrating and banal arguments is about misgendering. Nearly every expressed position on the matter is entirely lacking in insight and typically o...
  • Critical Race Theory: A Brief Introduction
    28 Apr 2021 • 8 min read
    A few months back, I began hearing about a new threat to Western civilization and America: critical race theory. Unfortunately, everybody who was saying this was near the bottom of the list of people ...
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