of Riki Anne Wilchins
Riki Anne Wilchins is one of
the most brilliant and controversial writers on the transgender scene. She
is "too radical", in that her work is brutally honest, sometimes
confrontational, and often explicitly sexual. I am proud to be able to
present some of her writing here. (Note: Riki prefers the spelling
"transexual," over the more common "transsexual.")
- Video Tape
- Riki's signature piece, "Video Tape," is
brilliant postmodern autobiography and the best short piece about
transsexualism I've ever read.
- This essay examines the destructive ways some of us
alter our bodies and personalities as we desperately try to appear
Sunday's Sermon On Spirituality, the God-Thing, & Other Deep
- Riki delivered this address at a Metropolitan Gender
Alliance meeting in New York in 1994. It's a beautiful essay on
Dissociation, and Transexuality as Incest
- Riki considers the
typical treatment of gender-variant children by their caregivers to be a
form of child abuse, comparable in some ways to incest.
Things You DON'T Say to a Transexual
- This hilarious essay
makes some serious points, while displaying Riki's famous wit.
Shopping List of Transexual Shame
- Here is Riki's list of the ways
we act out of shame about our transsexualism.
- Lines in the
Sand, Cries of Desire
- This is Riki's powerful account of
her struggle to exorcise the ghosts of childhood sexual abuse. As usual,
the body is Riki's battleground and sex is her weapon of choice. Sexually
- 60 Seconds
on the IRT
- An "is she or isn't she?" vignette,
beautifully observed and told.
- Love poetry; Riki at her sweetest.
- Transsexual women bleed
differently than natal women.
- No More
- Confronting the mutilation and death that haunt
- I Was
Astride a Young Man
- The pain of sexual rejection: Do we ever
Revisited - I
- Is she a man, a woman, or a transsexual?
Revisited - II
- More conundrums of transsexual identity.
Revisited - III
- A moving end to the series. Sexually
© 2011 by Anne A. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. All rights reserved.