Transitions/Be Fearless

"Welcome to transitions; m name is Fatima Shayla Pearl, I am an African American Transwoman doing time in prison like many other transwomen nationwide and possibly world wide. However, like most people there is far more to me than my being a transwoman. I'm a college graduate, and have also had the opportunity to travel both at home and abroad."

Hoax #8: Feminisms and Mythologies

Compilation of pieces:
Trans* identity mirrored in the myth of the Minotaur and concepts of monstrosity;
Mythmaking of gender and queerness in one’s personal relationships;
The importance of active listening in community organizing;
Consent, yoga, and authentic embodiment;
Questioning the werewolf myth as it pertains to queer and female embodiments;
Coping with the death of family members and living/being “alone”;
The myth of Ed Gein and the transgender killer;
A woman of color’s guide to white men;
Trans women’s alienation within queer theory and means of articulating their own experiences;
Being an archivist and the intricacies of creating history;
Czech foundation myths and concepts of gender;
Interview with a retired New Jersey Sexual Violent Predator Facility Administrator;
Appalachian women’s narratives and experiences in activism opposing mountaintop removal;
Exploring one’s abusive past through the story of Persephone;
Connecting the myth of the Big Bad Wolf to abusive men in the author’s childhood life;
Debunking myths surrounding being an out trans woman and EMT striving to build queer community;
Queer cultural amnesia of the AIDS epidemic and a call to refocus queer activism;
Investigating the differences between blood-related family and chosen queer family;
Reflecting on Roland Barthe’s Mythologies and one’s personal quest as a feminist trans woman