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“2034,” and Torrey Peters on the Taboo of Detransitioning

“2034,” and Torrey Peters on the Taboo of Detransitioning

Update: 2021-03-162
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The retired admiral James Stavridis teamed up with Elliot Ackerman, a journalist and former Marine, to imagine how, in the shadow of an increasingly tense relationship between the U.S. and China, a small incident in contested waters could spiral into catastrophe. The result is “2034: A Novel of the Next World War.” The book is a thriller, and also a cautionary tale about a failure of military planning: “We have plenty of intelligence,” Ackerman says. “What we often lack is imagination.” And Torrey Peters describes how her book “Detransition, Baby”—a dishy novel on a taboo subject—aims to move beyond the marginal spaces in which trans writing has flourished, into mainstream success with a major publisher.

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ncooty

@6:20: The admiral is plainly wrong about failures of imagination. That's rarely the problem. Instead, the problem is much more often--including in the cases he mentioned--that those who imagined such trajectories were dismissed. Of course, only one imagined trajectory can come true in a given domain. That's the difficulty: choosing what resources to allocate to various imagined trajectories, since money spent on avoided trajectories is often politically cast as "wasted" (see COVID). So, it's disheartening to hear such simplistic and small-minded thinking from an admiral... though that explains a bit.

Mar 20th
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“2034,” and Torrey Peters on the Taboo of Detransitioning

“2034,” and Torrey Peters on the Taboo of Detransitioning

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