Allison M.

A crossdresser's thoughts on life, fashion, fabulousness, and, um… oh, that's right, dressing up!


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Allison survives Round One

** DING!  DING!  DING!! **

“Ladies and Gentlemen!  Pfizer, BioNTech, and your local pharmacies and health care providers present… TWO ROUNDS of BOXING in the who-gives-a-hoot-about-your-weight division!  This bout is sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services! Continue reading


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Allison empties a (video) bookmark: Trans visibility, circa 1974

It’s been a long, long while since I shared with you one of the far-too-many links I’ve bookmarked to my web browser.  And I’ve been meaning to start sharing them with you here.  But then I realized that the “Watch Later” list on my YouTube account also has its own big boatload of interesting links… including the video I’m sharing with you in this post.

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Random post-TDOV 2021 thoughts

The International Transgender Day of Visibility took place this week, and if you read my previous post, you know that there is a bit of distressing news affecting trans people at a time when the trans community is celebrating being visible and gaining respect, or at least acceptance.  And while news of states barring trans kids from, at the very least, competing in athletic events is a serious concern, any bit of positive recognition directed at our community’s way is so uplifting.  Case in point:  This week’s presidential proclamation issued by Joe Biden, the first formal recognition by a U.S. President of TDOV.

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What brings hope — and fear — on TDOV 2021

A little confession:  I had in the works a longer post in the works for this particular day, the 2021 Transgender Day of Visibility, than what I’m publishing here.  That other post was going to be about an old TV report from the 1970s that I saw on YouTube, a report that profiled those who underwent gender confirmation processes.  One reason I’ll save it for later is that its finishing touches likely wouldn’t be ready for today; yeah, I try to make these posts so perfect before and even after hitting that big, orange “publish” button.

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Me? At the mic?

“By the year 2000, every man, woman and child in this country will have his or her own talk show, at least for 15 Minutes.”
Joe Franklin (1926-2015), former New York talk show host, to the Associated Press sometime around 1994 about the world of public-access television

For the past few weeks, this invitation has been staring back at me when I log into WordPress:

Since at least last month, WordPress and the Spotify-owned podcast platform Anchor have had some integration partnership between the two of them.  One, if they so desire, can now turn their WordPress-hosted blog into an Anchor-hosted podcast, or vice versa.  It’s a one-stop shop for letting your thoughts be heard and not just seen.

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Is that all I am to you?

A ***TRIGGER WARNING*** to start off:  This post will contain frank talk of sex, misogyny, bigotry, and violence based on unfounded stereotypes, as well as details from this past week’s news.  I wish I didn’t have to include them here, but I can’t discuss what I want to discuss without doing so.  If you’d rather hit the back button than reading further, I perfectly understand.

Now, with that out of the way…

Virtually every football fan knows who Reggie White was.  For the unfamiliar (or at least those of you who didn’t click on that Wikipedia bio link), White was a dominant defensive lineman at the University of Tennessee as well as in both the United States Football League and National Football League.  White’s playing career reached several pinnacles, including retiring as the all-time NFL leader in quarterback sacks (he would be surpassed in that statistic); a spot on not one but two all-time NFL teams; enshrinement in both the college and pro football halls of fame… and as every Green Bay Packer fan will remind you (and believe me, they won’t hesitate to do so), back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, and one Super Bowl ring, with the Packers in the late 1990s.

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A poem: “Backs”

There’s a little bit of inspiration for this post, and it comes from the artist Cally Johnson-Isaacs, in particular this post from their Instagram feed that Male Mode Me discovered last Monday morning, March 8 — the 2021 International Women’s Day.

Cally’s illustration is a sweetly drawn, rather cute way to celebrate women supporting each other.  Yeah, “having each others backs” is a really good feeling, be it when you need a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on… or someone to stand strong with in the face of misogynistic brickbats, as not one but two stories involving the same idiot talking head from TV proved this week.

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Thoughts on the moments when I knew things were about to change

The night of February 28, 2020 felt like a usual Friday evening for me.  It was the end of a busy work day and relatively busy work week at the company I was assigned to work at.  It was only a week earlier that I interviewed with the company I work at now.  That night, I dressed up, attended a CD/TG support group meeting, talked about my expecting a job offer that next week, and gave my best friend a big hug.

Little did I know that it would be the last time I would attend a group meeting in the flesh.

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A signature move

I’ll start off this post with a quick professional update:  This past week, for the first time since formally joining The New Place eight months ago, I was moved under the watch of a new supervisor.  Nothing too frightening, earth-shattering, or akin to rearranging deck chairs on a sinking ship.  It was just the addition of a third supervisor in our department, the balancing out of employee-to-supervisor volume… and my now reporting to someone who previously did not have the responsibility of managing my workload or determining how much of a raise I’ll see in my paycheck.

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Why Allison would rather not fly the friendly skies

I imagine that one of the things many people would like to do once the pandemic is resolved and we can go back to doing what we desire is just go somewhere. Someplace like, say, Hawai’i or Florida or, once the U.S. borders reopen, Canada or Europe.  Most likely, depending on the destination and travel arrangements, the travel will require getting on a plane… especially to Hawai’i and Europe because, the last I noticed, there has yet to be built a road long enough to cross an entire ocean. Continue reading