Transphobia, the Interrupting Cow

Prejudice obstructs continuous and coherent thought

Tucker Lieberman
12 min readAug 29, 2023

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Crying by Saydung89 on Pixabay

Seven months into covid, we who were paying attention to Twitter were horror-tickled by this Kim Kardashian tweet:

Screenshot of tweet: After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time. — tweet by Kim Kardashian, October 27, 2020

Let us pause to admire the perfect insta-celebrity of the sentence. Every reader felt “2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine” was highly relatable; no one related to “I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island” (except that on Twitter a second billionaire sometimes chimed in to affirm the first billionaire’s alternate universe, which was part of the magic of that platform in its glory days); “pretend things were normal” seemed a stage direction (say it with an exclamation point, as if it were normal!), and by such abracadabra magicianship, a fantasy might have become a reality (but we know this only applied to reality TV stars like Kim Kardashian); of course, as a covid-era sentiment, wishing for pre-covid normality was understandably common, but it easily translated to ignoring the virus which was controversial behavior, and controversy plays well on Twitter (at least from an aerial view when you’re a reader, not the main character); and…

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Tucker Lieberman

Editor for Prism & Pen and for Identity Current. Author of the novel "Most Famous Short Film of All Time." tuckerlieberman.com