A doctoral student that claims to be a scholar at the University of Arizona publicly identifies as a hippopotamus as a “rebellion” against the confines of mainstream transgender culture.That's the problem with normalizing transgressivity, even the transgressive gets a mainstream. Think I'm making this stuff up?
But the university seems eager to distance itself from Florentin Felix Morin, despite its own news release welcoming him to Tucson earlier this year.
This article explores the formation of a tranimal, hippopotamus alter-ego. Confronting transgender with transpecies, the author claims that his hippopotamus “identity” allowed him to (verbally) escape, all at once, several sets of categorization that govern human bodies (“gender,” “sexuality,” age). He starts with an account of how his metaphorical hippo-self is collectively produced and performed, distinguishing the subjective, the intersubjective and the social. The article then investigates the politics of equating transgender and transpecies, critically examining the question of the inclusion of “xenogenders” in the trans political movement. Finally, the author returns to the magical power of metaphors, arguing that metaphors do materialize insofar as the flesh does not remain unchanged by them.Piker. If he'd put an "interrogates" in place of that "investigates" in the abstract, he'd likely have splashed into a more prestigious journal, or onto a bigger circus.
I hope tenure review boards have a little integrity left. I've just cited the article (Morro, Ego Hippo, 22 J. Theoretical Hum 2017) in Cold Spring Shops, which is not peer-reviewed.