On the Body: What Transgender History Can Teach us about Censorship

When we discuss the dangers of censorship, we usually talk about the importance of ideas and their free circulation. We would be wise to consider also the dangers censorship poses to the body. Restricting intellectual freedom is a means for oppressing communities – for justifying incarceration, for preventing education, for destroying networks, and for thwarting resistance. Take what happened to transgender activist Virginia Prince.

I’m really excited to be a guest blogger for the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Blog.

[Image description: In a black and white photograph, Virginia Prince, a white woman, poses standing. She holds her hands behind her back and turns out one foot. She is wearing a flowered dress, a string of pearls, and heels. She smiles.]