Some things taught in universities don’t pass the straight face test. That’s now also true of some papers published in academic journals. Recently, I reported on the hilarious hoax some professors pulled on an academic journal about the “Conceptual Penis.” But now, a supposedly real article written by a University of Arizona student named Florentin Félix Morin surpasses the jaw-dropping stupidity of that hoax. She writes:
"For a while, if someone was asking me how I 'identified,' I would joke about being a hippopotamus trapped in a human’s body – later, a human trapped in a hippopotamus’ body, until my humorous 'truth' solidified and I began announcing myself as an old butch hippo dyke trapped in a young human faggy transboy’s body.”
“Such an ‘identity’ allowed me to (verbally) escape, all at once, several sets of categorization that govern human bodies (‘gender,’ ‘sexuality,’ age) through the supposedly sarcastic metaphor of transanimality.”
Somehow, however, the sarcastic comments took on a life of their own. Morin began to "feel cute, confident, sexy, and safe" when her friends called her a hippo and noted her “paws.” (Wait, do hippos even have paws? I think she’s mixing her animals, which is probably now also a thing in academic circles.)
The paper’s abstract states that the author "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).”
Yes, now you know the word “tranimal.” What a time to be alive.
She said that identifying as a hippo allowed her to escape the confines of being "a boy or a girl, a child or an adult, normal or strange."
Hum… I don’t think she escaped the “normal” or “strange” dichotomy.
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