January 8, 2013
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TW: racial slur

When a group of people has little or no power over you institutionally, they don’t get to define the terms of your existence, they can’t limit your opportunities, and you needn’t worry much about the use of a slur to describe you and yours, since, in all likelihood, the slur is as far as it’s going to go. What are they going to do next: deny you a bank loan? Yeah, right.

So whereas “n*gger” was and is a term used by whites to dehumanize blacks, to imply their inferiority, to “put them in their place” if you will, the same cannot be said of honky: after all, you can’t put white people in their place when they own the place to begin with.

Power is like body armor. And while not all white folks have the same degree of power, there is a very real extent to which all of us have more than we need vis-à-vis people of color: at least when it comes to racial position, privilege and perceptions.

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—  Tim Wise, A Look at the Myth of Reverse Racism - June 2002 (via timecodereading)

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November 3, 2012

I’ll never quite understand the republican man’s penchant for talking about how rape should be defined.

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August 6, 2012
tophmotherfuckingbeifong:

did no one notice that her facE IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COLOR THAN HER BODY

tophmotherfuckingbeifong:

did no one notice that her facE IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COLOR THAN HER BODY

(Source: cardaughter, via duschlampe)

August 1, 2012
lipstick-feminists:

Beginning August 1st, 2012 a whole range of crucial health care services will start becoming available  with no cost-sharing like co-pays or deductibles, thanks to Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Note: The news is great for those who need these services but the graphic’s use of the word woman is cissexist/not trans* inclusive. Anyone with more graphic-design talent then me is more than welcome to create a new one <3 <3

lipstick-feminists:

Beginning August 1st, 2012 a whole range of crucial health care services will start becoming available  with no cost-sharing like co-pays or deductibles, thanks to Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Note: The news is great for those who need these services but the graphic’s use of the word woman is cissexist/not trans* inclusive. Anyone with more graphic-design talent then me is more than welcome to create a new one <3 <3

(Source: lipstick-feminists)

July 30, 2012
Misguided Trans Hate

thyrdsex:

This blog seeks to deconstruct several common tropes present in the trans* community dialogue. Such things as ‘Some Men have vaginas, some Women have penises’. They dismantle the trope and infuse it with their perspective on gender identity theory and the various ways that transgender people are actually gender essentialists who seek to erase the existance of true women. I just want to point out the blog, because I ran across it, and found it quite interesting. As an open minded person, I like to hear everyone’s perspective on things, I really believe you can’t learn unless you listen. Well…lets just say that I would offer these people that same advice! They really have no understanding of what it means to be transgender, and they clearly have never sat down and truly LISTENED to a trans person explain their reality. The trans community is not lying. We are not making all of this up. Our realities are genuine, and they deserve to be acknowledged. This blog claims that trans* people alter their bodies in order to validate their gender expression, because they believe that gender is rooted in the body. Here is an incredibly offensive excerpt from one post:

“Trans Males who perform femininity alter their body and dress to appear female. Trans Females who perform masculinity disguise themselves as biological males.”

This is obviously insane. But let me explain the main reason this statement is useless. The language here imposes that our gender expression is a performance. While gender is largely a social performance, this statement implies an inauthenticity - that femininity in a trans woman is played, and not natural. These writers hold to the idea that we are masquerading. This is not a new or special criticism,  rather it is incredibly old and stupid. If you are unwilling to accept that souls may transcend the binary, that we may WANT to change our bodies in order to materialize personal truth, then we will never communicate. Of course I understand the idea that trans people are adhering to the binary in their transitions, that by altering ones body to match ones gender expression supports the idea that certain genders should look certain ways. But this idea is insufficient. It does not account for the Reality of trans* people who want to transition in a relinquishment of corporeal “reality” - who accept the bodies and the realities they’ve been given and choose to manifest their own presence on this planet - not because we’re supposed to look a certain way, but because we choose to look a certain way. This is not mimicry. To suggest that we are playing the other sex is to completely reject and ignore our reality. We are authentic. Our medical transitions are not about assimilation with the binary, but an acknowledgment of our existence that supports the idea that our bodies do Not mean all that much. Its about having the desire and the strength to utilize tools of human ingenuity in a process of realizing spiritual truth. It does not mean that any trans person has to transition, it means that if we want to - we should, and never will we be imitating the authentic man or woman. Until the people who write this blog are willing to accept that we are real, and have that we understand our realities better than they do - this conversation is unfortunately pointless. I post this because I know that this kind of message upsets a lot of trans* people, and that it can seem frightening to see such opposition, especially from ‘feminists’. But I urge you to remember that your truth is your own and our world does not understand us, don’t let someone else invalidate your reality.

(Source: thirdsexblog, via projectqueer)

July 28, 2012
sashanako:

notnadia:

reallyfoxnews:

orbitingasupernova:

arabianidiot:

chihuahuawho:

History in the making; Saudi women walking proudly among the Olympic athletes for the first time ever

This is a huge deal, guys. 

i should see this all over my dash okay

Awesome.

ALL OVER YOUR DASHBOARD; NOWHERE IN YOUR NBC BROADCAST.

This. ^ The cameras totally cut them out during the 15 seconds, but they DID mention the fact that there were women on the team for the first time ever during those 15 seconds. So at least there was that.

sashanako:

notnadia:

reallyfoxnews:

orbitingasupernova:

arabianidiot:

chihuahuawho:

History in the making; Saudi women walking proudly among the Olympic athletes for the first time ever

This is a huge deal, guys. 

i should see this all over my dash okay

Awesome.

ALL OVER YOUR DASHBOARD; NOWHERE IN YOUR NBC BROADCAST.

This. ^ The cameras totally cut them out during the 15 seconds, but they DID mention the fact that there were women on the team for the first time ever during those 15 seconds. So at least there was that.

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July 18, 2012
lipstick-feminists:

[ A picture of Emma Watson with read text over it. The text reads: You know, I feel like young girls are told that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and it’s bullshit. I identified much more with the idea of being a warrior, and being a fighter…I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave, and I think that’s something the’ve got to embrace.] 
9 Inspirational Quotes From Independent Women Who Kick Butt

lipstick-feminists:

[ A picture of Emma Watson with read text over it. The text reads: You know, I feel like young girls are told that they have to be this kind of princess and be all delicate and fragile, and it’s bullshit. I identified much more with the idea of being a warrior, and being a fighter…I think women are scared of feeling powerful and strong and brave, and I think that’s something the’ve got to embrace.] 

9 Inspirational Quotes From Independent Women Who Kick Butt

(Source: lipstick-feminists)

July 12, 2012
The Trouble with Normal by Michael Warner

I just finished The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life by Michael Warner. Has anyone else read this? I’d love to discuss it if only to get a better understanding of what I just read.

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July 10, 2012
fuckyeahfeminists:

Upcoming Gallery Showcase…shot by James C. Lewis of Noire3000

fuckyeahfeminists:

Upcoming Gallery Showcase…shot by James C. Lewis of Noire3000

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July 10, 2012
How To Respect Sex Workers : Ms. Magazine Blog

sexworkerproblems:

Whatever you might think of the sex industry, sex workers are your fellow humans beings, and we deserve your respect and consideration as such. This article is awesome.

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