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pumpkinjustice:

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hotgarbagebabe:

If you drink the milk of a trans woman, you will dream of demons.

Can confirm. And it’s even more metal than it sounds.

Will these demons share their secrets with me? Or are they just gunna be like dick demons who make really bad sex jokes.

well, personally i dream of a winged squid demon made from molten stone.  she swims through a squirming, bubbling sea of celestial flesh, cooking the meat into steaming grey tunnels as she goes.  from her platinum beak issue peals of furious laughter and playful curses that, when repeated, turns eyes away from your body.  but you know, your mileage may vary.

andnowthedawn:

skysquids:

katey-pants:

hey y’all your motherfucking Q Center is in need of a fucking serious reality check and needs to GO. every story about them at this point is pointing not only to shitty structure, bad politics, lack of transparency in finances, making alliances with not only with right winged reactionary hate group churches but also now on the list: dangerously transphobic organizations. ENOUGH ALREADY.

omg.  remember when i started transition and i was really fucking scared, and looking for help, but i felt like i couldn’t access the q center for resources because of their hellish bullshit lack of awareness?  looks like they still don’t give a shit about alienating trans women - now they’re hosting that woman who hangs out on tumblr calling me ‘male’ and misgendering my friends on purpose.  the q center has zero political integrity.

Remember that time a bunch of amazing people got together to organize community patrols to protect folks from gay bushings and the Q Center invited the police against the stated wishes of the people who had recently been physically assaulted, and then proceeded to co-opt the whole idea and work hand in hand with the police?  Remember when they defended a white man who preforms in black face because of “freedom of speech”? Remember when they fired a young woman of color volunteer when they realized she had a criminal record? When they bought out SMYRC, the youth run day center for homeless LGBTQAI youth, and the a few years later decided to stop funding them?  When a bunch of queer people bashed out the windows of Mars Hill church, and the fucking Q Center did a fund raiser because “violence is violence, and it’s WRONG.”  And now this. NO.

medievalpoc:

fandomsandfeminism:

superhappy:

cognitivedissonance:

After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?

“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”

The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.

BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?

BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?

The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.

This. Is. Not. OK.

This is terrifying

I’ve been talking a lot about engaging in popular culture with awareness and consuming media critically the last day or two. And I wanted to reblog this because in the United States, the term “culture wars” is often used as a metaphor, but it’s becoming all too accurate.

Writers and bloggers, academics and activists, are not only being openly attacked, but their attackers are being portrayed in the media as having “a difference of opinion”. The fact is, no one is willing to step up and defend our right to speak and be still remain physically safe. Social media and topical websites (by which I mean the people who run them and write for them) are complicit in this kind of silencing and abuse. The police are complicit when they refuse to provide safety. Anyone who does not push back, who does not say, “Wait, this is NOT okay!” is complicit.

Every woman I know who engages in any kind of critique of poplar culture has been subjected to threats, harassment, stalking, and attempts to slander or discredit their work. I’ve been subjected to this, especially when I’ve said anything whatsoever about video games. Where does it end? When do we say “no more”?

violence or threats of violence against a civilian target in order to affect a political change or response is by definition a terrorist action.  this is another example of our state refusing to respond to terrorist threats when those threats come from groups dominated by white dudes in the name of maintaining any kind of white male supremacy.

kassipoeg asked:

i actually thought they meant something more like .. youd still transition, but it would just be like, no big deal. just customising your body. the thing you described certainly sounds harmful though. except i guess, theres no reason to /lose/ the trans prefix since it just sort of unites women who have similar experiences so like. useless harmful argument like u said (ps thank u for ur time, i know you have no reason to educate me or anything. ily)

oo0ooo:

skysquids:

oo0ooo:

skysquids:

np, i’m home sick today and just laying in bed.  and i really don’t mind discussing these things.  <3

yeah, if the argument is that in a better future we would have no need to identify ourselves among women, i guess i still don’t like it?  i have no problem with being a trans woman.  i like trans women, i think we’re great.  i like being very out as trans because it means that at my job, the trans youth i work with know that they can talk to me about transition.

hiii this is a topic/problem that i think about a lot, and one that i feel has no immanent resolution, and i feel ~okay about it.  so i’m ready/excited to discuss!

i am a trans woman and i, in a sense, believe in bending the arc of our social experiences toward gender abolition.  however i like all the things you say!  i find it really absurd the way that the more popular discourses around the idea(l) of abolition tend to move … like terf’s and men don’t know how to think, or something.  and many many anarchists are frustratingly short-sighted.

i suppose the biggest reason that i position myself as an abolitionist re: gender (among other things) is because i really fucking resent the reality that, by fact that i’m trans and not cis, i have had to struggle 1000% harder to make sense of my world and withstand more abuse and threat of violence.  and this is definitely something that trans women share with most/all cis women!  AND NOT something that trans men share with cis men!  the beginning of gender as a concept/reality, as far as we can tell, developed correlatively with the development of filiative societies, a phenomenon which has only benefited men, as it was ingeniously designed to do.  i simply cannot believe that a system of gendered relations can be constructed that will benefit women — trans and cis alike.

the problem that i have with most people who identify as gender abolitionists appear not to have considered that gender is a system that we have been constructing since humans sought shelter from wilderness itself.  that men are seen as the “protectors” of women holds a mirror up to this ongoing development.  the inertia is still so strong in favor of upholding gender norms that, pragmatically speaking, seeking the abolition of gender within our lifetime or the next doesn’t make any sense, and will naturally leave women, especially those who are trans, of color, disabled, and/or poor, who already lacking in resources, more vulnerable than before.  a tipped scale remains tipped.  i don’t understand how anyone who posits themselves as an abolitionist hasn’t considered it as being a project probably w/o end?  for me, i take this position as providing myself with a guiding light; however it is one that bends with time.

anyway i have to go work now!

i mean, this is where i’m saying that the gender abolition argument is ahistorical.  off the top of my head:

  • you’re assuming that gender developed in human culture after human evolution was basically done, rather than social practices relating to gender co-evolving along with humans.
  • you’re saying that there is a time ‘before gender’ that we can ‘return to’ which, i see no reason to believe this rather than a number of alternatives.
  • you’re talking about gender as though its consistent across cultures - who’s culture groups are the ‘we’ in your statements?
  • you’re arguing that every culture is patriarchal.  i wouldn’t feel qualified to speak to the gender relations in all human cultures - i barely feel like i understand my own culture.
  • whose genders will be abolished?  by whom?  how will that set of conditions be maintained if you yourself believe that gender arose at a specific time in history from a previously ungendered humanity?

i’m pretty resentful of the way things are too, but i just can’t see how gender abolition is a viable strategy or desirable future.  if it doesn’t seem likely, and doesn’t lead to strategic behavior now, and imagines a world where all cultures have been reduced to a single world culture, then it just seems like a justification for bad behaviors in the present in the name of a utopia that, frankly, strikes me as nightmarish.

well really i’m not trying to talk history, so i’m not interested in Returning to some “before”, or spend much time imagining details for such a place.  the most concise i can put what i’m trying to get at is that part of my strategy for coping with the shame in my gendered reality is cheating, breaking the rules, to eliminate periods of shame.  then, what comes next is the part where i am allowed to be happy that i am a woman, if for just a finite period.  and it is finite to me because as feminine a person i am i get treated like a dude a lot which generally makes me feel pretty shitty.  same goes with interacting with dudes in general.  so, continuously, i cheat by loving women and becoming-woman.  for me, “abolishing gender” is another way of saying abolishing the shame that societies attach to the Original Assignment, an Assignment placed on the body by a Power that powerful men delude themselves by seeking, a Mark, a Stain, a site of obscure, dubious meaning.

so yeah i’m speaking, i think, less politically than you are, but i think politically speaking women enhance their representation by an act which includes and is not limited to the abolition of limits instituted by patriarchal gendered power dynamics — the limits placed between bodies and genders can only become replaced if they are first displaced.  i am trying to talk about creating our own with what we are given.  but idk, honestly i think it’s bizarre to suggest that most of the world in 2014 isn’t patriarchal.  like??  or that i and idk i’m not trying to suggest that everyone should be the same gender … or meaning to argue?  but to explore the overlaps (thus the things we share) in the de-/re-creation of gender?

and like i don’t mean abolitionist in an absolute being-sense, but more in the sense that abolishing is something that i do a lot (as do the earth, cosmos, other animals … )

what you are saying now actually makes a lot more sense to me.  before, you were using the language of ‘state of nature’ theory - of which i am not a fan.

but like, i’m all for removing the shame from our experiences by cheating in whatever way we can - the rules are fucked.  i am all for abolishing patriarchy and patriarchal masculinity.  i do think most of the world is governed by patriarchy, and i think we need to fight that as a part of fighting against, as bell hooks called it, white supremacist capitalist patriarchy - all of those oppressive hierarchical systems claim to be natural.  they all compel us into their service to varying degrees.  we should fight them in ourselves, in our lives, and in coordination with each other.

personally, i think we’re always gonna have gender but it doesn’t have to be the terrible system it is now in most dominant cultures.  like similarly i expect i’ll always have to work, but i want my work to be creative, meaningful, and i’ll fight for rights as a worker even though what i really want is power over the conditions of my work.  but there’s always work to do.  i guess i think about gender in a similar way.

katey-pants:

hey y’all your motherfucking Q Center is in need of a fucking serious reality check and needs to GO. every story about them at this point is pointing not only to shitty structure, bad politics, lack of transparency in finances, making alliances with not only with right winged reactionary hate group churches but also now on the list: dangerously transphobic organizations. ENOUGH ALREADY.

omg.  remember when i started transition and i was really fucking scared, and looking for help, but i felt like i couldn’t access the q center for resources because of their hellish bullshit lack of awareness?  looks like they still don’t give a shit about alienating trans women - now they’re hosting that woman who hangs out on tumblr calling me ‘male’ and misgendering my friends on purpose.  the q center has zero political integrity.

vicoactus:

when people say that trans women who are confident are being too manly, what they are saying is that women are not supposed to be confident

when people say that trans women who are assertive are being too manly, what they are saying is that women are not supposed to be assertive

being chided for lacking ‘female socialization’ feels a lot like female socialization, lol.

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