My new project! My aim is to design and publish a book which concentrates on the positives of being trans* and I am looking for submissions - anything from short sentences to artwork, as long as it can be presented in print format and concentrates on trans* positivity. Please feel free to forward this info to anyone you think might be interested, muchos gracias!
Signal boost the hell out of this!!!
This sounds freaking awesome. And inspiring!
Haiku No 13 “Curves”
Of forms and shapes: in Beauty
There are no straight lines
I love this so much
words are failing me because
it’s so beautiful
Been a while since I’d written a haiku, even a silly one. :·Þ
Note, however, that “hermaphrodite” — a word derived from the name Hermaphroditus — is an outdated medical term which is considered offensive by most people with intersex conditions.
This. THIS is what to do when you commit an -ism and someone calls you on it.
Do you realize how hypocritical that was? People choose to be identified with non gender identifying pronouns, you respect that, but then you tell a person they cannot use a certain word to describe their illness and this is reappropriation. Then you have insinuated that they are not as disabled as you are. I don’t pass for normal, it doesn’t matter how I look. If you consider me passing for normal due to MI, then you don’t understand MI. And I don’t care if you have relatives with MI. You are writing off people with mental illness with one swift blow. People with BP experience ableism daily and they are allowed too choose their own titles. Your followers might agree, you might think I’m wrong, but we have all dealt with struggles, and we are all the same.]
Gender is a social construct and often times a spiritual identity, disability is not.
I understand and know some people with mental illness cannot pass in public but that person I was talking to can. Even so, mental illness can be a crippling disorder but it does not make you a cripple.
We are not all the same in any way shape or form. If you follow anyone who deals with racial prejudice they often talk about how the idea that “we are all the same” is dismissive and offensive, the same goes for us.
Man, this taps of deep disrespect for other people’s struggles. Yea, as someone with a mental illness, you go through shit. You face ableism, and the struggles your disability gives you - doesn’t mean you understand one iota of what it’s like to be physically disabled. Know why? Cuz you ain’t physically disabled.
You are not the same as someone who is physically disabled - your lived experience as a mentally disabled person doesn’t touch the experiences of physically disabled people
As for the gender thing - yea, see, butI am non-binary. So people should definitely refer to me by the pronouns I prefer, since I’m actually that thing. But I’m not physically disabled, so if I wanted people to refer to me by terms referring to people with physical disability, that would be a bit rude on my part.
My only critique, gimpunk, is that gender is not a social construct. Gender expression is a social construct, but gender* itself is intrinsic, internal and individual.
* - Including people who feel no gender.
I sit corrected. I misspoke on that matter.
Sincerely and seriously, gimpunk, you are so awesome for learning from your mistake and saying “mea culpa.” So often, in all communities fighting prejudice against them from all kinds of difference, when someone from one community tries to educate a member of another community after the first person has (usually inadvertently) used language the other person finds problematic, the response is defensive and/or othering and/or dismissive. I love seeing examples of people bucking that trend — and I celebrate it as much and as often as I can.
- I added the image description into the quoted section above for those who can’t view the screenshot of the beginning of the conversation.
Some Common Sense About Trans*-Inclusiveness
“…in light of this knowledge of the tenets of radical lesbian feminism, you can see that in their day, these women of their own volition and accord chose a definition of “femaleness” which was absent any real scientific basis in fact, a definition which rejected science, actually, on the grounds that science is corrupted by patriarchy, and therefore “women’s mysteries” are the only trustable source of knowledge.
In this system of quasi-religious belief, there is an ineffable mysticism about femaleness that cannot under any circumstances be acquired by anyone not “born woman”, and thus the claims of trans women to womanhood are inherently invalid, appropriative, false, and oppressive to “real women”. And because it is their central belief that oppression of women by men via patriarchy is the most fundamental oppression that exists, their resistance to comprehending our reality rests upon the fact that they do not acknowledge that we are, in fact, women.
You can see the natural outgrowth of this fervent belief in the mystical feminine in such areas as the wholesale construction of such anachronistic religious practices as Wicca, Dianic Paganism, and the Cybeline cults which have grown up around radical feminism, using the flimsiest of historical evidence as the basis for modern practice, and rejecting the dominant academic and intellectual tendency toward Atheism, which they regard as patriarchal (not entirely without cause, of course).”
— Gemma Seymour-Amper, Comments on Facebook in the aftermath of the death of Adrienne Rich, 30 March 2012 (via gcvsa)
When I attended the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival for the first time, over a decade ago, I was aware of their policy that MWMF was open to what they refer to as “womyn-born womyn” only. I didn’t have a problem with the policy, at first, because trans* women are born women (well, girls); they’re just born with a condition that makes their bodies appear male.
That’s just common fucking sense.
It wasn’t until I heard about, and investigated for myself, Camp Trans (across the road from the MWMF main entrance, and so not on ‘the Land’) that I discovered what the founding members and property owners meant by “womyn-born womyn” — that the term was intended to exclude both trans women and trans men. (The existence of any other possible genders was, and is, not considered by the MWMF.) I wound up spending much of my time out with Camp Trans, or attending workshops with and about trans women and trans men, as well as participating in one of the meetings held to discuss the past, present and future of trans inclusion at the festival.
During the latter meeting, which was held at the dining tent several hours after dinner ended, and for which Camp Trans participants had been specifically and officially invited onto the Land by festival organizers, and which was open to anyone attending the Festival that year as well, a woman approached the tent, stood across the dirt road in the dark, and repeatedly screamed, “You’re raping me! You’re raping me!” at all of us under the dining tent pavillion. She equated our being allowed to participate in a conversation with a direct, violent and violating physical assault against her body — whoever she was, hiding in the shadows out there. And honestly, I think that woman more accurately represented the feelings of MWMF’s organizers better than their grudging dialogue that year did.
The problem is, of course, that that attitude is completely wrong. It’s rooted in extreme prejudice, willful ignorance, and tremendous cis privilege. One of the women I met at Camp Trans that year had been born with an intersex condition. I didn’t quiz her about her medical or surgery history (because I’m not a cis asshole who thinks I’m entitled to that information) but she did disclose to me that she had had surgery which brought her genitals in line with the ‘expected’ appearance of female anatomy, and that she was pretty insecure about how she looked there. By MWMF’s official definition of the term “womyn-born womyn,” she never was and never can be a ‘real’ woman (or ‘womon’). But of course she was — and presumably still is — a woman.
That’s just common fucking sense.
Neopagans, particularly (but by no means exclusively) those who identify as Wiccan, Dianic and Cybeline, are also wont to define women artificially-narrowly as only the people born with fully-female anatomy and fully-female gender identity. (Is gender identity even present at birth, when self-awareness is generally considered not to develop until some months later? I’m not sure, but I am 100% certain gender-‘essentialists’ don’t know either — regardless of what they may claim.) They exclude trans women, trans men, intersex-identifying people and genderqueer people and those who identify with no gender at all, and make otherwise-‘acceptable’ women who have never menstruated and those who no longer menstruate feel excluded. But… surely their creation goddesses created all of us, including those of us who according to the ‘essentialist’ definition are neither men nor women.
That’s just common fucking sense.
I have a thing I say about the notion of common sense, though:
“I don’t know why they call it common sense, when it’s the rarest thing in the world.”
- I do take issue with the othering description of neopagan beliefs or practices as “anachronistic” in the quotation at the top of the post. Virtually every feature found in such belief systems can also be found in the practices of at least one of the indigenous peoples in numerous parts of the world who managed to preserve non-monotheistic spiritual beliefs and/or religious practices into the 20th or even 21st centuries. This is not to say that the cultural appropriation sometimes committed by (usually White and Western, often wealthy) women eager to ‘reconstruct’ their own ancestors’ religions is acceptable or excusable. But it’s possible to condemn those women’s prejudices without at the same time casting anyone in the developing world as backward, primitive or “anachronistic” simply because they don’t subscribe to Western-style monotheism or atheism.
- Holy crap did Tumblr give me fits with formatting this post. What’s with the disappearing spaces around italicized (via the em tag, not i) text? Is this yet another bug?
Look I’m all for education but it’s just a little difficult to keep your cool when your hackles are constantly up over this kinda thing.
When someone calls me by the pronouns (or other gendered terms) ‘opposite’ the ones that ‘match’ the gender I was considered as having at birth, it definitely gives me a happy every time — even when the person then ‘corrects’ or questions their initial identification of me. Being addressed with gendered language which ‘matches’ the gender I was considered as having at birth only rarely actively bothers me; my dysphoria is only very infrequently that bizarre. That makes me, as a trans* person, extremely lucky.
It absolutely does NOT make me ‘better’ than anyone else.
Or any worse. No more so than having relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis makes me ‘better’ — or worse — than people with primary-progressive MS. Just luckier.
Great image with links to resources for male,female and intersex genital integrity…
For more current ISNA information visit: http://www.accordalliance.org/ (There is a note on the ISNA homepage that they have replaced themselves with Accord Alliance.)
I could not be any more behind everything to do with Genital Integrity Awareness Week without literally putting that info on the front of my body.
Hm. Wonder if my local copy-shop can print those desktop-publishing iron-on decal patches?
Yes, We Have a History
Small-minded bigots often like to pretend that queer identities are inventions of the 20th century (and/or of wealthy white intelligentsia). Photos like these, therefore, are more than just cute; they’re proof of our very existence, in a world which frequently tries to deny we have any right to exist.
If you’re viewing this post on my Tumblr, click the subtle little arrow ► to the right of the above image to view the other seven photos in this set!
Same-sex/queer vintage pics that I’ve collected from around the internet.
Sorry, I just feel like doing photosets today, I guess. :)
ETA: Part Two is here
ETA: Part Three is here
ETA: Part Four is here
ETA: Part Five is here
There are links to the other four sets of these amazing photos onlytowardschaos collected and posted, right ^ up ^ there, so all of them can easily be browsed through. I’ll also be re-blogging those posts, but separately, spread out over several months — largely so I can be reminded to look at them and admire again those of us who, despite living during a period of adversity few of us can truly understand, nevertheless saw to it that their lives and love were recorded.
(If anyone recognizes any of the people in these photos, and can provide names, dates, locations or any other info, by all means, share!)