JAUNTIEST AND DAMN TRAITORS

Reblog if you’d rather sit by a bonfire than go clubbin’

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Op-ed: Burning Books, One Word at a Time | Advocate.com

thambos:

It’s one thing to decide what you wish to be called. It’s another to seek to scrub words and identities from the lexicon, to snatch them from the hands of the people who created or claimed them before you were even born.

Another piece from Calpernia Addams about the RuPaul/t-word/etc. issues being debated out right now.

I don’t agree with everything she says, but I think it’s important to share 1. because she is an out trans woman taking this minority view and 2. because there is some serious lack of consideration for in-community diversity in SJ right now. As someone else who began transition before web 2.0 and before so many of the changes that are givens to today’s trans folks, I too feel like there are huge pieces of community history and even whole sub-communities being thrown out the window or plain forgotten. And regardless of how this all turns out, that is not OK.

Thanks for sharing this. I think she makes a lot of really good points, and it encapsulates a lot of my own thoughts about the thing? For whatever it’s worth, I don’t think national prime-time TV is the “right place” to be enthusiastically re-claiming slurs that the majority of the audience probably doesn’t understand are slurs and not-ok to a wide group of non-cis people…but then other groups have had this debate over what reclaiming should go on in “mainstream” media, too, so it’s a Thing That Happens. And more importantly, many of the people on that show do have a history and a right to reclaim those words.
(&&ETA: the segment which they are used is also insulting, imo; but Drag Race also historically branded the missives Ru would give to the contestants as “She-Mail”, a pun on the slur, so I think the wider discussion of the word is important; I’m sure we can all agree that policing femme-presenting people’s womanly-ness is p. gross and they shouldn’t have had that segment)
I’m sick of a lot of this modern-day rift-making over who’s gender-variance is “real” enough to be a “trans” gender (history is full of it enough!); of arbitrarily defining all people’s experiences over what word they use, especially in the face that a lot of trans people now a-days a very aware that “it’s not the medical transition” that makes someone trans, “it’s not a choice between man and woman, there’s other genders”, “I don’t have to behave like a stereotypical person of that gender just because I’m trans (that gender/sex)”, etc etc etc. So much contemporary trans thought is SUPER PERMISSIVE!! Like , woo-hoo you can be trans by just being trans!! There’s a super-visible non-binary community (when I first came out I had to read ARCHIVED WEBPAGES from the EARLY 90’s to find anything that wasn’t straight A-B transition!!), and a lot of wibbly-wobbly gender territory is accepted in many trans communities made up of FAAB people…but there are even sharper and deepening lines dictating what genders MAAB people can express. I’ve seen so many trans queer drag kings who are respected members of trans, non-binary, and drag communities, but I can’t hardly think of any examples that are allowed that reflect trans queer drag queens; and “allowed” meaning we’re allowed to think of them as all those identities, no one will jump in and say “[Person] is NOT trans!” or “She is NOT a drag Queen!” (even if historically that is the exact word that person used. And of course, history is a problem too, as many people were not ALLOWED to call themselves other things because their class, race, and sexual orientation or sexual behaviours categorically denied them “transsexual” identity. but instead of excepting that these words were not disparate groups but a series of identities that could very well overlap, we erase the historical identities and impose modern definitions {EXACTLY the problem of looking for queer trans people in other times and cultures, because our contemporary language was not how they would describe themselves}…)

The point, right, so. Yeah. We accept that gender can be fluid and that non-binary people can present in many ways in many settings and that transgender/sexed people might start off here and go there and double-back-around to this…but we often police MAAB genders harsher and ridgedly expect them to conform to one of three categories: crossdresser (NOT trans, probably a pervert, maybe a clothing-radical, “really” a man insulting!!), drag Queen (NOT trans, maybe a radical, probably an asshole, “really” a man, mocking!!), or transsexual (ONLY the truest of the true here, you better be really femme but also really radical and be able to provide references for how you pre-natally knew you were trans!!)
And by “we” I mean the online trans-queer-activist circles (and discounting communities that backlash against the first point) (and additionally many crossdressers and Queens DO identify as male/men or mostly so, and that is OK, but it isn’t everyone and you also have to question if they had a community of gender-variant-radicals who accepted them and descirbed experences they could relate to, would any of them use terms like “genderqueer” or “genderfluid” or “bi-gender”, or “non-binary” or “transgender” or “androgyne” or “gender neutral” or “agender”?? I mean if you think all people in CD or Drag Queen communities would universally ID as men or male and have no interest in non-binary, queer genders, etc then honestly I think you haven’t met many people in these communities or who claim history with them.)

Arg so long!! But I also wanted to gripe that, as a foot-note, RuPaul is on-record with using BOTH “he” and “she” pronouns and not having a preference, it’s one thing when mainstream heteronorm media EXCLUSIVELY uses “he” in reference to RuPaul, but it makes me want to tear my hair how frequently I see queer/LGBT media and people exclusively using “he” for RuPaul! Not that it’s the case with this article, but especially with bloggers that are all “respect the pronouns!!”, they could…also respect her pronouns to use fluid pronouns, to use drag pronouns, to not be like “he’s a he end of story”?? Eh???

Oh, and while I still have the Advocate open, this article is also very good and has points I agree with, from the other perspective, by Drag Race alumni who are trans women: http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2014/04/17/t-word-new-n-word

why is monitor calibration so hard?

why can’t i adjust the contrast on my laptop?

himteckerjam:

lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.
Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.
Scarleteen is invaluable.
And Scarleteen needs your help.
During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.
This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 
This is devastating.
If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.
Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.
And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

Dude, Scarleteen saved my shit back in the day. They’ve been around since 1998 and I assure you, they deserve every single penny you can throw at them!

himteckerjam:

lalondes:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T SCROLL PAST THIS.

Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.

Scarleteen is invaluable.

And Scarleteen needs your help.

During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.

This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 

This is devastating.

If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.

Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.

And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

Dude, Scarleteen saved my shit back in the day. They’ve been around since 1998 and I assure you, they deserve every single penny you can throw at them!

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library-scout:

Drake / Homeward Bound mash-up

look idek but homeward bound jfc

library-scout:

Drake / Homeward Bound mash-up

look idek but homeward bound jfc

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dommifox:

They’re gonna eat all the chickens…

brotp

dommifox:

They’re gonna eat all the chickens…

brotp

One in Twelve

thambos:

One in twelve trans people is murdered in their lifetime–one in eight trans women of color.

You’ve heard this statistic, right? It comes up in just about any argument in which trans people want to talk about their experience of oppression. It’s a horrifying statistic.

It’s also completely, demonstrably untrue–and its propagation has pernicious racist, sexist, and classist effects. 

Continue reading…

IF YOU HAVE REBLOGGED THAT “1 in 12” POST RECENTLY OR EVER OR SEEN IT, READ THIS. NOW.

It’s not that I doubt the author’s factual accuracy; but I also feel there’s something disengenuois about the way the author dismisses non-trans-women (genderqueer people, ftm ppl) buy equating “trans” to = “trans women/mtf ppl” and while makes a concession to increase trans murder statistics by counting all LGB murders (for the sake of argument, as some homophobic-motivated murders might occur to trans ppl) does not consider that a population-proportional overlap of victims identified as prostitutes or black men (or black women for that matter, but the system rarely would misreport in a gender-affirming way and stick to chromosomal and anatomical signifiers in any doubts)…which, still would not hurt their argument about the 1-in-12 statistic in any way; and not have the appearance of denying that trans people, or trans women, are members/assigned-as-members of other populations that have higher murder rates than the trans population as a whole.

And as a frequent thesis of the site denies the different aspects of trans identity in favouring of a definition of trans = mtf/trans women; in the handful of articles I’ve read where the author uses “men” etc to describe trans women; and that the site is basically full of fucked up gender analysis (what is with 1. Denying trans women’s existence in radical feminist communities until the we-will-kill-your-dogs-women show up, 2. The impossibility of trans existence in a society that recognizes gender as a cultural role, because somehow having different roles categorically determines that people cannot choose the roles they take, the aspects of their bodies they can and cannot change while living those roles…like, why is it that it’s okay for a woman to have short hair, wear baggy, utilitarian clothes, work in construction; ok for a woman to have long hair, wear bright coloured skirts and work as a domestic; ok for men to have long hair, wear bight coloured skirts, work as a domestic; ok for a man to have short hair, wear baggy utilitarian clothes, work in construction; but the moment you were assigned as x and live as y it’s pandering to an oppressive system of gender to pursue either course?)

I guess what I’m saying is not that I disagree with the author’s statement, nor a lot of their theory in a basic way, but that they discuss these things in a way that strikes me frequently as transmisogynistic and overall transphobic; so while I want to cite the argument about the fallacy of the statistic, it feels ethically dissonant of me to do so without making some long-winded reaction??

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6 miles!

not the farthest I’ve ever walked, but it’s been a while since I’ve been in good condition uvu

ok the first few eps of Hannibal pissed me off so i’m not all ~into it~ but this is perfs.

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Urgent security update

staff:

Bad news. A major vulnerability, known as “Heartbleed,” has been disclosed for the technology that powers encryption across the majority of the internet. That includes Tumblr.

We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue.

But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit.

This might be a good day to call in sick and take some time to change your passwords everywhere—especially your high-security services like email, file storage, and banking, which may have been compromised by this bug.

You’ll be hearing more in the news over the coming days. Take care.

just wanna remind everyone: update EVERY PASSWORD. EVERYWHERE.

To something you’ve never used before. Use a passphrase (4-8 random words, you can punctuate if you like) which will be easier to remember and harder to guess. This bug is a security vulnerability in 99.9% of the things you do do online, and most users recycle passwords, meaning that even if your tumblr password was safe, your amazon password, your e-mail, your bank, a forum, etc etc could have been exploited, leading to further security leaks. It might sound paranoid, but a little precaution in this case is probably the best defence.

we saw the wild (para)keets of Brooklyn!!

katsplanet:

whenever people say they dont like cats because they dont happily greet you at the door i give them the stinkiest eye

yaaaas
 <3

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thambos:

CAMPUS ECOLOGY!! Example of not being welcoming!

your success starts when you learn to patiently wait for support outside the door!!

thambos:

CAMPUS ECOLOGY!! Example of not being welcoming!

your success starts when you learn to patiently wait for support outside the door!!