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May 21 2018

04:28

tonidorsay:

“What you and I need to do is learn to forget our differences. When we come together, we don’t come together as Baptists or Methodists. You don’t catch hell because you’re a Baptist, and you don’t catch hell because you’re a Methodist. You don’t catch hell ‘cause you’re a Methodist or Baptist. You don’t catch hell because you’re a Democrat or a Republican. You don’t catch hell because you’re a Mason or an Elk, and you sure don’t catch hell because you’re an American; because if you were an American, you wouldn’t catch hell. You catch hell because you’re a Trans woman. You catch hell, all of us catch hell, for the same reasons.”

The liberation of trans people is about space; the space for our understandings of ourselves to be recognized as the authority on ourselves, the space to be free of other people being able to say what we are with any authority.

There are many different ways of seeking liberation, but one way that does not do so is the way of the assimilationist. They are those who are seeking to make a way for them, not for us. They will argue that you must pass or you must have surgery, and they will argue that you are wrong about yourself and that you are what the ciscentric patriarchy says you ate: a man that fails at being a man, a danger to society and all that is good and proper.

Like those who worked the plantation manors, they get positions of honor, they get treated better. They are still abused, still subject to violence, but they get to feel like they belong, because they were not allowed to feel like they belonged among the trans community.

Some never found it, others were driven out of it, some just found a place of personal power and will defend it at all costs.

They are housies, living in the towers, the prisons, that the ciscentric world has built for them.

“"It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. If you pour too much cream in, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak.”“

Assimilationism was the prevailing theory from the mid1800’s until the late 1960’s. Assimilationism is why stealth and disclosure still hold power within our discourse, why passing and respectability are still argued about.

There is little benefit in Assimilationism for trans people. For some trans individuals, yes, but for the collective mass, no.

Assimilationism requires that they silence those in opposition, that they have someone to approve of them with power, someone into whose plantation house they can move.

Assimilation it’s are those who live in those plantation homes. The housies of the movement.

Sell outs. Collaborators. Those for whom the little freedom they have is held onto instead of reaching for full liberation.

Pity them. They stand on our way and we must go through them, and so I say to you tread with hope that they will see their own liberation.

Their own freedom.

They will pay a penalty when liberation comes, but they, too, will be liberated.

— AED (via tonidorsay)

October 03 2017

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August 16 2017

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August 12 2017

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berniesrevolution:

If you have valid questions, as many do, regarding alternatives to our current policing and carceral state, check out this NYU Law School video series covering race, gender, sexuality, and disability rights within criminal justice: 

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appropriately-inappropriate:

auuxia:

stele3:

get-your-ass-in-the-impala:

ofgeography:

actualginnyweasley:

natnovna:

i was 14 and i was walking through a mall by myself at 12am after my shift at coldstone creamery lol and a bunch of men started whistling and meowing and getting really close to me and they kept asking me questions and i kept not answering until i didn’t know what else to do so i said “i’m only 14” and almost in unison they said “we don’t care” i was so fucking scared i didn’t know what to do and they kept talking about how i looked and how my body looked and what they would do i was on the verge of tears i was all alone in a huge mall i knew i couldn’t outrun them all i felt totally hopeless until a maintenance worker came up to all of us with a huge industrial broom in her hand, i thought she was going to yell at all of us for being in the mall after hours bc she probably thought we were all friends but instead she cursed all of them out in spanish, threatened to press a panic button on her belt and then proceeded to walk me to the basement garage and waited with me until my mom got there to pick me up she had a death grip on her cart the whole time and a face of steel she looked so strong and i just kept saying thank you and she kept saying not to thank her because she had to stop them.

that was the moment i realized women were the most important beings on this planet and we have to protect each other bc nobody else is going to, she didn’t even know me, we couldn’t even communicate that well because of the language barrier, she could have lost her job for waiting with me in the parking lot but she looked out for me when she didn’t have to, she had nothing to gain from it, i’m 21 now and i tell everyone this story even though it happened 7 years ago, what she did that night helped me form and shape lot of my beliefs early on. 

i was at a grocery store really late one night and some old guy kind of eyed me as i walked out of the store next to this other lady. She and I made eye contact and i knew she was scared too. we loaded up our groceries into our cars as fast as possible and I had way more bags than her so she got done faster than me. I panicked because i was sure she was going to leave so i just hurried faster, shaking a little, and then i noticed she sat in her car, watching me and making sure nobody came near. She waited not until all my groceries were loaded, or until my cart was put away, or until I got into my car. No, she didn’t drive away until I drove away. 

And that was the moment that I realized how much women need other women. That we can’t win this war without each other and we have to be looking out for each other, every second. 

my last year in new york city, i got off the subway around 9 or 10p.m. i only lived about 5 blocks from the f train, but i hadn’t gotten more than two before a woman’s hand suddenly touched my arm. 

“that guy behind us is following you,” she said. “he was watching you leave the train car and followed you up.”

i hadn’t noticed him, or at least not noticed him following me. when we stopped outside a grocery store, he stopped half a block back and loitered. the woman linked her arm with mine and walked me several blocks out of her way to my front door and made sure i got inside safely.

another time, nocigar and i were walking home and at a stoplight a stranger grabbed my arm when i wouldn’t respond to him and tried to physically drag me over to him. she—who is, by the way, not a very physically imposing girl—ripped his hand off my arm and snarled, “don’t fucking touch her.”

protect your friends. protect strangers. there are good men in the world, but don’t wait for them to do something if you can do it yourself.

I was at a club once and my friend left with her boyfriend so I finished my drink and was heading out to the parking lot when three girls came up to me and basically surrounded me. 

“Those guys behind us were talking about following you. We can walk with you.” 

I have MMA training but have never in my life had been offered the protection and sanction of my own gender. This is so important. 

GIRL CODE. FUCKIN’ GIRL CODE. LEAVE NO GIRL BEHIND. EVER.

My coach, who is an old woman but can be very scary nonetheless, nearly beat the shit out of a creepy old photographer that tried to get too handsy with one of my teammates. She ripped his hand off of her leg and said like the voice of God was speaking through her, “Don’t lay a finger on her” and I never felt more safe in my life

I enjoy anime conventions and always have. I also tend to cosplay when I go, and while my costumes tend towards the conservative, that’s not always the case for other attendees. Knowing that, and knowing the average age of girls attending these things, and the way creepy dudes can get at these things, I get very protective of the younger women and girls I see.

I was about nineteen when I watched a “photographer” get very, very creepy around a young girl dressed as Misty from Pokemon. I was too far away to hear much, and had been chatting with a few friends to boot. Something about him kinda made the hair on my neck stand up, and when her face went from a genuine smile to a rictus in about thirty seconds, I decided I’d better swing on by.

So over I go and plant myself clear between the two of them.

“Hi there! Wow, I really love your costume. Mind if I take a photo?”

She looked up at me all big-eyed. Dude goes,

“I’M taking her photo. Find someone else.”

“And /I’M/ asking her. Would you mind, Misty?”

“No! Not at all!”

Now she’s looking from me, to the dude, and he’s getting snarky and the vibe is going from awkward to aggressive, and I’m ready to get this kid out of there.

“Perfect! You know, there’s this Pokemon group photo shoot happening soon.”

“I wanted to go to that, but pre-reg was closed.”

“Oh? Well, don’t worry; my friend’s running it, let’s see if we can get you in. I’m headed that way, would you like to join me?”

“Yes!”

We go to leave, and this dude makes the cardinal sin of laying hands on this kid. He grabbed her arm, hard. I don’t think I’ve ever moved so fast in my life–I was up in his face before I knew what I was doing, and while I might only be 5'5, I was ready to go.

“Move your hand.”

“We were talking.”

“She’s done talking with you. Move. Your. Hand.”

“So she can go with you?”

“Exactly. So she can go with me. Move. Your. Hand. Now.”

“Bitch.”

“Absolutely. I’m also with the Con, so not only am I a bitch, I am THE Bitch. Now move your /fucking/ hand.”

“Whatever, bitch”, and off he goes. Right into the tender arms of con security–the very same friends I’d been talking to before.

I never did find out what he’d said to her, but I stuck by until her mom arrived to pick her up. Turns out she was fourteen and this had been her first convention–and she’d gone alone.

On the bright side, we did manage to get Misty in to the shoot and by all accounts she had a great time, so that was nice. But fuck that dude, specifically.

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black-to-the-bones:

A Florida man was murdered early Sunday morning defending his gay friends from a drunk homophobe who followed them out of the restaurant where they were eating. 

Multiple witnesses reported that the killer came after the group and shouted, “If we were in my country I’d kill all of you like rats. I hate you damned gays. I’m going to kill you all here.”

The victim, 22-year-old Juan Javier Cruz , was shot dead with a handgun Mena pulled from his pocket after defending his friends.

This is not right that people have to die just because homophobia is flourishing in America.

RIP  Juan Javier Cruz, you are a hero.

Source

July 27 2017

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cats-and-cardigans:

Fiction:

Non-Fiction & Anthologies:

02:23

jawnbaeyega:

werepresent:

eccentric-nae:

werepresent:

jawnbaeyega:

avataruncanon:

werepresent:

bendstowardjustice:

THESE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT LACK OF MEDIA REPRESENTATION!

They’re called Represent & they’re a startup nonprofit actually doing the thing! First, they’re starting an acting, screenwriting, & filmmaking school for diverse folks FREE OF CHARGE!

That’s right! FREAKIN FREE! IN LOS ANGELES! LIKE THIS IS UNHEARD OF FOLKS

And then there’s this

They’re literally gonna teach executives, showrunners, writers & casting folks TO DO BETTER! 

But they’re also gonna fund independent stuff!

They’re basically a nonprofit production house created to fund media by & for diverse folks!

But THE BEST PART IS

THEIR MISSION IS INTERSECTIONAL! LIKE, THEY ACTUALLY SAY IT IN THE MISSION! THIS QUEER BLACK LADY IS SOBBING OK! THIS IS A LOT!

THEY’RE COMPETING FOR A $100,000 GRANT! (that’s how I found them) AND THEY NEED VOTES TO WIN! VOTING ENDS TUES. OCT. 25!

PLEASE CLICK HERE & VOTE FOR REPRESENT!

VOTE BECAUSE #REPRESENTATIONMATTERS

Thanks so much for your support!

It’s actually super easy to vote for them. I did it in under 2 mins. 

REPRESENT WAS IN THE LEAD BUT THE VOTING DEADLINE JUST CHANGED TO FRIDAY OCT 28!

PLEASE VOTE & LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU CAN TO SHOW HOW MUCH REPRESENTATION MATTERS!

The voting deadline is now Oct. 28! We appreciate you all so much!

Omfg NEW DEAD LINE DON’T SCROLL I ALMOST DID.

Friday, October 28 at 12 noon PST is the voting deadline! Thanks for your support!

TWO HOURS LEFT TO VOTE! PLEASE BOOST, VOTE, & GET YOUR FRIENDS AND FAM TO VOTE!

July 26 2017

13:45
Perhaps it is not a coincidence that sentimentality, or “the reliance on feelings as a guide to truth” became a mainstream staple during the 18th century, at the height of European colonial expansion. While the European Empires were defining the racial and gender hierarchies that still rule us to this day, sentimentality became the dominant way of “knowing”.

Sentimentality and the building blocks of bigotry – This Political Woman – Medium

My latest on how sentimentality shapes politics in the age of sentimental bigots such as Trump, Wilders, Farage or Le Pen.

(via redlightpolitics)

June 25 2017

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resistdrumpf:

when you didn’t realize you needed something, until you do

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seandotpolitics:

Philando Castile – who had been improperly stopped due to racial profiling – told the officer that he had a gun on his person. He told the officer that he had a concealed carry permit. He produced the gun his ID at the officer’s request. – as seen by millions of people.

He was still killed by a trigger-happy cop.

Jeronimo Yanez should’ve been found guilty of manslaughter, plain and simple. 

And the NRA? Its silence speaks volumes. It rushes to exploit the murders of children but doesn’t say a word when a patriot fights back against tyrannical politicians or when a black gun owner gets gunned-down by a police officer.

(Apologies to those who reblogged before my corrections were made.)

June 23 2017

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liamdryden:

monkeysky:

itsbenedict:

collapsedsquid:

bunjywunjy:

someone created a random generator that creates randomized inspirational quotes overlaid on random images in a soothing fashion and each and every image is comic gold

it’s pretty much the best thing ever and here are some of my favorites so far

so good


I’m getting this one made into a motivational poster for my home office


PLEASE GO MAKE SOME OF YOUR OWN RIGHT NOW

The first two I generated:

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So, even while the ranks of the white poor continue to grow, their poverty is seen as somehow distinct from “generational” Black poverty. The growing ranks of the White incarcerated are distinguished from Black incarceration, which is supposed to be an outgrowth of Black irresponsibility. . . This in a sense, is the other product of the “culture of poverty” and of naturalizing Black inequality. This narrative works to deepen the cleavages between groups of people who would otherwise have every interest in combining forces…


…For example, the majority of poor people in the United States are white, but the public face of American poverty is Black. It is important to point out how Blacks are overrepresented among the poor, but ignoring white poverty helps to obscure the systemic roots of all poverty. Blaming Black culture not only deflects investigation into the systemic causes of inequality but has also been widely absorbed by African Americans as well.

— From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Keeanga Yamhatta Taylor
(via berniesrevolution)
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1337tattoos:

Done at Black Pearl Tattoo Parlour Chichester 

submitted by http://gloriously-burdened.tumblr.com

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futureblackpolitician:

tashabilities:

pussypoppinlikepopcorn:

lagonegirl:

Ken Dolls Wildin

Omfg😂😂

I’m mad the one with the Barbie is with a thicker model I’m fucking done

This post got me ready to cuss somebody smooth the fuck OUT!!!

I’m fucking dead like why are these all so accurate omg lmbooo

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justsomeantifas:

disabled people protesting isn’t a new thing, we’ve always had to fucking protest for the minimal rights we do have. they weren’t just handed to disabled people, disabled people had to fucking go out and fight for what we have. it’s not like abled people are gonna give us shit out of the kindness of their hearts.

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grannycity:

Granny City…

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Thanks burahn - I had not considered #NotAllMen!

I shall be eternally grateful for you pointing that out. So deep. So moving. You are a reading comprehension genius, able to isolate such minutiae. You will be a fantastic “Devil’s Advocate” as an adult.

This post is about the active and passive roles that men play in global systems of oppression and violence, but you were not blinded by such thinking. Nor were you tempted by the notion of engaging in a conversation about ending / addressing the billions of lives impacted by this every day.

Nope, not you.

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