Innocent Trans Women

autogynephile:

One reason that so many people claim to value protecting trans women, but won’t go to bat when it comes time to follow through, is that they’re actually only interested in protecting hypothetical, innocent trans women. What these people fail to acknowledge is that, by definition, innocent trans women do not exist. Under patriarchy, “trans woman” and “innocent” are opposing concepts - we are defined as wellsprings of male violence even though, and because, we are some of its primary targets. Trans womanhood is a kind of alchemy that transforms violence committed against us into violence committed by us.

Nine year old trans girls forced to use men’s restrooms at school, homeless trans women forced to stay in men’s housing at shelters, activist trans women driven from “queer” or “women’s” community spaces, incarcerated trans women in men’s lockup or solitary, that isolated trans woman in your area who you’ve heard of but avoid because you’ve heard rumors that she’s “fucked up,” “predatory,” or “crazy” - these articulations of transmisogyny share in common a (partial) basis of defining trans women and our bodies as inherently violent, effectively displacing the blame for male violence onto its victims. This has two consequences. First, by defining trans women as perpetrators of male violence, it also defines us as worthy targets for it. Second, the actual perpetrators and beneficiaries of male violence, men (in this case, especially trans men), are freed from scrutiny (as an aside, this is part of how there are so many aggressively heterosexual TWEFs - you know who you are, lol).

To be a trans woman is to be called rapist as you are raped, batterer as you are beaten, and abuser as you are abused. It is the paradox of being utterly destroyed by the very violence that you are said to embody.

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Last Night in Ferguson (10.21.14): A state senator was arrested (and mama may have been legally packing), one of the lead organizers, nettaaaaaaaa, was roughed up by police, and one of the main sources of footage/live feeds, Rebel Z, was detained in what seems to have been an intimidation and straight up harassment tactic. The police are out of control, and it’s only getting worse. If you think this is over, you need to look again. #staywoke #farfromover

Ferguson is still happening. Are you still paying attention?

Tune into Z’s UStream tonight to watch developments live. 

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jabberwockypie:

misandry-mermaid:

misandry-mermaid:

conceivethedream:

jessehimself:

 

Hero

What. Is. Her. Name.

Thanks to a follower for finding this: Her name is Venus Green.
From this article: 
In July 2009, Green’s grandson, Tallie, was shot and wounded. Tallie said he was shot at a convenience store, but police insisted it happened inside Green’s house and that the shooter was either Tallie or Green.
"Police kept questioning him. They wouldn’t let the ambulance attendant treat him," Green said. "So, I got up and said, ‘Sir, would you please let the attendants treat him? He’s in pain,’" Green said.
Green said the officer said to her, “Oh, you did it, come on, let’s go inside. I’ll prove where that blood is. You did it.”
Police wanted to go the basement, where Tallie lived, but Green refused on the basis that the police did not have a warrant.
"I said, ‘No, you don’t have a warrant. You don’t go down in my house like that. He wasn’t shot in here.’" Green said the officer replied, "I’m going to find that gun. I’m going to prove that you did it."
A struggle ensued between a male officer and Green.
"He dragged me, threw me across the chair, put handcuffs on me and just started calling me the ‘b’ name. He ridiculed me," Green said.
An officer went into the basement and Green locked him inside.
"She locked the door, the basement door. She basically took matters into her own hands," Nilson said.
"This was my private home, and if I latched it, that was my prerogative because he had no search warrant to go in my basement. So, I had to right to latch it," Green said.
Green said she suffered a separated shoulder in the scuffle, and she sued the Police Department for assault and violations of her rights.
"I was once a block watcher, department head of a high school. (I’ve) been around education for over 50 years. (I’m a) law-abiding citizen, I’ve never been arrested, I paid my taxes, owned my home, my husband died 34 years ago. (I) raised my son and I have been brutally abused," Green said. "I feel like the Police Department needs to go back to school."


*applauds*

jabberwockypie:

misandry-mermaid:

misandry-mermaid:

conceivethedream:

jessehimself:

 

Hero

What. Is. Her. Name.

Thanks to a follower for finding this: Her name is Venus Green.

From this article:

In July 2009, Green’s grandson, Tallie, was shot and wounded. Tallie said he was shot at a convenience store, but police insisted it happened inside Green’s house and that the shooter was either Tallie or Green.

"Police kept questioning him. They wouldn’t let the ambulance attendant treat him," Green said. "So, I got up and said, ‘Sir, would you please let the attendants treat him? He’s in pain,’" Green said.

Green said the officer said to her, “Oh, you did it, come on, let’s go inside. I’ll prove where that blood is. You did it.”

Police wanted to go the basement, where Tallie lived, but Green refused on the basis that the police did not have a warrant.

"I said, ‘No, you don’t have a warrant. You don’t go down in my house like that. He wasn’t shot in here.’" Green said the officer replied, "I’m going to find that gun. I’m going to prove that you did it."

A struggle ensued between a male officer and Green.

"He dragged me, threw me across the chair, put handcuffs on me and just started calling me the ‘b’ name. He ridiculed me," Green said.

An officer went into the basement and Green locked him inside.

"She locked the door, the basement door. She basically took matters into her own hands," Nilson said.

"This was my private home, and if I latched it, that was my prerogative because he had no search warrant to go in my basement. So, I had to right to latch it," Green said.

Green said she suffered a separated shoulder in the scuffle, and she sued the Police Department for assault and violations of her rights.

"I was once a block watcher, department head of a high school. (I’ve) been around education for over 50 years. (I’m a) law-abiding citizen, I’ve never been arrested, I paid my taxes, owned my home, my husband died 34 years ago. (I) raised my son and I have been brutally abused," Green said. "I feel like the Police Department needs to go back to school."

*applauds*

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lifeoutsidethebinary:

hotguysandpizza:

jesuschrist-official:

THIS IS SEVERELY IMPORTANT
[source]

FYI we have it since 2013Can i get a hell yeah for germany ?

ok no guys this law is super fucked up tho??? also nice job at using the H-slur in an article about intersex people.
but seriously, people who are given the X marker are not allowed to marry in Germany. and, though i cant source this, I did read an article stating that by “the parents get to choose the gender marker” they mean “the parents get to choose whether or not to opt for genital surgery of the child, and then have a sex marker that matches”. parents do not get to choose to gender the child M or F unless the child undergoes non-consensual sex assignment surgery, which is highly traumatic and can cause long-lasting mental and physical health repercussions for the child.
People who are given the X marker will be opening themselves up to discrimination (which is why parents should be able to choose an M or F marker for their child without having to operate on them), so this new law pressures parents to make quick decisions about sex assignment surgery for their newborn babies.
I’m sorry to post negative stuff to this blog but people need to stop praising Germany and thinking this was somehow a compassionate move on their part. 

lifeoutsidethebinary:

hotguysandpizza:

jesuschrist-official:

THIS IS SEVERELY IMPORTANT

[source]

FYI we have it since 2013
Can i get a hell yeah for germany ?

ok no guys this law is super fucked up tho??? also nice job at using the H-slur in an article about intersex people.

but seriously, people who are given the X marker are not allowed to marry in Germany. and, though i cant source this, I did read an article stating that by “the parents get to choose the gender marker” they mean “the parents get to choose whether or not to opt for genital surgery of the child, and then have a sex marker that matches”. parents do not get to choose to gender the child M or F unless the child undergoes non-consensual sex assignment surgery, which is highly traumatic and can cause long-lasting mental and physical health repercussions for the child.

People who are given the X marker will be opening themselves up to discrimination (which is why parents should be able to choose an M or F marker for their child without having to operate on them), so this new law pressures parents to make quick decisions about sex assignment surgery for their newborn babies.

I’m sorry to post negative stuff to this blog but people need to stop praising Germany and thinking this was somehow a compassionate move on their part. 

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Black owned natural hair products/companies

ravingsbya-woc:

nozamaddog:

itslaroneppl:

itslaroneppl:

elegantly-tasteless:

ravingsbya-woc:

ravingsbya-woc:

This is just a reminder that a lot of our natural hair products and lines are owned by white companies and they really don’t care about us, so buy black, it actually goes back into our community!

Black owned:

Non black:

  • African pride 
  • Soft& Beautiful Botanicals
  • Care free curl
  • Dark and lovely Au naturale
  • Motions naturally you
  • Dr. Miracle’s Curl Care
  • Sof n’ Free Gro Healthy Nothing But
  • ORS curls unleashed (Organic root stimulator)
  • Pantene truly natural
  • Naturally Silk Elements

There are so many more that can be added to each list. Bottom line, help black business. And an added bonus to helping our community out is a lot of the lines are more natural or Vegan. 

More black owned natural hair additions, cus why not?

More non-black owned

Support black business!

Carol’s daughter is no longer black owned??

Wow.

A lot of shit makes sense now.

This is actually very good to know

For all my naturals!

I thought Bronner Bros. owned African Pride…are they no longer Black-owned?

Bronner brothers never owned African pride. They owned African Royale, African pride was created by white people to compete. Here is a link to an excerpt to my favorite book about black hair that goes into detail about it.

But short story, no, like my list says african pride is not black owned.

And it’s actually a pretty interesting story, considering the white company started going around suing black owned companies with the word africa in it because they believed that they somehow owned it and did not want any competition.

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Vote Now- Get Trans Lives Matter on PBS

transbucket:

Vote Now- Get Trans Lives Matter on PBS

My short Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles is in the running to air on PBS. 

 Official Selection of PBS Reel 13’s weekly short film contest, dedicated to the best in short film.  October 2014 is  “AFROPUNK Month.” Voting begins Now & continues through Wednesday, October 22nd  at 5pm NYC time. Vote more than once.

Get my work on PBS as part of Reel 13 on Channel Thirteen.

 I know we can make this happen. Please forward widely.

http://www.thirteen.org/reel13/vote/

 Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles.

Synopsis
A powerful and intensely moving document of a community vigil for Islan Nettles a transgender Womyn of Color. Because the brutal and increasing attacks on Trans Womyn of Color are outrageous their oppression causes outrage. Because healing and action tighten our fists and boom our voices. -supported by Ciy Lore & Bronx Documentary Center (BDC)

goldenheartedrose:

soulraped:

s0mething-rad:

fuckyeahrainbowhair:


fallingfate:
rapeculturemakesmeangry:

This is from the slut walk. One of the arguments is that girls ask for rape because they wear slutty clothes, short skirts, tight, low-cut tops. This girl is an example of the fact that rape victims can look like anyone, you, me, this girl. Rapists. Dont. Discriminate.

I promised a long time ago that I’d reblog this whenever I saw it on my dash. No regrets, it breaks my heart every single time.

an incredibly important message, rape is rape. no one is ever asking for it. a woman has the right to dress how ever they want - it is society that identifies risque dressing as ‘asking for it’, and in my opinion, that way of thinking needs to be diminished.

Seriously if you see this and don’t reblog it, I have NO respect for you

Everyone should re-blog this.  YES, IT IS THAT IMPORTANT! 

Just a casual reminder (that I put out literally every time this crosses my dash) that the person pictured in the OP is not a girl or woman.

goldenheartedrose:

soulraped:

s0mething-rad:

fuckyeahrainbowhair:

fallingfate:

rapeculturemakesmeangry:

This is from the slut walk. One of the arguments is that girls ask for rape because they wear slutty clothes, short skirts, tight, low-cut tops. This girl is an example of the fact that rape victims can look like anyone, you, me, this girl. Rapists. Dont. Discriminate.

I promised a long time ago that I’d reblog this whenever I saw it on my dash. No regrets, it breaks my heart every single time.

an incredibly important message, rape is rape. no one is ever asking for it. a woman has the right to dress how ever they want - it is society that identifies risque dressing as ‘asking for it’, and in my opinion, that way of thinking needs to be diminished.

Seriously if you see this and don’t reblog it, I have NO respect for you

Everyone should re-blog this.  YES, IT IS THAT IMPORTANT! 

Just a casual reminder (that I put out literally every time this crosses my dash) that the person pictured in the OP is not a girl or woman.

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sparkhy:

acnemint:

br0ken-daisy:

so for my art project we had to fake a death/murder. for mine I did someone who had jumped off a building. when I was laying down while the picture was being taken, 7 people came running up to me asking if I was okay and if I needed an ambulance etc. I’ve been suicidal for a very long time, and the thoughts of jumping off buildings and ending my life have gone through my mind a thousand times. But the fact that people actually stopped and came running over to see if I was alright made me see that people do care, strangers care. so many people looked and walked past, but these 7 people some how took these suicidal feelings away… weird huh? But the moral of this story is that people do care about you, even people who don’t know who you are.

if you don’t reblog this, fuck you

oh my god this is amazing

sparkhy:

acnemint:

br0ken-daisy:

so for my art project we had to fake a death/murder. for mine I did someone who had jumped off a building. when I was laying down while the picture was being taken, 7 people came running up to me asking if I was okay and if I needed an ambulance etc. I’ve been suicidal for a very long time, and the thoughts of jumping off buildings and ending my life have gone through my mind a thousand times. But the fact that people actually stopped and came running over to see if I was alright made me see that people do care, strangers care. so many people looked and walked past, but these 7 people some how took these suicidal feelings away… weird huh? But the moral of this story is that people do care about you, even people who don’t know who you are.

if you don’t reblog this, fuck you

oh my god this is amazing

(Source: internetgirl666, via para-para-paranoidish)

girldwarf:

There’s something really fucked up about erasing trans women’s lives previous to transition. I understand how the transition is sensationalized and the “she used to be a boy!!!!!!” line is trotted out by media for attention or by ignorant people for a laugh—not meaningful political analysis—-and so in this kind of circumstance, I agree that the conversation needs to be shut down.

There is, however, legitimate meaningful analysis that must occur within social justice discourse about what it is to exit (at least partially if not fully) the sphere of the privileged class and perform as the oppressed class. That performance alone (trans status) is absolutely an element of oppression, too. It must be exhausting to have attention brought to it and your life pre-transition. I can see why people would shut down these conversations as well.

Unfortunately, gender is not ONLY self-identified. It is also assigned. It is also experienced. It is also socialized/taught. It is also a space in which we fit no matter our protests due to unfair oppressive systems much larger than us. Identifying as a woman your whole life but existing in the space of men is significant and demands analysis. Marking that discussion as off-limits in one’s personal life for one’s personal health is absolutely acceptable and fine by any minimum decent human standard. Marking that discussion as off-limits within sensitive, important political discourse is not okay and perpetuates gender and sex problems (i.e. the silencing of women who exist in a space in which they are told they cannot ever question the masculinities). These problems are part of that system that is too large for us to escape, and, unfortunately, no amount of self-idenfitication undoes its power beyond isolated, individualized momentary experiences (which could even then be argued to still be under the power of that gender/sex system).

Basically, some politics will be about gender beyond self-idenfitication, and banning this conversation is unacceptable. One aspect of gender (one’s personal identity) should not trump analyzing powerful social systems. No amount of individualism will undo collective social problems. We don’t get to choose what oppressive structures play a role in our lives.

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