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October 07 2012


fuck your white body positivity. fuck your cis body positivity. fuck your able-bodied positivity. fuck turning the shame on people, not power.

you’re doing it wrong if you don’t understand the legacies of colonialism and racism in beauty standards, in the states and abroad. if you don’t understand their relationships to eating disorders in poc communities. if you don’t understand how brown and black people struggle to love their racialized bodies.

you’re doing it wrong if you don’t understand how trans people, most especially trans womyn, due to the culture of absolute violence that is reserved specifically for them, perpetuated even by other trans people, struggle to love their bodies in this cissexist world (thanks, white gender binary). if you don’t understand that sometimes, trans people just hate their bodies because they aren’t right at the time, that they will never be able to achieve the bodies that they want. if you don’t understand that trans people will always have a complicated relationship with their bodies.

you’re doing it wrong if you don’t understand that disabled people struggle to love their bodies in this ableist world. if you don’t understand that some disabled people view their bodies as being wrong or bad, and are struggling with making peace with that. if you don’t understand that disabled people will always have a complicated elationship with their bodies.

you are doing your boring feminism so wrong if you don’t understand that you’re hurting the most marginalized.

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August 26 2012

Männlich dominantes Redeverhalten erkennen und verhindern!

In vielen Seminaren und Debatten an der Uni und darüber hinaus sind es Männer, die den Ton angeben, die Diskussion bestimmen und andere nicht zu Wort kommen lassen. Strukturelle Ungleichheitsverhältnisse zwischen Männern und Frauen werden hier produziert und vielfach reproduziert. Das betrifft nicht allein die Auswahl von ReferentInnen, sondern auch das dominante Gesprächsverhalten einiger Anwesender, oft Männer. Wie kann männlich dominantes Redeverhalten erkannt und vermieden werden?

Männlich dominantes Redeverhalten erkennen und verhindern!

In vielen Seminaren und Debatten an der Uni und darüber hinaus sind es Männer, die den Ton angeben, die Diskussion bestimmen und andere nicht zu Wort kommen lassen. Strukturelle Ungleichheitsverhältnisse zwischen Männern und Frauen werden hier produziert und vielfach reproduziert. Das betrifft nicht allein die Auswahl von ReferentInnen, sondern auch das dominante Gesprächsverhalten einiger Anwesender, oft Männer. Wie kann männlich dominantes Redeverhalten erkannt und vermieden werden?
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August 22 2012

the fact that “love your body” rhetoric shifts the responsibility for body acceptance over to the individual, and away from communities, institutions, and power, is also problematic.  individuals who do not love their bodies, who find their bodies difficult to love, are seen as being part of the problem.  the underlying assumption is that if we all loved our bodies just as they are, our fat-shaming, beauty-policing culture would be different.  if we don’t love our bodies, we are, in effect, perpetuating normative (read: impossible) beauty standards.  if we don’t love our individual bodies, we are at fault for collectively continuing the oppressive and misogynistic culture.  if you don’t love your body, you’re not trying hard enough to love it.  in this framework, your body is still the paramount focus, and one way or another, you’re failing.  it’s too close to the usual body-shaming, self-policing crap, albeit with a few quasi-feminist twists, for comfort.
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August 16 2012

Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is – Whatever

Dudes. Imagine life here in the US — or indeed, pretty much anywhere in the Western world — is a massive role playing game, like World of Warcraft except appallingly mundane, where most quests involve the acquisition of money, cell phones and donuts, although not always at the same time. Let’s call it The Real World. You have installed The Real World on your computer and are about to start playing, but first you go to the settings tab to bind your keys, fiddle with your defaults, and choose the difficulty setting for the game. Got it?

July 17 2012

Beth Frey, Fuck Patriarchy, 2012.
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July 13 2012

Typen und Antisexismus, Teil I

Ich bin wahrscheinlich nicht die_der Einzige, die_der seit einiger Zeit ein bisschen Däumchen dreht, wenn es um antisexistische Praxis von “Männern” geht. Ich beobachte, dass es da im Netz einige gibt, die gern dazu arbeiten wollen, aber nicht wissen wie, Ängste haben oder sich schlicht ohnmächtig und hilflos fühlen. Andere wiederum begeben sich stattdessen in die safen queer_feministischen Bubbles, wo sie mit ein bisschen Antisexismus potentiell Beifall ernten können und das bisschen Politarbeit auch nicht weh tut.
Our work of love should be to reclaim masculinity and not allow it to be held hostage to patriarchal domination. There is a creative, life-sustaining, life-enhancing place for the masculine in a non-dominator culture. And those of us committed to ending patriarchy can touch the hearts of real men where they live, not by demanding that they give up manhood or maleness, but by asking that they allow its meaning to be transformed, that they become disloyal to patriarchal masculinity in order to find a place for the masculine that does not make it synonymous with domination or the will to do violence.
— bell hooks, The Will to Change, p115.
These systems are all connected. There are connections between racism and ableism, for example. These things interact with and play off each other. Identities cannot be neatly segmented into little pieces that can be individually addressed, because they interlock with each other. People, living beings, cannot be chopped apart for a movement. And movements that refuse to acknowledge their own complicity with oppression will continue the same acts of oppression, will repeat the same crimes committed by those who went before.
s.e. smith
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May 07 2012


transphobia wrapped in feminism is still transphobia


April 29 2012

Tags: feminism
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The idea that all anti-trans sentiment arises from the fact that, as transgender people, we “transgress binary gender norms” does not resonate completely with my personal experiences. As a somewhat eccentric kid, I was given plenty of leeway to opt out of boys’ activities and to cultivate an androgynous appearance and persona. I was sometimes teased for being different, for being an atypical or unmasculine boy, but it was nothing compared to the venom that was reserved for those boys who acted downright feminine. And now, as a transsexual woman, I find that those who wish to ridicule or dismiss me do not simply take me to task for the fact that I fail to conform to gender norms - instead, more often than not, they mock my femininity. From the perspective of an occasional gender bender or someone on the female-to-male spectrum, it might seem like binary gender norms are at the core of all anti-trans discrimination. But most of the anti-trans sentiment that I have had to deal with as a transsexual woman is probably better described as misogyny.
— Julia Serano, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
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Same discussions as every year Intervention gegen die (bewusste oder unbewusste) Ausgrenzung von trans*Frauen

Die Diskussion um die Frage, ob trans*Frauen Zugang zu Frauen(Lesben)räumen haben, ist nicht neu. Es ist schon an vielen Orten immer wieder – auch sehr verletzend – darüber debattiert worden – mit unterschiedlichen Ergebnissen.
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April 23 2012

Another page from this handy book on recognizing feminists...
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April 11 2012

Play fullscreen
Boy I Am
While female-to-male transgender visibility has recently exploded in this country, conversations about trans issues in the lesbian community often run into resistance from the many queer women who view transitioning as a "trend" or as an anti-feminist act that taps into male privilege. Boy I Am is a feature-length documentary that begins to break down that barrier and promote dialogue about trans issues through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning FTMs in New York City--Nicco, Norie and Keegan--as they go through major junctures in their transitions, as well as through the voices of lesbians, activists and theorists who raise and address the questions that many people have but few openly discuss.
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April 02 2012

There are the occasions that men—intellectual men, clever men, engaged men—insist on playing devil’s advocate, desirous of a debate on some aspect of feminist theory or reproductive rights or some other subject generally filed under the heading: Women’s Issues. These intellectual, clever, engaged men want to endlessly probe my argument for weaknesses, want to wrestle over details, want to argue just for fun—and they wonder, these intellectual, clever, engaged men, why my voice keeps raising and why my face is flushed and why, after an hour of fighting my corner, hot tears burn the corners of my eyes. Why do you have to take this stuff so personally? ask the intellectual, clever, and engaged men, who have never considered that the content of the abstract exercise that’s so much fun for them is the stuff of my life.
Melissa McEwan (via)
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March 29 2012

What Transmisogyny Looks Like

This is a topic that has been vital to my understanding of the world over the past few years, but it's still relatively unknown outside certain circles of activists. When I mention it as an area of my work, I almost invariably have to explain what it is. The short answer is that it is the intersection of transphobia and misogyny that specifically targets trans women. But that dry academic answer never communicates the visceral and intense experience that it is. Here's a limited list of examples of what transmisogyny looks like. Every example on this list has a story (or dozens of stories) behind it.
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