Some faces from the Nigeria Global Day of Action protest in support of the Nigerian LGBTQ community.
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So this happened. While many Black men were not on that bullshit from what I saw online after the verdict, some were. *sigh*
1) Black girls’ and Black women’s’ lives are not any more valued in America than Black boys’ and Black men’s. See: 1619 A.D. and forward. Thus, the myth that if Trayvon was a Black girl, George Zimmerman would have been convicted would be so goddamn laughable if it was not painful. We wouldn’t even know about the case because of the intraracial hierarchy applied to Black victims where cis hetero men’s experiences are privileged over any others. Um, read At The Dark End Of The Street. The terror that White men inflicted as beatings and lynchings for Black men was a SYSTEM of rape and beatings for Black women. And, Black women were lynched too. White men have never had to respect Black men OR Black women’s bodies and lives. Period. And slavery would not have been possible without rape, period.
2) I promise, from the bottom of my heart, from the cytosine and guanine connections in the double helices of my DNA that you can care about Black boys and Black girls (and Black children who might not fit the dominant gender binary) simultaneously. Love is not a bank where a percentage must be allocated to patriarchy and all that is left are the scraps of indifference or downright attack. Black girls face challenges also.
Yes, the stereotypes that Black men face differ because of gender. But the absence of those stereotypes for Black women does not then mean that there are just compliments and love in its place. What’s in its place are a whole series of dehumanizing stereotypes and justifications for our rape and death and oppression as well.
One Black guy (I had to block him like months ago, actually) started the "Black women have easy lives compared to Black men" schtick. So that is his takeaway from all of this. Once again, arms unwilling to box with White supremacy, so he comes for Black women instead.
Look, tell Sybrina Fulton her life is easy. Tell Marissa Alexander her life is easy. Tell CeCe McDonand her life is easy. Tell Aiyana Jones and her grandmother who had to bury her own grandchild that their lives are easy. Tell Rekia Boyd and all of the women in her family who had to bury her that their lives are easy. Tell the Black women who are profiled and street harassed by men EVERY DAY in the way Black men are profiled by White men/cops that their lives are easy. Tell the 60% of Black women who are sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday that their lives are easy. Tell the Black women who are 11X more likely to experience domestic violence than White women that their lives are easy. Tell the Black women who GLOBALLY are among the poorest and most abused women in the world that their lives are easy.
How fucking dare you?
And many Black women are fighting through multiple layers of interracial oppression (which includes anti-Blackness from other non-Black PoC at times) and intraracial oppression of Black patriarchy, sexism and misogynoir just to support Black men who posit nonsense like this?
Keep your eyes focused on the issues and actually address White supremacy and racism for once, instead of clinging on to your patriarchy membership cards in an effort to deny our experiences.
How long will we easily support you as you compare, deny, ignore, are obtuse about and erase our experiences? How long do you think the scales can remain so imbalanced?
We know we know! It’s only tuesday. The good news? ALL NEW Broad City tomorrow night. Things are lookin’ up!!
I’m on Broad City tomorrow night soooo watch it! Wednesday, Comedy Central @ 10:30pm
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Badass Trans Women You Should Know: Cecilia Chung.
Cecilia Chung is a senior advisor to the Transgender Law Center, a San Francisco City Health Commissioner, and a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She was honored last night by the California State Assembly as one of its Women of the Year for her tireless advocacy for trans women’s health access.
The many wonderful expressions of Eartha Kitt (taken from 1986 interview).
Which one is your favorite?
Get into the hair!
I’mma need to get into this hair!
Thanks to everyone who has submitted the urls of TERFs over the last day. The list has more than tripled. If you reblogged it yesterday, please do so again as it is not at all the same list today. It was also suggested that I add urls from this list. I changed the name of this post because it was brought to my attention that at least one of the blogs harassing trans women is operated by a TERF identified trans woman. My apologies for applying the word “transmisogynist” in this case; as an afab trans person this was not my place. Creating this list, reblogging it, submitting names, keeping receipts, none of it keeps us from benefiting from transmisogyny, none of this makes me or you “not transmisogynist.” Fighting back against oppressors, especially people who are oppressing those we have privilege over, is a decision that is made within every action and inaction, never an identity or state of being we can claim for ourselves.
If you look through the notes on this post you’ll see a handful of people reblogging it to brag about being including or claiming to have gained “a lot” of followers from it. These are two of the ways people with privilege try to claim their power when they’re being confronted. This behavior is super common over on reddit and other places that are overrun by white dudes. Seriously, the ways MRAs and TERFs respond when they’re called out is so similar it’s fucking eerie.
Don’t worry about it. Keep adding to the list. Don’t let them force us back into a place of silence around it. When you see them on your dash, ask the person who posted them about it; let them know who they’re supporting and who they’re harming with their support. When they’re harassing another woman, which they will, send her support, call them out, let others know what these people are doing. Their misgendering, threats, and irl movements to deprive trans women of basic supports and rights are violence; do not look the other way.
Mary Bowser, former slave of the Van Lew family, infiltrated the Confederacy by working as a servant in the household of Jefferson Davis. Bowser was assumed to be illiterate, and as a black woman was below suspicion. Practically invisible, she was able to listen to conversations between Confederate officials and read sensitive documents, gathering information that she handed over to the Union.
I need to find this original interview because OMG this is perfect. I need this for my book.
I believe it’s in here somewhere. I’m reading this up like the greatest flavour of ice cream after a bad day.
Bit of a divergence, but up until the first time I had seen this post (which granted, was a while back) I had no idea the journal mentioned in this post existed? Like, from what I can tell, it was a pretty big deal from 93 to 95 when it was active, and like, that was only 20 years ago? I feel like, Susan Stryker’s attempts notwithstanding, we don’t have easy access to our histories as trans women.
a guide directed for FTM transition was already posted, so I pulled up some old links I had bookmarked for dmab/transgender women to aid transition!
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low budget diy breast forms [video]
creating cleavage with bras [video]
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tucking and creating gaffe [video]
tucking forum and thread
wigs and hair
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cute hairstyles on pinterest
more cute short femme hair
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