[Text: Every time someone uses the acronym “LGBT,” I’m reminded of how much discrimination there is inside the community. Can’t we find something a little more inclusive?]
Generally, when people argue about body modification and such, the argument usually has to deal with whether or not they agree/disagree or like/dislike body modifications. Lately though, my dash has been flooded with people bickering about what actually constitutes a modification to one’s body -…
i’m really tired of people calling identities ‘labels’ and acting like its so laborious to acknowledge marked identities. anyone who talks about the need to erase identity ‘labels’ as if that would somehow equalize everything is kidding themselves. language is constantly changing already so what’s the problem with creating new words to describe non normative identities?”
^ You’re awesome. like you said something I’ve been wanting to say for a long time. And if someone doesn’t fit into established identities, no need for them to shame other people for having a word to identify with. That’s just rude.
A college professor is asked by a female-bodied student after class to use gender-neutral pronouns when referring to “hir.” A student assigned male at birth takes advantage of the ability to have one’s preferred name, rather than one’s legal name, on the institution’s online directory in order to change a male given name to a culturally female one. And another female-bodied student contacts the campus LGBT resource center to inquire about the process for having “top surgery”— that is, the removal of female breasts to have a traditionally male chest — covered by the college’s health insurance policy.
These examples are situations that we encounter regularly as college administrators and educators and that are borne out by the findings of our new book, The Lives of Transgender People. Based upon a survey and interviews with several thousand trans-masculine, trans-feminine, and gender-nonconforming people in the United States, the book shows in unprecedented depth the tremendous gender fluidity that exists today, especially among young people. For example, when asked to name their gender identities, the participants provided more than 100 different responses, including a number of individuals who said that there was no easy way to identify their gender. Some of these respondents resorted to percentages to describe their identities (such as one third male, one third female, and one third transgender) while others said simply, “I am me.”
Making love to the one who makes me melt.
Uh oh! Bye, bye, birdie…
OK, looks can be deceiving — a swallow feeds a chick during a spell of rainy summer weather in Seehof, Germany.
(see more — 2011 Pictures of the Year)
One of the first chest-revealing suits for men appeared in 1932 and was called the “Topper.” The suit had a detachable top that could be zipped away from the trunk bottoms. (It looked like the picture above, but with a weird zipper around the waist.) Unfortunately, men who chose to appear topless at the time were often arrested for indecent exposure. Women whose legs were exposed were often arrested, too, so it wasn’t sexism.
I don’t mean to be disrespectful, and I’m really into your blogs. But anarchy seems like something that would benefit the very strongest and healthiest people, and it would screw over the rest. My idea of it is a land without regulations, with no cops, with only muscle-for-hire protecting people that have the resources to afford protection. And wouldn’t a government eventually form anywa? I don’t know much about anarchy, though, those are just some concerns from an uneducated perspective.
THIS IS THE ZINE THAT MADE ME TAKE UP REVOLUTIONARY ANARCHISM.
[Image: Pamphlet called “Give Up Activism”]
Every anarchist or revolutionary should read this, in my opinion.
You can read (and/or print) it (from) here (among other sites).
Ha the old man on the far left is just like, “cover up these jewels? Hell no!”