the university of illinois at urbana is trying to get surgery and hormone treatment for trans ppl included in their student health insurance but there’s some pushback from the board of trustees so if you have a moment please sign and signal boost the petition for its inclusion!
I said a little while back that I would put together a list of recs to various essays and videos discussing feminism and female characters. Here is the start of that list, as well as a link to the page for it available on this blog. More will be added to that page as time goes on, and feel free to message me with suggestions.
The Misadventures of Comic Book Girl - A wonderful and heartbreaking essay written by adventuresofcomicbookgirl, about her experiences as a fan of comics and the sexism she faced.
How We Teach Our Kids that Women Are Liars - An article by Soraya Chemaly, exploring how women must often struggle to prove themselves telling the truth, and how this misogynistic stereotype is perpetuated.
Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games - The famous web essays by Anita Sarkeesian, exploring the harmful and misogynistic tropes about women that are oh-so-popular in video games.
Laverne Cox on Bullying and Being a Trans Woman of Color - Laverne Cox, activist and actress from Orange is the New Black, discusses transmisogyny and the issues she has faced as a trans woman of color.
Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy: Let’s Unpack That - This article discusses in-depth the idea of fantasy echoing sexism in history. "History is actually a long series of centuries of men writing down what they thought was important and interesting, and FORGETTING TO WRITE ABOUT WOMEN. It’s also a long series of centuries of women’s work and women’s writing being actively denigrated by men."
Girl Trouble: We Care About Young Women as Symbols, Not as People - An article by Laurie Penny discussing how women are not even viewed as people, and are instead demonized and viewed as objects or symbols.
Why Buffy Isn’t a Feminist Show - A short but well-written tumblr post expressing the troubling aspects of Buffy as a show, and the often sexist writing it employed.
Its Alright; You’re a Boy - "Modest is hottest". A young girl takes on her principal and her school over the sexism they express in their dress policy.
Mary-Sue What Are You? Or, Why the Concept of a Mary-Sue is Sexist - An essay examining the double standards involved in female characters being labeled “mary-sues”, once again by adventuresofcomicbookgirl.
What Scares Me is the World We Live In - A young man engages in a social experiement to see how other will react to him dressing in stereotypical “women’s clothes”, and he not only faces more harassment and abuse than he expected, but he fully realizes and admits that he will never truly understand what it is like to live as a woman.
Gender Inequality in Film - An infographic from the New York Film Academy.
Of Course Not All Men Hate Women. But All Men Must Know They Benefit from Sexism - Another article from Laurie Penny discussing how men benefit from sexism, and the flawed thinking that comes from men claiming that we must stop “hurting their feelings” when it comes to their roles in sexism.
What’s the Creepiest Thing Someone Has Said to You While Cosplaying - From Buzzfeed, several pictures of women in cosplay, holding signs of the creepiest things men have said to them while they were cosplaying.
Michelle Rodriguez Made Me Cry at Comic-Con - A first-hand account of sexism at San Diego Comic-Con by Kate Conway, and a panel with Michelle Rodriguez where such sexism was discussed.
What Women Want (in Video Game Protagonists) - An article from the Mary-sue exploring the kind of roles women would like to see for female characters in video games.
The Problem With “The Problem With False Feminism”, a Strongly Worded Essay - Discusses the movie “Frozen” in feminist terms, and it refutes some of its anti-feminist claims, while still pointing out the problematic aspects of the movie.
This will be added to over time, and you can see the page for it here.
omg it’s my writing! I’m on a list! Thanks so much I’m flattered! And this is good stuff!
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If you are on Twitter jump on this shit.
And seriously, folks, get reblogging this. Supporting trans women of color is fucking important.
haha those fuckers who caused that woman to commit suicide aren’t letting me post on their wall
"Freedom of speech" and "exposing the truth" doesn’t mean much when it comes to comments that might hurt THEM.
WHAT a fucking disgrace to journalism and humanity
ESPN killed a trans woman. And the author was told “eh, just don’t do it again?” by everyone above him. He still has the job he used to kill a trans person because killing a trans woman isn’t bad press.
I want you to understand this story. It’s here if you can stomach the problematic, transphobic language and the incredibly problematic responses that they’ve made (oh, we should have checked first, but ‘he’ shouldn’t have hidden that ‘he’ was trans so whoops is among the most disturbing writings on this whole story.)
Dr. V is a woman who was in deep stealth. She was very much in the closet to everyone that she met and this was a good thing. She’d spent a lot of time and energy making sure people respected her and treated her decently in a new life because, let’s face it, when you transition people treat you like shit fairly often and she didn’t want that anymore.
She invented this putter. It’s an interesting piece of kit, and the design is still selling if you care about golf. Essentially it’s using physics phenomenon to balance out some of the forces, I haven’t really looked into the technology but she had a lot of professionals saying it made an impact in their putting, to the point that some refused to share details because they were still on tours and they viewed them as “invaluable.”
She asks, when he starts the article, that it be about “the science, not the scientist.” She asks that he focuses on the invention and not her. He agrees, they write about this for a while, he writes an article, it’s interesting, they meet, discuss the physics, and he goes to keep writing.
Then he stumbles across the fact that she might be trans.
And he starts doing all this research. She doesn’t have degrees in her name from the schools she said she did, she didn’t have the job experience under her name … so he researched and found out she was transgender, she experienced serious discrimination to the point she had to sue a former employer, that her closeted life had been somewhat different then what she had disclosed (you mean someone who was trans hid the thing they can be murdered for well? what?) and that she has hidden this as hard as he can.
So he continues to dig. Including calling her investors and friends and telling them she was transgender and giving them information about who she was before she transitioned.
He told people she didn’t have the experience or degrees she was says she had. That not only was she trans but she was a fraud (despite getting confirmation from someone externally that she was, in fact, the person with the experience
She offered to show him the proof that she had the degrees, if he would sign something that he wouldn’t publish it. He said he “couldn’t take that deal.” She’d probably be alive if he had.
She killed herself before it was published.
And you know what’s happened because of this?
Nothing. No-one has been fired. The editor even said that they didn’t want to “make the author feel bad.” But I couldn’t care less because this transphobic murderer isn’t my friend or co-worker. He’s just someone who could give two fucks about whose life he destroys. I spent this morning crying after reading this article, because it was such a clear reminder that we’re the only ones who will stand up for ourselves.
His articles are here,
His twitter is here.
The editor that said those horrific things and approved the entire article to be published is here.
I’m tired of this. I’m tired of finding out we can be beaten to death in front of police officers and have nothing happen. I’m tired of finding out that reason we were called f***gots still rings true - we are valued as less then the price of a match. They think of us as fire starters.
Fine. Let’s start a few fires.
Let’s show them that we’re not taking this shit sitting down. They aren’t allowed to do this to us with impunity anymore. We’re not going to let these people kill us without a fight. Fuck, every single one of us has been fighting since we came out of the closet. No more standing down.
And I’m calling in every single person that has every claimed to be an ally to trans people. This is disgusting, this shit needs to stop, and you could help. We need as many voices as possible.
Anyone identifying as a Radical Feminist - they’re making women kill themselves. Either admit you’re transphobic and stay away from the LGBT movement, or back up what you have said and stand with us.
Anyone who identifies as catholic, christian, muslim, jewish, or any religion that’s had a seriously problematic time dealing with trans people - this isn’t theological, it’s basic morals, we’re being killed out here. Help.
Anyone identifying as an LGBT supporter or ally - I don’t care if you’ve never done anything before for transgender people before. Get involved. There are no side line players, either you’re with us or your silence supports those that would have us killed in the streets.
Anyone who has called themselves out as a member of the Rainbow Lantern Corps - you’re needed now. This might not be the reason the response structure was made but we need pressure and let’s face it, the quicker we make people see transgender people deserve basic respect the sooner corrective therapy ends.
Make ESPN send a message, clearly, to anyone who works for them either directly or indirectly - outing a transgender woman is wrong. The resulting suicide should be taken seriously and should be held under actual journalistic scrutiny.
Calab Hannan should be fired. Anything short of permanently losing his position is an insult to the transgender community, and saying that kind of unethical dribble passes for journalism lowers the standard of every publication he touches.
Anything you can send in, letters, tweets, anything, will help. Spreading this around so more people see it will help. We need to respond to this or this shit will keep happening.
Let’s light a few fires.