NYU LGBTQ Student Center
I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.

Toni Morrison (via jaegerjaques)

I’ve already blogged this before but it basically sums up my entire philosophy much better than I ever could so here we are.

(via kellyzen)

nonbinarycuties:

I found this at the LGBTQA resource at my school and I think it’s so cool!

When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.
Anthony Mackie (via rexilla)

93769:

Like. You people remember the agender kid that got set on fire for wearing a skirt and being DMAB. If you’re going to talk about nonbinary dressing femininely you should probably mention DMAB people being like. Murdered. and not just DFAB people being called transtrenders or whatever.

queertheoryissexy:

enby-rainbow-flame:

nolanslifeisaverage:

msntalk:

An infographic created by my friend to quickly spread the word on the non offensive way to write trans woman.
If you don’t know why the other variations are crossed out please do some research on your own. Various trans women have written numerous posts about why they are harmful to trans women.

But, question, it still can be the Trans* community, yes? Or do I need to rethink how I conceptualize that for people (and myself…)

I found a post in my liked posts that may help explain why the asterisk is a problem (I hope the link works) 
http://queertheoryissexy.tumblr.com/post/67524368243/mycatisananarchist-queertheoryissexy
and to queertheoryissexy if you don’t want this advertised then please let me know and I can take it down

You’re good! Also feel free to link to my other post about the ethics of inclusion and coalition within a trans movement, and why trans politics needs to be coalitional politics, not liberal inclusive politics. I’m glad you found my post helpful! -Z

queertheoryissexy:

enby-rainbow-flame:

nolanslifeisaverage:

msntalk:

An infographic created by my friend to quickly spread the word on the non offensive way to write trans woman.

If you don’t know why the other variations are crossed out please do some research on your own. Various trans women have written numerous posts about why they are harmful to trans women.

But, question, it still can be the Trans* community, yes? Or do I need to rethink how I conceptualize that for people (and myself…)

I found a post in my liked posts that may help explain why the asterisk is a problem (I hope the link works) 

http://queertheoryissexy.tumblr.com/post/67524368243/mycatisananarchist-queertheoryissexy

and to queertheoryissexy if you don’t want this advertised then please let me know and I can take it down

You’re good! Also feel free to link to my other post about the ethics of inclusion and coalition within a trans movement, and why trans politics needs to be coalitional politics, not liberal inclusive politics.

I’m glad you found my post helpful!

-Z

skooth:

this is important and more people need to understand this

But, I also think that ‘self-improvement’ as a dominant cultural narrative and as a product means that we’re drowning in ‘tips’ and ‘lifehacks’ and ways to ‘optimize’ our shit in ways that distract and separate us from deeper engagement with the people and the world around us. And I think that the people who rule this Late Capitalism/Disaster Capitalism/Crony Capitalism/Corporatism/Rule By and For the 1%/Austerity/Eroding of Safety Nets and Public Institutions Like Schools and Roads & Shit What Helps Society Work—whatever you want to call what’s going on in the current political and economic landscape—prosper at our expense when we turn our gaze all the way inward toward what we can do to change & improve ourselves. Because if we blame struggling people solely for their own struggles, and insist that they just need to try harder in order to succeed, we don’t have to face the idea that our own successes were built on more than just our personal exceptionalism. We don’t have to engage with the fact that certain basic shared assumptions about how the world should work are unjust and unsustainable.
Jennifer P, Captain Awkward (via eibmorb)
Nobody ever looks at me and thinks instinctively that I must be genderqueer, or that my preferred pronouns are neutral. And they never will, no matter how much effort I put into androgenizing my body, my voice, my wardrobe, or my personality. It’s impossible for me to be read as the correct gender. When I’m making a first impression on anybody, I am male or I am female.
Pass/fail: Navigating a World that doesn’t Believe your Gender Exists  (via anorsexic)

a-flying-emu:

bunniferbennett:

say it with me:

makeup is gender neutral

I whispered “makeup is gender neutral” out loud on the train and the guy next to me looked at me weird but then whispered “fuck yea” back

Think, for example, about the differences - and the difference in perception - between white, black, Latino, Jewish, Middle Eastern, and Asian masculinities (to name just a few). Each carries its own weight, each is perceived differently, yet it’s clear that the only type of masculinity that is wholly valued in white/minority-world society is the white kind (and the same of course for femininity)
Shiri Eisner (bidyke) from Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution (via everyonehasanasshole)

automatedatmmachine:

transpotter:

if you accept well passing trans people but make fun of trans people who are either early on in their transition or just dont live up to your   standards then your gross 

or like yaknow, trans people that don’t want to “medically transition,” something this group fails to include

In social justice, there’s this absurd meme (that I’ve been guilty of myself) is that we are the “voice for the voiceless,” but that’s not right. The oppressed are not voiceless – they’re just not being listened to.

Dianna Anderson, of Be the Change, at Rachel Held Evans’ “Ask a Feminist” (via emm-in-sem)

(via iamateenagefeminist)

(via cand86)

(via ishkwaakiiwan)

Or that one is “GIVING” a voice to a marginalized person. Which is very problematic as well. Having a voice is different to not being heard.

(via newwavefeminism)

alwayslabellavita:

What isn’t cultural appropration:

• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting where that culture is…

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NYU LGBTQ Student Center
I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.

Toni Morrison (via jaegerjaques)

I’ve already blogged this before but it basically sums up my entire philosophy much better than I ever could so here we are.

(via kellyzen)

nonbinarycuties:

I found this at the LGBTQA resource at my school and I think it’s so cool!

When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.
Anthony Mackie (via rexilla)

93769:

Like. You people remember the agender kid that got set on fire for wearing a skirt and being DMAB. If you’re going to talk about nonbinary dressing femininely you should probably mention DMAB people being like. Murdered. and not just DFAB people being called transtrenders or whatever.

queertheoryissexy:

enby-rainbow-flame:

nolanslifeisaverage:

msntalk:

An infographic created by my friend to quickly spread the word on the non offensive way to write trans woman.
If you don’t know why the other variations are crossed out please do some research on your own. Various trans women have written numerous posts about why they are harmful to trans women.

But, question, it still can be the Trans* community, yes? Or do I need to rethink how I conceptualize that for people (and myself…)

I found a post in my liked posts that may help explain why the asterisk is a problem (I hope the link works) 
http://queertheoryissexy.tumblr.com/post/67524368243/mycatisananarchist-queertheoryissexy
and to queertheoryissexy if you don’t want this advertised then please let me know and I can take it down

You’re good! Also feel free to link to my other post about the ethics of inclusion and coalition within a trans movement, and why trans politics needs to be coalitional politics, not liberal inclusive politics. I’m glad you found my post helpful! -Z

queertheoryissexy:

enby-rainbow-flame:

nolanslifeisaverage:

msntalk:

An infographic created by my friend to quickly spread the word on the non offensive way to write trans woman.

If you don’t know why the other variations are crossed out please do some research on your own. Various trans women have written numerous posts about why they are harmful to trans women.

But, question, it still can be the Trans* community, yes? Or do I need to rethink how I conceptualize that for people (and myself…)

I found a post in my liked posts that may help explain why the asterisk is a problem (I hope the link works) 

http://queertheoryissexy.tumblr.com/post/67524368243/mycatisananarchist-queertheoryissexy

and to queertheoryissexy if you don’t want this advertised then please let me know and I can take it down

You’re good! Also feel free to link to my other post about the ethics of inclusion and coalition within a trans movement, and why trans politics needs to be coalitional politics, not liberal inclusive politics.

I’m glad you found my post helpful!

-Z

skooth:

this is important and more people need to understand this

But, I also think that ‘self-improvement’ as a dominant cultural narrative and as a product means that we’re drowning in ‘tips’ and ‘lifehacks’ and ways to ‘optimize’ our shit in ways that distract and separate us from deeper engagement with the people and the world around us. And I think that the people who rule this Late Capitalism/Disaster Capitalism/Crony Capitalism/Corporatism/Rule By and For the 1%/Austerity/Eroding of Safety Nets and Public Institutions Like Schools and Roads & Shit What Helps Society Work—whatever you want to call what’s going on in the current political and economic landscape—prosper at our expense when we turn our gaze all the way inward toward what we can do to change & improve ourselves. Because if we blame struggling people solely for their own struggles, and insist that they just need to try harder in order to succeed, we don’t have to face the idea that our own successes were built on more than just our personal exceptionalism. We don’t have to engage with the fact that certain basic shared assumptions about how the world should work are unjust and unsustainable.
Jennifer P, Captain Awkward (via eibmorb)
Nobody ever looks at me and thinks instinctively that I must be genderqueer, or that my preferred pronouns are neutral. And they never will, no matter how much effort I put into androgenizing my body, my voice, my wardrobe, or my personality. It’s impossible for me to be read as the correct gender. When I’m making a first impression on anybody, I am male or I am female.
Pass/fail: Navigating a World that doesn’t Believe your Gender Exists  (via anorsexic)

a-flying-emu:

bunniferbennett:

say it with me:

makeup is gender neutral

I whispered “makeup is gender neutral” out loud on the train and the guy next to me looked at me weird but then whispered “fuck yea” back

Think, for example, about the differences - and the difference in perception - between white, black, Latino, Jewish, Middle Eastern, and Asian masculinities (to name just a few). Each carries its own weight, each is perceived differently, yet it’s clear that the only type of masculinity that is wholly valued in white/minority-world society is the white kind (and the same of course for femininity)
Shiri Eisner (bidyke) from Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution (via everyonehasanasshole)

automatedatmmachine:

transpotter:

if you accept well passing trans people but make fun of trans people who are either early on in their transition or just dont live up to your   standards then your gross 

or like yaknow, trans people that don’t want to “medically transition,” something this group fails to include

In social justice, there’s this absurd meme (that I’ve been guilty of myself) is that we are the “voice for the voiceless,” but that’s not right. The oppressed are not voiceless – they’re just not being listened to.

Dianna Anderson, of Be the Change, at Rachel Held Evans’ “Ask a Feminist” (via emm-in-sem)

(via iamateenagefeminist)

(via cand86)

(via ishkwaakiiwan)

Or that one is “GIVING” a voice to a marginalized person. Which is very problematic as well. Having a voice is different to not being heard.

(via newwavefeminism)

alwayslabellavita:

What isn’t cultural appropration:

• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting where that culture is…