|Radical feminists:||the sex industry is dangerous to women!|
|Sex workers:||I experience these dangers and also depend on my job to support myself, so will you support me in making my working conditions safer?|
|Radical feminists:||the sex industry results in human trafficking!|
|Sex workers:||actually, sex trafficking statistics are confused with trafficking statistics for domestic labor and often include voluntary sex workers such as migrant workers.|
|Radical feminists:||the sex industry causes rape!|
|Sex workers:||we're at risk of violence due to stigma surrounding our work that results in an inability to report that basically allows rapists to target us without giving us any recourse.|
|Radical feminists:||we need to shut down the sex industry to protect these women!|
|Sex workers:||forcing us out of our jobs is just going to force us into poverty though, why don't you listen to us and help us make our work safer?|
|Radical feminists:||false consciousness! handmaidens of the patriarchy!|
|Sex workers:||I thought you wanted to help us?|
|Radical feminists:||fuck you for selling out women! You deserve what you get! Throwing women under the bus!|
|Sex workers:||. . .|
|Radical feminists:||I only care about trafficked women!|
|Sex trafficking survivors:||criminalization actually makes things worse for us by contributing to stigma, statist violence and limiting our ability to access support through peer-based organizations and other workers|
|Radical feminists:||abolish the sex industry!|
|Sex workers and trafficking survivors:||. . .|
It's time to reclaim that heritage.
Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
Radfems wanna talk shit about how trans women are “socialized differently” from cis women. But non-white women are socialized differently from white women; Indigenous women are socialized differently from non-Indigenous women. Poor women are socialized differently from rich women. Women are socialized differently because they are raised in all kinds of environments with all kinds of privileges and disadvantages—it doesn’t negate their identity as a woman.
Like, you don’t get to fucking pick and choose whose gender identity is invalid because of a different upbringing. If I told a white woman that she isn’t a woman because she grew up white, cis, and rich, then these people would attack the fuck out of me. But they’re somehow allowed to decide that AMAB women aren’t women.
This is something I’ve spent a lot of time and energy analyzing, both on my own and as part of the numerous psychology, sociology, and women’s studies classes I’ve been a part of.
This idea of a totally universal “female socialization” which transcends race, class, culture, and every possible demographic factor lies at the heart of both the overt transmisogyny and the tacit racism of radical feminism. It’s basically radical feminists taking the informal zeitgeist of the second wave white feminist movement — the “sisterhood of all women” — and turning it into the defining cornerstone of a formalized ideology. In doing so, they took the fact that second wave feminism already overemphasized and centered on upper-class white cis women, turned it up to eleven, and then declared it to be Unchallengeable Holy Writ.
And then, as bell hooks pointed out right back then — one doesn’t need to look far at all to see them being called out on this — they sold out actual radicalism in order to gain institutional power for themselves in academia. Which insulates them even more from the lived realities of unprivileged women, even as they point to their Holy Writ as an excuse for why they don’t need to include anyone outside of their ivory tower echo chamber, it’s all covered and they can’t possibly be wrong.
transmisogynist colonial anthropologists tend to make a lot of the ‘fact’ that a lot of the cultures they’re producing a discourse on ‘only’ have trans identity categories for transfeminine AMAB people
the argument is that because our current, deeply colonial interpretation of historical data collected by literal white supremacist colonists doesn’t identify transmasculine AFAB people in colonial-era indigenous societies, that those identities never existed
this selective blindness is the result of settler discourses having, in most cases, almost completely obliterated our own traditions. settler transmisogyny would have been far more surprised to see indigenous trans women and to identify them as such than it would have been to see indigenous trans men (who they’d be more likely to have read as just Women Doing Things Men Usually Do)
then those people all die and the only records we have to look at are the settlers’ ones, which only mention the ~men performing women’s social roles~ becuase that’s what scandalised them
you can’t draw reliale decolonial conclusions about our precolonial societies from archives created solely by settlers, that’s two distinct transmisogynist alien perspectives and you’re not going to be interfacing with our genuine traditions at all.
And, as is typical of facts people don’t like, it seems to make people make up all kinds of lies about me.
Which makes them terrible human beings.
So you are a man that dresses like a woman and has a mental illness…
I’m against hate towards anyone but I dislike those who ignore fact and harass other more than anything.
And here we have a radical feminist aggressively defending a LITERAL NAZI — a self-described National Socialist complete with fucking swastika — because the Nazi is attacking a trans woman. The radical feminist literally asserts that harassment BY A NAZI is justified because transphobia is fact-based.
I loved this so much. It was really one of the first times I saw a female character address sexism onscreen and it made a HUGE impact on me. She was scared, she was the girlfriend of one of the leads, but she was still capable, brave, intelligent and she was the girlfriend because she wanted to be, not because she had to be for the hero to have someone to save.
I love you, Dr. Satler. Never change.
It’s actually both sexist and unethical for her to be the girlfriend, because the book clearly states that she’s a grad student under Dr. Grant and has a fiance (he just isn’t around). Grant is her mentor and friend; he’s not a romantic interest.
The movie changed this because they decided they HAD TO at least hint at a romantic subplot. Which is total bullshit.
Here I’ve constructed a flow diagram of the “respectability politics” that is so widely practiced by both cis LGB people and cis feminists against trans women, and by white feminists against women of color. Note that this isn’t exclusive to these movements but a fundamental hypocrisy I see in virtually every Western civil rights movement, especially when they “make it” and can gain institutional power by cozying into the system.
One of the best known and most respected publications in science and technology chose to run a sexualized, transmisogynistic photo for its cover this week, and when the editor was challenged on twitter for pandering to the male gaze, he responded that he thought it would be interesting what would happen when those males “find out.”
While the focus of Sciencemagazine’s July 11 issue on combating…
It really shows just how endemic transmisogyny is to mainstream feminism when a man’s first response to feminist criticism is, “Oh, but those were trans women!” in the clear expectation that cis feminists will respond, “Oh, that’s okay then! Carry on!”
kaninchenzero said: the hunter, samus aran
Samus tried to transition early much to the chagrin of her family and the colonists on the world she grew up on. She refused to dress the way they wanted. Since Samus was a fairly unisex name she decided not to change it.
When the space pirates destroyed her colony she was rescued by the Chozo who had very different comprehensions of gender than the resident cultures of K-2L and a good chunk of the Federation. As a result, they allowed her to describe her reality to them without resistance.
Their infusion of dna into her interfered with the hormones that she had scavanged from ruined federation outposts and colonies the Chozo were investigating for more survivors. So the Chozo did their best to make minor modifications to her biology to allow her body to remain in a way that she would prefer. She has not undergone any surgery and having been raised among the Chozo prevented a great deal of younger exposure to transmisogyny that could’ve unduly influenced her self esteem.
When she re-entered the Federation, there was still some level of bigotry around her but her obvious skills in combat and ability to rapidly heal kept the bigots quiet. The truly trustworthy folks respected her introspective nature (I’m totally disregarding a lot of characterization of her in Other M because lmao fuck that game) and Anthony Higgs calling her Princess was very much a way to make her feel more welcome, since he was one of her comrades who knew she was trans.
There had always been a certain level of separation between her and other humans, both because of being a trans woman (and being exposed to transmisogyny later on really put her off after the total acceptance of her Chozo family) and her Chozo physiology often make other humans afraid of her, as xenophobia was still quite blatant in the Federation and not subtle like the other bigotries.
Samus’ height is partially due to being trans and partially due to being part Chozo. Her weight can be attributed more to the Chozo side as her muscles are accentuated far beyond normal human capacity for her frame size. This made her feel awkward among many humans during her younger years but later it was something that made her feel safe and secure around the dangerous and wily members of her species.
It should be worth noting that the Varia suit’s systems actually mark Samus, a transgender woman (with breasts and a penis) as the default type human and therefore marks any other human beings scanned (who aren’t trans women) as Anomalous Form: Human.
She hasn’t corrected the internal computer because it amuses the shit out of her. :D
I love the bit about the Varia suit
The small touches are a great thing :)
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what you get when you stand up to a man who beats his young girlfriend in public. Not the black eye, not the broken nose, but the sense of being a fucking great human being.
I’m sorry but I don’t think this story is true.
I’d like to believe it’s true! Trust me! I’d love a nice feel good story to make me feel good about the human race, but sadly, there are way too many things wrong with this story.
- Either you were headbutted by a man with the smallest head in the world, or a Legoman. Your “black eye” should be swollen, your eyelids should be somewhat closed and your temple on the side of your head should be swollen too. A black eye is a serious thing, man. Your body doesn’t let that slide. I know people who’ve hit their eye and within an afternoon it’s ballooned up.
The purple around your eye is the most suspicious part. Blood vessels don’t really adhere to one singular colour. There are yellows, reds, violets, and finally, purples. Your black eye looks like a very bad make up job.
- You claim that the police got DNA from the headbutt to your nose. I’m not well versed in the practise of forensics, and I bet not a lot of people on Tumblr are, but a few things immediately stand out from your story:
- Your nose (and in extension, your face) goes through a lot of contaminates every day. Your face is exposed to the elements. Now, say you did have DNA on your face, who’s to say that wouldn’t be rubbed off by the rain? Or the wind? Or when you take off your clothes? How much DNA can you REALLY swab from a headbutt? Don’t you wear make up? Wouldn’t that contaminate it?
- Why are the police getting a DNA sample if there was a witness right there? Surely a witness is enough to convict this guy? DNA samples are also really expensive, and take a lot of time! Why would they use on you when there are rape cases, murder cases, etc.
- If you got hit in the nose, and this is my main point, wouldn’t you touch where you’d been hit, and therefore rub the DNA away? I don’t know about you but if I got hit, I would touch where I got hit to protect it. It’s a natural instinct.
- Looking at your previous photos, the most jarring thing occurs.
The top photo is taken merely FIVE DAYS after your broken nose post. Now, I’m pretty sure you’re not Wolverine, and you can’t heal a broken nose within five days.
As you can see, I’ve placed the broken nose picture over a recent one, and there is honestly no difference in your nose.
For something so prominent, it looks exactly the same. Where are the bandages? Where are the plasters? You’ve apparently broken your nose! Where’s the medical attention?
- I don’t like the look of your court letter.
Why is such a serious document scrunched up so much? That’s a legal document that you need to keep hold of in your records, why does it look like you’ve ran it through your pocket a hundred and fifty times?
There’s also no official seal, and no signature on the document, which means…
Anyone could’ve written this.
Fire up Microsoft Word, select Helvetica, and off we go…
I understand you live in Weston Super Mare, and I know it’s a rough area, but still…
You’ve linked newspaper articles that are related to you.
But, why are the police appealing for witnesses? If they have his DNA, if the woman in question was right there, if you were right there, they have enough to convict him. That’s two witnesses and straight up DNA evidence, right?
Then again, the newspapers you’re in aren’t exactly the BBC. You can submit stories to them with little to no evidence.
- After talking to my medical student friend, she has the following to say on your “injury”. Please bear in mind that she’s going to become a doctor one day and has far more training that you and I.
Me: Is that a real black eye?
Her: No, not at all! It would be swollen. Not as even in colour, they start out red. Her nose is def not broken, she’d probably have two black eyes if it was. Bruises start red because it’s blood pooling, then as the iron in the blood changes it turn bluish black, then green, then yellow and not all at the same time - you get varying stages of colour. She wouldn’t even be able to open her eyes if someone headbutted her and broke her nose.
So, there we go. Someone who will one day look after us all, and reads medical books has deemed this a fake injury, nice one.
- But let’s move on from what is, or what isn’t and onto the post itself.
Look, I get it. You’re a feminist, you want to fight for woman’s rights, you want to take down us men because we rule the world or whatever, but your post reeks of “Women are weak, I just stood up for a woman! I’m a woman! I fight! Men shouldn’t hit women! I sacrificed my body to prove a point!”
Here’s a much better message you could send to the world:
“How about no one hits anyone?”
It’s all well and good saying women shouldn’t hit men, but if Tumblr has taught me anything it’s that gender is entirely fluid and therefore the bodies we find ourselves in may not be the ones that we wanted, and as a consequence, a woman hitting a man may actually be a woman identifying as a man hitting a man and now we’re onto a huge debate onto who is what in what body doing what with who, but let me focus:
This story is false. The injury isn’t real. I’m highly doubtful of the events in question, and even if they did occur, screwing up your court letter and lying about what the police can do is not the way to make a name for yourself.
Surely preaching equality through, “Can we all just not hit each other?” Rather than, “Men are pigs and they hit women!” would be a better way to go, but then again, you did put make up on your face and fabricate a whole story…
Holy shitdicks, I’ve just witnessed online detective shiznit.
Everytime I see this post on my dashboard, without the debunking, I make it a goal to find it and reblog it.
i can’t fucking stand people who go to such stupid lengths to fake a story for notes, especially for internet praise like jfc it’s one thing to fake a story because the scenario was funny. But fabricate a whole story to make believe you’re some kind of hero???? fuck u havent ya ever seen Sharktale????
dear followers, here’s the debunking!!
This is a blog post that’s incredibly confusing and painful for me to write.
Yesterday morning, Josh forwarded me a tweet that said:
TIL: Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity, raped a friend of my friend while attending Goucher…
This is disgusting and the most cleverly crafted victim-blaming, manipulative, twisted piece of mansplaining I have ever read. And it makes me not want to live on this planet anymore.
This is an incredibly dangerous example of how someone with social media reach and the right knowledge of feminist theory can engage in passive-aggressive victim blaming while sounding like they’re not gaslighting. The bottom line, though, is ultimate sleazebag: “I’m going to assert my innocence in a manner which is impossible to conclusively prove or disprove, provide a progressive-sounding reason for why I won’t bring the matter before a court of law where the actual evidence can be weighed, and basically rely on the fact that I’m more popular than the victim to win in the court of public opinion.
There are a few camps:
- "Alluka is a boy!!! Even though she refers to herself as a girl, killua refers to her as his sister, and I know that her family is pretty abusive towards her, I’m going to keep using he/him pronouns because of a really dated wiki article I found!!!111"
- "Alluka is a girl!!! She’s FEMALE!!! NOT TRANS!!!! Even though trans girls are female I’m going to say female like I’m implying they aren’t >:(!!! Also even though Illumi clearly refers to her as a younger brother and all the Zoldyck servants referred to Alluka as a guy, I’m going to ignore any possibility that she’s trans and was amab!!!!"
- "Alluka is biologically male!! She does identify as a girl though… But I’m wishy washy on pronouns so I’m not sure what to call her! Also I realize that saying “biologically male” is still misgendering her but I’m gonna keep doing it cause there’s no easier way to explain it…..”
To camp 1:
You’re wrong. She’s a girl.
To camp 2:
She is a girl. She is female. She is trans.
To camp 3:
Just say she’s trans. It’s really not hard. Why is every fandom ever so against just calling someone a trans girl.
IN YO FACE HATERS
So apparently in my sister’s class, there was a trans girl that had been on the cheerleading squad for a while. When she came out, the other girls on the squad made the agreement that whatever boy made fun of her would never get a date. And if you think that’s not the most metal girl alliance ever, you can sit down.
Wow, 500 notes
Girls protecting girls.
GIRLS PROTECTING GIRLS
Julian Assange is not a hero; he’s a rapist — and the degree to which the political left in the West wants to ignore this is incredibly disturbing.
Let’s be clear about this: Chelsea Manning is a hero; she’s the one who knowingly and willingly sacrificed her freedom to put that information into the public sphere. Julian Assange has never had anything at stake outside of the paranoid fantasies he concocts to inflate his self-importance, and he is a rapist.
Bradley Manning is not a hero. He’s a traitor and deserves no respect or accommodation. He dumped tens of thousands of secret files with no idea what they contained—he just wanted to be spiteful.
I can understand why you don’t like her, but could you possibly not misgender her while you’re doing that?
That would imply that I have an iota of respect for Convict Manning.
this isnt about respect, this is about treating her like a human being
Which I have no desire to do.
Misgendering Chelsea Manning is a really fucked up way to show your contempt for her. I don’t think one gets a free pass to start using transphobic, racist, or sexist language someone once you get sufficiently upset by them. I’m really surprised you’re standing your ground on this.
Manning is legally male, legally named Bradley, and serving out time in a men’s prison. Manning appears to have brought out “trans” as a way to not be in Leavenworth. It didn’t work. So I’m thinking it’s fucked up that you all are defending this person when Manning’s being “trans” is probably a ploy.
Bullshit. Virtually all pre-op/non-op trans women are “legally male” and “legally still their birth name”, and pretty much every trans woman in Chelsea’s age range is pre-op/non-op for financial reasons. As for the idea that claiming transness would arouse sympathy for her — you really have no idea how trans women are treated in the American military, do you?