When a trans person is ridiculed or dismissed not merely for failing to live up to gender norms, but for their expressions of femaleness or femininity, they become the victims of a specific form of discrimination: trans-misogyny. When the majority of jokes made at the expense of trans people center on “men wearing dresses” or “men who want their penises cut off,” that is not transphobia—it is trans-misogyny. When the majority of violence and sexual assaults committed against trans people is directed at trans women, that is not transphobia—it is trans-misogyny. When it’s okay for women to wear “men’s” clothing, but when men who wear “women’s” clothing can be diagnosed with the psychological disorder transvestic fetishism, that is not transphobia—it is trans-misogyny. When women’s or lesbian organizations and events open their doors to trans men but not trans women, that is not transphobia—it is trans-misogyny. — Trans Woman Manifesto, from Whipping Girl, by Julia Serrano (via plantpastelblog)
Hollaback! Vancouver. Vancouver, Canada
I love this sign so fucking much
-stand up to assholes
My name is not baby, shorty, sexy, sweety, honey, sugar, mama, lady…
10,000 untested rape kits sit in labs across America
While no official count exists, more than 100,000 rape kits (some experts estimate up to 400,000) sit untested in crime labs across the nation. Congress was expected to approve an allocation of $41 million to examine DNA samples that remain untested after rape crimes on June 18. The grant is part of a large spending bill that will fund the 2015 budget, but for the second time in a week, the preliminary vote was cancelled on Wednesday.
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NYC: STWTS at Made in NY Media Center, August 7th -
NYC: Thursday, August 7th, will be the opening reception for an exhibition of STWTS work at Made in NY Media Center in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
Photographs of Fazlalizadeh’s wheat paste illustrations installed around the world will be on display at the Media Center, along with an original chalk illustration. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the series and respond to the work via social media using #STWTSmile. The feed from the hashtag will be displayed during the show.